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How to Conduct a Brand Check-In
How to Conduct a Brand Check-In
Oct 25, 2017 // 2 min read

Developing your brand isn't just a one-and-done deal. A business brand is like a living, breathing entity that requires ongoing care and maintenance. Just as you make adjustments and refinements in your life when things aren't working, the same goes…

Empathy Maps: The Business of Putting Users First
Empathy Maps: The Business of Putting Users First
Aug 15, 2017 // 5 min read

Working in UX, we take empathy for granted. To us, it may feel like an overused buzzword, but we don’t realize that the majority of the business world hasn’t heard “empathy” within the context of a professional organization before.

UX Design, UI Design and No Design  —  Oh My!
UX Design, UI Design and No Design  —  Oh My!
Aug 8, 2017 // 5 min read

Can I share with you that I am not that fun at parties. For those of you who have met me in person, that will make sense, and you won’t be surprised that my go-to small talk question (a party faux-pas) is “what do you do for work?” I actually love…

Don't Leave Behavioral Economics Behind
Don't Leave Behavioral Economics Behind
Jul 25, 2017 // 6 min read

I have this problem right now. I’ve been trying to cut down on discretionary spending (especially recurring payments). This means no Netflix and even my precious gym membership is on hold. It also means my Audible membership has been canceled. In…

Sprinting Like a Designer
Sprinting Like a Designer
Jul 11, 2017 // 4 min read

So you know how the Olympics has a bunch of different sports? Sports where individuals are competing for time? We can all agree that there are different kinds of sprinters — runners, cyclists, swimmers, oh my! What if there were also other kinds…

Your Cyclical SDLC is a Downward Spiral
Your Cyclical SDLC is a Downward Spiral
Mar 7, 2017 // 4 min read

At some point in my life, software stopped being an app on a CD-ROM that you bought in a cereal-sized box, and started being a web-based thing pulled up in an internet browser. At subsequent points in my life, I worked on software products – from…

Value-First Communication
Value-First Communication
Jan 31, 2017 // 8 min read

Communication is one of those tricky things that we only notice when it’s done poorly. As a marketer, you know the product you’re positioning has value. But do you know how to effectively communicate that value to your customers and prospects?…

ROWE Your Boat
ROWE Your Boat
Dec 13, 2016 // 3 min read

Most of us have worked in several environments over the course of our professional tenures. Every office is different, with individual subcultures, expectations, “vibes” and jargon. And with those differences come preferences. And with those…

Why We've Gone Gadget Free at Meetings
Why We've Gone Gadget Free at Meetings
Nov 10, 2016 // 4 min read

Yeah, you read that right: our digital agency has gone gadget free at meetings. Take a deep breath, all ye techies, this is the best decision we’ve made since coffee, and I’ll tell you why.

48in48: A weekend working for a great cause
48in48: A weekend working for a great cause
Nov 2, 2016 // 7 min read

Everybody’s Working for the Weekend On October 21, a swarm of eager designers descended on General Assembly, Atlanta. Volunteers from design and development shops of all shapes and sizes had signed up to donate their weekends, and it couldn’t have…