…And the 2015 Color of the Year is…   December 18, 2014
by BatesMeron

Get ready for a new year of color! The Pantone Color Institute has recently unveiled the hue it dons as “Color of the Year” for 2015—and it does not disappoint. Allow us to introduce Marsala! Robust and sophisticated, Marsala is an earthy wine red color that can easily stand alone or be paired with others as a perfect accent. Following Continue Reading

Melissa Leonard  

Wine, Websites and Design—Oh My!   December 15, 2014
by Melissa Leonard

Last week I was doing some online Christmas shopping (ahem, looking for presents for myself) and I came across a super cool gift idea. I stumbled upon a company that offers completely customized bottles of wine. You can select everything from where the grapes are grown up to the design of the wine label. This set my heart all aflutter, because Continue Reading

Fred Schaaf  

Christmas Comes Early for Chicago Skaters   December 8, 2014
by Fred Schaaf

Ever since I moved to Chicago 10 years ago, there has been talk about a skate park downtown. I always considered it a pipe dream since getting new construction approved by the city of Chicago often takes more than just connections and money. And as a lifelong skateboarder, I know there’s still a good percentage of the public who view skateboarders and BMXers Continue Reading

Becka Bates  

6 Questions for: John Londay   December 2, 2014
by Becka Bates

We often work closest with the marketing liaisons of our client companies to help make sure the work we put out is streamlined. These people help bridge the gap between our team and the brands, often helping us nail down product particulars and appropriate messaging so we don’t mess it up. John Londay is no exception. As Marketing Leader for YETTER and Continue Reading


A Celebration of New Talent   November 26, 2014
by BatesMeron

The Luminarts Cultural Foundation at the Union League Club of Chicago is a not-for-profit organization designed to help young Chicago artists, writers and musicians cultivate their talents. Through a yearly competitive process, Luminarts selects 20 Fellows to receive recognition, financial aid and creative guidance as they grow their artistic practice. This year our team was honored to donate our time Continue Reading

Paul Zdon  

The Eye of the Beholder   November 24, 2014
by Paul Zdon

The other day I had an eye-opening experience that really made me consider the value of first impressions. It happened at a local print shop while I was picking up a poster that I designed for a friend’s theater production. I was so excited to see my hours of work finally realized as a massive 40-by-60-inch color print. I rushed Continue Reading

Todd Pierce  

The Importance of Getting Away   November 18, 2014
by Todd Pierce

It’s nearing the end of the year and what does that mean? Holidays? Cold weather? Spending time with family? For me, it means vacation. I usually like to save my vacation days until the end of the year so I can have longer holiday breaks, but sometimes I don’t plan well and end up losing days. MasterCard has been running an amazing Continue Reading

Jordan Worcester  

Wallpaper Giveaway: A Trio of Background Beauties from Us!   November 11, 2014

As a designer, I’ve always been a sucker for beautiful desktop wallpapers. Pair up some beautiful typography with unexpected color combinations, and I’m a fan. Some of my favorite wallpapers over the years have been graciously provided by the folks at Design Love Fest and Design Sponge. I also love scouring for vintage goodies that can fill my screen. And so, Continue Reading


Paper with Punch: A Trip to the Unisource Paper Show   November 7, 2014
by BatesMeron

Last week, our team had the distinct pleasure of attending the 25th Unisource Paper show in Chicago. We were completely and utterly inspired by all of the beautiful work we saw, the speeches we heard, the delicious beers we consumed and the creative Chicagoans we met. Check out some of the gorgeous samples we picked up along the way. We Continue Reading

Chuck Sanchez  

6 Gift-Giving Grinches of the Holiday Season   November 4, 2014
by Chuck Sanchez

The creative minds at BatesMeron Sweet Design have just narrowed down holiday gift ideas for our clients and we’re excited for the big reveal. No matter your personal opinion on the practice, holiday gift-giving is an undeniable way to connect with your clients and drive valuable ROI. If you choose to give a gift, right now is the time to Continue Reading