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


BOO!-tesMeron Sweet Costume Design   October 30, 2014
by BatesMeron

It’s no secret that as creatives, we have a leg up on the Halloween costume game. We’re not afraid (get it?) to think outside of the box, use what we have and dream up crazy costumes. If you weren’t inspired last year with our Top 12 Ad-inspired Costumes, check out our team’s Halloween costumes from years past—and prepare to be amazed. Becka Continue Reading

Becka Bates  

6 Reasons Branding Should Be Intentional   October 28, 2014
by Becka Bates

Earlier this month, I had the honor of giving a presentation at the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) Chicago’s THRIVE Conference at the Drake Hotel. I shared my take on intentional branding—what it is and what it can do for business owners. Below is just a quick redux of my presentation, if you’d like to hear more about my Continue Reading


Welcome to Sweet 301   October 23, 2014
by BatesMeron

The pictures are hung, the desks are in place and the kitchen shelves are filled with treats. That can only mean one thing: BatesMeron is all moved in. But wait, it gets better! Not only do we have a sweet new suite, we’ve got a new entrance that welcomes friends with wow. Take a look…or drop by and see for Continue Reading

Rachel Skybetter  

Why Editors Matter   October 21, 2014
by Rachel Skybetter

I, like most millennials, love technology. I love winning arguments by Googling an answer, paying for my parking spot via iPhone and posting endless pictures of my dog instantly. At work, I love that I can quickly refer to online style guides for assistance then send off files for approval at the speed of light. With all this excitement and innovation, Continue Reading


Will Letter for Lunch   October 16, 2014
by BatesMeron

Lunch is a good thing. And so is lettering. Put them together and you’ve got a brilliant concept! Well, that’s what we learned from graphic designer Lauren Hom, who is giving the world an artful lesson in bartering. A recent Grub Street article, written by Sierra Tishgart, details Hom’s inspiring method of payment—and it’s filled with delicious design. Read on for the full Grub Street article. Continue Reading

Nina Altadonna  

Creative Lessons I Learned From Improv Class   October 14, 2014
by Nina Altadonna

I have never been called shy. Since I was a young kid, I’ve always had a thing for putting on a show. Whether it was an impromptu theatre performance at a family party or a much-rehearsed dance recital starring my sister and me, being in front of an audience is something I love. This past summer I decided to get Continue Reading