Carlie Miller  

Branding the Rio 2016 Olympic Games   July 20, 2016
by Carlie Miller

With the summer Olympics in Rio just weeks away, it has me thinking about how many variables go into the branding and design of the Olympic games, and how many billions of people will ultimately end up seeing this work. From the logo that kicks off the look and feel of the...[MORE]

Katie Baird  

Wallpaper Giveaway: Sweet Summery Type   July 11, 2016
by Katie Baird

Here at BatesMeron, we are a little obsessed with our desktop wallpaper. Whether it is delectably designed backdrops we pick for ourselves or absurdly silly images our co-workers prank us with, the wallpaper around here is constantly in flux. Recently, I have been furiously practicing my hand-drawn type and calligraphy skills and...[MORE]

Joshua P. Ferguson  

Getting Adverbsarial: Writing in the Age of the Adverb   July 5, 2016
by Joshua P. Ferguson

I consider myself to be someone who stays on top of current events and popular culture. It’s helpful when you’re a writer. Sifting through the latest on the presidential race, Game of Thrones and Beyonce last month, I stumbled across more than one article analyzing our collective overuse of the...[MORE]

Melissa Leonard  

Summer Bucket List   June 28, 2016
by Melissa Leonard

This time last summer BatesMeron was hard at work researching, writing and designing a summer bucket list postcard for one of our favorite clients, the ultra fast and reliable RCN Chicago. This lineup of warm-weather fun came to mind over the weekend as I was prepping my planner, penciling in...[MORE]

Taylor Wells  

Life [or Design] on Mars?   June 21, 2016
by Taylor Wells

The BatesMeron crew was over the moon when we saw that NASA released its retro-futurist recruiting poster series last week. Originally designed in 2009 but finally released to the public, (since they are a public agency) these posters certainly grabbed our attention and got a few of us thinking about...[MORE]

Taylor Wells  

BatesMeron Goes Game of Thrones   June 10, 2016
by Taylor Wells

Game of Thrones. Depending on your respective level of nerdiness, the name can either send you into a frothing fit of joy or make you roll your eyes and wait for the inevitable “did you see last week’s episode?!” conversation to end. At BatesMeron, there’s no shortage of said frothing...[MORE]

Todd Pierce  

Creative Chaos: Why Creatives Thrive at a Messy Desk   June 7, 2016
by Todd Pierce

Today at work, unbeknownst to my co-workers, I walked around to each person’s desk and noticed one thing that everyone seemed have in common—we all had cluttered desks. Not the kind of cluttered that might land our office on an episode of Hoarders, but our seemingly chaotic, mish-mash style of...[MORE]

Carlie Miller  

The Secret Behind IKEA’s Crazy Product Names   May 31, 2016
by Carlie Miller

Working at an agency responsible for naming products and brands regularly, I always find it hard not to appreciate companies who find creative ways to name their merchandise. I took a trip to IKEA over the weekend and wandered the massive labyrinth of cheap furniture and trendy housewares for a good two...[MORE]

Katie Baird  

Roller Derby Gets a Minimalist Makeover   May 24, 2016
by Katie Baird

As a long-time roller derby enthusiast and player, I can safely say that today’s roller derby scene has come a long way from its theatrical incarnation in the 70’s. As modern roller derby continues to evolve and gain popularity, it’s taking more and more cues from other professional sports. Top...[MORE]

Becka Bates  

6 Questions for: Kitchfix’s Josh and Britta Katt   May 17, 2016
by Becka Bates

Josh and Britta Katt are the husband and wife team behind Kitchfix, a meal delivery service based here in Chicago that also has its own line of grain-free granola and grain-free waffles. As head chef and head of marketing, respectively, the Katts and their team are helping transform the way...[MORE]