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Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Blog   October 5, 2009
by BatesMeron

In times of economic woe, many businesses are tempted to kill the lights to save on electricity. The inherent peril is that if your business operates in the dark, your customers will not see you or, worse yet, forget about you. The advantage then falls squarely on the one business...[MORE]

     
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Art in the City   October 1, 2009
by BatesMeron

Fall is when Chicago is at its best: the weather, the way the city looks, and especially the art. No wonder October is Chicago Artists Month. A couple weekends ago Wicker Park hosted over 300 booths of artists/crafters in the annual Renegade Craft Fair. This is one my favorite art...[MORE]

     
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Building a Manifesto (part 1 of 6)   September 28, 2009
by Becka Bates

When we started BatesMeron, we created a Manifesto. Before building our agency, we were trying to define what an agency should be, and to discover whether that voice would set us apart from the masses. After a very long and rambling series of thoughts by me were boiled down into...[MORE]

     
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The Great Healthcare Debate   September 21, 2009
by BatesMeron

I know it may be too controversial to discuss here, but there’s a raging national debate that I need to weigh in on: “Healthcare” should be one word, not two. As a copywriter, my job is to write clear and compelling language, and sometimes that conflicts with what’s technically “right”....[MORE]

     
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Type, casted   September 1, 2009
by BatesMeron

I once saw a skit called “Font Gang Wars”. In the production, gang members forwent guns in favor of fonts, yelling wicked barbs of Comic Sans! and Lucida Calligraphy! and wielding sharp serifs to wound and maim their adversaries. I do believe I was the only one laughing my ass...[MORE]

     
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Less Talk, Moore Color   August 27, 2009
by BatesMeron

Recently Benjamin Moore has been running ads like this for the new “ben” line of paints in magazines like ReadyMade. The ads seem to validate beliefs that John Ruskin promoted in his 1859 essay “The Two Paths“, in which he contended that, “No colour harmony is of high order unless...[MORE]