Category Archives: BatesMeron

Todd Pierce  

The Decline of the Illinois License Plate Design   August 8, 2017

I remember going to my grandparents’ farm as a child. There, my grandpa had a collection of all the license plates he had ever owned on showcase in the garage. When asking him why there were so many, he informed me that when he was growing up people were issued new plates every year, crazy huh? I am sure by Continue Reading

Carlie Miller  

The Thrill of the New Observation Deck Experience   August 1, 2017

This past weekend I had a couple friends visit from out of town. Naturally, we worked our way through all the obligatory Chicago tourist activities. We shopped on Michigan Avenue, went to Navy Pier, ate deep dish pizza and we also checked out the new TILT! experience at the John Hancock Center. I can remember visiting the observation deck at Continue Reading

Katie Baird  

The Liberating Limitations of Instagram Stories   July 25, 2017

It’s no secret that I am an unabashed lover of Instagram. You might even remember this post about inspiring Instagram accounts. Recently, I’ve been extra enthralled with Instagram’s Stories feature. When Stories first launched, I was irritated at what felt like a bad Snapchat ripoff. But a few key features on Instagram’s version—and the fact that people actually seem to Continue Reading

Tarah Kraft  

Your Twitter Strategy: Getting Creative in 140 Characters   July 18, 2017

Since its launch more ten years ago, Twitter has proven to be a great marketing platform for brands. By using a strong Twitter strategy and brand voice, while still connecting with consumers in a fun and conversational way, brands have made the platform a lasting creative outlet for unique marketing. But, in a sea of 500 million tweets a day, Continue Reading

Joshua P. Ferguson  

Building Brand Culture: Why > What   July 11, 2017

Recently, BatesMeron President Becka Bates invited me to join her at Vistage, an executive leadership advisory group that meets monthly. During this particular session, psychologist and culture change expert Dr. Gustavo Grodnitzky came in to speak to us about the impact of culture on success in business. A fascinating presentation from start to finish, Dr. Gustavo made the case that culture Continue Reading

Melissa Muñoz  

Demystifying Sustainable Printing   July 3, 2017

Recycle, reduce, reuse. This eco-conscious proverb has been in our heads since grade school. You might have put it to use by making bird feeders out of old milk jugs then, but at a time when our environmental regulations are being aggressively cut back it’s important to explore the more practical ways we can put this idea into action. In Continue Reading

Anna Woodward  

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up Your Writing   June 27, 2017

When the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo became an international bestseller, I was initially skeptical and slightly overwhelmed by the popularity. From lifestyle gurus inundating the blogosphere with posts about how to fold your t-shirts into tiny little squares to the disgruntled packrats of the world letting their resistance be known in a litany of follow-up think Continue Reading

Ricardo Gomez  

E3 With Me: An Aesthetic Review of New Games   June 20, 2017

The Electronic Entertainment Expo, more commonly known as E3, was held last week in Los Angeles and boy did that give video game fanatics everywhere something to cheer about. In the world of gaming, motion graphics and animation are at the core of the value of the product, but it’s the game covers that are often what grabs your attention first. Over the years, I’ve Continue Reading

Todd Pierce  

Graphic Design 101: 5 Design Tips You’ll Use Daily   June 12, 2017

As a graphic designer, I’m constantly looking for design tips and tricks that will improve my process, better my designs and help me make the best use of my time. In all honesty, some of the most useful tips aren’t anything super complex, they just help you improve the essential elements of your designs. Whether you’re creating graphics for social Continue Reading

Becka Bates  

6 Questions for: Artisan Bags’ Cindy De Pecol   June 6, 2017

Cindy De Pecol is a life coach, yoga instructor and the founder and president of Artisan Bags, the eco-friendly, hand-painted, custom tote bag business we had the pleasure of branding. Cindy’s decisive input, openness and interest in the process made our work with Artisan Bags a branding and design dream. I interviewed Cindy as part of our 6 Questions feature—a Continue Reading