Category Archives: Design & Conquer

Becka Bates  

Your Brand’s Website Has Literally Never Been More Important   May 5, 2020

We can’t stress enough the importance of your brand’s web presence. It’s so important to us, we equate it to the front door if your brand was a house (and if you haven’t read that post of ours, you really ought to). A well designed, well organized website is one of the most essential elements of your brand’s identity, and that Continue Reading

     
Becka Bates  

The Story of an Event that Almost Wasn’t   April 24, 2020

Let’s start at the beginning—pre-social-distancing, pre-everyone-wearing-sweatpants-every-day—back in November 2019. Each year around that time, we begin work with Pacific Plug & Liner (PP&L), a wholesale supplier of perennial plant plugs and liners, to develop a theme and accompanying marketing campaign for the California Spring Trials (CAST). One of horticulture’s biggest events in the US, CAST is an annual week-long affair Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

Navigating the Feedback Loop   January 16, 2020

As designers, we’re accustomed to providing two to three, sometimes even four concepts to a client. Almost always, there’s a favorite, a safe option and a third, cobbled-together version you’re praying they don’t pick. More often than not, the client picks one of the aforementioned options and you move forward. Though many times throughout my career, I’ve experienced the client Continue Reading

     
Vivienne Apsey  

The Trials and Tribulations of a Young Designer: How Prototyping Saved Me   August 13, 2019

As any fellow creative can attest to, there are many lessons from art school that follow us into our careers. We look at our x-acto blade scars and feel pride in the projects that we put our (literal) blood, sweat and tears into. However, no one warns the ambitious, young student about the real-world complexities of taking your first professional Continue Reading

     
Matt Roman  

Technical Tricks for Working Faster in Illustrator   August 6, 2019

As a designer, there’s a valuable amount of time that goes into conceptualizing an idea when working on a new brand or project. It’s arguably the most important component of the work we do. Being able to really dig into each aspect during the beginning phases and then expand upon that research is vital to a successful end product and Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

The Art of Japanese Design Techniques   June 25, 2019

If there’s one thing western design has benefitted from, it’s Japan. Design has always been a cross pollination of ideas, and the influence of Japanese design, art and architecture on creative forms in Europe and the Americas has been powerful. For a better grasp on this influence, I’ve centered on the techniques specific to Japanese design that make it effective, Continue Reading

     
Dan Wu  

Fovea, Peripheral Vision and Web Design   April 23, 2019

I have learned a small fun fact about our eyes. Hold your arm straight out and look at your thumb. The size of your thumbnail is how much your eyes can see in high resolution, which is your focus vision. Everywhere around your thumbnail, you can only see in low resolution. When we look at one word like “here”, we Continue Reading

     
Andy Zetek  

Audiovisual: When Record Labels & Designers Come Together   April 16, 2019

In the design world, there has always been a balance between the needs of a client to have their goals served in a particular way and the potential for a designer to explore their capabilities to make resonant and effective design. The music industry is no exception. Indie labels have always had a penchant for permissiveness with their musical artists Continue Reading

     
Horacio Acevedo  

Trust in Experience Design   April 9, 2019

Every day we hear about new cases of websites getting hacked or personal information being leaked due to a security breach (and often the corporate negligence that led to it). But even with all of this, we still find ourselves voluntarily providing online services with our personal information and ongoing business. And doing it more and more often. While a Continue Reading

     
Dan Wu  

Norman Doors and Affordance Online   February 26, 2019

The user is not like me. This sentence is engraved in my brain. When I was in my HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) program at graduate school, one of my professors required us to repeat this sentence loudly three times at both the beginning and the ending of each class. After studying, practicing and experiencing, I started to know the real meaning of Continue Reading