Category Archives: Design & Conquer

Katie Baird  

WTF Vintage Valentines   February 13, 2018

Valentine’s Day is just days away, so you may be pondering what to get that special someone in your life. If you really want to take their breath away perhaps consider a quirky and cute vintage card! Vintage Valentine’s cards have an undeniable nostalgic charm. We actually designed a Vintage Valentine campaign for RCN a while back, and it’s an office-wide Continue Reading

Melissa Muñoz  

2018 Project Vision Board   February 6, 2018

2018 is now in full effect and while a considerable portion of my energy these days goes into talking myself off the couch and out of my hooded electric blanket with sleeves, I know deep down that this is going to be an exciting year full of new projects and  opportunities. Yes, it’s time to rally, shake the frost and Continue Reading

Leah Cho  

Brand Collaborations: Something Old, Something New   December 5, 2017

In today’s internet-driven world, we see trends come and go faster than those short-lived knee-high converse or wedged sneakers. With my own eye for fashion and family members in the industry, I follow a variety of brands for both their classic lines and special editions. Watching these brands, you notice how they are constantly strategizing new ways to grow their Continue Reading

Todd Pierce  

Worldly Design Inspiration   November 21, 2017

Our tendency to seek inspiration from the same places can be what gets us stuck in creative ruts. If you read my last blog post, you may remember that I traveled around Asia just a few months ago. Aside from the amazing sights, one thing that I took away from the trip was the design inspirations that I find myself Continue Reading

Katie Baird  

The Bone-Chilling Beauty of Halloween Horror Movie Poster Design   October 31, 2017

I wanted to celebrate the height of spook season by taking a look at some of the most bone-chilling horror movie posters of all time. One of the things I have always loved about being a designer is knowing that graphic design has the power to illicit emotional responses like joy, laughter, nostalgia and, in the case horror movie poster Continue Reading

Todd Pierce  

The Universal Language of Images   October 11, 2017

We’ve all heard the cliché a picture’s worth a thousand words, but the saying didn’t just come from nothing. There is real value to using visuals to communicate—especially, as I recently found out, when in a foreign country. The universal language of images definitely became my native tongue while traveling around Asia on my honeymoon with my wife. I had Continue Reading

Katie Baird  

Antique Ads: Ghost Signs in Chicago   September 12, 2017

One of the great things about our recent move to the South Loop neighborhood of downtown Chicago—aside from the new digs themselves—is all the amazing street art and ghost signs that can be found in the area. Thanks to the vintage buildings we’re surrounded by and the artwork in the Columbia College and the Wabash Arts Corridor, a joint effort to Continue Reading

Melissa Muñoz  

The Atlanta Municipal Signs Redesign   August 22, 2017

My hometown, Atlanta, Georgia—jewel of the South—is well known for scads of great things. It’s a city overflowing with music, warmth, art, history, old trees with branches you can climb like ladders, biscuits and fried chicken. And this summer, we can finally round out that list with the addition of fantastically designed municipal signs.   Municipal signs got you down? Continue Reading

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

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