Tag Archives: creative

Becka Bates  

6 Questions for Ricardo Gomez   February 27, 2017

Meet the newest member of the BatesMeron team, Ricardo Gomez! Ricardo is a recent Columbia College grad, Chicagoland native and our super-sweet design intern!  I interviewed Ricardo as part of our 6 Questions feature: a series of one-on-one interviews with people we work with who’ve made us proud. Sometimes I like to turn the tables and put our own staffers on Continue Reading

Taylor Wells  

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

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 the future of space. This is a clear example of Continue Reading

Carlie Miller  

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

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 and a half hours. During this adventure, my friends and Continue Reading

Carlie Miller  

5 Unique Instagram Brand Campaigns   January 26, 2016

While most of the Instagram photos I post are typically of my lunch, my cat or a city skyline, some brands have turned up the dial on creativity and launched some interesting campaigns on the social media platform that have done an excellent job of driving engagement. Here are 5 of my favorite Instagram brand campaigns that think outside of the Continue Reading

Fred Schaaf  

Printer Partners—Tips to Master Printing Projects   January 20, 2016

At BatesMeron, we have a pretty great team of talented designers who have mastered the creative process of print. They can take a unique and solid design for a business card and then pick just the right paper, inks and foils. The trouble is, after all of this creative expertise has created a beautiful product, you can easily discover that your Continue Reading


The Importance of a Creative Outlet   December 15, 2015

When’s the last time you took an art class or read a book for fun? Maybe sketch writing and stand-up are totally your thing, or if you’re like me, a date with a glass of wine… [MORE]


Better Brainstorming   June 30, 2015

AIGA recently released some tips to help improve brainstorming sessions—and while reading the piece, I found myself agreeing with many of the points. I’ve always enjoyed the process of a good group brainstorm, but this article helped open my eyes to ways that the creative process of collaboration can be made better. The article starts by identifying several faults in the Continue Reading


12 Inevitable Truths of a Creative Agency   August 28, 2014

Ever curious what life’s like at a creative agency? You probably imagine intense brainstorms, big pitches and computer screens filled with beautiful artwork. And yes, those are all true. But there is more. Here are 12 truths that every agency-dwelling individual has thought or felt at least once…per day. 1. When co-workers ask you to hang out outside of work Continue Reading

Becka Bates  

6 Questions for: Todd Pierce   August 19, 2014

Todd Pierce is a veteran BatesMeron graphic designer, dad-joke connoisseur and resident Sporty Spice. I’ve loved watching Todd grow as a designer since we first hired him as an intern more than three years ago. He has since become an integral part of the BatesMeron family. His skill for turning around massive projects with ease, while still inserting his creative Continue Reading

Paul Zdon  

Taking a Closer Look at Typography   August 12, 2014

Being a design student and working designer at the same time means constantly keeping my ears and eyes open for knowledge and inspiration. I’m particularly interested in custom lettering and type design, so it’s no surprise that when TypeCon rolled around this year I jumped at the opportunity to head to Washington, D.C. for a five-day retreat. Wait a minute—what Continue Reading