Tag Archives: tips

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

Todd Pierce  

6 Tips for Getting Out of a Creative Rut   September 13, 2016

Designers, you know it all too well: You’re slaving away for hours on end on a design and all of a sudden you’ve got nothing. You’ve hit the dreaded Creative Roadblock. Maybe it’s because there are a million things on your mind or because you’ve been staring at the screen for way too long. Either way, it’s frustrating, and sometimes getting Continue Reading

Joshua P. Ferguson  

Recipes for Social Media Success   May 3, 2016

If you’re a regular hanging out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube, you’ve definitely seen them. They’re those bite-size, kinda hyperlapse videos that are basically visual recipes for quick or quirky meals. They’re pretty popular. That’s actually an understatement. As an emerging form of social content, these video recipes have become so popular that four of the top 20 brands on Continue Reading

Todd Pierce  

The Importance of Mocking Things Up   March 29, 2016

In print design, a mock-up is a full-size model used to give your client a sense of what the final piece will look like. At the very least, a mock-up shows the functionality of a piece for the client to provide feedback. Mocking projects up can be a tedious process, but oddly enough for me it’s form of stress release. Continue Reading


Font Fallbacks?   September 8, 2015

  Ever find yourself caught in a font rut? Maybe you have a favorite serif or a fallback slab that tend to repeat throughout your portfolio of work. This could be a sort of comfort zone or perhaps you choose these typefaces time and time again subconsciously. As designers, we all develop personal styles, but it’s always good to keep Continue Reading

Becka Bates  

6 Questions for: Courtney Wright   March 17, 2015

Courtney Wright is the founder and president of CDW Merchants, a leading provider of retail displays and packaging. Courtney exudes creativity through her entrepreneurship, personality and numerous projects. Her love for creativity means lots of fun projects for BatesMeron, like a unique marketing tool for CDW Merchants and Courtney’s stylish new website. I interviewed Courtney as part of our 6 Continue Reading

Rachel Skybetter  

A Loss for Words   March 3, 2015

A few months ago, back when life was warm and sunny, I wrote about my favorite, tongue-tickling words. I love those words because they aren’t used commonly, making them rare vocabulary treats for welcoming ears. The 10-cent words I love have been replaced by a lexicon of abbreviations, acronyms and made-up terms, spearheaded mostly by millennials like myself. The beauty of language is that Continue Reading

Melissa Muñoz  

Missed Observations   February 20, 2015

I was flipping through a design magazine last week when I came across an article that stopped me in my tracks. It wasn’t just entertaining or thought-provoking—it was arresting enough to make me reevaluate and reconsider the entire manner in which I live and work. In the piece, the author discusses the idea of true focus and mindfulness—and how our Continue Reading

Becka Bates  

6 Questions for: John Londay   December 2, 2014

We often work closest with the marketing liaisons of our client companies to help make sure the work we put out is streamlined. These people help bridge the gap between our team and the brands, often helping us nail down product particulars and appropriate messaging so we don’t mess it up. John Londay is no exception. As Marketing Leader for YETTER and Continue Reading

Paul Zdon  

The Eye of the Beholder   November 24, 2014

The other day I had an eye-opening experience that really made me consider the value of first impressions. It happened at a local print shop while I was picking up a poster that I designed for a friend’s theater production. I was so excited to see my hours of work finally realized as a massive 40-by-60-inch color print. I rushed Continue Reading