Why Do You Want to Advertise?

September 27th, 2011 | 0 comments | permalink

What are you trying to achieve? How do you want people to respond? If you want new prospects, how do you plan to convert them to customers? How well do your facilities reflect your brand offering and make it compelling for customers to purchase?

These are the questions we always pose when asked to work with a new client. Now, you’d think as a firm that makes its money on marketing and branding, we’d gladly take any offer to work. But we always pause to understand the motivation first. One of the most crucial parts of brand architecture is understanding the circumstances before jumping into a creative solution. Anything less opens the door for generating cool creative, but not necessarily addressing the client’s root problem. More…

Creative Wheels Are Turning

July 1st, 2011 | 0 comments | permalink

We are honored to have been recognized with a Silver Addy at the National American Advertising Federation competition in San Diego recently for a truck wrap we designed for Goodwill.

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See what you think.

April 26th, 2011 | 0 comments | permalink

Seeing what we think is something we all do, but it’s not as common as one might imagine to see something as it truly is. Most often in life, we fill in the blanks from our memory and experience to “color” what we see.

This is especially visible when it comes to drawing.

People believe they cannot draw because they unconsciously draw what they THINK instead of what they actually see, even when looking directly at something or someone. Below is a wonderful example by my six year old grand nephew, Jasper. Because it interested him, Jasper simply looked carefully at the car and drew precisely what he saw, hence the correct perspective. The street was a different story. He probably figured the drawing needed a street as an afterthought, but rather than looking at the subject again, he drew what he knew. When we think of a street, we think two lanes equally divided. So it becomes a flat symbol.

The ability to “see” like this is something I believe everyone has but rarely taps into, especially at such a young age and without instruction. Learning to see can be taught very quickly to virtually anyone. It’s actually more a matter of unlearning some habits that limit one’s ability to see. To illustrate this, here are some random examples of before and afters from a senior level figure drawing class I taught at the University of the Incarnate Word. The class met twice a week for 12 weeks. The results speak for themselves. Despite the fact that I am the one teaching this, the outcome never ceases to amaze me. More…

The gang that judged CA

August 21st, 2008 | 0 comments | permalink

Here is the eclectic and extremely talented crew that I had the honor of judging Communication Arts Design Annual with in July. They are from left to right, David Drummond from Salamander Hill Design, Art Lofgren from Catapult, the incomparable Graham Clifford from Graham Clifford Design, myself, Pum Lefebure from Design Army, Jeri Heiden from Smog Design, Sonia Greteman from Greteman Design, Richard Boynton from Wink, and Josh Chen from Chen Design Associates. Just a great group of people all around, including Jean and Patrick Coyne of CA. What a fun and incredible experience that was.

Our Blog is Live

August 20th, 2008 | 0 comments | permalink

Our blog site is now active. We will be posting our latest news, events, and new work here. So stay tuned.