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Pomodoro Design

Pomodoro Design

Well, we’re both a little bit tired of writing in the third person, so, from now on we’ll be writing as ourselves in the studio. So, Josh here, and I’d like to discuss a little piece of productivity magic that fits well with almost any productivity model. Introducing Tomatoes Well, Pomodoros, not tomatoes, but close […]

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Client-Ed. Identity Creation p.3

Client-Ed. Identity Creation p.3

Well, it’s about time to hire a designer. That’s for sure. But why? Because it’s time to strategize. Informal Strategy Development Up to this point you’ve been laying the ground-work for a brand strategy or identity. It’s just been informal until now. You should know who your target audience is (preferably a niche audience), you […]

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Develop a Hobby for Productive Design

Develop a Hobby for Productive Design

Burnout happens to the best of us. Writers get blocks, so do designers and any other creative professionals. What do you do when this happens to you? Do you just let it pass? Trudge through it and create mediocre work? No! Get a Hobby Sometimes you need to break away from your work. Break away […]

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Client-Ed. Identity Creation p.2

Client-Ed. Identity Creation p.2

So you know your ethics. You know your “foundation.” And hopefully you’ve developed a USP. What Time Is It? Image time. Or imagine time, whichever you prefer. This process is something that we find many designers don’t do, but we can’t figure out why. It’s so useful. Create an Influence Map. You can call it […]

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A Focus on Micro-Tasks for Designers

A Focus on Micro-Tasks for Designers

We’ve mentioned it before, and for the GTD crowd out there, it’s become second nature. But everything¬†you do that’s related to productivity in design needs to be broken down into micro-tasks. Your brain is an excellent tool for organizing and task management, but only if you train yourself to do it the right way. Your […]

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Adobe Creative Cloud – How to Use It

Adobe Creative Cloud – How to Use It

When Adobe stopped offering their CS Subscription Service, we were a little bit disappointed. It was a fantastic way to keep up-to-date on the applications we used the most, and it provided a cost-effective way to use a piece of software on a per-project basis. Is there any good news? Well, yes. Kind-of. As most […]

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Client-Ed. Identity Creation p.1

Client-Ed. Identity Creation p.1

We’ve spoken about corporate identity and brand design, so let’s actually get you started on the path to a great corporate identity and a well-recognized brand. This will be a multi-part series that will guide you step-by-step through the identity creation and design process. By the end of this mini-course, you should be ready to […]

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Josh’s Day at Nascent

Josh’s Day at Nascent

Note: This post is a couple of days late, it was saved as a draft and I forgot to schedule it, my mistake. This is an article that I have been working on for quite some time. Changes in productivity, systems, and furniture can change the way your day goes drastically, and our recent changes […]

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Client-Ed. No Multitasking

Client-Ed. No Multitasking

Recent (and old) articles around the internet have indicated that multitasking is the devil. Well, maybe not the devil, but a productivity killer, anyway. We support this ideal of no multitasking, and that’s part of the reason why we don’t take on more than 2 projects at a time. Multitasking is a Myth A person […]

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Client-Ed. What is Identity Design?

Client-Ed. What is Identity Design?

Identity design…the art of making a fake driver’s license. Well, not really, but something similar in practice. Where a fake ID has a birthday, a well-designed brand identity has a font. Where a fake ID has a license number, a corporate identity has a color¬†palette. To summarize it using another person’s words: While brands speak […]

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