Category: The Watercooler

What We’re Reading: Urban Legends, Candy Apples, and Ideas that Stick

Remember the worst part of trick-or-treating? It was the waiting. The waiting for your grown-up to inspect each piece of your candy and make sure it was untampered with and (grumble) safe to eat. The resulting boon always saw anything homemade — from candy apples to oatmeal cookies — go straight to the bottom of […]


Tips for a Successful Brainstorm

Your non-profit organization is getting ready for its annual fundraising event and you’re trying to determine an appropriate theme. The product development arm of your business has been tasked with the project of diversifying what you manufacture, of finding something that fits nicely within the spectrum of your other products and won’t cost a lot […]


The Environment and Design, Part 2: Print

Now that we’ve covered the pros and cons of web design and the environment, let’s take a look at the flip side: print.   Print PROS Most papers are either biodegradable or recyclable, and some earth-friendly inks are available. The decomposition time for paper is somewhere between 2 weeks and 40 years, vs. the metals, […]


Don’t let Amazon’s remarketing steal your joy this holiday season!

You are looking for the perfect gift for your loved one. You have an idea and you scour Amazon, investing time in reading reviews to make sure you understand what you are buying. You narrow down the selection. That’s it. That’s the gift. She is going to LOVE it. You are so excited! Fast forward […]


The Environment and Design Part 1: Web

Lately—or really, for a great while now—environmental issues have been a concern. Considering reports of the Great Barrier Reef’s dire condition, and the Earth reaching the “point of no return” in atmospheric CO2 levels, many of us are trying to find a way to leave less of an environmental footprint. In the midst of that though, […]


To Blog or Not to Blog

One of the first questions we get from clients who are considering building a new website or updating their current one is: “Should we have a blog?” And almost immediately, we come back at them with a smile and a well-timed, “Should you?” We’re not really that glib. But the question does sort of answer […]


Was it Inspiration or Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is a hot topic, and also a messy topic, especially nowadays when it’s difficult to separate original thought from the mass of ideas we’re bombarded with each day via a vast variety of medias. We all know not to rip an image from Google and drop it into our website or brochure, but some […]


A Sharp New Political Vernacular

Each political season ushers in the usual array of candidates of every ideology and stripe, accompanied by the expected rhetoric, slogans, signage, and SuperPAC ads. Each season also births a new crop of campaign logos, and shortly thereafter, designers’ critical commentary of those logos. For better or worse, design writers will spend hours picking apart […]


Kodak Moments: Photos in Marketing, Part Three

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while. In Part One of this series, I talked a bit about the role that good photography plays in successful marketing efforts, and offered some hints to help you evaluate the current images on your website and print pieces. In my second installment, I highlighted some […]


March (Marketing) Madness

March. Basketball. It’s the time of year when terms like “boss button” and “bracket busters” are everywhere. Each year, in late March, millions of people tune in to watch young athletes play not for money, but for pride. For the love of the game. To bring glory to the schools they represent. It is also […]