I love it when I see happy faces in our office. It means something's going right! Especially with Kimberly and our newest team member, Rachel Zake. She's here to do Account Services. That makes Kimberly happy, because she has more help with clients. And our clients are going to be happier because Rachel is going [...]
Welcome to Rachel (that's me) week one. And my first dRC blog. It was still dark when I exited my home on the east side for a new career in downtown Cleveland. I stepped with care through the six inches of snow that had built up overnight and reached my car, preparing to clear it [...]
Here is a fun look back at all of the designRoom Creative Holiday cards. Let us know which one is your favorite. Bonus points if you can guess the designers (no cheating past dRC designers). Hint: I try as hard as I can to get out of doing the card every year, but some of [...]
I've had my white Christmas, and it was enlightening. Among other things, the holidays for me mean once-a-year kind of projects, both here at dRC and in my music career. The holiday card-making I'll leave for Chad to write about. I'm going to share my holiday music work. Last year through the holidays I played [...]
If gratitude were my brand, I'd be all over the place. But I'd be well-positioned for the coming year. I think that's ok when you're grateful. Because gratitude touches everything. I'm grateful that we have had the opportunity this year to add so much to an already great team. Not just our key people inside, but [...]
It's that most wonderful time of the year again! My birthday (in mid-December) is almost always forgotten, Holiday gifts are exchanged and nearly everyone is faced with loosening their belts a notch until spring. Last year I wrote The Holiday Gift Guide for Creatives to help those looking to buy gifts for notoriously difficult to shop [...]
I believe, as the result of many an internet image search, our world is becoming more random. And wacky. If you have a teenager, you'll know what I mean by random. And wacky. Just check out this video. My daughter thought it was hilarious. When she showed it to me, I just stood there dumbfounded [...]
“Content precedes design. Design in the absence of content is not design, it’s decoration.” –Jeffrey Zeldman We’re designers. We crave visual punch, new and innovative design techniques, layouts with the finest typography, and color palettes that blend with ease—many of us feel it’s our job to truly wow users with our beautiful aesthetics. And then [...]
Everything I know today that's worth anything I learned on the internetz. I Googled heroin addiction today. Not because I'm an addict or trying to become one or need to treat one. But I have a meeting with actual addiction experts about a prospective gig and I want to become an expert. Really fast. A [...]
This is a true story about learning to play the right position. Much like many businesses need to do. I was a mediocre basketball player in high school. Oh, I thought I was good. I thought I could do it all; pass, shoot, rebound, defend, block shots and on my way to being the best [...]
At dRC our goals are to help you to look right, be a healthy brand and own your position. Over the years we have found that the timeless branding solutions we create, the ones our clients love, come when we clearly identify a client's position in the market. Not only through their own eyes, but [...]
Continuing Apple’s effort to make Maps more accurate, Apple quietly launched a portal called "Maps Connect" to let local businesses add information directly. This crowd sourced effort is another step towards keeping the promise that Tim Cook made to improve Maps for their users. Apple's new feature allows owners (and approved users by the owner) [...]
I spend less than two minutes picking paint colors from that massive swatch kiosk at Home Depot. I go with my gut. But I really only have myself to please. It's different in my design work. There are so many factors that go into developing a color palette for a brand, a campaign or even [...]
I own a creative studio. Every day here is colorful. Our designers are immersed in color, recommending palettes for client brands - digging deep into color psychology, meaning, relationships, competition, hierarchy and every other aspect you can think of. Even our walls are a bright orange and pale blue. I oversee this colorful kingdom while wearing [...]
When we create a new brand or update an existing one, we will provide the client with a set of brand guidelines. In these guidelines are specs for the brand’s exact PMS colors. So, what on earth is a PMS color? PMS is the Pantone Matching System - a proprietary system used universally in design, fashion [...]
I'm warning you up front. That this is a curmudgeonly blog about design language. First, when speaking out loud of a photograph, it is a "picture." Not a "pitcher." Now that that's out of the way, let's discuss Font vs Typeface. Like when people say "font" when they really mean "typeface". Or vice- versa. Whatever. [...]
I have a great fondness for typography, especially type layout. Since I can't sketch or draw or design, in the office I'm a text-generating island floundering in a sea of designers. And I swallow a lot of water fighting to stay afloat. The last time we wrote about typography I wrote of my love for Arial, the [...]
For the last year at the corner of East 9th and Prospect in downtown Cleveland The Cuyahoga County Administrative Headquarters has been under construction. Along with the renovation and luxury stylings of The 9, our neighborhood downtown has been changing rapidly. We set up a DSLR in a fixed position and created a time lapse [...]
"Experience the Difference." "Tomorrow’s Solutions, Today." "The Strength to Be There." "Excellence Through Total Quality." "We Make It Better." "Ask Why." These are actual tag lines. Not much about these lines is appealing to an actual person. They could be connected to medical equipment or banks or lawn mowers. Not one illuminates a unique market [...]
Yes, your logo is stupid. And the fact that it is ugly isn’t what is making it stupid. It’s stupid because it gives me no sense of what you do, how you do it and why you do it. And it looks like a million other logos that I forgot about years ago. Did you [...]
The last three entries in this series have focused on our process for making successful work. Step 1 focused on DISCOVERY, Step 2 focused on DEVELOP, and mostly recently I wrote about Step 3's subject DESIGN. The final step in our process is DELIVER. Step 4: DELIVER Bring to a destination, make a delivery Deliver [...]
Hi! My name is Nicole Fantozzi and I am very excited to be an intern here at designRoom Creative. I am a dual Finance and Spanish major at the University of Notre Dame. Also, I am a history and literature buff and spend much of my free time reading and going to museums. Outside of school [...]
You know what they say about working with family (don't!). So after working for my family’s construction business for approximately seven years, I returned to school to pursue what has always been my passion, art, specifically, graphic design. Being a practical sort of artist, I felt I needed to select a major that I knew [...]
Earlier this month in New Orleans I presented, along with long-time client, Jonathan Lee, CEO of Signature Health, a case study of his brand in front of more than 100 Behavioral Health professionals from all over the country. We spoke about the importance of, especially in a changing industry, positioning a brand for growth. It's not [...]
At Muse Content Group, our professional writers are trained to adapt messaging to suit the voice of the brand. Here’s some insight into the process we use to pack client words with personality.
So, in steps one and two we've discovered key information about our client's brand and we've developed that information into key words and logo concepts, as well as ideas for tag lines. We have used what we've learned as the foundation for positioning and branding and presented a slew of concepts. Our client has picked a path, or two or three. That brings us to Step Three in our Process: Design.
Christmas shopping can be difficult. Christmas shopping for a creative person can be even harder. They might be the type that already has what they need, their plans for the 4K Ultra HD ready Mac Pro seem a bit pricey and they can make their own cards (if they do not already send you one yearly). So what do you get the graphic designer, illustrator and general creative person in your life this Holiday season? Since I torture my friends and family with this exact situation yearly, I made a short list of 18 things sure to impress and bring a little cheer to their holiday.
When we present concepts to clients, I often wonder if they think about how we got from the creative brief to the visual solution. I wonder if they try to understand the leap from words and thoughts to images/colors/type. Maybe they understand more than I give them credit for. Or maybe they don’t care at all and I am just wondering how I do it myself. I’m always a little surprised where inspiration comes from.
Patty Flauto has had “innovation” and “creativity” in her job description her entire career. Developing new ideas and finding practical ways to implement them is her passion. Patty Flauto is a creativity consultant. She has years of business experience in entrepreneurship, product design and innovation. Her training and development sessions provide companies with practical solutions to create and sustain a culture of innovation in any organization.
I love this video of Cleveland. Amazing. Because, even though I don't live in CLE anymore, my business is still here, and will remain here. This is still my town. And I like it. I have been working in downtown since 1987. I started my career by working for Glazen Advertising in the Bulkley Building in Playhouse Square. Great way to be introduced to the city. And I still love being in downtown Cleveland.