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Ever hear these phrases? “Slap together a logo.” “Whip up a brochure.” “Throw together a banner.” These are things I hear sometimes as a graphic designer. The overarching theme: Design is a superfluous layer of eye candy necessary to get a product or service to...read more
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It's noisy out there. It's not anything new: Businesses, small and large, are in direct competition with each other, and it's becoming more and more difficult to tell from the outside who the better choice is. And there are more and more new businesses every year (or,...read more
There is something undeniably magical about the Minnesota State Fair. My first time at the fair was when I was 14, and then I missed a bunch of years until I began working in Minneapolis after college. Each year the fair is exactly the same, yet somehow the experience...read more
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