Don’t poke the bear, people. You know not what you’re dealing with here. They say music soothes the savage beast, but we all know that’s just shameless self-promotion on the part of the music industry. It’s all-powerful food that does the trick. To keep the peace at...read more
Famers join the AIGA Design Camp ritual, geeking out over hand-lettered fonts and getting all handsy with new paper stock.
We sent two designers Up North for the big annual designerfest in the woods. Turns out, they didn’t really need all that cool stuff we got ‘em from REI since Design Camp isn’t technically camping – although the Eno came in handy for getting things started off on an...read more
Granted, we’re more soft Tootsie Roll center than hard candy shell – but these stories got to us. They’re part of the next installment in the Deluxe sponsored Small Business Revolution, where votes determine which town the expert team tackles next. Then they visit,...read more
Two weeks post-Olympics and you’re still sick of hearing about precious metals? Too bad. We’re gonna talk about our new Graphis Silver anyway.
We got a SILVER for our Supervalu corporate lobby design, which means if Graphis had a podium, we’d be right off to one side there – waving to our moms, wearing maybe like a jogging suit with an orange stripe down the leg and lookinnng gooood. (Bugler’s March/Olympic...read more
The app tallied the points and declared a winning team, but a final ruling on our LuchaThor Mexican-Norwegian mashup scavenger hunt has yet to happen. (Prepare to be stripped of your title, cheater-cheater pumpkin eaters.) Every year at our Summer outing, we learn a...read more
Outta our way, regular kids. We’re back-to-school shopping for the VIKs (Very Important Kids) at Washburn.
Did you see us at the Target? Pushing that cart through the school section like the retail pros we are, with scrap mounted on an oversized mood board or two for inspiration, and Pantone chips taped to the back (for accuracy, you know). No rule saying donated supplies...read more
In this case DECA stands alone. It doesn’t need some dumb suffix to give it self-worth. It has an in-yo-face all-caps type treatment and 70-year history practically demanding a salute from lesser acronyms. Identifying emerging leaders since the 1950s(!), DECA just so...read more
We don’t know what the ‘cool’ committee looks like, but for some reason we’re picturing silk paisley smoking jackets with velvety lapels.
Our new (self-designed) Fame office space just landed itself in the Cool Offices feature on bizjournals.com. Which got us thinking…what do you wear when you’re an arbiter of cool? Do you dress down and try to make a statement? Or do you dress up and make a whole other...read more
When the artist says the pieces speak for themselves, like how much are they gonna be sayin’? We don’t wanna have to shush ‘em when we’re trying to focus. And what do their voices even sound like? Sponge Bob? Pepe Le Pew? The ‘Behold, the power of cheese’ guy? Soooo...read more
Being recognized can be bad. Like when someone says “Heeey…you’re the one who face planted in the skyway and spilled your Taco Johns.” (Uhhh, whaaat?! We have zero clue what you’re talking about). And being recognized can be oh-so-very good. Like when Graphis says,...read more
Founding something (say, a country or ad agency) leads to some pretty big things. Like sold-out Broadway rap musicals. And impressive interviews in the Star Trib.
Robertson: the Musical. We can tooottally see it. After all, thanks to our Founding Foremother, we are celebrating the first year of our famedependence—the perfect subject matter for the Star Tribune AND the Great White Way: Lynne’s persistence in breaking free from a...read more
We do love us some accessories, but five AIGA WINNER sashes all at once might be a little much, right?
They’re not actually official since we made ‘em ourselves, and some of the letters fall off when it’s humid out. Nevertheless, we’ll store them in our Sash Drawer for special occasions (or days when we have no office visitors, lest they get the wrong impression)....read more