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Design Dispatch #16

Shoutout to moms We're big fans. When we were seniors at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, team Emerald (before Emerald existed!) went all out for the annual Mom's weekend flower show. Charlee and Leah did a Matisse themed exhibit, complete with painting a 7 foot wall, building a structure to hang laser cut flowers and even making matching t-shirts for us and our moms! We've always enjoyed doing the absolute most. Enjoy some photos below. Charlee & Leah Charlee, Leah & the 7 foot mural...

11 days ago • 1 min read

Into spring🌷 We're ready for all the spring greens and sunshine! We've got some exciting projects ahead. The perfect season for kickoffs, we're looking forward to digging in. From our #random slack channel • Loving the old-school Figma cursors • Brand book for Santa🎅 • Interesting way to target two audiences on one page Charlee & Leah 🔦 CLIENT SPOTLIGHT Balancing a historic church’s past with its innovative future. The Granite, a historic church nestled in the heart of a vibrant community,...

about 1 month ago • 1 min read

Mud season Let's get into it... From our #random slack channel • Microsoft Office has a new default typeface • Want to know what's going on with TikTok Shop without actually going on TikTok? This article about selling a used pencil on TikTok Shop was eye opening • Type for Period Film & TV Lecture on Tuesday, April 2nd (Free & on Zoom!) Thank you Karen for the rec! Charlee & Leah 🔦 CLIENT SPOTLIGHT Quornix is a women-owned small business developing therapeutic technology to treat bacterial...

about 2 months ago • 1 min read

Lucky #13 This year has started with a bang! We've got some really exciting brand, website and product projects in the works. From our #random slack channel • The fonts hanging out series doesn't miss • Art book coming soon: Snail World 2! Can't get enough of snails doing things like bowling, laundry and even participating in the Great British Bake Off! • Loving the New York Botanical Gardens new brand identity system Charlee & Leah ❄️TEAM TIDBIT☀️ This year the Emerald team is approaching...

3 months ago • 1 min read

Into 2024🌟 It's officially the new year and we're hitting the ground running. We're in the midst of some exciting new projects and looking forward to what this year brings! From our #random slack channel • Deep dive into Pantone's color of the year conspiracy (any thoughts?? Would love to discuss!) • NASA's worm logo is back! (NYT gifted link) • Fun fact: The Ampersand (this symbol &) is technically a logogram, which is a character used to represent a word or phrase! I want one! 🍪 (Creative...

5 months ago • 2 min read

Folks. It's official. We're in stick season. As we approach the end of the year our calendars are getting busier and we're preparing to celebrate with loved ones! From our #random slack channel • Beautiful photo series of newstands around the world • Unhurried content experiences are in • Have you noticed a decline of engagement on social? Interesting especially for small biz, creators and non-profits. Charlee & Leah TEAM TIDBIT 💭Leah wrote about your biggest competition: indifference...

6 months ago • 1 min read

That time of year! Spooky season! Soup season! Yes & yes! We're putting our soup on sim & kicking off some fun client projects. We also have a special treat for you! Fill out this form for a *free* print edition of the Design Dispatch in the mail 👻 From our #random slack channel • Print is dead aliveee: a print-only newspaper & loads of other brands • Nothing scarier than your personal info out on the internet. You can request websites to remove your info using Google's Results about you. •...

7 months ago • 1 min read

Heading into Fall We've been busy on some exciting internal projects (which are always the hardest to finish!). Planning team Emerald photoshoot and a ~special edition~ of the Design Dispatch. Links from our #random slack channel • Very invested in pizza futures (want a wildly engaging PDF report & landing page like this? Hit us up!) • Found these micro tips for typography useful • Johnny Cash has really been everywhere Charlee & Leah TEAM TIDBIT ✨ Leah shared how she uses moodboards to avoid...

8 months ago • 1 min read

Hey there! We've been soaking in the all of the glory of a midwestern summer. This month we enjoyed this data visualization on when Americans eat dinner, by state. Always on the hunt for sweet scroll effects and loved this story told by scroll. –Charlee & Leah TEAM TIDBIT 🏔️Leah reflected on her experience living off the grid 🏁Charlee went to the Rally Conference and is feeling passionate about improving access to entrepreneurship 🔦 CLIENT SPOTLIGHT ponder* doesn't play it safe. They needed a...

9 months ago • 1 min read
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Hello! It has been a month of adventure for the Emerald team! Leah was in Alaska, Charlee celebrated her birthday and now we're both in Portland. We also refreshed an entire website in three Design Days (!). This documentary about the history of Canadian Design is on our watchlist and this report on distinctive branding is on our reading list. Charlee & Leah TEAM TIDBIT 🐟 Leah went off the grid this month to work on a fishing boat in Alaska. Curious what an Alaskan fishing day looks like?...

10 months ago • 1 min read
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