Last year we put together a bit of a “year in review” post for our first birthday. It was a lot of fun to see how the first year played out for us so in doing that again this year I’ve officially established a tradition as old as we are.

Oversized celebration cake by our son, Ben

There have been lots of good times, some concerning moments regarding finances, new lessons learned, old lessons relearned, handy books read, loads of coffee meetings, and several new and returning projects with great friends made along the way.

Let’s dive in 🌊

Lessons Learned

As I thought this part through I realized…


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According to a Glassdoor study, 61% of new hires report that their role isn’t consistent with the expectations set out during the interview process and express a desire for more sincere transparency. Rushed hiring processes and employees being more focused on the employer over the role itself are mentioned as potential contributors to this disconnect.

It’s Okay to Be Good and Not Great
Much more empowering than the all too familiar “Good is…


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A slide deck as a presentation enhancer is a great way to share your knowledge in a way that is quick to absorb and entertaining.

The design must be optimized for in-person projector use as well as for the web or as a PDF to be viewed later.

Me overly animated and teaching a web design for kids class in Chicago

Designing slides can too often be either an afterthought and rushed or overly done and noisy. Here’s a look at five things to keep an eye out for to ensure your slides are successfully delivering your intended presentation experience.

Focus on Text Reduction

Presentations should not rely on the audience having to read slides and in…


Enamel pins, AKA lapel pins, are among the most popular event swag items at the moment.

They feel nice and sturdy to hold and look exceptional worn prominently at the event and then on a backpack, cherished as a collectible.

Let’s take a look at the two enamel pin options and which may be best for your project 👀

Our design for Ela Conf 2017

Hard Enamel Pins

Hard enamel essentially means that the colored filling is level with the metal frame. These are smooth across the pin to the touch.

The Process


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Having organized a large conference for three years in addition to several smaller community-based meetups, one of my most valuable tools was my last-minute “Don’t Forget!!” list for each.

These lists were seldom very different, resulting in the reuse of this same list for years across various events. The type of list that was crafted through trial and error and jumping out of bed in the middle of the night in a cold sweat to write down and account for a potential “gotcha!” that could be headed my way.

Here’s the tried and true list that I hope proves as…


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We’d like to donate 1.5” pronoun buttons, aka pins, to a smaller, community-based event with limited funds this year.

We’ve written a bit about why confirming someone’s pronoun at events is so important here and also give away these designs to be printed as buttons or stickers for free.


One of the most sought-after swag items at any event always seems to be stickers.

Why are stickers so beloved, what makes a good sticker, and where do we order them from? Let’s find out.

Some stickers we have designed recently for clients and ourselves

Sticker Reach

Stickers are one of the most affordable swag items so you can feel secure in handing out a lot of them, unlike other items like shirts or notebooks. Individuals also often want several, one for now and one for somewhere else later. They don’t weigh people down, ensure you will be remembered, and last a long time.

Opportunities

There is just something about a top-notch sticker…


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