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  • Good Beer Makes For Good Creativity

    Good Beer Makes For Good Creativity

    Every year, we try to spice things up here at Rule29 by creating opportunities for collaboration and pushing ourselves out of our creative confines. In past years we’ve had company trips to type museums, hosted competitive gourmet cook-offs, and created a Be In Charge calendar…But this year we wanted to go even further.

  • Design Can Make or Break a Startup

    How Startups Thrive With Good Design

    I’m a firm believer that design can be a game changer for businesses. This is especially true for startups. Great strategic design can be the difference between a startup’s success and failure in the early days of hitting the market. I have seen great ideas struggle and fail initially because they missed the connection from…

  • Sundance as An Exploration of What it Means to Be Human

    Sundance as An Exploration of What it Means to Be Human

    On the heels of the December onslaught of Oscar hopefuls, hundreds of filmmakers and thousands of film lovers gathered last month to celebrate independent film at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, UT.  186 films were tapped to represent the (unofficial) kick-off the 2014 film season and set the stage for a cultural conservation…

  • Do you?

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    We all have times in our careers when we are driven by excitement and passion, and we all have times when work becomes a little more mundane. What is it that makes the difference? All of us can admit to feeling the ebb and flow of this spectrum. When we took our first steps out…

  • Preserving Our Sense Of Place

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    When I graduated from college and returned to my hometown, it was startling how much the place had changed. Familiar landscapes of farm houses and grassy plains had been replaced by car dealerships, superstores, and chain restaurants. Gone were the corn fields and the split-level houses quietly situated on small streets with overgrown trees; now…

  • Thanks is giving

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    As the holiday season rolls around, it’s easy to get caught in the minutia of planning and parties and to forget the significance of why we sit around a table and break bread. After all, Thanksgiving is a day set aside to give thanks. Amidst all of the expensive gifts and extravagant festivities, saying “thank…

  • The Other Side of the Table

    The Other Side of the Table

    One of the more interesting (and sometimes awkward) parts of my job this past year is that I’m now on the other side of the table. I’m now (also) the client. Yes, I’m still the Creative Producer at Rule29. However, last December my wife (Anna) and I decided to open Blackberry Market – a fast-casual…

  • The ROI on Design

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    Investing is putting time or money in something you believe in hoping for a potential return. This sentence contains a few key terms that are paramount when thinking about the factors that can affect your business. Design is an investment. It should be a part of your business plan in the earliest stages. We have talked to many clients that have a great idea but have given little thought to the part that strategic design plays. Occasionally they enjoy early success, but then they reach a…

  • Uganda: Lifewater and Wheels4Water

    Uganda: Lifewater and Wheels4Water

    Recently I went to Uganda with Lifewater to see the types of projects they are doing and to get a new perspective on our world’s water crisis. Lifewater has been providing water and sanitation in Africa and Asia since 1977. Rule29 is privileged to be involved in their rebranding efforts and to help raise awareness of their…

  • Conversations with Dawn: Intern #22

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    Conversations with Dawn: Intern #22 from Rule29 on Vimeo. Unfortunately, most of you do not have the benefit from daily conversations with our wonderful Dawn Bjork. We wanted to rectify this by bringing a few conversations with Dawn (or DON!, you choose). Here is a sampling of Dawn’s initial interview with our newest intern Matt…