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    Cool stuff happens around here pretty much every day. Here’s the latest scoop on Rule29’s awards,
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    • Rule29 Creates One of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas

      World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners and finalists based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start work on solving the problems that affect us all.

      Rule29’s design for good event Wheels4Water is one of the projects that was picked from over 1,200 entries. “Fast Company has always insisted that being a force for good has to be a key element for any business,” says Fast Company editor and managing director Robert Safian. “These World Changing Idea award winners show how organizations around the world are embracing the ideals of creativity and innovation to create enormous impact.” Rule29 is thankful to be one of the inaugural world changing idea finalists! #WCIAwards

      Posted March 20, 2017
    • Season 3 of #DesignOfPodcast kicks off with a Ninja

      The next season of the Rule29 podcast, DesignOf, kicks off in style with some serious #GirlPower! Justin and Wills hang out with Karen Sabo – a humble midwesterner with a unique hobby: she’s an American Ninja Warrior. We learn about how an ASU soccer star went from the field to the Ninja pit, and how she’s using her passion to inspire the next generation of Ninjas. Check out DesignOf on iTunes, SoundCloud, Sticher and GooglePlay.

      Posted March 19, 2017
    • Wheels4Water: A Gallery Story About the Power of Design

      The Wheels4Water Gallery opening was a hit! If any of you find yourself out in Anderson, Indiana we highly recommend stopping by the campus at AU and checking out the Wheels4Water gallery show. It features a sampling of the work and messaging we have created to help raise awareness and combat the world water crisis. Additionally, the show highlights the thinking, design and impact we have been able to have in partnership with Lifewater and the amazing companies and individuals who have supported the efforts. Please check out the show and the Wheels4Water website to find out more, to spread the word, or to donate!

      Posted March 14, 2017
    • Season 2 of #DesignOfPodcast ends with the amazing Josh Higgins

      We end season 2 of our podcast with the amazing Josh Higgins who got his start as a punk rock surfer from Southern California. Following a chance encounter with graphic design at a young age, Josh went on to design iconic posters for the 2008 Obama campaign, leading community design projects to raise funding for the Haiti earthquake and SoCal fires, and eventually became a Creative Director at Facebook. Justin and Wills traveled to Facebook HQ in Silicon Valley, to learn more about how Josh and his team are working to connect the world.

      Design Of is a R29 Lab and storytelling exploration. Check out the entire episode list!

      Posted December 22, 2016
    • R29 Throws It Back for Christmas 2016

      To say Christmas is a favorite holiday at Rule29 would be an understatement. Christmas is the ONLY holiday to us.

      When it came time to create our annual Christmas card to round out 2016, we knew that we wanted to make it big and bold…like 1990’s big and bold.

      Enter: The Rule29 Holiday Giftbook
      Here we brought together a glorious set of products that will inspire smiles and joy during the holiday season. From practical gadgets to fashion-forward wearables, our goal was to make gift giving easy and enjoyable (and hilariously awesome).  All of this was paired with a 1990’s JC Penny’s Christmas aesthetic and presented in the style of a cheap mail-order catalogue.

      We hoped this tongue-in-cheek holiday card would bring much laughter and add to the hilarity and joy of the season. If you didn’t receive a copy in the mail, you can always download from r29holidaygiftbook.com

      Posted December 20, 2016
    • The 9th Annual Hand Turkey Competition

      Well folks, there’s been a bountiful hand turkey harvest this year. Take a look at a few of our winning fowl here, and head over to byashowofhands.com to see all of the submissions. Get ready, because 2017 will be the 10TH YEAR of the hand turkey competition! Huge thanks to everyone who participated!

      Posted December 6, 2016
    • #SXSL 2016 – A Trip to the White House

      In 2016, President Obama traveled to South by Southwest® for a conversation on civic engagement. In Austin, he called on creative thinkers and entrepreneurs from across the country to help tackle our toughest challenges. On Monday, October 3, we were selected from over 20,000 entrants to take part of this inaugural event that celebrated that spirit of innovation at South by South Lawn, a White House festival of ideas, art, and action. At SXSL, we explored the inspiring work that so many Americans have already accomplished, shared the work Rule29 has done to try to make the world a better place and watched as the President called on everyone to roll up their sleeves and discover their own way to make a positive difference in our country. See some pictures from the event here!

      Posted October 21, 2016
    • Sharing Wisdom With Lynda.com

      Our creative director, Justin Ahrens, has just launched a course on Lynda.com titled Growing Your Design Business”. This course is on determining what you do best, identifying areas for growth, promoting your business, and building your team. As Lynda.com states on their site for over 20 years, Lynda.com has been a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Through individual, corporate, academic and government subscriptions, members have access to the lynda.com video library of engaging, top-quality courses taught by recognized industry experts. Now part of LinkedIn, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organizations. With tutorials in five languages, Lynda.com is a global platform for success. For a sneak peek check out this link.

      Posted October 10, 2016
    • Rule29 Recognized as a Top Creative Agency in Chicago

      We are excited to announce that recently Rule29 was among the top in a competitive evaluation of creative agencies in Chicago by the B2B research firm Clutch.

      Clutch’s algorithm takes a number of factors into account when determining a company’s position in its research. These include a company’s demonstrated work, client base, and their ability to deliver on past projects as determined by their clients. This is where Clutch’s methodology stands out. Clutch analyst spoke with three of our past clients, and created case-study style reviews of each of the projects.

      While we’re proud to be featured so highly on Clutch’s list, what we’re more proud of is the positive feedback we received from our clients. This recognition would not have been possible if our clients hadn’t been willing to make themselves available for comprehensive interviews with Clutch analysts that can be viewed in their entirety on our Clutch profile.

      A big thank you to the team at Clutch for including us in their ongoing efforts to identify to the top creative and branding firms in the industry. We’re motivated to make sure we make the Chicago list next year too!

      Posted September 26, 2016
    • #ColorOf: An Experiment in Human Interaction and Color

      We’ve always been plagued by the question, “How is the world seeing right now?” To answer that question, we’ve developed a little internal passion project called #ColorOf. Whatever hashtag, whether #wonder or #taco, you can now see the colors people are using to express those moments. #ColorOf grabs in real time the predominant colors of the latest Instagram posts associated with the hashtags you choose to render. It then creates an image displaying an assortment of those colors. With the constant stream of new posts, watch how colors and moods change. Customize and tweak images with various settings! Ask your own questions and experiment with different hashtags at thecolorof.org.

      Posted June 23, 2016