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    When creative matters, people notice.

    Cool stuff happens around here pretty much every day. Here’s the latest scoop on Rule29’s awards,
    press and speaking gigs. See how we’re Making Creative Matter®

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    • Seeing Different with AFF Spokane, WA

      We all say we want to be a part of changing the world, but how do you actually accomplish this?

      We believe at Rule29, creatives are built to see the world differently. It’s one of the creative’s unique and innovative traits. Our principal & creative director, Justin Ahrens, presented to the AdFed in Spokane, WA about the importance of “design for good” and applying that to organizations who are focused on making the world a better place. Thanks to the wonderful Spark Center and AdFed for being such wonderful hosts.

      Posted October 27, 2015
    • She Says Chicago

      Justin Ahrens spoke as part of a panel at the She Says Chicago Making Good event on Wednesday, July 15, 2015.  The event sought to teach its audience about how one can help make positive change through their work without working for free.

      Posted July 19, 2015
    • Speaking at AIGA Cultivate in Milwaukee, WI

      On June 16 our Creative Director, Justin Ahrens, will be speaking at an AIGA Cultivate event in Milwaukee, WI. The event will take place at 6:30 PM at Hanson Dodge Creative, 220 E Buffalo Street, Milwaukee, WI. We look forward to seeing you there!

      Posted June 11, 2015
    • Culture Vs Creative?

      On May 7th, Justin spoke at the HOW Design Live 2015 Conference in Chicago, Il. His talk, “Why Can Culture Be More Important Than Your Creative?” explore why a company’s culture is potentially the most important (and most elusive) element for success in the design industry. He examined how to go about fostering the kind of company culture that employees want to be a part of and that clients want to work with. See his keynote on slideshare.

      Posted April 25, 2015
    • Speaking at the American Advertising Federation in Lincoln, NE

      Creative Director, Justin Ahrens spoke to a Professional Development Meeting at the American Advertising Federation in Lincoln Nebraska on April 22, 2015. Justin spoke about how to encourage your team to become involved with important social causes, and what that involvement can do for your organization’s vision and creative work. Justin charged the audience with the importance of story and how it changes and motivates people.

      Posted April 23, 2015
    • Rule29 speaks for CSCA #GoBucks

      On March 19, Justin gave a talk to the Columbus Society of Communicating Arts on balancing a successful career and a passion for social causes. Justin challenged the audience to “Make Creative Matter” in the realms of design, entrepreneurism, micro-funding, and collaboration with local colleges.

      Posted March 25, 2015
    • Renewing Water for Life

      When PaperSpec and Storyboard heard about our work for Lifewater’s rebrand and our efforts with Wheels4Water, they were eager to share our story while contributing to our cause. They first featured us on one of their case stories and then offered to help us raise money for Wheels4Water by donating a dollar for every person that signed up for our webinar. We were excited to be featured and humbled by their efforts to help us raise funds for our next ride. Check out Paperspec, Storyboard, and Wheels4Water here.

      Posted February 1, 2015
    • Justin on Design Matters

      Justin was interviewed by Debbie Millman on her podcast, Design Matters. Justin spoke about how to stay passionate about your design work, including a charge for designers to use their skills for positive social change. He also explored the concept behind his book, Life Kerning, of maintaining a balance between your career and personal life, allowing both to be fulfilling and productive. Check out the full interview here.

      Posted December 20, 2014
    • Rule29 Speaks At BP

      On November 20, Justin spoke at a division of the BP office in downtown Chicago. He gave a version of his TEDx talk, “See Different, Do Different” in which he shares about the difference between passively looking at the world and actively trying to see the world with eagerness to understand its complexity, challenges, and beauty. Oriented around his experience with non-profits and the work that Rule29 has done with organizations in Africa, Justin believes a shift happens when we begin to look past our own experiences and environment – we begin to find new purpose and opportunities to serve others. With this new perspective and lens through which we see the world, we are more fulfilled in our lives and our work takes on new meaning.

      To watch Justin’s full TEDx talk, go here.
      Posted November 20, 2014
    • Phoenix Design Week

      Justin spoke about Design for Good at Phoenix Design Week (October 17-24). The weekend Method + Madness conference brings internationally-recognized keynote speakers alongside local design authorities as part of an enlightening week celebrating all aspects of design.

      Posted October 17, 2014