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.
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
Design for Good Webcast Series
AIGA’s first Design for Good webcast, Design for social impact 101, took place on December 2, 2016. The Design for Good Webcast featured Mark Randall from Worldstudio, with a Q&A session with Gage Mitchell from Modern Species, our very own Justin Ahrens who also serves on the AIGA National Board, and Lennie Mowris from lenspeace.
The Design for Good webcast series is a resource of practical information and instruction through inspirational stories, offering opportunities for engaging dialogue, leadership development, and professional training. The guest speakers—AIGA members and beyond—are all active practitioners in social impact design, gender equity, creative placemaking, government innovation, racial justice, healthcare access, and more. While sharing their approaches to design practice, they will demonstrate how designers can develop solutions for complex societal issues.
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!
Rule29 in #VegasBaby with AIGA Design Conference
Our Creative Director Justin Ahrens and CFO Sarah Ahrens presented in the practice management symposium at the national AIGA Design Conference in Las Vegas. The symposium was like a conference-within-a-conference featuring expert presentations that provided valuable insights and guidance for independent designers as well as design managers in large firms. They joined a long list of the best and the brightest creatives from around the world talking about inspiration, business and impact to just name a few. For more on AIGA
2016 AIGA Orange County Design Awards
Our creative director, Justin Ahrens, had the privilege to judge the AIGA Orange County Design Awards with other wonderful designers Von Glitshka, Kim Baer, Stefan Mumaw, and Jim Krause. This show recognizes designers, students, companies and organizations that use their creative influence to create a positive impact for the profession in work that appears in Orange County or was made in Orange County.Posted December 2, 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!
Design Of Season 2 Episode 5: Pete Docter
Rule29’s Design Of Podcast is now in its second season, and the most recent guest is Pete Docter, the Pixar Animation Studios director of films such as UP, Monsters, Inc., and Inside Out! Check it out on iTunes, Soundcloud, or wherever else you get your podcasts. We hope you enjoy!Posted October 10, 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.
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!