Episode 14 of Our Podcast is Magical.
Nate Staniforth is a Magician, Writer, and Traveler and we are honored to tell some of his story on our podcast DesignOf. For over a decade, Nate Staniforth has toured the US college circuit as one of the busiest working magicians in the country and he hosted Breaking Magic on the Discovery Channel. He’s given a TEDx Talk, lectured at the world-famous Oxford Union, and in 2018 the Harry Potter-famed Bloomsbury Publishing will release Nate’s memoir in bookstores worldwide. Here is Real Magic follows Nate’s evolution from obsessed wunderkind to disillusioned wanderer, and tells the story of his rediscovery of astonishment—and the importance of wonder in everyday life—during a trip to the India, where he infiltrated a 3,000-year-old clan of street magicians. Justin and guest host, Bob Davidson, traveled to Nate’s hometown in Iowa City, Iowa to learn more about this student of wonder and the lengths he goes for a moment of amazement.
Appleton Coated U360 Showbook Selected as a Silver Winner in Design Annual 2018
Creating assets for Appleton Coated‘s U360 Competition is one of our favorite projects of the year. We were honored that the work was selected as a Silver Winner in the Graphis Design Annual 2018, one of our personal favorite design showcase events. A huge thanks to our pals at Appleton Coated for the opportunity to parter with you! To view a description of the showbook and view the amazing other projects awarded, click here.
Wheels4Water Website Wins 2017 GDUSA Web Design Award
Rule29 won a GDUSA Web Design Award for our design of the Wheels4Water website! The GDUSA Awards showcase the power of design to enhance websites and online communications. A huge thanks to the team at GDUSA for the honor, and be sure to head over to Wheels4Water.org to the see the site yourself.
Talking “GOOD” with HOWLive 2017
Our Creative Director, Justin Ahrens, presented at #HOWLive 2017 in Chicago this year. His topic focused on how doing “Good” as a creative or company can not only attract the right people to work for you and with you, but also great clients. Ultimately, having “Good” as part of your internal DNA makes an impact on how you treat your team, your collaborators, your clients, and how you genuinely market yourself. Not to mention it is something to be genuinely proud of. Utilizing authentic goodness (not simply leading with a cause, but truly owning the driving force behind your decision to align with this perspective) is a strong advantage for your business. By speaking of yourself in terms of goodness, you are able to align yourself with consumers and clients who value that goodness.
All that leads to the question: Do you consider yourself a good company? Well, it’s time to start talking about it and we believe you will reap the benefits. Feel free to view the presentation on Slide Share here and get in touch if you represent an organization that values goodness in a creative partner.
Branding Passion with AIGA Colorado
Appleton Coated and AIGA Colorado hosted Rule29 to talk about how to create a compelling campaign or project for social change. Additionally, Appleton Coated presented their U360 Design Contest winners and provided attendees the award book that we had the honor to design. To check that out click here.
Seeing Different with the Tom Tom Founders Festival
Rule29 had the privilege of being a keynote and talking about founding Rule29 and how we strive “To See Different” at the Tom Tom Fest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Additionally, our creative director Justin Ahrens talked about the world water crisis through the lens of Wheels4Water and with other organizations MadiDrop and Waterboys started by NFL star Kyle Long. The Tom Tom Fest celebrates and empowers the founders of creative, civic, and entrepreneurial projects. The signature project of the Foundation is the Tom Tom Founders Festival, which occurs each April over Thomas Jefferson’s birthday week (April 13), as Charlottesville’s historic downtown is reimagined as a creative canvas.
Like the founding polymath, the Founders Festival explores diverse disciplines – society, education, energy, food, and technology — and links the rich history of the City with an exploration into the future. Ultimately, the festival seeks to leave lasting legacies of creativity throughout Charlottesville through public art and business formation.
Making Creative Matter With StoryBrand
In our continued effort to explore story, messaging, and branding, Rule29 has become a Certified Guide with StoryBrand. We chose to integrate the StoryBrand framework into our process because we’ve found that many people in marketing and communications are so close to their products or services that they don’t know how to accurately, simply, and concisely talk about their organization. StoryBrand helps companies understand what customers are looking for so they can tell their story in such a way that people listen. We build off this process and develop powerful messaging, design, and brands to grow businesses. Contact us today and let’s start telling your story in a way that your clients will listen!
HOW International Design Annual
Rule29 was included in the HOW International Design Annual: 2017, 2014, 2012, 2006
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
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.