February 13, 2017
Humble Design group sitting on couch in furnished home

Treger Strasburg, co-founder of Humble Design, talks about homelessness in Detroit and how her team of designers are turning empty houses into dignified and welcoming homes.

Veda and her son had been living in an empty apartment for over two months.
Through generous community donations, Veda's apartment now feels like a home.

Debbie Horak
October 05, 2016
Front of a Rapid bus

Having recently been honored with a national award recognizing our campaign for The Rapid as an “exceptional campaign to advance the public transportation industry,” we stopped to reflect on what went so right in this campaign.

Everyone was focused on one goal, from the very beginning.
This recognition of The Rapid’s campaign from the American Public Transit Association was especially gratifying because even though our agency has a long history of working... Read more
Carole Tuckey
August 29, 2016
Traditional Printing Equipment

Welcome to the final installment of my "30 things in 30 years" blog. It was difficult to actually narrow down the list to 30 items, but I hope the things I’ve learned in my career can help others with theirs.

Mock-ups save costly mistakes.

You know the saying "Build it and it will save you money." OK, that might not actually be the quote, but it’s the truth. Mock-ups can shine a light on a number of issues you just can’t see in layout. For... Read more

Carole Tuckey
April 05, 2016
Typesetting Machine

So I’ve finally found the time to assemble part two of my blog. It took me eight weeks to publish this second installment, not the two that I had hoped. So item 31 on my list will be “things always take longer than you think!”

I love paper.
All paper; coated, uncoated, color, texture, finish, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is how paper makes you feel. In this digital, multimedia world, the tactile-ness of paper still impresses people, and now a well-done print... Read more
Joel Newport
February 08, 2016
"Marketing" text stretched

This time of year we are inundated with advertising for exercise equipment, weight loss programs and diets. For most, it’s a hamster wheel of trial and error combined with loss of interest and lack of motivation. So how do you treat the health and well-being of your organization’s marketing efforts? Here are five things to consider when making your marketing “resolutions” for the new year.

Beware of fad diets.
Fad diets can work, for a while, but they are not sustainable. And... Read more
Carole Tuckey
January 26, 2016
Typesetting Tools

It’s true. I’ve been around a long time. Long enough to learn a thing or two about this crazy business of marketing and advertising. And whether my insights are philosophical, anecdotal or cold, hard facts, there may be some wisdom that I can pass along to those who are just starting, and some good reminders to those who have been around a while and might be stuck in their ways. So stay tuned over the next few weeks as I talk about the 30 things I’ve learned in 30 years.

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Julie Krueger
December 23, 2015
Athena Statue

Have you ever changed careers, midcareer? It’s not as easy as it sounds. It takes commitment, guts and a lot of support from those around you. I know, because I just did.

For more than 15 years, I worked on the creative side of the agency doing art direction. I loved it. The concepts, the production, the comradery, the energy – everything. But, I often felt pulled in other directions and most days it was toward strategy. Ultimately, I knew it was where I wanted to be next, and I... Read more

Jacob Pierzchala
November 19, 2015
Electronic Devices Lineart

This past Thursday, MSU hosted Michigan’s 13th Annual World Usability Day, a conference focused on user-centered design and interaction. To those outside the user experience world, the topic may seem a bit off-putting, but the core concept is increasingly important and really quite simple: Make stuff that isn’t hard to use!

Though achieving this might be less straightforward, well-designed user experiences are worth the effort. They can increase sales, user base and engagement, while... Read more