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November 10, 2016 - No Comments!

Design does good, and we can’t just sit around.

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Welp. That sucked.

Like a lot of our colleagues and peers in the design world (and everyone else who contributed to the popular vote), we are all picking our selves up and dusting ourselves off after an exhausting election cycle and disappointing results. We are not one's to mope around in our shop, and need to feel proactive in how we step into the future. For designer's, solving problems are what define our work, and get us out of bed in the morning. So, here's the first iteration of what we'd like to do:

Artsdigital is offering free design consulting for any individual or group working in the areas of social justice, art, culture or education.

We'd like to hear from you and tweak our process as we go. The easiest way to start is for interested parties to fill out our simple inquiry form below, and tell us a bit about what you are doing and what you might need.

To be clear, we aren't yet able to freely offer our complete services creating websites, apps, developing strategy, or identity packages (though we would like to in the future). We are a small shop, and have kids to feed at home. For now, we want to help by offering our time, expertise and guidance to those who want to make our country a better place for everyone. We really believe that change doesn't just happen with the election of a new president - it happens locally and nationally at the grass roots level. Vote locally. Help locally. Advocate in ways that show those in charge what we care about most. Look out for each other.

If you are interested, hit the link below and fill out our form. We'll get back in touch with more questions as soon as we can.


C'mon America. We can do this.

July 14, 2016 - No Comments!

Give Shop 2015 Gets an Award

ABAE Award for Give Shop 2015

This past June, Amy Baker of Threadbarepress.com and Artsdigital's creative director Courtney Stubbert were one of three recipients of the 2016 Outstanding Partnership in Arts & Business Award given by our local Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene (ABAE). Check out the short interview with Amy and Courtney, shot and edited by Jay Jones of Squiddl Media.

Thanks to ABAE Director John Barry and his board and the work they do. We really value opportunities to work within our community, and any chance we get to think outside the box and throw a party with friends is time worth spent. Besides, there is nothing better than something you designed getting the screen-printing treatment.

You can read more about how this project came together here. We plan on doing this event again at the end of 2016. Stay tuned.

December 16, 2015 - No Comments!

Give Shop 2015 video recap

If you missed our Give Shop event on December 4th, we put together a short video capturing the energy of the night. It was pretty hectic for a little while, pulling screens, drying, cutting, packaging... hanging out with friends and drinking free beverages donated by Wildcraft Ciderhouse. We pulled in a solid amount to donate to CASA, including a matching grant from Imagination International, Inc.

Thanks to Jay Jones at Squiddl for shooting and editing this video recap, and to Mckenzie Stubbert for the original track. We're looking forward to doing more film projects with them in 2016.

If you are still interested in a print, we have a few left. Get over to our Gumroad page and see if you can nab one. We will continue to donate all proceeds from these prints to CASA of Lane County.

 

December 2, 2015 - 1 comment.

Recent Logo and Web Design work for Eugenetech.org

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Earlier this year we donated a bit of branding for our tech community switchboard, which had become an extension of an already existing social media outlet, and short run of podcast episodes. Since the local tech scene has grown in leaps in bounds the last few years, Eugenetech.org wanted to have a better visual identity to tie it's online outposts together, and help stage the upcoming season of the podcast.

EUG_TECH_switchlogo_circle500We put together a simple logomark, initially for the switchboard and it's related Twitter and Facebook pages, back in the winter of 2015, and most recently designed a landing page for the MVP relaunch of the domain. It's exciting to be involved with this community, and we look forward to helping grow our hub for startup innovation and design thinking.

Read more about the identity development in our portfolio.

If you are interested in what is happening in our startup scene, go sign up for the announcement of Eugenetech.org's next podcast season!

November 15, 2015 - No Comments!

Give Shop Event

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UPDATE: We've got some prints left and they are available on our Shop page until they run out. Also check out our recap video.

A pop-up benefit for CASA of Lane County

We are really excited to announce “Give Shop" coming up in December. It will be a benefit for CASA Lane County sponsored by Threadbarepress.com, Artsdigital.co, and Eugenecontemporaryart.com.

"Give Shop" will be the 3rd pop-up event we've had in our space in recent months. A poster event based on the word "give" for charity has been an idea I've had bouncing around in my head for a few years now, and December seemed like a good time to do it. We've teamed up with our favorite print shop in town, Threadbare Press, and will be featuring their PrintCycle so we can print “Give” posters on the spot! On top of all that, Wildcraft brewery has donated some of their delicious cider to the event.

We are only doing a limited run of 100 prints, so don't miss out. They will be a 11" x 14", and cost a minimum of $35 or pay what you want.

All proceeds will go to help local kids via CASA of Lane County. Everyone who purchases a poster print will also get an additional postcard-sized version to “give" to someone else.

If you don't know who CASA is:

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) provides a powerful voice for abused and neglected children in Lane County. CASA volunteers work to prevent children from being re-abused by facilitating their move through the court and child protective services systems as quickly as possible into safe, permanent homes.

Learn more about CASA at http://www.casa-lane.org/.

So please join us for "Give Shop" at our design studio during the December First Friday Art Walk. See prints get made, and give to a child.

5:30 - 9pm
First Friday, December 4th
at the Artsdigital.co design studio
945 Olive, in Broadway Alley (map)
Eugene, OR,97401

On Facebook? See a preview of the final print design on the event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/974691345908087/ (via Eugene Contemporary Art)

 

September 21, 2015 - No Comments!

Two Pop-up shows hosted in our studio

Pushphin Ephemera posters in the window of Artsdigital's studio.

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During First Friday this month we hosted a pop-up show for Eugene Contemporary Art (a side project of Artsdigital co-founder Courtney Stubbert). We have a really small space, but it was a great chance to move some furniture around and re-envision our design studio for another use. It was a group show featuring the studio "ephemera" of 6 local artists. It was a cool mix of sketches, notes, collages, figure studies, screen printing tests, photocopy reference materials. All of it represented the studio practice as an exploration, but revealed the items rarely shown by artists. Mostly because they don't tend to think about the stuff that collects to the sides of their "real work".

 

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Paths of Resistance - October 2nd

We are trying it again this coming October 2nd, with another show, this time of a single artists work. "Paths of Resistance" by Josh Sands will have a mix of paintings and objects up for one night. We may have to move our desks and shelving into the hallway for the evening, but that's fine with us. It also gives us a chance to make some posters for an art event... which is why we got into design in the first place.

Read more about it on ECA's website.

 

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If you live in sunny and warm Eugene, Oregon, sign up for ECA's email list to get updates on future shows.

March 18, 2015 - 1 comment.

Launch day for Touchsense.com

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A new custom theme for TouchSense® Technology

Update: This site has since been absorbed by Immersion.com - the parent site we also built. Read about this project here.

We are always stoked to launch a new client site, and this week we are eager to share the new site for Immersion Corp's TouchSense Technology. We've got a few images up on our work page, or you can just motor on over to their new site and check out what TouchSense has to offer.

January 13, 2015 - 1 comment.

Interviews and Essays on Tools, Design and Process

Courtney Stubbert is interviewed at Apple Seeds.

Our illustrious designer Courtney Stubbert was interviewed for the new blog Apple Seeds. From their about page:

"Apple Seeds is a site dedicated to sowing seeds of inspiration for artists who use Apple products.  From Writers to Filmmakers, Illustrators to Musicians — we'll profile a different artist every week making cool things with Apple tech.

Though Courtney hasn't given 'actual' blood to the Apple corp, his devotion is understandable given the amount of hours he spends glued to his tools. Paul on the other hand just scoffs at him, relishing in the dollars he saves on his multiple PC or Linux laptops that are "just as powerful, and 2/3 the price."

He's right. But then again, he prefers the command line.

Good luck to the site creator Micah Moss, and thanks for the conversation. Read the interview here.

More Reading:

If you like reading about the creative process and designing book covers, Courtney waxes poetic on both subjects elsewhere. Check out "Interview with a book designer" and "How I discovered process".

November 11, 2014 - No Comments!

Project round-up for Year One

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Damn, kid. Year One was busy.

Since we opened shop in October of 2013 we only had a few leads and one solid project on the table. On this side of the timeline, we haven't had a slow moment, and it's been immensely satisfying to work for ourselves. It's scary as hell for a lot of reasons, but nothing beats the ability to call your own shots.

When we started last year we decided to take a lean approach. We determined our long term goals - which are still in place - but the day-to-day "how are we going to make this thing fly" was intentionally open and flexible. At the outset, we focused on some things we new how to do well and were viable - namely WordPress, WooCommerce, Shopify and general Ecommerce development.

We worked in these areas at the beginning, but immediately moved into bigger UX planning and design projects. Since then we've been able to add some satisfying graphic and print design opportunities to the list. So, without further delay, here's a project round-up, in no particular order, of the client work we've done this year:

Upstart Crow Literary

This NYC-based lit agency needed a full site redesign and a bunch of custom functionality. Check out our post on this project in our work section, or visit the site.

2014 ISTE Annual Report

ISTE needed a custom, visually rich, and interactive annual report to share with stake holders and members. We loved this project. Read about it in our work section or visit the live report.

Verizon Mobile Learning Academy

Working in concert with ISTE.org, we developed information pages and a sign-up form sequence for a new online educational platform sponsored by the Verizon Foundation. This project required UX design, page flow architecture, user and admin dashboards creation, and auto-email responders. The launch of the VMLA section coincided with their big annual conference, as well as a complete front-end redesign. We were able to adapt the new-in-the-works style guide and apply their art direction to these pages as well.

Showcaseevents.org

Showcase Events runs holiday gift and gourmet food trade shows in 5 different states. They have individual websites for each show, and needed to convert their original HTML sites to responsive themes on the WordPress platform. We updated sites for Seattle and Tacoma late this summer, and will be continuing the project for the rest of their sites in the coming months.

Skyverge.com

These guys are pros at Woo Commerce plugin development and we highly recommend checking out their products. They needed an assist on integrating a new site theme with WooCommerce functionality, and we were happy to back them up.

Abacus Design

This residential home design studio needed an new site, art direction, copy-writing, and brand communication developed in order to hit the right market. Visit the site to find out what they do.

Firemed.org

This project was headed up by neighboring agency Drawn, and we came in to clean up and expand the back-end programming, bring the user interface into spec, and consult on a roadmap for future improvements and growth.

Sportjournals.com

Sportjournals.com is an online retailer of custom WOD (workout of the day) books for Crossfit athletes. They worked with Portland agency Owen Jones on some branding and a front-end look for their new site built on Shopify. We took the Owen Jones art direction and integrated it with the Shopify platform, as well as worked out their plugin strategy for bulk and custom orders.

 

We have new projects currently in process, as well as some internal ideas we are testing out, but this pretty much brings us up to date. As you can see, we cover a wide range of services, from back end programming to front end design and planning. We are open to any size project, and prefer to find solutions for a given budget over saying a flat no.

If you are trying to decide what areas you need to focus your budget on for the upcoming year, check out our recent post titled "Where to focus budgets for design and web projects."