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Featured Client: Buy Renewed

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Featured Client: Buy Renewed

About a month ago, we launched the e-commerce web site for BuyRenewed. We’d been working on the new brand and strategy for much of the last year. At our first meeting, BuyRenewed’s owner approached us with an idea to bring knowledge and credibility to refurbished electronics through an e-commerce store. We were invigorated by that initial meeting and with that energy, we ended up working with him to create something much bigger. We first needed to start with a name, a tagline and a logo. The word ‘refurbished’ seemed...

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A Vicious Debate Rages

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A Vicious Debate Rages

You may have read rumblings of a truly important debate recently. Both sides seem to refuse compromise, using misguided logic to rationalize their points. What? Who’s Scott Walker? Oh. Oh my, he trying to… Well, wow, but that’s not what I was getting at. I meant the video codec and playback debate, of course! HTML5, looking to standardize the Web retroactively, has created an incredible tool: the tag within its markup. This allows any video to be play without embedding methods, which can be resource intensive. Much like the tag, which brings...

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Culinary Adventure: Charro

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Culinary Adventure: Charro

I had actually never heard about Charro until a friend suggested it for our New Year’s eve dinner. We had plans to spend New Year’s eve at the Riverside Theater in Milwaukee seeing The Hold Steady (and yes… it was awesome). Upon walking in to the restaurant, I was completely taken aback by the decor. The space (previously Tangerine) had undergone a color overhaul. In the place of medium browns and oranges were now striking blacks, whites and reds. Definitely more interesting than the orange globes that were once in the...

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Culinary Adventure: Revolution Brewing

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Culinary Adventure: Revolution Brewing

I actually had my first trip over to Revolution Brewing when I was thinking about moving the company to Chicago. My friend Katie and I were exploring neighborhoods last February and she insisted we try Revolution Brewing as it was new to Logan Square. Immediately, I loved it. After moving, Ryan and I have been back three other times… all for dinner. Ryan became a member immediately. As far as restaurants go, Revolution Brewing has some of the pieces that make me love restaurants. Their beverage selection is amazing (if you like beer, of...

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Culinary Adventure: Hot Doug’s

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Culinary Adventure: Hot Doug’s

We are still fairly new to Chicago. We’ve only been here for about a month and a half. Lucky enough, our friends and natural knack for exploration have led us to some delicious bites in the area. This Friday, we get to head to Hot Doug’s for lunch with dear friends Grant & @jumhauer. The two of them have had nothing but amazing things to say about the place, so my expectations are high. I’m hoping this is a good thing. The combinations on the Hot Doug’s web site sound unbelievable. ‘Teriyaki and Mandarin...

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Ringo Soft Opening Party

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Two weeks ago, Ryan and I had the pleasure of being invited to the Ringo soft opening in St. Louis Park. We attended with Geri Wolf of The Style Laboratory. The concept behind Ringo is unlike anything I have ever heard before. Each month, the restaurant will feature a cuisine from a specific destination across the world. To explore the unique flavors of that destination, they will “devote one-third of [their] menu” to the area. Initially, I thought… are you kidding me!?! Sounds amazing, but over ambitious. Their current...

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A-cero Modular Homes

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A-cero Modular Homes

In my Google Reader this morning appeared a blog post about A-cero Architecture Studio’s new modular home design. Admittedly, I’ve never heard of A-cero, but I’m so glad that I know of them now. Their studio, started in Madrid, has evolved to include offices worldwide. Although the A-cero web site features so much amazing work, I was completely awe-struck by these modular homes. Unfortunately, their modular home site is in Spanish and my knowledge of the language has slipped like a rock down a mountain side over the past few...

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How the iPad Changes Design

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How the iPad Changes Design

A lot has been said about the iPad. In fact, I’ve said a lot about the iPad. The delayed shipment tactic is working right into the hands of Apple. Those that criticized are warming up to the idea and those that immediately loved it are champing at the bit. I’m not concerned with its sales but I’m concerned with who will buy one and how that will change things. Specifically by “things” I mean how I will design sites if the iPad becomes popular. To start, a design must be clean. With all the scrolling, pinching and...

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Video Inspiration: Roma di Luna

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Home, or Not to Home

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Home, or Not to Home

Yesterday, while coding a rough design for a site, I had a quick discussion with a former coworker. It played out like this, paraphrased: ME: Is a hover on the logo enough for less savvy users to know it’s a link to home? Coworker: In most cases, no. There needs to be “home” somewhere; people are programmed to look for it. ME: Ugh. CW: Yep, that lesson was taught to me the hard way a few years back. ME: But that’s a few years back. ::sigh:: CW: Still the case today. Hell, people are still hooked on Internet Explorer 6....

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