A Glass Door to Creativity
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Forever a work in progress.
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Vibes
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Meet The Pet Department

September 16, 2022
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Meet the four-legged members of the Pet Department!
A perk of being a fully remote studio is that we get to spend more time with our furry coworkers! Whether it's napping in the cutest position possible, or asking for attention in the middle of a Zoom meeting, they always know how to brighten our days. Our Pet Department has its own Slack channel (for very important business conversations), but we wanted to share their cuteness for the rest of the world to enjoy.
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Meet The Pet Department
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A Tendency for Tangents, Turned Studio Tool

September 12, 2022
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An ever growing discovery engine to hold all the incredible creations we come across as a virtual studio.
What could easily be seen as a distraction, we like to see as inspiration. So we took a whole week to let our squirrel flag fly and the result was SQURL; an ever growing discovery engine to hold all the incredible things we come across as a virtual studio, for anyone to browse.
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A Tendency for Tangents, Turned Studio Tool
Thoughts
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Studio Office Hours

August 12, 2022
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Taking a look at our daily collaboration sessions
We need collaboration, and deliberate feedback to make sure we're creating the best work that we can. Especially as a remote stu.
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Studio Office Hours
Moments
Jane Lee
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Studio Retreat 2022 – Bring Peace

August 4, 2022
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a small studio’s first retreat! Together we reflected on what it means to bring peace.
This retreat is where the whole studio meets up, hangs out, talks shop, and most importantly, connects. As we are a remote studio - meaning everyone lives and works in a different city - this retreat was crucial, as most of us had never met in person!
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Studio Retreat 2022 – Bring Peace
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What Goes Into Building A Design Studio?

July 22, 2022
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What are the key building blocks of a small studio?
At a small studio, we utilize several essential departments and processes to help with the everyday ebb and flow of our work. We rely on these building blocks to deliver on our clients' vision and build lasting relationships. These areas all work together and support each other so that we’re able to bring peace to our clients and creatives.
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What Goes Into Building A Design Studio?
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Sarah Cantor
Troy Thomas
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The Future of Storytelling

June 30, 2022
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A first-of-its-kind movie experience that brings you closer to the creators than ever before.
Creator+ is partnering with diverse, digital-native storytellers to disrupt the status quo of film production. It’s not just movie stars with thousands of fans anymore; content creators are gaining millions of followers who want more than just a peak into their lives. Followers want to feel connected to their favorite creators. Creator+ gives content creators the opportunity to bring their artistic vision to life, while granting fans access to exclusive content and the chance to connect on a deeper level.
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The Future of Storytelling
Projects
Jane Lee
Troy Thomas
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Taking Data Centers Digital

May 25, 2022
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Making data centers more accessible and actionable for remote managers and digital natives.
Let’s face it, data centers are complicated. They’re massive buildings full of biometric security, cabinets stuffed with servers, and an endless map of wires & cables, all of which requires triple-backed up power grids and up-to-the-minute temperature control. (exhale)
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Taking Data Centers Digital
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Jane Lee
Sarah Cantor
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Putting the Spark Back in Consulting

May 24, 2022
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An ecosystem of online tools designed to amplify the process of discovery.
Consulting is no walk in the park. Meeting clients, hosting presentations, conducting surveys, preparing reports, and being looked on to solve big organizational problems is stressful and time-consuming. 
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Putting the Spark Back in Consulting
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John B Johnson
Troy Thomas
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Building DOSE in 5 Days

May 24, 2022
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Amidst one of the largest political awakenings, we paused all normal business operations to build DOSE.
DOSE is a platform built in less than a week to amplify the black experience. Amidst one of the largest political awakenings, we paused all normal business operations to take DOSE from idea to launch.
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Building DOSE in 5 Days
Projects
Jane Lee
John B Johnson
Troy Thomas
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Connecting the Beauty Industry

May 23, 2022
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Connecting salon & barbershop owners with all beauty professionals.
ShearShare is a one-stop-shop for beauty professionals looking to maximize their creativity and location independence. Innovative solutions to an industry blindspot, ShearShare's one-of-a-kind mobile app needed a one-of-a-kind Identity and experience. Together, we were asked to reimagine who ShearShare is, in order to redesign the platform that is redefining the beauty industry.
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Connecting the Beauty Industry
Projects
Jane Lee
John B Johnson
Mckenzie Urquhart
Sarah Cantor
Troy Thomas

Turning Dreamers Into Doers

May 6, 2022
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An online, after-school, technology program designed to catalyze your growth.
FizzBuzz is a technology education platform tailored to helping people learn how to build software products from scratch.
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Turning Dreamers Into Doers
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Mckenzie Urquhart
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Our Remote Office

May 2, 2022
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We’ve been operating as a Remote studio since 2020 and this is what we've found works.
We’ve been operating as a remote studio since 2020. When everyone went home to work at the beginning of COVID, it just kind of worked, so we stuck with it. We’ve learned a lot along the way and we’ve made countless changes to the way we work.
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Our Remote Office
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Sarah Cantor

My “Productivity” Playlists

April 29, 2022
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We all have different methods for tapping into our productivity.
For me, music is an essential part of my workflow. I’ve tried all the “classics”: Lo-fi Beats to Study To, ambient nature sounds, five hour-long YouTube videos of white noise that sounds like a broken TV from the 80s.
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My “Productivity” Playlists
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Mckenzie Urquhart
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What Our Weeks Look Like

April 29, 2022
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Always adapting, and always a work in-progress.
We used to have a lot of meetings. I think it may have been the growing pains of moving to a remote studio and the pressure of trying to maintain a collaborative and social atmosphere while virtual.
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What Our Weeks Look Like
Vibes
Mckenzie Urquhart

A Switch That Flicked

April 29, 2022
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The long story of a small realization.
In fact, our Notion was like a process inception that explained everything we do, everything we want to do and every blue sky thought we ever had about what we want to do that it was both inspiring and demoralizing.
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A Switch That Flicked
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Why We Should Always Define the Words We Use‍

April 14, 2022
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When I first came to a small studio, it felt like I was learning to speak a new language.
Suddenly, I was being invited to “jam” sessions. I was double clicking on things other people were saying, and calling out squirrel when tangents went astray. Gradually, each new word and phrase worked its way into my vocabulary.
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Why We Should Always Define the Words We Use‍
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Who is a amall studio?

March 30, 2022
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We’re a collection of creatives using our gifts to bring peace to people’s lives.
We’re a collection of creatives using our gifts to bring peace to people’s lives. Since a small studio’s first days in 2017, this has been the unchanging piece in our approach to design and relationships.What started as a branding studio in Seattle, in a physical space no less, with founders Troy and John, has turned into an identity-driven product & visual identity design studio that has embraced the virtual world and all its perks - hello world!
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Who is a amall studio?
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Mckenzie Urquhart
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How To Work With Us

March 30, 2022
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Never business as usual.
When we decide to take on a new projects, we’re always looking for something different to past projects or something that will challenge us in new ways. Operating at capacity, we can only have 4 projects on the go, so it’s a big decision for us! The relationship we have with a partnering team and the designing we get to do has a huge influence on each and every member of our team.
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How To Work With Us
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First Impressions

March 16, 2022
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I first came across a small studio the night of December 25th, 2020.
I first came across a small studio the night of December 25th, 2020. I recall landing on their website, perusing through their case studies, and stumbling on a page with the team's smiling faces. It wasn't long before I reached out.
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First Impressions
Moments
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Our Newest Sr. Designer, Jane!

March 1, 2022
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Promoting Jane!
In March of 2022 Jane Lee was promoted from Product Designer to Senior Product Designer! Let’s go! To be honest, she made the decision easy peasy.
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Our Newest Sr. Designer, Jane!
Projects
John B Johnson
Mckenzie Urquhart
Troy Thomas

More Than Family Business

February 18, 2022
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A reimagined brand focused on lifting women higher in life and business.
Mari Tautimes isn't the look at me person, she's the look at you person, so when she shared that it was time for her to reflect on her own brand identity, we jumped at the opportunity. Through her keynote speaking, EOS implementation, and writing, Mari has become a light for her audience and everyone lucky enough to know her (which includes us! She came to the table with an existing brand, her full self, and the whole fam. For the first time in our history we got to work with an entire family.
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More Than Family Business
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Welcome Sarah!

October 1, 2021
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We Hired Sarah!
Late last year we hired for an entirely new type of role. Our somewhat separate service offerings had grown into a more holistic framework (Identity-Driven Design) and we had finally figured out what we needed to bring it all into place. Enter Sarah!! We began hiring for a Visual Designer and got an encouraging amount of interest. We narrowed it down to about 30 candidates and from that list of 30, there was already a whisper of this “Sarah” making it around the studio - as we went through our hiring process the top 4 candidates rose to the top; all incredible. No surprise, Sarah was amongst them. Sarah was the first interview and she set the standard. She wowed us with her passion and sense of self, floored us with her charrette assignment, and impressed us with her candid openness about dreams beyond a small studio. In the short (although not really that short anymore?) time she’s been with us she’s changed the studio for the better and has exposed us to a whole new world of experimenting and expressing through design. She’s just a full-on advocate for loving stuff and we are so happy her path crossed with a small studio!
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Welcome Sarah!
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John B Johnson
Troy Thomas

A Bridge to Sustainable, Impactful Action

September 16, 2021
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Building a digital experience for the passionate team behind sustainability solutions that have a global impact.
The Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Services or as they like to be called, Walton. When we were given the opportunity to work with a team on a mission for a better world, we were beyond excited! We even had an ASU alumni in our midst.
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A Bridge to Sustainable, Impactful Action
Projects
John B Johnson
Mckenzie Urquhart
Troy Thomas

Leading By Experiment

August 16, 2021
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The only influencer platform that leads by experiment with extra-ordinary experiences.
Tayne was a wonder to work with! She is as playful and fun-loving as she is willing to dig deep. We started with unravelling the anchors that makes Tayne the powerhouse woman she is. She wants to squeeze the juice out of life, own it out loud, and show the world that they can do it too!
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Leading By Experiment
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John B Johnson
Troy Thomas

When Fashion Meets Hygienic Innovation

March 7, 2019
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Bringing fresh style and innovation to the soccer community, with love.
Driven by their passion for nourishing the human spirit, Salt creates durable, hygienic, odor-neutralizing athletic equipment to enable players to perform and live well. Athletic communities benefit from the positive implications of their technology, and their products allow athletes (and their families) to focus on performing rather than the hygiene and maintenance of their equipment.
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When Fashion Meets Hygienic Innovation
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John B Johnson
Troy Thomas

A Landing Pad for Young Professionals

December 20, 2018
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An engaged community of young professionals deserves a vibrant flag to wave.
Young Professionals of Seattle is a landing pad for over 12,000 people. They know moving to a new city can be exciting and challenging in unexpected ways. They’re designed for the “what now?” moments that can follow the honeymoon phase of exploring your new neighborhood. As you begin to search for roots, a job and connections in your area, YPOS is a bridge to the communities you seek. We gave their existing community a voice, an identity they can be proud of, a flag to wave.
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A Landing Pad for Young Professionals
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John B Johnson
Troy Thomas

Standing for What You Believe In

September 20, 2018
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Start meaningful conversations by showing off what’s on your feet.
The concept for Voyce Threads emerged from a children’s book. Author and founder, Drew Shaw, identified an opportunity to educate the community on the positive forces often unseen, working on the behalf of our community. In short, we could use more talk about things that really matter.
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Standing for What You Believe In