I Was SO Surprised.

I Was SO Surprised.

Really, I was. I had no idea. At last night’s Minnesota Women in Marketing & Communications (MWMC) Annual Year End Event, held at the lovely Minneapolis Event Center, I was presented the “Volunteer of the Year” award. I honestly did not see this coming. Here’s the...
Design is a Function of Connection

Design is a Function of Connection

 I was listening, actually re-listening to Brené Brown’s speech at the 99 U conference given maybe a year ago. While her talk was on “Stop Focusing on Your Critics,” there was a line near the beginning where she said, “Design is a function of connection” that hit...

Why Can’t Siding Be Sexy?

Or Dashing and Chivalrous? One of my long time clients is a home exteriors company — family owned, 20+ years of experience. In working with them, I’ve learn volumes about roofing, siding, gutters, insulation, ventilation, you name it, I can even bore you with how ice...
There’s Hank and Then There’s Hank

There’s Hank and Then There’s Hank

To become near and dear to our hearts and minds, those responsible for building brands should take note of a timeless brownstone hardware store on the corner of 7th Street and Atlantic. The mind is an uncanny organ, how it can pull up decades old memories — just like...
Good Design? We’ll Sleep On It.

Good Design? We’ll Sleep On It.

Funny Things Happen in REM. What DO designers dream about besides the latest computer upgrade, new studio digs and high exposure projects? It’s all that and more, but typically not “product lines” with me. (I do dream up design ideas to try out in waking hours — an...
For All Young Women of Our Future

For All Young Women of Our Future

I’m a huge advocate for a good solid well-rounded education. It’s the launching pad for anything anyone wants to pursue in life. Which brings me to my pet side project. For the last couple of years, I’ve been helping shape a brand image around Abigail Harrison, a.k.a....