September, 2019 Adam Shigem

City Flags: where design and identity (are supposed to) meet

Seattle’s flag is bad. Sorry, Seattle. I love my adopted city, but not the flag it adopted.
September, 2019 David Bates

Inspiration: how to fuel your fire

As a designer and creative director, there are times when creative ideas easily flow with abundance and others where the inspiration valve seems completely blocked - shut off from the faucet. What...
August, 2019 Gabriella Keski

How I learned to juggle oranges

Frankly, I am far from being an expert on brand strategy, but I do know a great deal more than I did when I first walked into Northbound (don’t forget: “intern!”). When I was interviewing, I thought...

Stop with the feedback already!

Feedback is what speakers do when you’re using them the wrong way, and it has the same effect as fingernails being dragged slowly down a chalk board. When you’re wanting to build to a positive...
July, 2019 Sara Millstein

Business skills don't just pay the bills

Nonprofit organizations make the impossible their mission, with a brand purpose that reflects true altruism. They protect, feed, heal, shelter, educate, and nurture our bodies and spirits. They turn...