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Since 2007 we’ve created and maintained brands for architects, law firms, non-profit and faith-based organizations. Our work includes corporate identity, marketing collateral, web design, illustration, search engine optimization, social media strategy and signage.

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Download “Sundial”, a George Nelson Inspired Desktop Wallpaper

Since we’re big fans of mid-century Modern design, we changed George Nelson’s Starburst clock with 12 points – a fitting schematic of the Sun with a spot-on summertime color palette – into a “sundial calendar” with 31 points, one for each day of July. Continue reading “Download “Sundial”, a George Nelson Inspired Desktop Wallpaper”

Download “Love Everyday”, a Free Valentine’s Day Desktop Wallpaper

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We repurposed Number Cloud as a free Valentine’s Day desktop wallpaper. Download it for your desktop and tablet. Then sign up below for an update when more wallpapers are published later this year…

Get the Lily White Version

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Get the Dark ‘n Lovely Version

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Find #ArchitectureJobs With This Twitter RSS Feed

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Are you an architect, recent graduate or intern in need of a job? While we can’t guarantee how fresh these listings are, one place to start is by browsing the RSS feed (subscribe) we whipped up using a cool script by Labnol.

#architecturejobs on Twitter

#architecturejobs on Twitter :: Twitter RSS Feed generated from Google Scripts. See tutorial at http://www.labnol.org/?p=28149

New Mixed-Use Tower for Downtown Cleveland by NBBJ

Architectural rendering by NBBJ
Image discourteously appropriated from cleveland.com. Click to see and read more.

It very strongly resembles 56 Leonard in NYC by Herzog and de Meuron. But the base on NBBJ’s version has a less-exclusive feel, probably owing to the functions contained within. And that bridge is right out of Blade Runner. #boom

Architectural rendering by Herzog and de Meuron Architects.
Is Cleveland next in line for a shiny new blob by Anish Kapoor? Let’s hope so!

How to Add a Call to Action Button to Your Facebook Page

Long gone are Facebook’s restrictions on text within Cover Photos, and now we have a shiny new object in our online marketing toolbox: Facebook Call to Action (CTA) buttons.

Well, it looks more like a button on the desktop, and more like a text link on mobile devices, but the upshot is a user-friendly way to prompt visitors to take a specific action within the context of your site, your app, or within another social channel. With a “stock library” of CTA’s: “Book Now”, “Contact Us”, “Use App”, “Play Game”, “Shop Now”, “Sign Up”, and “Watch Video” you can easily can drive visitors to your YouTube Channel, shopping cart, newsletter signup – or as we did, a lead generation page.

It’s a seven step process. So grab a sandwich and let these screenshots walk you through it.

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Step 1. Page admins will notice a Create a Call to Action button in the lower right corner of the Cover Photo.
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Step 2. Make a selection from the dropdown. There is no way to fine-tune the label as of yet.
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Step 3. In this instance we selected “Contact Us” and specified a URL. And yes, that email icon makes NO SENSE for a web address.
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Step 4. Select the appropriate destination for people when they tap the call to action button on an iPhone or an iPad.
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Step 5. Select the appropriate destination for people when they tap the call to action button on Android.
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Step 6. You’re almost ready. Test or edit, then click Next for a quick reminder on tracking button metrics.
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Step 7. Yeah, one click so far. That was me. #YayMe

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Need help with navigating the ever-changing social media landscape, optimizing your website for search, or just someone to talk to? Then get in touch by email or call 216.712.4979.

Before I Lost 45 Pounds…

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Before I Lost 45 47 Pounds…

  1. My mother asked me when I was due to deliver.
  2. I couldn’t see me toes.
  3. Climbing stairs was like running a marathon.
  4. My lap was a tray for my gut.
  5. I scared myself when looking in the mirror.
  6. I looked at my wedding photos and didn’t recognize the groom.
  7. They knew my order at the local fast food joint.
  8. Size 36 “loose fit” jeans were snug.
  9. My bike doubled as a saw horse.
  10. I visited the ER with chest pains which was no laughing matter.

The message here is that the best of intentions under the guise of expediency can and will undermine healthy habits. For me this meant paying the bills by sitting behind a desk for 20 years, avoiding exercise, drinking sugary beverages and eating lots of candy, takeout Chinese, pizza and fast food and the next thing you know…well I can say this because I too was flat on my back in the ER two days before my 45th birthday last year. With chest pain and BP through the roof. And at 5′-6″ 205lb. Thankfully, after $23K in hospital bills, it was found to be “nothing”. I guess you could say I got off cheap.

A few months later, prompted by a segment on talk radio host Dennis Prager’s show, I asked my wife for the three things she wants from me. “Take better care of yourself.” Not “make more money”, not “fix up the house”. Just “take better care of yourself.” Frankly, I laughed it off and tucked back into my lunch and smartphone.

But then a few weeks later it finally dawned on me “You knucklehead, she wasn’t kidding!” So that’s why I joined a fitness center on April 28, 2014. Almost daily workouts and a massive shift in my diet has made a big difference. As of December 31, 2014 I’ve lost 45lbs. 47lbs.(and counting) and my time in the one mile run is 6:21, better than I ever did in high school. Stuff like my joints and back do not hurt anymore, I sleep like a baby, and I can breathe!

Each choice we make adds a page to our life story and there’s only so much time to change the plot. What chapter will you write in 2015? “Tack” and change course!

How to Shape Your Story

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Peter Wegner, ARTIFACT. Wall paint on nine pieces of wallboard for object study room at museum, 52″ x 160″ x 4″, 2010. Collection of the University of Colorado Art Museum. Image courtesy of the artist.

We’re helping someone position themselves online. What was at first a straightforward repurposing of existing content has since bloomed into a process of self-assessment. And that’s a good thing, because frankly, who are we kidding? Budgets be damned, there are no shortcuts! And because a website is not a business card. It’s more than a name, address and phone number. Even a clever logo. Sure those are important and expected and we are always happy to design those, but a website is sufficiently complex in terms of organization, content and technology to warrant some introspection. Why? Because it’s all about you, your business and your expertise that’s been honed over decades. It’s a puzzle that demands assembly.

This is no mystery to any executive, attorney, architect or ministry leader worth their salt: story telling is hard. It’s finding the right voice, the right word – “I write one word at a time” (who said that?) – and the truth. If it needs to be labored over so be it. At a minimum you have to get the truth part right.

So look in the mirror some morning, over coffee, on the treadmill, wherever you’re most comfortable, and start thinking. Get help and prompting from some combination of a trusted colleague, spouse and/or client.

And even briefly ask yourself…

  1. Why do I do stuff
  2. What is it I do
  3. Who do I do it for
  4. How do I do it, how do I do it better than the other guy (truthfully, do you?) and
  5. What the results will/should be

Doesn’t have to be fancy. Doesn’t have to be set in stone – hey, things change. But “tell it on purpose.” You’re in control of crafting this multifaceted dossier about your training, experience, and approach. And visitors to your site will expect that when they hire you. Imagine the results if the delivery varies from the promise: mistrust, bitterness, resentment.

A Tale of Two Stories

My wife’s grandfather was a successful businessman. He grew up during the Great Depression and knew poverty. We met just once, but something he said stuck with me: “I didn’t set out to be successful, I just tried to help people.” Helped he did and the rewards came. He made his proverbial pile. But more importantly he passed into eternity with the respect of his community and family intact.

Another executive grew up poor too, and wanted more. He was profiled by a reporter and said as much: “I wanted to be rich.” He was proud to relate how his luxury German automobile and got wrecked by his son’s muddy football gear: “God I loved that car.” *eyes rolling* He got what he wanted. The pursuit of stuff. Then the day came when he got very publicly busted for insider trading.

Both stories were shaped over time, perhaps even with the same level of dedicated effort, but the self-awareness of one made all the difference in the epilogue.

The problem with writing our own stories is that we are shaping them in real time. Yet this is also the benefit, since we can always change course. Either way, make sure your story is worth reading and authentic.


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