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Nothing gets our inspiration flowing like a good, juicy blog post. Read about what we’ve been working on (our latest launches), what we can’t stop thinking about (design trends, industry happenings and new partnerships) and what we think you should know (expert branding insights and probably some stuff about dogs).

Check back often—we’re quite chatty when we want to be.

Mar 31 | 2020

It’s no secret that Janice, Founder of Oblique Design and Kelly, Account Manager for Oblique, embarked on an incredible journey in 2019 as they traveled the world with Remote Year and had the opportunity to work remotely in 12 different countries. 3 months have passed since their Remote Year program ended and their return to ‘normalcy’. Since the New Year, they’ve been able to reflect on their experiences and digest the lessons they’ve learned while abroad. We thought it would be useful to offer you some tips, insight, and context for how to run a branding and web agency on the road.

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Mar 24 | 2020

We know we talk a lot about creative web design and how it’s part of the special recipe for attracting the right customer to a business. We’ve also gone into detail about UX and UI; but what we haven’t covered are a few psychology hacks for attracting and converting leads into customers. There’s a certain science to the art of design.

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Mar 13 | 2020

Really good looking retail packaging might be the key to saving the environment. Hear us out. There’s a company called Loop, founded by Tom Szaky. It’s a global circular shopping platform that uses durable, recyclable containers in an effort to eliminate waste. Loop partners with well-known brands (ex: Clorox, Pantene) and offers their products in reusable containers that are either directly delivered to consumers or available via retail outlets. Once empty, the containers are then collected, cleaned, and refilled. It’s a modern day milkman model. Customers are loving it because the packaging is really cool and sleek, and just has a really great aesthetic overall. Some of their containers actually prolong the shelf life of the product and make it easier to enjoy. Take Haagen Dazs’s for example. Loop’s packaging for the ice cream giant keeps the product frozen and fresh longer and makes it easier to scoop out every last bite.

Loop requires a security deposit with each purchase to guarantee returns of the packaging. This deposit also affords companies leeway to invest in better packaging design. Through Loop, different product manufacturers become responsible for a durable container meant for multiple uses instead of a one-time use container to transport a product from the store to the home. In this model, the sustainable packaging design becomes an asset, not just a production cost, where traditionally the company is responsible for product delivery and the customer is responsible for the use and disposal of the product.

Szaky conducted customer research to really get to the grit of why customers were using Loop. The average price of everyday items are a lot higher. Surprisingly, ⅔ of the survey showed that consumers use Loop because of the creative packaging design and ⅓ because of sustainability efforts.

This “Loop Effect” shows that there are goods that are not price sensitive and that the modern day consumer holds aesthetics and sustainability extremely highly. This proves that eco-friendly packaging may be worth the investment as modern consumers are willing to pay the difference.. Loop has shown us that you can do good and look good too.

Feb 21 | 2020

We talk a lot about the importance of creative web design, and that’s because the Internet is such a key component to everyday living. The Internet of Things (IOT) refers to devices (“things”) with a unique login per user that are connected, accessed, configured and manipulated from other sources without human interaction- think Nest, ATMs, AppleHome, lightbulbs you can switch on from your phone, etc.

IoT isn’t going anywhere any time soon, and that’s really exciting.

But what does that have to do with web design?

 

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Feb 14 | 2020

It’s the dawn of the roaring 20s again. And like the first time around, the 20s are stepping it up. This century’s 20s has user friendliness at the forefront of all graphic and digital design. A little bit different than 100 years ago. So, as we get deeper into the second month of the new decade, we thought it would be a good idea to share a few graphic and digital design trends that we think should be left in the 10s.  

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Jan 17 | 2020

2019 was an experimental year for ObliqueThe company traveled the world working remotely out of various co-working spaces (12 workspaces on 5 continents, to be exact)While fully immersed in the remote work lifestyle, they met many freelancers across the globe. That is not to say that digital nomadism is synonymous with freelancing. But, while traveling they noticed that freelance talent pools are growing quickly the world over and providing a flexible and viable business model for those who want a less traditional structure  

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Dec 11 | 2019

Apparently, in 2018 the average American spent about 4 hours online a day, at least according to Nielsen. So that’s at least 4 hours a day per person where you have the chance to woo your customers online. The quickest and most succinct way of doing so is via your creative website design which helps communicate your company branding. We’ve already highlighted ways to improve style, functionality and experience.

So next, we’d like to debunk 5 myths about website design:

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Dec 3 | 2019

Alright, alright, we know Social Media is old news. You get it; we get it. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, TikTok, is there anything we missed? We know you know what they are.  

So, have you really thought about how much of your marketing budget is allocated to mobile ads on Social Media? It might be time to think about that. 

 

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Nov 18 | 2019

In August 2019, Reebok rolled out a really cool campaign.

Their campaign, ‘It’s A Man’s World’, was for a re-release of 3 classic sneaker styles and 2 tee-shirts, and it featured 5 superwomen who are breaking up gender stereotypes in their respective male-dominated industries. But more importantly, ‘It’s A Man’s World’ showcased Reebok’s latest initiative: a creative platform celebrating female empowerment. The message of this campaign honors the zeitgeist of today and is downright empowering. Plus, the 5 women featured are objectively phenomenal.

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Oct 29 | 2019

Earlier this month, Janice was featured on the podcast, #JustAddGratitude, to share her experiences as a digital nomad and Principal/Creative Director of Oblique Design, a Colorado branding and interactive agencyDuring the interview, Janice expands upon the complicated and inspirational personal realities of becoming location independent. This nomad lifestyle, seemingly unattainable to some, is actually well within reach thanks to the Internet, discipline, and great client relationships.  

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