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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.

Sep 26 | 2020

Our client Cause+Medic has a special place in our heart. The mother of Founder, Hugh Huffaker, was suffering chronic pain due to multiple sclerosis, and Hugh wanted to create a CBD cream that would help alleviate it. What resulted was Cause+Medic, you may have heard about them in Forbes, Organic Spa Magazine, or Dope Magazine. 

Upon product launch, Oblique was asked to do the original creative package design oriented towards the ‘everyday’ consumer. Our designs were colorfully eye catching and dynamic. As Cause+Medic began to gain more clout in the massage world, high end spas started to pick up on all of the hype. Soon enough, the Four Seasons wanted in on the action and requested that these massage oils be used in almost every one of their spas worldwide. This called for a complete packaging redesign. Oblique was on the case again, this time redesigning the original packaging to be more sophisticated and sleeker to appeal to high end clientele. 

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Sep 16 | 2020

“Just Do It” 

“I’m lovin’ it.” 

“We bring good things to life.”

You hear these phrases and you just know to whom they belong before we even have to tell you. In case you didn’t, “Just Do It” is Nike’s tagline, “I’m lovin’ it” was coined by McDonald’s and “We bring good things to life.” is GE’s famous tagline. So why can we remember them in a split second?

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Sep 3 | 2020

We’re about to toot our own horn here! Beep beep. 

Recently, we designed a logo and infographic for the House Democrats’ Member Online All-Star Competition. That’s right, we said THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES!  We wanted the competition logo to stand out and denote a fun creative pursuit (gaining social media followers- the competition’s objective) and we were also tasked to design an infographic to display the competition winners for this year and all past years in a fun and engaging way; and we did so with pride!  (more…)

Aug 21 | 2020

Picture this: you’re walking down the cereal aisle in a Target and you’re watching boxes of cereal fly by like you’re spinning the wheel on Wheel of Fortune. Suddenly, your eye stops wandering and it lands on a box that stands out against the rest. How did they do this? How can one creative packaging design stand out in a very competitive market? Well, we’ll give you a few pointers to help you through the design process.

 

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Aug 14 | 2020

Calling all members of the LGBT+ community with graduate degrees looking for job placement! 

We have an awesome opportunity for you to link with one of our amazing non-profit clients, Reaching Out. 

Our relationship with Reaching Out began in a very competitive RFP process that we are so proud to have won. We partnered with Twisted Simple to create a non-profit site design on par with Reaching Out’s mission to provide a safe space for LGBT+ individuals to come together as a community and support each other while navigating the daunting job placement journey that accompanies attending MBA programs. 

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Jul 27 | 2020

A decade ago, the biggest slap to the face to designers came in the form of the 5 dollar logo from Fiverr or 99Designs. Fiverr and 99Designs are online market places that offer various creative services online for very little money with quick turn arounds. Sounds like a good idea, right?

Well, it’s a bit more complicated than that.

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Jul 7 | 2020

Jake Pates is the coolest 21 year old we know. Olympic Snowboarder, nonprofit founder, Brain Health Activist, and Oblique Client. Born and raised in Eagle, Colorado, Jake began snowboarding as a little kid. By 8 years old, he was with USASA, which gave him the opportunity to create a career for himself in professional snowboarding. Over the past 14 years, Jake has had multiple concussions; and as a result, has suffered with anxiety and depression.

 

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Jun 25 | 2020

There are a few companies that are trying to correct America’s checkered history of overtly hurtful and racist imagery in branding, especially in packaged goods. Aunt Jemima, Mrs. Butterworth’s, Cream of Wheat and Uncle Ben’s are confronting an inevitable brand overhaul due to decades of having a visual identity rooted in American racism. Momentum away from racialized branding has been growing for decades, but the Black Lives Matter movement has jolted these big brands into reality and rightfully has them thinking about the implications of using carryover tropes of the Jim Crow era to build brand loyalty.

 

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Jun 18 | 2020

Everything has changed.

One minute your plan for an upcoming tradeshow is all set to go, and the next minute the mere prospect of large scale in person events is obsolete. This year has flipped everything on its head and has left many of us with the question, “What are we supposed to do now?”

 

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May 20 | 2020

2019 taught us a few things about life–we say this reflecting five and a half months into 2020 and 9 weeks into quarantine. But, a big thing that 2019 showed us was the big power of irrationality and the positive effects that can occur when you take a leap of faith and chase an out-of-the-box idea to help your company grow. Irrationality led to the reimagining of vehicle design, global issues, and customer experience.

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