hughes design | communications
As we do every spring, we set out on a Hughes Design adventure, this time to gorgeous, moody Seattle for An Event Apart, which bills itself as “the design conference for people who make websites”. That’s us! (I should mention that not only do we make websites, we also create print materials, design logos, you name it.) It was incredibly inspiring and educational and the snacks rocked. Daily afternoon candy bar featuring gummy bears? Yes, please! Free coffee? Why, don’t mind if we do. The web is an exciting place these days and we consider ourselves so lucky to be involved in the evolution. I was itching to get back to work by about the second hour of the conference, just blown away by the energy and brain power and plain old good design (a design conference speaker’s slides are a sight to behold). And the city of Seattle did not disappoint- showing off gloomy grey skies one minute, with the golden sun breaking through the next. Just ridiculous. At least once a day, I’d sigh and say, “Oh, Seattle!”
(Gorgeous, right? I took this with my phone!)
It’s a new year! We love the excitement and sense of renewal and possibility that comes with a new year. Resolutions are made, things are put in order, and we see everything with new, hopeful eyes. A new year is a great time to reevaluate your message, create a new identity or website, or to polish up an existing one. It’s also a fantastic time to review your marketing plan for the year. Identities, website designs and redesigns, and marketing initiatives are what we’re all about, so if you’re looking for a strategic design partner to jump in and take the reins on any new projects, give us a call. We’re booking up fast, but man do we love to work (really!).
All the best to you and yours in this new year,
Courtney and Donna.
Spring Has Sprung!
(Hughes Design takes on the Grand Canyon)
After a crazy busy winter and early spring, we took off for a little relaxation and adventure, flying to Phoenix and then taking a scenic 2-hour road trip to beautiful Sedona. We missed out on the vortex tour (but we’ll definitely do that next time, as we’re dying of curiosity!), but we packed in a ton of experiences. We hiked, ate, slept, explored the town, slept some more, swam, got massaged, slept (I’m a little obsessed with sleeping, due to my one-year-old who likes to wake up in the middle of the night to party) and took a day-long guided tour to the Grand Canyon, which more than lives up to its name. Have you seen the Grand Canyon? It’s unfathomable. We tried to photograph it, took a video of it, tried to lock it’s vastness into our minds, but it’s so big that it’s impossible to comprehend. Even standing at the top, looking down and telling myself that the tiny ribbon at the bottom was actually an acre-wide river, I just couldn’t get my mind around it. In comparison, life’s little worries (crap, the laundry STILL hasn’t been put away) seem pretty silly. Nothing like a little perspective!
So now we’re back and psyched to pick back up with work, and we have some great projects in the hopper. Happy spring to you all!
Happy New Year!
2010 was a great year for Hughes design|communications and, ever the optimists, we’re betting that 2011 will be even better. We’re taking the opportunity provided by the advent of the new year to set some new goals for our business, for our work, and for ourselves. I, for one, would like to start drawing and creating with my hands more. (I’d also like to stop slouching at my desk, but that may be a lost cause.) We’re also donning our marketing hats this month to connect with prospective clients and bring in some new projects to keep things exciting. Are you in need of some fresh, communicative design? Got a web or print project that needs doing? Let us know! We’re here to help.
100s Visual Logos & Letterheads
We love inspirational design compendiums and we’re super excited to be included in one. We’ve got not one, but four logos in the book 100s Visual Logos & Letterheads, by Matt Woolman. Shouldn’t you have your very own copy?
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