Stay curious

As graphic designers, we have a lot of tools at our disposal to produce creative solutions. And we’re always adding more. Everything is synced, streamed, and scalable to whatever challenge we’re up against. But despite the introduction of new tech and new techniques, more often than I’d like to admit, I find myself falling back

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The Open Icon

As our brains and lives are overwhelmed with information, we find ourselves constantly looking for visual shortcuts to tell a story or convey a message quickly and effectively. Within texts, emails, and iMessages, emojis are now ubiquitous. We communicate more effectively sometimes by incorporating illustrations into our typed memos–a far cry from the complexities of

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Dreams Deferred

In his 1951 poem “Harlem,” Langston Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred?” Harlem by Langston Hughes What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up Like a raisin in the sun? Or fester like a sore- And then run? Does it stink like rotten meat? Or crust and sugar over- like a

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Creative Conference: AdobeMax

At the beginning of November, a group of Red Hatters from the 9th floor packed our bags and headed to San Diego to attend AdobeMAX 2016. Designers, animators, videographers, event managers, content writers—we each had different agendas, but we had one common goal: to soak up as much information as possible and share it with

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One square foot of collaboration, part 3

Earlier this year, we gave out two dozen wood panels to designers and other creative Red Hatters as part of a collaborative project to fill a wall in our workroom. Each designer got a square foot to fill however they wanted—as long as they used red, white, gray, and black to do it. They came

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One square foot of collaboration, part 2

In June, we showed you the first batch of 1 foot square panels that our designers are creating for an empty wall in our workroom. This month, we’ve got eight more pieces from folks who work on design teams throughout Red Hat. John Adams Senior Director | Global Brand Strategy & Management As a quilter,

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One square foot of collaboration, part 1

Recently, we got the chance to convert an unused office into a workspace for our creative teams. We brought in a work table and shelves stocked with paper samples, x-actos, and boxes of Sharpies. But something was still missing. We needed art, and we wanted to take advantage of the brilliant pool of talent on

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From agency to in-house

PERSONAL HISTORY About two years ago, I was on my fifth year working as a graphic designer for a six-person agency in Carrboro, North Carolina, called The Splinter Group. This was my first full-time job after graduating college and a great fit for both of us. Over the course of those years (and a couple

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