Nate Hanson

Posted & filed under Boise, Events, New Work, News.

He is a recent graduate from the design program at Northwest Nazarene University (and did a stint as an intern at Creative Soapbox). His portfolio demonstrates a keen sense of typography, illustrative tendencies, an interest in all things web-based, and a conceptual approach to design challenges. Augment these core interests with with a warm personality…

Why Idaho Needs AIGA

Posted & filed under Boise, News, Opinion.

This is great news, but how can it really help the Idaho design community? What does AIGA do as an organization to help the design community? AIGA is about breaking barriers — locally, do you really know other designers from other agencies? Boise is such a (strangely) competitive market. This can be difficult for practicing…

Martini Mix Off

Posted & filed under Boise, Culture, Events, New Work.

I enjoyed total creative freedom and was able to execute an illustrative concept — something I don’t do as often as I’d like. When I started Carew Co. in July, I called up the folks in charge of the event and volunteered to design the poster. I requested both creative freedom and the ability to…

BridgeTower Commercial

Posted & filed under Boise, New Work.

Collaborating with the developer, business consultant, and sales team, we named and branded the subsets of the commercial offering. The sub-brand icon is a visual representation of the main intersection at the core of the community. It was important for the sub-brands to have a authentic Mediterranean/Italian feel in support of the brand. We looked…

Fresh Meat

Posted & filed under Boise, Events, Opinion.

Last Tuesday evening, I had the wonderful experience of being a part of “mock” interviews for the soon-to-graduate graphic designers at NNU. I’ve done this a few times in the past, and have always enjoyed it immensely. For this to be a part of any design program is amazing. The students are getting to experience…

How to Build Deeper Relationships

Posted & filed under Boise, Culture, Technology.

A huge thank you to the Idaho Wines Commission for inviting me to speak on the topic of “How to Build Deeper Relationships With Your Customers.” The talk addressed the importance of crafting original content as a technique to build more meaningful relationships with customers. By adding more content on the web and pushing it…

AIGA: The Student Transition to Agency Life

Posted & filed under Boise, Events, Opinion.

I’ve always been passionate about helping young, up and coming graphic designers. I try to give as much time as I can to students and young designers. I’ve taught as an adjunct professor at Boise State, spoke numerous times at NNU, reviewed hundred of portfolios, and have been getting involved with the local AIGA Chapter….

New Work: The Cabin

Posted & filed under Boise, Work.

I was flattered when Russ Stoddard (my former boss at Oliver Russell) sent The Cabin my way for help with a website redesign. During my tenure at Oliver Russell, I had the fine experience of helping to rename/rebrand The Cabin (formerly known as the “Log Cabin Literary Center”). I was very pleased to cross paths…

A Holiday Gift For Our Clients

Posted & filed under Boise, News, Opinion.

I’ve always been fond of giving back to the community — it’s part of being a good citizen. Giving back has always been a high priority for Oliver Russell. During my 11+ years of employment there, this was one of many things that made working there a blast. When I started my business, I decided…

Mark Your Calendars for “Helvetica”

Posted & filed under Boise, Culture.

The prolific typeface, Helvetica, celebrates it’s 50th birthday in 2007. What better way to celebrate than a screening of the documentary film “Helvetica,” by Gary Hustwit. A screening is being presented by AIGA Idaho at The Flicks — be sure to mark your calendars for December 11th.I’ll drop a few names for you designer-types out…