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Holiday Break Time

by Jennifer Stewart | Dec 24, 2014

We here at Modern Species are entering into hibernation mode and shutting down the office until January 2nd of 2015. We thank all of clients, colleagues, and friends for a truly inspiring 2014 and are eagerly anticipating all of the fun projects lined up for 2015. From all of us here at Modern Species, we wish you a very happy holiday season. 

– Jen, Gage, and Kellie

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Meet Kellie: The NKOTB

by Jennifer Stewart | Oct 21, 2014

There’s some new talent in the office these days and we thought you might like to meet her. World, this is Kellie Komorita. She’s smart, quick to laugh, has amazing design taste, and dresses better than Gage. She also has a name that reminds us of that lyric in the song Harlem Shake, and thus we have deemed her Harlem. I sent Harlem a list of questions that I know you wanted to ask her and below are her insightful and deep answers. Enjoy!


Understanding the $200k Logo

by Jennifer Stewart | Sep 16, 2014

Perhaps you’ve heard this story before. In 1986, designer Paul Rand was paid $100,000 ($217,000 adjusted for 2014 inflation) by Steve Jobs to design the NeXT Computers logo. Jobs was given no concepts, no rounds of revision, no options. The deal was, Rand would design the logo, Jobs would pay, and if he didn’t like it, he didn’t have to use it.


What I Wish Applicants Knew

by Jennifer Stewart | Jul 16, 2014

The advantage studio owners have over potential employees is that we know what it’s like to be on the other side. I don’t think anyone could go through the job search process without having that painful time burned into their memory banks. It’s tough trying to look through job posts, reading through boring lists of requirements, getting excited about a particular company only to find that you don’t qualify, seeing a position you do qualify for but finding the company rather boring. It’s rough being the applicant, but it’s also pretty rough on the other side. Having been a studio owner for over five years now, I’ve been surprised to learn that this side of the equation is a bit of a hair-pulling experience as well, so I thought I’d share my insight for anyone who wants to know how the other side experiences job hunting.


When to Use a QR Code

by Jennifer Stewart | Jun 29, 2014

QR codes are not exactly new, however they are as annoying to me today as they were the day that I first came across one. Not that the QR code itself is a problem, it’s just that most people do not use these things logically and therefore usually waste ink and precious page space. This month, however, marks the first time that we have ever suggested to a client the use of a QR code and to celebrate this landmark I have compiled a list of when it is appropriate, inappropriate and stupid to these little pixel puzzles.


Give Back to Gain Profits

by Jennifer Stewart | Jun 17, 2014

This past weekend I had the pleasure of indulging in the dreams of a 20 year old fresh out of his first year of college. “I want to use my double major in marketing and finance to consult with companies who develop partnerships with non-profits to help them improve the world,” he explained to my sheer delight. “Because you can’t just make a ton of money and not give back. Companies can’t do that anymore.”

This, ladies and gentleman, is the voice of your new generation.

Studio News

Intro to the Seattle Design Community

by Jennifer Stewart | Jun 5, 2014

The always-charming and sometimes-mohawked Gage Mitchell will be speaking alongside his AIGA Seattle cohort, Dave Miller, at this Monday’s Introduction to the Seattle Design Community event, hosted by General Assembly. If you’re new to Seattle, a recent grad, or still in school, grab a free ticket and come hear about how and where to find the best position for your talents.


Sustainable Design Degree Alternatives

by Jennifer Stewart | Mar 24, 2014

I once heard a UX designer say, “Colleges didn’t even teach what I now do every day.” My hope is that sustainable graphic designers will be able to say that one day, too. Right now sustainable design is a profession for only a few self-educated designers, but is generally ignored in the average graphic design curricula. Much like UX design, though, schools often lag in keeping up with the ever-changing world of design, so for those interested in making “sustainable designer” their title, here are the options available to you in schools now.

Do not make something unless it is both necessary and useful; but if it is both, do not hesitate to make it beautiful.- Shaker proverb