Wowza we can't believe it's 2018 already!
How did it get here so fast?
Before we fully embrace this this brand new year (as one should), we wanted to take a little time to post up a recap of 2017 (because it was a kicker of a year!)
Just when you thought we couldn't get any more productive or professional we found a way to one up ourselves. Boom! That's right. We've now officially installed the latest edition of design studio project coordination and it goes by the name Josh. With this upgrade we're now able to juggle 3X more schedules, 5X more complex deliverables, and we can do it while being 10% more efficient with your budget... okay, maybe this software joke has gone on too long.
Meet Joshua Yu, the latest species to join our team. He comes from a background in event and project management where he juggled budgets bigger than our annual revenue, timelines that make ours look lazy, and more vendors/volunteers/team members per project than people we've employed in our entire 8 years of business. Long story short, he can not only handle our crazy workload, but can also help us upgrade our processes and systems to scale more efficiently. Yay for Josh!
To welcome him to the team and to introduce him to you, we sent him our usual line up of newbie questions. Read below to learn more about him and then say hello next time you drop in or call!
We're super excited to announce that we've officially become a 1% For The Planet Member, which means we've now committed to donating 1% of our revenue to causes that support the environment. This roughly equates to double (or more) our former giving policy of donating 5% of our profit each year. So we're doubling down on our impact, in at least this one way.
We're also honored to have been asked to sit on the 1% For The Planet Steering Committee for the Seattle area and have already attended two meetings where we get to share advice and best practices with amazing companies like Patagonia, Miir, and Bluewater Organic Distilling.
It's hard to believe that it's been eight years since we launched this design studio in Madison, Wisconsin. Yet, when we look back on the company we launched in 2009 and compare it where we are now, it's almost hard to comprehend how we got here. In fact, it reminds me of the quote "most people overestimate what they can accomplish in one year, and underestimate what they can accomplish in ten". This has definitely be true for us, and I imagine for most of our clients as well. While we're super excited to see what Modern Species will look like when we hit that big ten year mark, for now we'd like to take a moment and reflect on some of the bigger changes we made during our eighth year in business.
We’re bringing home the award bacon! And when we say bacon, we mean fair, organic grains and world-changing nut butters. With two American Package Design Awards, GDUSA has recognized our work with Farmer Direct Co-op bulk and shelf grains packaging and Yumbutter creamy nut butter jars.
“The GDUSA awards competition celebrates well-designed graphics, of course, but also the power of design to advance the brand and forge an emotional connection with the buyer at the moment of truth.” —Graphic Design USA
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
It certainly has been one hell of a post-election week. Like half of the country, we’re still processing what a Trump presidency will look like and how that might impact us on a personal and business level and we would just like to voice solidarity with all of our clients, friends, and peers.
Modern Species turned 7-years old last month, and we had one heck of a year. For example, we brought on a new team member who subsequently delivered us our first grand species. We started working with one of our favorite brands, Alter Eco, and helped them win a Nexty Award at Expo West. And the list goes on... in fact, there are too many fun things to mention so instead we thought we’d share a list of our seven big goals for the future. So here they are, in no particular order.