Our Thoughts

Sometimes deep, sometimes light, our team is constantly reading, observing, making connections to the past, and prospecting the future. Here are some of our musings:

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Why Time Outside Matters

At Drawn, we've learned how essential it is to take a break and get outside — and having the beautiful PNW right in our back yards definitely doesn’t hurt.

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Culina | Quarantine Care Package

Using design to help a growing CPG brand, Culina, to give back to healthcare workers and others at the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

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The Positive Power of Social Media

In a year that seems determined to keep people apart, social media has helped to strengthen the human spirit by bringing us together in new ways.

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La Familia: How Siete's Culture Influences Everything They Do

Siete Family Foods is a family-owned and operated CPG company that does things a little differently, putting family first, family second, and business third. The results are pretty remarkable.

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How Recognizing Our Patterns of Pattern Recognition Can Make Us Better Designers

We identify chairs as chairs because of trusted, instinctive patterns of recognition. But what if we rethink those patterns? We could be designing some wild chairs, for starters.

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A Place to Gather at PublicHouse

Drawn was invited by Colby and Patric to rethink the space and design solutions for the unique challenges that an unconventional space and business model require. The project’s goal was to create a space that would become not only a regular stop for Springfield residents, but also a draw for tourists to the region — all while supporting local small businesses and standing behind locally sourced food. PublicHouse would be this space.

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The Bard Rebirth

Drawn’s new home is dubbed the Bard Building after an idea that I had 15 years ago, to bring a collective of solo creatives together in one building, where everyone leased small portions of a bigger space. The idea was to bring designers and photographers and writers together to do their individual businesses, but also to benefit from the shared creative environment.

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Porter | Alignment Unlocks Potential

How the hunt for alignment led to a “quiet set of helping hands” for the restaurant industry.

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Why Brand Audits Matter

Sometimes, you need an unbiased eye to tell you where your strengths and weaknesses are. With a brand audit, Drawn can help reveal things about your brand that you may not be able to see on your own.

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[un] Field Notes: Thoughts on Working From Home

Our writer's take on working from home during a pandemic: the ups, the downs, and a few tips for maximizing productivity.