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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Thinking About Design Thinking 1: We're Basically Philosophers

Aristotle's academy aimed to explore and expand our understanding of how things worked, to find connections and solve problems. That's not so different than what we do as practitioners of design thinking.

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Why Listening Matters

Our job is to learn everything that we can about our clients and their worlds so that we can help them to the best of our ability. And the way that we do that is by listening.

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Drawn to Spring: A Playlist

A Drawn-curated playlist to help you welcome the brand new season and put a little spring in your step.

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Drawn In: A Photographic Survey Of Drawn-Designed Interiors

Our talented, in-house photographer, Trask Bedortha, beautifully captures our clients' stories and the work that we do for them. While his images regularly inspire us, we happen to think that his shots of our interior design work are some of his best. Here's a sampling — prepare to feel an intense urge to dine out.

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Good Design is Timeless

Timeless design is something that we're forever chasing and very rarely capturing. It doesn't succumb to passing trends. It feels accessible and elegant at the same time. It's simple, but not simplistic. Perhaps most importantly, it honors the fundamentals of our craft.

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BOLD Predictions for the Year Ahead

Our incredibly audacious predictions for 2019. (We really went out on a limb here.)

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The Craft of Giving

There are some interesting parallels between gift giving ('tis the season) and the work that we do with our clients. Here are some tips for approaching gifting like a designer.

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Pantone Color of the Year 2019: Drawn’s Pick

Last year, Drawn accented its new building with Pantone Ultra Violet 18-3838 just months before it was named Color of the Year. We think we might be on a roll, so our creative director, Bryan Taylor, wrote a letter to Pantone expressing his choice for Color of the Year 2019.

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How HCD Took the Wind Out of Our Flag Project

That awkward moment when you realize that there's no such thing as a design project that isn't human centered.

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Press Release: Oct. 23, 2018 | Service Design Week 2018

Drawn Agency champions responsive service design for the benefit of all at Service Design Week 2018: How designing brand experiences that are responsive rather than reactive helped one Oregon design agency create valuable opportunities.