Thoughts

About Creativity Close

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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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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Quiz: Which type of agency are you?

Struggling to define your agency? Find clarity with our completely unscientific — yet surprisingly accurate — quiz.

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Why Images Matter with Trask Bedortha

Drawn's photographer and senior designer on the power of imagery and the value of visual design elements.

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Why Rapid Prototyping is an Integral Part of the Design Process

Rapid prototyping allows you to get your hands on a version of your design ASAP, which, in turn, allows you to discover shortcomings in your initial concept — and brainstorm solutions.

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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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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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The Bard, Part 3: Ideate, Make, Shoot, Post, Engage

How the Bard meets our needs as a dynamic agency (and helps us to meet those of our clients) in an ever-changing creative landscape.

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The Bard, Part 2: A Salvaged History

Ninety percent of the materials used in the Bard’s construction were salvaged from other forgotten stories, which means that Drawn's new space is steeped in history and rich with texture. Just like the agency itself and each of our clients, our building has a story.

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The Bard, Part 1: Casting the Dream

Shakespeare's Juliet once asked, "What's in a name?" In our building's case, quite a lot. Here's the story (and philosophy) behind Drawn's new HQ, told in three parts.