Lab Notes

How we think and what we’re working on.

Framing Your Design Challenges

to solve a design challenge ask more questions

There you are, in a meeting with your design team and someone asks “How are we going to do that?!” This is a design challenge, and it happens all the time. All-too-often what happens next is a haphazard discussion about…

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Joining Forces with The Combine

When you have the opportunity to work with the smartest people around, you take it. We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with The Combine to provide digital marketing and design services to them and their ecosystem of companies. The…

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Good UX Wouldn’t Be So Hard to Find

you must look closely to find good ux examples

As a UI designer, it is pretty easy to find yourself encountering bad UX design examples. Last February I had to file my taxes, not an easy task given my status as a non-resident. I filled out the standard tax…

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Impact: The Power of Purpose

You don’t have to be a philanthropist to do work that matters. Do you ever wonder whether your work matters? I do. I work in marketing – digital marketing to be more specific – and at times I’m confronted with…

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You Can’t Buy Authenticity

true authenticity from candace payne in her chewbacca mask

It slid right by the first time. Just another silly video someone posted on Facebook. Then it popped up again, and again, and again. Each time being posted by people closer and closer to my inner circle. And then I…

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10 Commandments of Visual Communication

When it comes to visual communication, what you see is what you get. There are no second chances, no redos. Visuals are an enormously effective form of communication, but they’re also fairly unforgiving. Studies have shown time and again that…

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Is Flat Design Falling Flat With Users?

It’s no secret to anyone who has worked with me that I’m not a huge fan of flat design. It’s not that I don’t like the look of the design itself, but more that the clean lines and lack of…

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Radio Waves

J Cornelius and Eric Holtzclaw on the radio waves

It’s always a treat when one of our own graces the radio waves! This week, Nine Labs founder and president, J Cornelius, had the pleasure of sitting down with Eric Holtzclaw of the Eric Holtzclaw Show (11a-12p, weekdays). Eric is…

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Clearing the Clutter

I hate newspapers. Not news, just newspapers. I hate them because CLUTTER. Seriously, I feel like we should all pause and applaud the newspaper industry, because the amount of words, data, and images they cram onto any given page is…

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