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Leading by Example

When I was younger in my career, I thought that leading meant telling people what to do and making decisions. Over time, I have come to understand that leading is more about “doing” than “telling.”

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Leadership – How Do You Get There?

I never started out to become a leader. The person that steps toward an issue and people follow. I didn’t even know that leadership was important when I was in my 30s. Hindsight is such a great teacher, it presents processes that become apparent when you look back, but when you are in the middle of …

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The Amazing Power of Delegation

Early in my career as a designer and principal of a visual communications firm, I was a “I’ll do it all myself” kind of manager. I thought that if I handled everything myself, it would get done better, on time, every time. I perceived delegation to others as a sign of failure. As you can imagine, …

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It Takes a Team to Create a Website

I’m a planner. On everything I do, I map out every step and explore every possibility before I get started. Now, as a project manager, this can come in handy and helps me guide the team and clients on jobs and ensure we meet deliverables. However, as part of the creative world, it is important …

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Having a Print Manager Saves Time and Money

If you haven’t worked with a full-service design firm or marketing agency, you might not know what a print manager is or what they can do for you. As the print industry has changed over the last 15 years, online printers have become more available, providing the consumer with more options and more knowledge of …

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Five Tips to Get Your Marketing Off the Back Burner

It’s easy to put our own marketing efforts to the back burner when we’re busy focusing on our daily tasks. For many of the nonprofits we’ve spoken with, this feeling is even more intensified as they feel that they are too busy “out in the trenches” fighting the good fight to take a step back and …

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Create a Video for Your Nonprofit

Whether you are shooting a video for your website, social media or a broadcast commercial, there are a few things you must decide before you can create one that works for your nonprofit organization. Decide what is the goal of the video? To raise awareness or inspire donations? Who is the target audience of the …

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Motivated to Give to Local Nonprofits

What motivates you? At Uptown Studios, we thrive on knowing that what we give to local nonprofits helps others accomplish their goals. In particular, we dedicate time to give back to the community and helping local nonprofits. A large percentage of the clients we serve are nonprofits and we have a standing commitment to donate $5,000 …

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Human-Centered Design – We Dig to Create Solutions

Uptown Studios is the perfect partner for your branding and design needs. Because we love what we do so much we have immersed our entire team into Human-Centered Design processes and training. This a way for us to dive deeply into situations and come out with creative solutions to the issues at hand. Whether it …

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7 Rules for a Balanced Life

Getting down to the real qualities of life, when you have a busy one – filled with work, family, friends, personal time and all the rest that comes with having a “life”. The simple things are what make my life wonderful – here is my crack at the top 7! 1. Act with love and …

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Learning and Growing in April

This past week we had the BEST April Fools’ joke. Our lead graphic designer, Anton Weaver, created a 3D model of a special drone that delivered coffee. It is so realistic that when it was dropped into a photo we set up of me reaching for my drone delivered coffee – I could almost smell it.

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Inspired to Be Creative Everyday

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” — Maya Angelou How do you get into a career that allows you to be creative EVERY SINGLE DAY – how does a person sign up for a lifetime of creativity? Stephen King said “If you don’t have time to read, you …

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Scope Creep: Embrace it!

I must confess, I initially started this blog with the intention of addressing the big bad beast that is scope creep. You know, something like “5 tips on how to avoid scope creep with your website project”… But as I really thought about scope creep – that big project management-y term that I first learned years back when being formally trained in project management and thought about just how often we deal with it… I had a bit of an “A-ha” moment.

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Three Things to Improve Creativity and Imagination at Work

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Get Your Mojo on With Design

I think surrounding myself with incredible and creative people keeps me dancing. We have a team at Uptown Studios that really works hard, loves the type of challenges we get faced with every day, and enjoys working as a team. Lucky us! It is a bit of magic when everyone more than gets along and likes each other.

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Get the Advantage Through Continuous Learning

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