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Thank you to AIGA

At the end of this month, I will officially complete my term as national co-president of AIGA, the professional association for design. It feels like the culmination of a long journey I’ve been on for a large portion of my professional career.

(As background for those unfamiliar with AIGA, it is the premier national design organization, with 68 chapters nationwide and over 26,000 members. AIGA’s mission is to advance design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force.)



Hello World

So, it occurs to me that I’ve been at Oxide for a month now, and haven’t introduced myself yet.

Hi, everyone — I’m Julia.



Oxide Design in 1,000 Dog Portraits

As you may or may not know, I was an intern here at Oxide a few years back. During my internship I was asked to design a t-shirt of what I felt best represented Oxide. I had lots of ideas ranging from the literal (the neon sign out front) to the abstract (the three designers as their favorite superhero alter egos). Eventually I settled on something that I felt best embodied Oxide Design Co … Rosie and Glady, the ever present office Beagles.



Big Omaha 2014 identity

Yearly rebranding of the Big Omaha Conference has been a honor bestowed on Oxide for the past six years: 20092010201120122013, and now 2014.

While branding the conference has always been a team effort here at Oxide, this is the first year I’ve volunteered to take the lead. As a designer, it’s a very desirable project because the team at Silicon Prairie News, within reason, agrees to trust our expertise and grant us complete creative freedom. While Oxide’s branding is essential, it does not compare to the year-round work done by the SPN team creating the Big Omaha experience.



Web developer Julia
Smith joins Oxide

I am excited to announce that Julia Smith has joined the Oxide team as a full-time front-end web developer. Calling Julia a “front-end web developer” is like calling a Swiss Army Knife a “can opener”. She’s got a wealth of talent in user-experience strategy and user-interface design, experience in heavy-duty code hacking like SAP’s ABAP, and a whole bunch of front-end HTML/CSS in between. Not to mention she graduated summa cum laude from Creighton University with majors in Journalism and Graphic Design — with minors in Computer Science, Interactive Web Development, and Film Studies. (We thought about making her email address macgyver@oxidedesign.com.)

She’s also into LEGOs, and a giant Lord of the Rings fan. So she’ll fit in perfectly around here.



2014 Summer Internship

Hey design students, looking for great summer plans? As in, plans that will add a phenomenal element to your portfolio and make you stand out from the rest when it comes time to apply for a post-college position? Oxide is looking for the next up-and-coming designer for our summer 2014 design internship!



Designer Josh Schwieger joins Oxide

I am thrilled to announce that Josh Schwieger has joined the Oxide team as a full-time designer. Josh’s personality, solid work ethic, and design skills are a perfect fit for Oxide. You may recall that Josh previously interned at Oxide in 2009, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have him back on the team. He’s a Midtown Omaha native, and a 2000 graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University, with a BFA in painting and drawing. (Josh went on to get a degree in Graphic Communication Art and Design from Metropolitan Community College in 2010.) I’m a bit biased, but I believe a background in fine art brings immeasurable value to the design process.



Job posting:
Front-end Web Developer

What we’re looking for

A detail-oriented front-end web developer with a healthy respect for design. Ideal skills include fluency in HTML, CSS, WordPress, PHP, Javascript, and jQuery. You must have an excitement for making pixel-perfect translations of visual/UI design into living, breathing websites and mobile experiences. Creative thinking a plus requirement. (As for design skills, imagine that at various points you’ll be given a set of three consistent elements and you’ll be asked to design on your own what the fourth element in the set would look like.)





Sketching is good

True story. Since I started at Oxide last June, I have filled 14 official Oxide sketchbooks (and I’m well on the way to finishing the three I have on my desk right now), a large 200-page sketchbook, a small hand-bound sketchpad, three Field Notes memo books, and countless index cards. In addition, I have a three-inch stack of computer printouts, hand-rendered sketches, and other miscellaneous design ephemera. (And those are just the notebooks I used at work… I also have a giant stack at home.)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that… I sketch a lot.
And I think you should too.