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Oxide featured in LogoLounge 8

We recently received our copy of LogoLounge 8: 2,000 International Identities by Leading Designers at the Oxide office. The book is part of a long-running series published by Rockport, and authored by Bill Gardner. From logolounge.com:

“LogoLounge 8 is judged by an international panel of identity designers including Mikey Burton, Quique Ollervides, Katie Kirk, Fraser Davidson, Debbie Millman, Ty Mattson, Mike Abbink, and Simon Frouws. Of the more than 35,000 logos submitted, 2,000 were selected to be featured in the 8th edition of this bestselling series. This inspiring collection provides a wealth of insight for graphic designers and their clients.”



What I learned during my
internship at Oxide (Julie Gates)

If you are looking for one of those internships where the lowly intern is thrown into a tiny cubicle sharpening pencils and folding mailers, then you’ve come to the wrong place. During my time at Oxide, I’ve learned what it’s like to work with an awesome team that does great work. A small design studio has always been appealing to me, and after my experiences here, I’ve really grown to love it. The office itself is one really cool room where everyone is working, joking, and bouncing around ideas. I even got the desk next to the sweet office dog Rosie for a little while. It was fun to observe how Drew and Adam handled conference calls and see Julia discussing a site map with a client. And best of all, I got to work on real client projects!



Josh:
A brief history

So I’ve been at Oxide a few months now and I realized that I’ve yet to write a blog post properly introducing myself. Don’t worry, this will be short.

Overview

As with most other designers, I grew up making things (drawings, paintings, Lego fortresses). I loved creating and, naturally, took lots of art classes in school. I eventually ended up an art major in college and graduated with a BFA. After that, I wasn’t really sure what I was going to do. On a whim, I took a graphic design class at a local college and instantly knew it was where I was supposed to be. So after more school, a few internships (including a stint here at Oxide), and a job as a designer at an ad agency, here I am, a designer at Oxide Design Co.



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.