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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.



Oxide’s 12th anniversary

It’s our anniversary week, marking 12 years since opening our doors!

We’re happy to announce that, in addition to celebrating our anniversary this week, we’ve also made arrangements to stay in our location for the long-term future. So you’ll be able to find Oxide Design Co. at 3916 Farnam Street for years to come.



Building a website:
what you need to know

At Oxide, we design and develop a lot of websites. And we know that the process of building a website can be a little daunting. Where do you start?
What things need to be considered?

A few weeks ago Oxide was asked to present at Omaha Advertising X! on just that topic. So to help demystify the process for everyone, I thought I would share my presentation with you. In an ideal world, these are the steps you would follow to take your shiny new website from an idea to completion.





Oxide wins 3 GDUSA Design Awards

We are pleased to announce that Graphic Design: USA has recognized three Oxide pieces with 2013 American Graphic Design Awards. Our Parsnippy logo, Belles and Whistles logo, and Maha Music Festival commemorative poster were honored as “outstanding work.”

For this, the 50th anniversary of the annual design competition, GDUSA received more than 8,000 entries, from which “a highly selective 15 percent are recognized today with a Certificate of Excellence.”

We are grateful for our excellent clients and the collaboration that made these pieces stand out.

 

GDUSA 2013 American Graphic Design Award winners