A peek into an Oxide design award submission

Last year, Oxide was honored with a nomination for a prestigious national design award. Spoiler alert: we did not end up winning the award. Even though we didn’t win, submitting an entry for the competition helped us clarify and express a lot of things about Oxide and who we are. In line with the award, which recognizes design that enhances the quality of life, we focused our application on Oxide’s unique contributions to the community and the ways we’ve used design…

What I learned during my internship at Oxide (Stacie Kotschwar)

My time at Oxide this summer left a lasting impression. Drew, Mandy, Josh, and Wes were each incredibly friendly and supportive (unfortunately, I didn’t get the chance to work with Adam). They are a team of talented and generous people, who helped me learn what it takes to run a successful design agency. There are a lot of design firms out there, but Oxide is one of the best. Now I know why.

Omaha Gives! window graphics

As you may know, Omaha Community Foundation hosts this little event every year called Omaha Gives! It’s a day-turned-month of giving to your favorite Omaha-area non-profits. The big day this year is May 24, but you can schedule your gift now: omahagives.org.

What I learned during my internship at Oxide (Evan Wood)

A few weeks ago, I finished my internship at Oxide Design Co., which ended up being one of, if not the most valuable learning experiences I’ve had in the design world. When looking for places to intern, there was always one thing for sure: Oxide was at the top of my list. The quality of the work that is being produced there really excites me. I was, of course, overjoyed when I was accepted as an intern. Despite the short…

The Whimsical World of Bjørn Wiinblad

Presented by the Museum of Danish America, “The Whimsical World of Bjørn Wiinblad” is a new exhibition looking back at the life and work of this prolific artist. Located in Elk Horn, Iowa, the museum is dedicated to spotlighting the history and culture of the Danish people in America and abroad. A longtime client, the museum approached us about creating a visual identity for this new exhibit. 

Oxide featured in Smithsonian Design Museum

I am honored to share that the work of Oxide Design Co. has been featured in an exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The Field Guides To Ensuring Voter Intent that we designed in collaboration with Center for Civic Design were selected as part of the By the people: Designing a better America exhibit. Starting from a modest Kickstarter project in 2012, the Field Guides have grown from four volumes to 10, covering topics from…

Civic design isn’t sexy

Civic design is about equality and accessibility. In its election- and ballot-design forms, it’s about trying to ensure that votes get cast as they were intended by the voter. It’s unbiased and non-partisan — because bad ballot design affects all voters. At its core, civic design is an attempt to communicate flawlessly using language and design so that democracy is upheld.

Oxide’s 15th anniversary!

Today marks a big day in the history of Oxide Design Co. — we’re celebrating fifteen years in business! It sounds cliché, but it feels like it went by in the blink of an eye. I can still clearly recall those first days of sitting in the big, empty Oxide office at 4013 Farnam Street, wondering how I was going to keep myself busy.