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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!



Julia’s list of Great™ movies

I watched a lot of movies this weekend. (Guardians of the Galaxy, Gravity, and The Internship — if you were curious.) This got me thinking it was about time to resurrect the old Oxide classic: the Great™ movies blog post.

As Adam explained in his list awhile back, “a Great movie is one that you would watch right now.”

Now, I tend to really enjoy fantasy and/or sci-fi films — and Shakespeare adaptations. You’ll see many such films below. While I recognize that these movies may not be universal favorites, they’ve brought me much joy over the years, and I highly recommend them.



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.



Cuming County website

We recently had the privilege of helping Cuming County, Nebraska, combine their government, tourism, and economic development websites into one beautifully designed site.

This project involved some extensive site-mapping; we looked to design the most straightforward structure to best serve these three branches and their visitors.



Union Pacific Intermodal video

Intermodal shipping incorporates multiple modes of transportation to move goods from point A to point B. This might not sound like the world’s most complicated concept, but to fully explain the process and all of the benefits associated with it, Union Pacific hired illustrator/animator Cale Oglesby to explain the service. Cale then partnered with Oxide for illustration and design, while he focused on the animation portion of the project.

Experts at intermodal, Union Pacific provides the most cost-effective access to markets throughout North America. They do this by combining the flexibility of trucks with the efficiency and environmental benefits of their vast rail system. UP is America’s largest intermodal network, serving more than 95% of all major U.S. markets.



AIGA Nebraska:
The Show logo

Every year, AIGA Nebraska holds a competition showcasing the best design work done in the state over the previous twelve months. Now in its 23rd year, The Show features the best professional and student work in Nebraska, serving as a great cross-section of the design work being done across the state.



Code is friend, not foe

Should design students learn how to code? Yes? No? How much? Why?

As a designer-who-develops/developer-who-designs, I wanted to share some thoughts on the topic. My hope is that by explaining a little, it will help you — as someone interested in web or UX design — make informed decisions about the kinds of opportunities that would be best for you to pursue.



Hausmann Construction
website redesign

Hausmann Construction, based in Lincoln, Neb., provides construction management, design build, and general contracting — and, above all, client satisfaction. They work on everything from educational facilities to corporate offices.

They came to us for a website redesign — something cleaner and more streamlined. Our solution showcases Hausmann’s work first and foremost. Their big, beautiful, impressive structures speak for themselves.

We removed all the extraneous elements of their old site, and designed a framework that features what’s important: Hausmann’s work. We built in more space for them to speak about the projects, and share even more photos of these buildings. We also developed areas for Hausmann to explain their company values and post their latest news.



Mula branding

For the past five years, Michael Sanchez has operated Maria’s Mexican Restaurant in Ralston, Nebraska. Started by his grandparents 35 years ago, Maria’s has won multiple Best of Omaha awards. Michael’s success running the family restaurant led to his new endeavor, Mula Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria, located on the corner of 40th and Farnam (just a few doors down from Oxide). Bonus: Mula will open its doors to the public tomorrow (Wed 18 Jun 2014) at 3 pm!



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.)