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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.)



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.



Nebraska Loves Public
Schools website redesign

Recently we’ve had the pleasure of working with the team at Nebraska Loves Public Schools — or Nelps, as we lovingly call them — on a complete overhaul of their website. We collaborated with NE loves PS to design and code a brand-new website that’s friendly and engaging, full of valuable resources, and intuitive to navigate.



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.