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Oxide celebrates fourteen years in business

This month we celebrate Oxide’s 14th anniversary! It always feels good to achieve another successful year in business, and it’s also a great time to look back at the year that’s transpired. Our home – the fledgling Blackstone District I mentioned in last year’s anniversary post – is now one of Omaha’s most vibrant neighborhoods, full of restaurants, bars, and a multitude of residential options. On the internally-facing side, we’ve completed our interior renovations, and now have a separate, sound-insulated…



Animus branding and promotion

We are very excited about the work we did with Omaha Public Library Foundation‘s 1877 Society for their inaugural event called Animus: Film vs. Book. Each year, the Animus event will pit a book against its film counterpart in a spirited discourse. Participants are encouraged to come prepared to defend their choice to the death! The 2015 selection is The Shining – Kubrick vs. King. And the event is THIS THURSDAY, October 29, at Aksarben Cinema. So come watch the…



Mostek Law identity and website

Earlier this year, Mostek Law opened its doors. As a small and brand new firm, Mostek had a lot of room and desire for bold branding that would make them stand out. Beyond the neatly-set logotypes so common in the legal world, the Mostek team wanted an identity that would make their practice stand out and be recognized. Much of founder Mike Mostek’s work experience has been environmental law. The firm also has a great deal of experience in real…



Choice Hotels avatars

Recently we had the opportunity to do a quick project for Choice Hotels. Choice Hotels is one of the largest and most successful lodging companies in the world. They currently franchise more than 6,300 hotels including Comfort Inn, Sleep Inn, EconoLodge, and many other well-known hotel brands. Choice came to us in need of an avatar to be used for internal communications. Something fun and quirky that would help add some life to their documents, presentations, etc. In addition, they…



Oxide at Outward Bound Omaha

Last Friday, Oxide had the pleasure of engaging in a full day of team-building activities at Outward Bound Omaha. Throughout the year, we’ve discussed various activities we could participate in as a group. Over the years, we’ve raced go-carts, attended music festivals and conferences, participated in office-wide Halloween costumes, and gotten together for countless meals and drinks. We were looking for something different. Something that would help us grow as a team beyond friendship. Mandy got us started with a…



Baxter branding

In the spring of 2015, we had the distinct pleasure of meeting Mickey Anderson, Angie Quinn, and Scott Zagurski. Mickey and Angie own a collection of car dealerships, and Scott had recently signed on as their new Director of Marketing. They reached out to Oxide because it was time for a branding overhaul. Operating under the Baxter and Performance names, plus a collection of luxury car brands, they own more than 20 dealerships in addition to multiple auto service centers…



My Scotland / Ireland adventure

A few weeks ago, my wife, mother-in-law, and I flew over to Ireland and Scotland for 10 days. Have to say it was “so choice.” If you ever have the chance to go, I highly recommend it. Having never been to Europe, I had no concept of what to expect. My wife has been several times and did a pretty amazing job planning and coordinating most of it. It was non-stop. By the end of the trip we had flown…



What I learned during my internship at Oxide (Michael Stevens)

It’s impossible to adequately summarize everything I learned at my internship at Oxide, but a few fun facts that leap to mind are: Design internships can actually be paid (gasp!). It’s much easier to be on time for work when you love your job. Business meetings can be fun! Whatever horror stories you may have heard about overworked, underpaid (or worse still, altogether unpaid) interns doing nothing but slaving over a hot letterpress and whitewashing the office walls, cast them…



Henry’s 4th Birthday Party invitation

Earlier this month my son, Henry, turned four. Every year (so far) my wife and I have come up with a theme for his birthday party. To date we have done monsters, tractors and dinosaurs (T-Rex specifically, per Henry’s request). This year, in collaboration with Henry, we decided on “outer space”. Being a designer, I have always taken the opportunity to design each year’s invitation – which then serves as the visual guideline for how we go about the rest…



Mandy’s Great™ TV shows

I’m taking this series to a new level: TV. It’s mostly because I can’t bring myself to do a movie list. I just know I’d forget some key films; I’ve seen fewer TV series. Plus, in this day and age, TV is the new king. There’s just so much more space to develop your characters and your world. It’s almost more like reading.