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.)

UsabilityWorks identity

Every so often we get the opportunity to work with a client on an identity “refresh” — not a wholesale rebranding, but a refinement of the visual identity that leaves in place the core concepts behind the original. We were recently approached by national usability expert and longtime Oxide collaborator Dana Chisnell to do just that: reinvigorate her primary corporate entity, UsabilityWorks.

Letterpressed rehearsal
dinner invitation

Awhile back, Oxide was tasked with designing a invitation to the rehearsal dinner for the wedding of Brooke and Eric, hosted by Eric’s father (the president of Kiewit Corporation, Bruce Grewcock) and his wife Deb. The dinner was held at Kiewit Plaza and — tying into the work Kiewit does — had the theme “Building Our Future.”

BeckAg website

Hey everybody, we’ve recently launched a new website for BeckAg. They are an innovative company which specializes in facilitating conversations between agriculture professionals. We worked with them to completely reorganize their content, streamline the user experience, and build a highly engaging and interactive site.

Parsnippy name and logo

We love farmers’ markets! Who doesn’t? You get the freshest products available while supporting small-scale farmers. Although the local aspect is great, many farmers’ markets lack variety. You can pick up the basics at most, but to get truly unique products that aren’t always grown locally, you have to go to a grocery store. There’s also another big drawback here in Nebraska and many other parts of the country as well: the length of a market’s season is dependent on the weather.

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.

Nebraskans for Civic Reform identity

At Oxide Design Co., we select one pro bono client each year. It’s a careful process for us. We want to give our time toward something we believe in, and which needs our help. Nebraskans for Civic Reform has a mission much inline with our own. This organization advocates for a fair and equitable democracy — something near and dear to us. It provides civic education for youth and the community, training for veterans in job-readiness training, and advocacy for fair and accessible voting. It’s an organization we want to be more involved with, and to which we believe we can bring real value.

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.