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Oxide in Communication Arts Design Annual 57

We are pleased to announce that the design work of Oxide has been selected for inclusion in Communication Arts’ Design Annual 57. The logo we designed for Nebraska Craft Brewers Guild is featured on page 112 of the September/October 2016 issue, and in the online gallery of winners. This marks our sixth time winning CA, and Oxide is this year’s only honoree from anywhere in Nebraska or Iowa. Based on entries selected out of the total number of entries received,…



Bric illustrations

We’ve been partnering with Bric since its inception on a variety of projects including naming, branding, user interface design, web design and development, and marketing. The super-smart brains that built their software also have a lot of great advice to share on their blog — advice for creative firms on topics like best practices, strategic planning, billable rates, and employee utilization. With so many topics to cover and so much to say, Bric needed a quick and easy way to…



Election Tools website

In cooperation with our long-time partner Center for Civic Design, along with the Center for Technology in Civic Life, we recently launched electiontools.org. electiontools.org is a civic engagement toolkit for election officials. It’s a place where election officials can quickly get their hands on the digital tools they need for managing elections.



2016 Get Out The Vote poster

Oxide was delighted to participate in 2016’s Get Out The Vote, a nonpartisan campaign hosted by AIGA every four years to encourage graphic designers to use their talents to motivate the American public to get out there and vote. This year’s program is presented in partnership with the League of Women Voters‘ Vote 411 initiative.



BBTV logo

Alice Buffet Middle School, located in northwest Omaha, is part of Omaha Public School‘s magnet program. Their offerings include, but are not limited to, classes in digital media, journalism, television broadcasting, iDesign, and speech. To effectively teach these courses, Buffet is home to a distinct communications and electronic media facility, where they produce BBTV (Buffet Broadcasting Television), a daily student-created news program. My brother, Grant Torpin, and Laura Chytka are the teachers in charge of the broadcasting program at Buffet.…



Rocky Mountain College mailers

Rocky Mountain College (RMC) is a private liberal arts college located at the foot of the sandstone rimrocks in Billings, Montana. We recently had the chance to work with them on a quick project. Being located on the edge of the Rockies and within 90 minutes of Yellowstone National Park, RMC is known for offering students a unique college experience. The mountainous setting is perfect for adventurous students to try their hand at ice-climbing, rafting, backpacking, skiing, and more. In…



St. Luke UMC website

We recently launched a new website for St. Luke United Methodist Church. Since St. Luke’s needs for the site were fairly straightforward, we talked with them about utilizing a pre-existing professional WordPress template, and then customizing it to their specific needs. We like to use this hybrid solution when it will work best for our clients, allowing us to use a core of pre-built code elements to create the site more efficiently, and to keep costs as low as possible.



Goodbye, Omaha.

In less than two months, I will be moving to Kearney, Nebraska, with my wife and child. This is without question the hardest decision I’ve had to make so far. I’ll be moving away from the city I’ve called home for the last eight years, my two brothers and their families, great friends, our beautiful home, and, of course, all that this amazing city has to offer. I will not, however, be leaving my job at Oxide. I love Omaha.…



Oxide’s ballot design work featured in Omaha World-Herald

We are pleased to share that Oxide Design Co., and founder and designer Drew Davies, have been featured on the front page of the Tuesday, May 10, 2016, issue of the Omaha World-Herald. The article, headlined “A Clean Ballot for Messy Times”, highlights our extensive work on election and ballot design, including how our national ballot design standards have been adopted by Douglas County, Neb.



Your online portfolio

Here at Oxide, we review student portfolios on a fairly regular basis, and I have some thoughts to share. First of all, when you are not showing your work in person, you need to have your portfolio online. (This isn’t just because I’m a developer.) An online portfolio shows so much better than flipping through a bunch of pages on a PDF. And I would highly recommend against sending a potential employer or internship several individual files of your projects.…