Don’t rely on an hourly rate to choose your designer

At Chalkbox, we bid on a wide variety of projects—from comprehensive initiatives, such as new brand identities, to jobs that are smaller in scope, like designing brochures. The vast majority of those bids include a fixed project fee, because we feel that’s the best way to operate. Not only does it make it easier for our clients to budget, it …

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Chalkbox Case Study: American Institute of Architects, Washington Council

A design to showcase exceptional design The Washington Council of the American Institute of Architects (which we’ll call AIA-WA for short) is a resource for the architecture community. The organization facilitates relationships and provides tools that help members make a difference through design. A key part of the AIA-WA mission is promoting the benefits of great architectural design, which creates …

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Great Design is Only Half the Battle

by guest contributor, Mike Plaster A lot of writers like to think that our work is the most important thing when it comes to business websites, brochures, emails, and other marketing materials. A lot of designers think the same thing about their work. Both are right—and neither are right. In fact, if you ever meet a writer who downplays the …

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Chalkbox Case Study: Women’s Funding Alliance

Good people doing good work = great clients We love working with good people who are doing good work in our community—so when Women’s Funding Alliance needed promotional materials for a major fundraising event, Chalkbox was happy to help. Founded in 1983, WFA is dedicated to increasing the leadership and economic opportunities available to women and girls in Washington. AMPLIFY, …

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Chalkbox Case Study: Pace International

A fresh new look to go with fresh produce It takes time for fruits and vegetables to make their way from the field to the grocery store, and Pace International helps protect them during that journey. Pace is a “postharvest” company specializing in products that maintain the freshness and visual appeal of produce—from the day it’s picked to the day …

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It’s a New Year! What did we learn in 2018? What are we practicing?

This is the time of year when people reflect on the past and look towards the future. Meaning, they sort through the year’s worth of piles on their desk and find the things that still need to be done. We are looking back to ponder what positive learning we’re carrying forward into 2019. Resolutions are not our thing. What is? …