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Projects
Jane Lee
Kyle Makischuk
Troy Thomas
a small studio

Taking Data Centers Digital

May 25, 2022
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Making data centers usable for remote managers and digital natives.
Let’s face it, data centers are complicated. They’re massive buildings full of biometric security, cabinets stuffed with servers, and an endless map of wires & cables, all of which requires triple-backed up power grids and up-to-the-minute temperature control. (exhale)
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Taking Data Centers Digital
Projects
Jane Lee
Kyle Makischuk
Sarah Cantor
a small studio

Putting the Spark Back in Consulting

May 24, 2022
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An ecosystem of online tools designed to amplify the process of discovery.
Consulting is no walk in the park. Meeting clients, hosting presentations, conducting surveys, preparing reports, and being looked on to solve big organizational problems is stressful and time-consuming. 
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Putting the Spark Back in Consulting
Projects
John B Johnson
Kyle Makischuk
Troy Thomas
a small studio

Building DOSE in 5 Days

May 24, 2022
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Amidst one of the largest political awakenings, we paused all normal business operations to build DOSE.
DOSE is a platform built in less than a week to amplify the black experience. Amidst one of the largest political awakenings, we paused all normal business operations to take DOSE from idea to launch.
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Building DOSE in 5 Days
Projects
Jane Lee
John B Johnson
Kyle Makischuk
Troy Thomas
a small studio

Connecting the Beauty Industry

May 23, 2022
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Connecting salon & barbershop owners with all beauty professionals.
ShearShare is a one-stop-shop for beauty professionals looking to maximize their creativity and location independence. Innovative solutions to an industry blindspot, ShearShare's one-of-a-kind mobile app needed a one-of-a-kind Identity and experience. Together, we were asked to reimagine who ShearShare is, in order to redesign the mobile app and brand that is redefining the beauty industry.
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Connecting the Beauty Industry
Projects
Jane Lee
John B Johnson
Mckenzie Urquhart
Sarah Cantor
Troy Thomas

Turning Dreamers Into Doers

May 6, 2022
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An online, after-school, technology program designed to catalyze your growth.
FizzBuzz is a technology education platform tailored to helping people learn how to build software products from scratch.
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Turning Dreamers Into Doers
Thoughts
Mckenzie Urquhart
a small studio

Our Remote Office

May 2, 2022
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We’ve been operating as a Remote studio since 2020 and this is what we've found works.
We’ve been operating as a remote studio since 2020. When everyone went home to work at the beginning of COVID, it just kind of worked, so we stuck with it. We’ve learned a lot along the way and we’ve made countless changes to the way we work.
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Our Remote Office
Vibes
Sarah Cantor

My “Productivity” Playlists

April 29, 2022
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We all have different methods for tapping into our productivity.
For me, music is an essential part of my workflow. I’ve tried all the “classics”: Lo-fi Beats to Study To, ambient nature sounds, five hour-long YouTube videos of white noise that sounds like a broken TV from the 80s.
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My “Productivity” Playlists
Thoughts
Mckenzie Urquhart
a small studio

What Our Weeks Look Like

April 29, 2022
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Always adapting, and always a work in-progress.
We used to have a lot of meetings. I think it may have been the growing pains of moving to a remote studio and the pressure of trying to maintain a collaborative and social atmosphere while virtual.
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What Our Weeks Look Like
Vibes
Mckenzie Urquhart

A Switch That Flicked

April 29, 2022
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The long story of a small realization.
In fact, our Notion was like a process inception that explained everything we do, everything we want to do and every blue sky thought we ever had about what we want to do that it was both inspiring and demoralizing.
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A Switch That Flicked
Vibes
a small studio

Why We Should Always Define the Words We Use‍

April 14, 2022
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When I first came to a small studio, it felt like I was learning to speak a new language.
Suddenly, I was being invited to “jam” sessions. I was double clicking on things other people were saying, and calling out squirrel when tangents went astray. Gradually, each new word and phrase worked its way into my vocabulary.
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Why We Should Always Define the Words We Use‍
Thoughts
a small studio

Who is a small studio?

March 30, 2022
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We’re a collection of creatives using our gifts to bring peace to people’s lives.
We’re a collection of creatives using our gifts to bring peace to people’s lives. Since a small studio’s first days in 2017, this has been the unchanging piece in our approach to design and relationships.What started as a branding studio in Seattle, in a physical space no less, with founders Troy and John, has turned into an identity-driven product & visual identity design studio that has embraced the virtual world and all its perks - hello world!
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Who is a small studio?
Thoughts
Mckenzie Urquhart
a small studio

How To Work With Us

March 30, 2022
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Never business as usual.
When we decide to take on a new projects, we’re always looking for something different to past projects or something that will challenge us in new ways. Operating at capacity, we can only have 4 projects on the go, so it’s a big decision for us! The relationship we have with a partnering team and the designing we get to do has a huge influence on each and every member of our team.
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How To Work With Us
Thoughts
a small studio

First Impressions

March 16, 2022
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I first came across a small studio the night of December 25th, 2020.
I first came across a small studio the night of December 25th, 2020. I recall landing on their website, perusing through their case studies, and stumbling on a page with the team's smiling faces. It wasn't long before I reached out.
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First Impressions
Moments
a small studio

Our Newest Sr. Designer, Jane!

March 1, 2022
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Promoting Jane!
In March of 2022 Jane Lee was promoted from Product Designer to Senior Product Designer! Let’s go! To be honest, she made the decision easy peasy.
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Our Newest Sr. Designer, Jane!
Moments
a small studio

Welcome Sarah!

October 1, 2021
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We Hired Sarah!
Late last year we hired for an entirely new type of role. Our somewhat separate service offerings had grown into a more holistic framework (Identity-Driven Design) and we had finally figured out what we needed to bring it all into place. Enter Sarah!! We began hiring for a Visual Designer and got an encouraging amount of interest. We narrowed it down to about 30 candidates and from that list of 30, there was already a whisper of this “Sarah” making it around the studio - as we went through our hiring process the top 4 candidates rose to the top; all incredible. No surprise, Sarah was amongst them. Sarah was the first interview and she set the standard. She wowed us with her passion and sense of self, floored us with her charrette assignment, and impressed us with her candid openness about dreams beyond a small studio. In the short (although not really that short anymore?) time she’s been with us she’s changed the studio for the better and has exposed us to a whole new world of experimenting and expressing through design. She’s just a full-on advocate for loving stuff and we are so happy her path crossed with a small studio!
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Welcome Sarah!