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Kelsey Hanrahan Joins the Team

Please say “Hello” to Kelsey Hanrahan, our new Project Coordinator.

Back in March, we advertised an open position for the first time—not our first hire, mind you, just our first advertisement (read the post here if you like). We were a little overwhelmed by the response—more than 100 applicants! We narrowed them down and identified some incredibly talented candidates.

Kelsey impressed us from the start with her warm, yet professional, demeanor and get-it-done attitude. We’re certain our clients will be equally impressed. She brings years of agency experience managing projects for international health brands. Her diverse talents include photography—another skill we’ll put to good use.

We had a great first week onboarding and getting to know her. She’s a fantastic addition to the team and will help us continue doing amazing work for our clients.

If you’d like to meet Kelsey in person, stop by the office sometime or follow us on Twitter to find us out around town.

Now Hiring: Project Coordinator

We’re looking for a project coordinator to keep both client and internal projects on track. What kind of projects? Well-crafted identities, highly functional interfaces, beautiful print pieces, and persuasive content for all the above.

As project coordinator, you’ll get right to work maintaining project flow, interacting with clients, helping develop content for brands we build or manage, and collaborating on project strategy. Let’s call that a job description.

Having said all that, we’re a small shop and everyone needs to play a number of parts. Some of these parts will include: social media management, research, production design work, user testing and basic administrative tasks. As a team, we support each other in our work however we can. Big picture? We’re looking for someone to join us in solving problems—for ourselves and our clients.

What you need to do this job.

  • high degree of organization with experience coordinating multiple projects
  • strong written and verbal communication skills
  • ability to work collaboratively
  • strong sense of craft
  • proficiency with shifting voice in writing
  • focus required for developing longer form content
  • urgent drive to get shit done
  • capacity to give, and take, constructive feedback
  • willingness to tell clients things they need to know, but might not want to hear
  • intellectual curiosity

Ideally, you’d come in with this under your belt.

  • prior experience in design or marketing fields
  • a year or more working a crap service industry job
  • two or more years of juggling multiple projects somewhere else

Contract, Part-Time or Full-Time are all options we’re considering. We’re ready to get started as soon as we find the right person.

You’ll work out of our open and collaborative office in the bustling Five Points section of downtown Durham. Occasionally, you’ll meet local clients at their places of business throughout the Triangle.

Producing the best work possible for our clients is very important here. We also recognize the value of being away from work. Time to recharge, wind down, wind up—whatever it takes to come back and solve problems with clear minds and fresh eyes. In other words, if we’re still at work at 6:00 we should be on our way to a bar.

Speaking of hours, our office is open the usual 9 to 5, Monday through Friday. While we do offer some flexibility in schedule, keep in mind this position is client facing. That means being available when we say we are.

Ready to build great stuff with us? Write a brief email and send it to [email protected] convincing us that you are right for the job. No attachments, just use your words. Emails with attachments won’t be reviewed. No phone calls.

Update: The position has been filled. More about that soon.


The New Politics of Judicial Elections

We are happy to share that the latest edition of the New Politics of Judicial Elections Report was released today.

The bi-annual report, now in its 8th edition, has chronicled the threat posed by money and special interest pressure on fair and impartial courts for over a decade. It is a collaborative work that combines the efforts of Justice at Stake, The Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, and The National Institute for Money in State Politics. And of course, our own.

Over the years, the influential report has been cited by numerous media outlets, other analytical reports, and even the Supreme Court of the United States. We have been proud to be a part of the effort to shine light on the critical issue of fairness in our courts.

This latest edition is a milestone in the report’s long history—it’s the first issue released online first and print second. This Web-first approach opened up opportunities to make the report content more interactive and engaging than ever before. Features like expandable content, sortable tables, interactive charts, and playable videos bring the 2013-14 report to life in a way unseen in previous reports.

And considerable resources went into showcasing the television ad archive. A custom content type and considerable meta data allow visitors to use search and filters to see the ads that most interest them.

Of course, we also produced a print version of the report which doubles as a beautiful, offline version. That will follow shortly.

If you’re interested in how money and special interests are influencing the justice system (and you should be), you can read the report online.

Emily Combs Joins Registered Creative

A bit more than a month ago, Emily Combs joined us full-time here in the shop. Emily brings a great blend of identity, print and web design experience, along with the print production chops to shepherd those designs from proof to press.

It’s been a great month. She came in, sat down and hit the ground running—off to a fantastic start!

I normally don’t attach much weight to the changing of the calendar but we’re especially excited about 2015 around these parts.

Catch us on our semi-regular, daily pilgrimages to The Cupcake Bar for coffee and/or cupcakes and say, “Hello.”

Skewed Justice Launch

Congrats to American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS) on the publishing of Skewed Justice. We worked with ACS on an abbreviated timeline to launch in conjunction with report coverage from the New York Times.

It’s great when a project comes in that allows us to get in early and help determine structure and flow. With both teams working in sync not only did the site launch on schedule, but we were able to work up the charts and maps with a bit of interactivity (it’s great to have solid data to work from) and some animation as well.

Check out Skewed Justice: Citizens United, Television Advertising and State Supreme Court Justices’ Decisions in Criminal Cases on your computer, phone or tablet.


Welcome Aboard, Rebecca!

We’re excited to have had Rebecca Egger join the team officially last month. We kicked out a tweet about it, but it really deserves more than 140 characters. To keep it short, she’s awesome.

But that’s really not news.

Rebecca interned with us while finishing up her undergrad studies at UNC-CH. With the computer science degree and her book of solid print and identity work, she was great fit.

Now that Rebecca is in here on a daily basis, we’ve immediately thrown all the things at her. The best part is she’s thrown most of them back. Print design, web design and development. It’s been great to have another talented person in the office on a daily basis. Another set of eyes and ears is a great thing.

As an organization this means we’ll have more capacity. For client work? Of course. But, perhaps most interesting, for some internal projects too. Projects that have been on the back burner so long we’d have been better off starting them in a Crock Pot. And soon.

More on that stuff later. But in the short term, welcome to the Company. We’re off to a great start.

A Little Something We Worked On

Our friends at Springleaf Strategies thought of us when the North Carolina Solar Center needed help to pull together their Clean Transportation Billboard campaign. The Solar Center has a wealth of information. The biggest part of our job was to find a way to turn that into compelling series of messages for drivers.

After that, the rest of was, relatively, easy. We leveraged the fantastically complete brand standards NCSU has provided the center to help maintain consistency across the type and colors. It is a campaign after all.

They’re going to kick off with these eight messages and we’ll see how far that gets them through the 2-year or so campaign. The Solar Center, NCOAA and Fairway showcased 7 of the designs at the unveiling this past Wednesday. I was glad I was able to stop by and hear, from among other speakers, N.C. Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata and Senator Josh Stein talk about options in the state to improve air quality for everyone.

Check it out at CleanTransportation.org.