Author: Stephanie Cosgrove

Pantone Picked A Classic: Why You Should Care About Color of the Year


On December 4th, 2019, Pantone announced Classic Blue (aka Pantone 19-4052) as its Pantone Color of the Year for 2020. As a graphic designer, the Color of the Year is exciting! But for the non-creatives of the world, an announcement like “Color of the Year” may result in a shrug or eyeroll. If you’re wondering why you should care about a color, read on! Pantone’s Color of the Year actually impacts plenty of industries and directly influences design trends for the year. A Colorful History Lesson The Pantone Color System originated in 1963 to solve the problem of color matching READ MORE >>

Breaking the Label: Take Your Box from Drab to Fab


Another day at the ODEA office, another Amazon package. Are we addicted to Amazon? That’s a whole other blog post. But we can’t lie, it does give us butterflies whenever we see the delivery man at our door and last week was no different! Picture this, all the little ODEA-ites safely tucked in their offices, whistling a happy tune as we worked. And then we heard that two o’clock knock on the door and we knew – our Amazon goodies had arrived! But this time when we opened the door, we weren’t just met with the smiling face of our READ MORE >>

The Basics of User Experience (UX) Design


What comes to mind when you hear the word “designer”? Most people tend to think of a graphic designer. But designers take on many more forms than that – web developers, architects, plant managers, teachers, chemists, journalists, composers, and CEOs are all designers in their own way. Italian artist Bruno Munari said that “A designer is a planner with an aesthetic sense”. The core of design comes from being a planner and being able to organize information in a way that is usable for its intended audience. That’s user experience in a nutshell! User Experience (UX) is all about the READ MORE >>