To Niche or Not to Niche?

Hailey DolanBranding, Strategy

One of my core characteristics, which came as a direct result of my public education experience, is being well-rounded. In school, it wasn’t enough to have the best grades. If I wanted to be accepted by a university, I had to participate in a variety of extracurricular activities — to … Read More

Make the Logo Bigger: A Crash Course in Brand Focus

Grant NielsenBranding, Design

Make the Logo Bigger: A Crash Course in Brand Focus

  It always starts as such a seemingly benign note by a well-intentioned client: “make the logo bigger.” So simple, right? What could possibly be objectionable about that? The problem is rarely the request itself, but the impulse to make it. Many tropes have emerged through the years which comically … Read More

How to Develop a Visual Brand Guide

Grant NielsenBranding, Design

How to Design a Brand Guide

I’m lucky to be able to do what I love for a living and brand design is at the very top of my list. However, if there were ever a delusion I would love to dispel as a brand designer, it would be that a logo is not a brand … Read More

How to Handle Competition in Business

Joe SampsonStrategy, Branding

How To Handle Business Competition

I’m going to start by stating something I wholeheartedly believe: competition in business is good. It’s good for the consumer because it affords them more choice based on price, service, quality, and fit. It’s good for the business because it prevents complacency, necessitates innovation, and drives teams and products toward … Read More

Strengthening Your Brand Through Crisis

Joe SampsonStrategy, Branding

Strengthening Your Brand Though Crisis

If you own or lead a business and your world was turned upside down in March, you weren’t alone. So many of us went from successfully growing our life’s work to laboring to save it overnight. Every day brought its share of unforeseen challenges and it seemed like any time … Read More

Nu Year, Nu Look, Nu Era

Joe SampsonNews, Branding, Strategy, Team, Web Design

Three years ago today we opened the doors on Nuera Marketing for the first time. Starting any business is hard and starting a marketing agency is, well, no exception. There’s a lot of competition ranging from big, well-established agencies and intentionally smaller, boutique brands to scrappy solo shops willing to … Read More

Client Spotlight: Flask & Cannon

Grant NielsenPortfolio, Branding, Design, Web Design

Flask & Cannon

As Nuera’s creative director and lead designer, I’ve definitely seen my share of interesting and unexpected graphics projects, but perhaps none more so than the visual brand that became Flask & Cannon. Established bar-owners Kurt Rogers and Matt Carson knew what they wanted but weren’t sure how to achieve it. … Read More