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Getting Through the Holidays

Cue Europe’s “The Final Countdown.” We’re already there–the last 17 days of 2018 is out the door, and even closer,  barely a week till Christmas–yikes! My brain is already tackling multiple things at once, but during this time of year, I’m running in hyperdrive. To be honest, in the past, there’s been years where I’d run wild: post-it notes, notepads,…

2018 Farm 2 Fork Fundraiser

Despite the rain, our 2018 Farm 2 Fork Dinner was another big success. On a rainy Sunday evening in September, 70+ folks gathered inside the Downtown Martinsburg Public Library for the second annual Farm 2 Fork Dinner – a locally-sourced and prepared 4-course dinner. Last year’s 50 seat dinner sold out so fast that we increased the number of tickets…

Helping 6,150 Acres Find Its Voice

The Alabama Gulf State Park Project Interpretive Design Strategy. Creating and implementing the interpretive design experience for Alabama’s Gulf State Park not only brought out the best in our project management skills, but it also allowed our team an opportunity to utilize everything we’ve learned in our careers–design, research, writing, illustration, and photography–on a very large scale. Gulf State Park…

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Special Love

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness month. Cancer doesn’t discriminate, and it’s hard to fathom that every day, 43 families will hear the word, “your child has cancer.”* Special Love, a nonprofit organization that provides cancer families a community of support, made up of other patients and families who know and understand the trials of the cancer experience, is one of…

Design Thinking and Food

Epicenter Memphis + The Think Tank In June, Laurel and I found ourselves presenting on food and design thinking in the amazing Cooper Young district of Memphis, Tennessee. We were asked to speak about using design thinking to increase opportunity and access to local food and to facilitate a workshop at Epicenter’s kick-off event–The Think Tank. This hands-on weekend was dedicated…

Collaboration by Design, for Community

Martinsburg: our experience Despite being a small town, Martinsburg has a lot going on downtown. Lately, we’ve seen a lot of positive growth. While some businesses have closed their doors, plenty of new businesses have been testing the waters and bringing some much-appreciated culture and energy with them. It’s certainly not perfect… we get it – we see it too….

Development Authority of Berkeley County

I’m sure you’ve noticed we’re pretty fond of where we live. What’s not to love about the beautiful landscapes, evolving demographics, and rapidly growing economy nestled in the tri-state area? Between the Farmers Market and other local and community projects (such as What’s Next WV Berkeley County and Promise Neighborhood Initiative) and boards we work with, we love being an active part…

Branding for Bridges

Services provided: Name, brand identity, advertising, collateral, copywriting, research and strategy, voice and tone, website design, environment branding Brief Serving the intelligence community in both government and commercial sectors, Bridges came to us while they were in the process of evolving their company culture, with the desire to reflect that change in their core brand. CEO Chuck Faughan III, along…

Featured Interview in CANVAS Magazine

Check it out! CANVAS, a magazine dedicated to print and marketing service professionals, featured Laurel in their April 2018 issue’s Creative Corner. Laurel shared her thoughts about the current status of design and where it’s headed for emerging designers, as well as key points on client best practices and needs. Plus she includes some of her and James’ advice for…

Named GDUSA 2017 Responsible Designers to Watch

We’re immensely proud to announce that James and I were selected for this year’s GDUSA 2017 Responsible Designers to Watch. Featured among several good friends and colleagues, this honor represents designers that are embracing the how, when, why of who we work with. Publisher of GDUSA, Gordon Kay commented, “The common thread among these “responsible designers” is that they are…

Adding to our story

More Experiences + More Capabilities + More Collaborators + More Growth + More us = A New Name + New Goals The last 2+ years at Native have been an exciting blur of growth and creativity. We’ve been challenged by opportunities and projects that pushed us to become more. When we opened this studio, we created a company that reflected…

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