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Product Semantics

Have you ever seen a phone that appears to be an address book? What about a computer designed to look like a row of books? These explorations exist; they are the outcome of a philosophy in design known as product semantics. The term product semantics

Tagline Reel Revealed

  At Otherwise, we know a tagline does the lion’s share of the talking in brand identity — literally. A name and logo can draw a person in, but the taglines we create answer their questions about an organization: Who are you? What do you

Design Thinking Has Lost Its Heart

Ask a graphic designer their thoughts on “design thinking” and you might get a blank stare in response. To them, it’s akin to asking, “how does your brain work?” But in 1959, design thinking was a novel idea when the phrase was coined as an

An Emoji is Worth 1,000 Words

How many people are rolling on the floor laughing when they send a text with “ROFL?” This is one of a slew of phrases that accompanied the birth of online messaging.  Abbreviated phrases are widespread and well-accepted parts of the English language—idk how many there

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The Rise of the “Relationship Era”

More so than ever before, our lives are defined and dominated by the relationships that we choose to nurture. Despite a growing sentiment towards collective individualism, it is the relationships we form with others that shape our personal life experiences. As social interactions continue to

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Ringing in the New Year

Why are we surprised every time we find ourselves on the doorstep of the New Year? Is it because we realize that a year isn’t as long as we thought way back in January? Are we fearful of the uncertainty and promise the New Year

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The Other Approach to Social Media

At Otherwise, we value the power of a different approach, especially when it comes to our social media work. To us, social media isn’t a bullhorn or a pulpit. It’s not an information cannon. The streets and avenues of the Internet don’t travel in one