We don’t guess around with your business.

Starting any creative project is a leap of faith. You’re agreeing to go on a journey with us and commit resources to work you can’t see yet. We want to deliver amazing work for you, no matter what. But, in this business, we don’t have time to go sit by ourselves and wait for divine inspiration to strike. Our success depends on our ability to develop creative solutions consistently; yours depends on picking a partner who will deliver. So, we invented a process to bring our creative A–game every time.

The Team Workshop Method

The Team Workshop Method is our framework for getting to know you and your organization, your objectives and your customers. We value collaboration, because the best ideas come when people put their heads together. We generate tons of ideas to test and iterate upon, because the more things you try, the more likely you are to get it right. When we deliver our work, you can trust we aren’t crossing our fingers and hoping your boss or your customers will like it. We’re giving you data-backed recommendations from a process that produces results.

Our method has six rules:

Listen more than you talk.

For a human-centered practice, this might seem obvious, but it's worth saying: we're active listeners, both to you and your customers. Because that's still the best way to understand what you and your customers need, so we can make it.

Embrace constraints.

It sounds counter-intuitive, but if you want to think outside the box, placing arbitrary constraints on creative tasks forces us to be more imaginative. This has been proven by scientific research (and our own observation).

Generate a ton of options.

We generate as many options as quickly possible, without ruling things out until we absolutely have to. This helps us make sure that we’ve explored every direction that our work could take.

Don’t get attached.

Sometimes, it’s hard to recognize bad ideas when they’re your very own bad ideas. We keep emotional investment in our ideas to a minimum by generating a ton of ideas and quickly filtering out the stinkers.

Contribute.

Great work happens when smart people trust each other and pull in the same direction, so our creative process includes collaboration between our team and yours. This is a team effort, after all.

Let it be fun.

When you get the right people in a room working together to solve a problem, it’s magic. A process that’s relaxed, open and fun leads to better collaboration between our teams and ultimately, better work.

Workshops

Moving creative projects forward is as much about communication and team work as it is inspiration. Over the years, we’ve designed a lot of collaborative exercises to help us work with you and your team better.

Idea Generation

One of our go-to exercises is something we call a four by four. By dividing a sheet of paper into quarters and asking everyone tackle one focused problem four different ways in sixteen minutes, we create a ton of options in no time. A team of five designers can generate 300 ideas in a week with only 48 minutes of intense work per day.

Visual Calibration

When you say you want your new website to be "clean and modern" it's hard to know exactly what that means. So, we came up with a way to show you a bunch of visual expressions and talk about them with you, an exercise we call a spectrum board workshop. In two hours, everyone understands your brand better and will be able to talk about visual design using a shared vocabulary.

Architecture

We’ll work with you to establish your site’s navigation and content structure though card sorting, white-boarding, core modeling and more. Doing it this way makes the end result better and saves a lot of time.

Voice and Tone

Our voice and tone workshops help us establish your brand’s verbal personality by asking you to think about your brand as a human being. This humanizing exercise makes it easier for the team to write in a consistent style for your brand.