Miranda’s Desk

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Anda Creative works hard to keep the lines of communication open not only with our clients but also between Anda colleagues in St. Louis, MO and Brooklyn, NY. Ping. There is so much technology at our fingertips in today’s world – social media, instant messages, texts, email, shared networks, and skywriting – one might think it’s easy to stay connected. Ping. Ping. It is. Sometimes it’s too easy.

Take this familiar scenario: the routine use of instant-messaging between colleagues who sit less than 10 feet apart. Ping. Ping. While this may seemingly save time on the front end, it can also create unintentional barriers in an otherwise open floor plan, ultimately adding more time on the back end. Ping.

I work in Anda’s Brooklyn office, so instant messaging and email are a necessary part of my daily life. Ping. However, when collaborating with the St. Louis office I try to communicate the same way I would if I were there – often to a non-stop, annoying extent. Ping. Ping. Ping. Just ask one of my colleagues (“She does.” – Amanda). After all, incessant alerts can pull your mind away from what you were previously thinking about (Did I send Joe the revised draft?) and set it permanently adrift (Do I want pizza or falafel for lunch?). Creative minds can meander unassisted and unintentionally into unknown regions for extended periods of time. So, yes, unnecessary alerts could consequently refocus an already diverted mind back on course. And believe me, nobody wants to see a completely focused creative-type. Nobody!

I recently adjusted my game plan to include a handheld relic of yesteryear. This device has numbers on it ranging from zero to nine. I systematically press the numbers to match a corresponding recipient’s code. With eager anticipation some pleasant-sounding ringing ensues, until I hear a concerned yet welcoming, “Hello?” Words and sometimes whole sentences are exchanged through each end of said device. Coughs, sniffles, paper-shuffles, ‘ums,’ ‘ahs,’ verbal shrugs, and other unedited subtleties, obviously missing from instant messages and texts, are communicated as well. These nuances truly help to connect and communi—ping. Oh, what’s this? A cat video! Gotta go.

-Miranda

Color-By-Anda: Pencil sharpener, pencil, wall

Color-By-Anda is a series based on our workspace-themed color palettes. Enjoy.

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What’s All The Buzz About?
GD USA Web Design Award Award 2016

Anda Creative is pleased to announce our second 2016 GD USA Web Design Award for our very own backfortycreative.com! Back Forty’s new site was launched last September as a part of the rebranding we did for our sister company, which focuses on design and development for sustainable brands and businesses.

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Up and Running, Up and Winning!
GD USA Web Design Award Award 2016

Anda Creative is happy to announce our GD USA Web Design Award for mbtrunning.com! We teamed up with global shoe brand MBT® for the website design and website development of MBT’s new line of running shoes and compression apparel. The website launched in conjunction with the Spring/Summer rollout.

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Anda’s 2016 Stock Photo Calendar – May

Presenting the next installment from our 2016 calendar of AMAZINGLY awful stock photos, which we stumbled upon while searching for usable images. May’s image is simply titled “Agile barefoot woman with curly brown hair leaping in the air in a meadow of yellow wildflowers trailing a colorful orange scarf in the breeze as she celebrates her freedom and the beauty of nature.” Exactly what we had in mind when we searched “flowers in field.”

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New Site for Plast-O-Matic® Launches

New Jersey-based Plast-O-Matic is a performance leader in the development of plastic valves and controls, providing a complete line of standard and custom designed solutions. We worked with Plast-O-Matic to design and develop their new website, implementing a selector that the customer can use to find their specific part number among the thousands of products featured on the site. You can read more about the project here and visit the live site plastomatic.com to see the selector in action.

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Anda’s 2016 Stock Photo Calendar – April

Presenting the next installment from our 2016 calendar of AMAZINGLY awful stock photos, which we stumbled upon while searching for usable images. April’s image is appropriately titled “Woman listening with ridiculously big ear.”

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The new MBT® Website is Up and Running

Anda Creative recently teamed up with global shoe brand MBT® to design and develop the website for MBT’s new line of running shoes and compression apparel. The site launched this month, in conjunction with their Spring/Summer rollout. The site currently features 40 styles of running shoes which will be updated regularly. We built the content management system in such a way that allows MBT to quickly and easily add new products to the site as they become available.

You can see the live site by clicking here.

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Anda’s 2016 Stock Photo Calendar – March

Presenting the next installment from our 2016 calendar of AMAZINGLY awful stock photos, which we stumbled upon while searching for usable images. March’s image is titled “Beautiful young woman with a horse in the field. Girl on a farm with animal. Luxury woman outdoors.” We came across this image while searching for a “young farmer.”

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Color-By-Anda: Staplers, cabinet

Color-By-Anda is a new series based on our workspace-themed color palettes. Enjoy.

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