Happy Earth Day!

In celebration of Earth Day 2015, we have created an animation about 5 items in your office you can compost, and maybe a couple items you cannot compost. 

Earth Day is very important to
us here at Anda Creative and Back Forty Creative. It is also very important to many of our clients whose businesses promote responsible and sustainable products and services. We recently worked with TeraGanix, Inc. to help rebrand their EM•1® Bokashi composting system. This compact composting system allows you to easily and efficiently compost waste indoors. We created a new logo, label, instruction guide and several advertisements which will roll out early this summer. In fact, we are now using this composting system for much of our office waste including paper, cardboard, food and coffee grounds. Not staplers. Never staplers (see animation).

Follow us on Twitter to see the progress of our office composting and keep checking our blog for product images of the rebranded EM•1® Bokashi.


Staying in Creative Shape — Ditch your Designer’s Block

1. Take a step back.

This is an easy one: make sure you take breaks from your work, especially if you work at a computer a lot. If you’re stuck, continuing to stare at a blank art board won’t help. Do some jumping jacks, walk around the block, look at a magazine; taking your mind off of what you’re stuck on can help tremendously. Even if it’s just for 5 minutes.


2. Do some research.

Since we’re at our computers so much, finding inspiration often comes from things we find online. But there are so many other resources available. Art and design has a vast and fascinating history, which you can find all around us: books, architecture, signage, sculpture, etc. Check out your library, local museums, your town’s historical buildings, antiques shops, local art shows: you might be surprised at what you find!


3. Don’t edit yourself.

Sometimes a project can seem overwhelming when you’re in the brainstorming stage: how do you know which concepts are worth keeping? Sometimes it’s not immediately obvious. Give your ideas a chance, sometimes others can see something brilliant in a concept you think is silly. It’s tough to get out of your own thoughts and get away from the voice in your head telling you to question yourself. Take as many of your ideas as possible to the next level, you never know what path your thoughts can take you.


November is Peanut Butter Lovers’ Month!

In celebration, all of our work will be designed using peanut butter this month.
Here are some useful facts to impress your friends while attending numerous peanut butter parties. All but one is completely true:
  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  • Peanut butter is consumed in 94 percent of US households.
  • Peanut butter is used as the brick mortar in our office. 


Source: http://nationalpeanutboard.org/the-facts/fun-facts/

October 21st is Apple Day!

An apple a day… you know the rest. But today is Apple Day! 

Apples are delicious, and they’re very healthy for you too. Apples are a designer’s favorite, as well!

We’re in apple cider season now, as well, so pour yourself a sweet and spicy glass and drink in the benefits.

  • It takes about about 36 apples to create 1 gallon of apple cider
  • Apples are grown in every state in the continental United States
  • Apples contain no fat, sodium or cholesterol and are a good source of fiber.
  • If you eat an apple before you work out, it can increase your endurance.



Sources: http://www.eatingwell.comhttp://www.usapple.org/

Take More Notes: A Designer’s Desk

Being organized is an important feature of doing good work and keeping a clear head, but when you’re busy, it’s hard to remember everything.

There are many ways we can use technology and productivity apps to remind us of what we need to accomplish. However, sometimes good, old-fashioned notes are the most direct way to keep tasks in sight/mind, and to jot down ideas. Who doesn’t like to jot?


A Designer’s Desk: The Series (click here to see all three animated gifs)







Turn Off the Lights: A Designer’s Desk

Being organized is an important feature of doing good work and keeping a clear head. There are many ways we can use technology and productivity apps to remind us of what we need to accomplish, but writing yourself notes is a great way to keep track of your tasks and to feel connected to your work. It’s old-fashioned, but it works! Now all you need is a note to remind yourself to write notes.  



Call it a Day: A Designer’s Desk

The humans of our office create a very animated environment, but this particular animation/illustration is the first installment of our new series showcasing design elements amongst our everyday office objects.