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The Future of Work

A panel discussion leads to fresh ideas about what we should expect in our work cultures.

By Scott Smith

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Fall 2019 - From the Partners

In which Talie, Scott, and Becca express their gratitude and excitement to be doing this work.

By Scott, Talie & Becca

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Defining PTO, Collaboratively

We make most decisions at the agency with team input. So we asked ourselves: Why hadn’t we approached PTO the same way?

By Scott Smith

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Creative Director Talie Smith Talks Design Therapy in Philanthropy News Digest

The process of reimagining an organizational identity can produce both excitement and fear. Going through a rebranding process means holding up a mirror to your organization — and yourself.

By Talie Smith

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Design Equity Tournament

I helped judge Visible Alliance's first ever Design Equity Tournament

By Talie Smith

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Speaking Truth to Youth

Remember 2017? Me neither, but apparently I took part in a Mac’s List panel. 

By Scott Smith

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How a Strong Brand Can Be Your Business Engine

We conducted a workshop with Boston-area startups on the vital link between brand and business success.

By Talie Smith

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Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen

Forgot that it's Thanksgiving? Check out some sweet (and savory) dishes from our family to yours. 

By Rebecca Collins

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A Proposal for a Virtual Jiminy Cricket

Many scenarios for the future of AR are terrifying. But what if it can make us better people?

By Scott Smith

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Being Sketchy at Work

You too can harness the power of communication through crappy sketching.

By Maria Janosko

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Listening Like an Expert Beginner

We have a fervent belief in listening as the most important skill to bring to redesigning organizations, experiences, and systems.

By Scott Smith

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Thoughts on Enlightened Business

We're four years old and doubling down on our mission and values. Here are the people and organizations inspiring us along the way.

By Talie Smith

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Bold Steps for Engagement

Our client went to great lengths (literally) to reach a larger audience with a traveling exhibit about hunger in America. When they came to our town they managed to reach us, as well.

By Becca Connors

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An Exhibit with a Story To Tell

Our endless curiosity around telling more complex, vibrant stories had us building an exhibit that tells a story of our work and its impact on organizations.

By Talie Smith

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Moving Toward Equity

Working with a foundation has made us take another look at how we want to do business in the world and work toward building community.

By Scott Smith

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The Revolution of Corporate Culture

It turns out having a guiding purpose has far-reaching effects on all aspects of our work.

By Talie Smith

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Tools of the Trade

Tools can either make your work life amazing or frustrating. Meet our favorites.

By Scott Smith

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Building Ourselves, Part Four

Choosing a platform for your website is – it turns out – quite an important, personal matter. 

By Becca Connors

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Building Ourselves, Part Three

After we changed our name and our look, the next step was to re-do our website. Here's what we did and why.

By Scott Smith

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It's the Village

A story of friends, neighbors, and a little bit of business mixed in. The story of Smith & Connors is one of community.

By Talie Smith


A New Home in PDX

Our PDX office has moved! We're in a great new office in the Hawthorne district.

By Smith & Connors

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Building Ourselves, Part Two

With a new name in place, we needed a new logo and brand.

By Scott Smith

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Building Ourselves, Part One

We recently changed our name and our look, a change that came out of the same process we use with our clients. 

By Scott Smith

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Branding Sans Cynicism

Good branding is important, no matter what your organizational goals.

By Scott Smith

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New Name...Same Great Taste!

Big changes are afoot for us, starting with our new name and brand.

By Smith & Connors

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SearchFest 2015

In which we attend an eclectic and impactful conference right here in Portland.

By Scott Smith

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Strategy, Strategy, Strategy

We love it so, so much because it saves everyone time and complexity.

By Scott Smith


Storytelling, SEO & SEM

As we head to SearchFest, we muse on storytelling and the art of SEO.

By Scott Smith

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Oculus Rift and the Future of the Web

The other day, I got a chance to try out the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. I'm convinced that Oculus is the real thing, and my 14-year-old self is cheering and asking when he can play Zelda on it. But what does it mean for the web?

By Scott Smith

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Why SilverStripe?

With countless content management systems to choose from, why did we choose New Zealand-based SilverStripe as our go-to CMS?

By Becca Connors

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