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January 17, 2014

Let’s Talk About Lunch

by Lauren McClelland

My ode to Chipotle masked in a completely unnecessary rant about the fallacies of Freebirds.

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January 9, 2014

I Was Into 2013’s Best Album Art Before it Was Cool.

by Jacob Burghart

The best album covers of 2013 embraced contradictions. The artists who best utilized cover art used it to subvert expectations and bring attention to what makes them and their sound unique. After rifling through this year’s crop of designs, I narrowed it down to seven I really dug. Savages...

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December 13, 2013

Why We Love Westport

by Tim Shedor

A little more than a year ago we relocated to a spacious urban flat above the Broadway Roasting Company, and we couldn’t be happier. Productivity is through the roof, everybody gets their own desks, Tim has a corner office, and entry isn’t challenged by three flights of stairs. Yes, things are...

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December 6, 2013

A Gift Guide to the Creative in Your Life

by Andrea Starks-Corbin

‘Tis the season to be merry, drink copious amounts of egg nog, daydream about snow days and give gifts. While giving friends and family gifts can be a lot of fun, sometimes it is a trying experience. Do you have a friend or relative who seems to have everything?...

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November 24, 2013

Case Study: Thinking Bigger Business Media

by Lauren McClelland

Thinking Bigger. Navigating Better. A few months ago, our good friends at Thinking Bigger Business Media posed a simple question to us: could we implement a better shopping cart into their site? Known for being an organization that publishes advice articles and hosts networking events for small businesses, their mantra is...

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November 15, 2013

Why We Recommend WordPress

by Tim Shedor

Before we go any further, a word of caution: this post may become more of a love letter than a practical list of reasons why WordPress is a legitimate backbone for a website. I’ve been using it on nearly every site I’ve coded since v2.7, and though we’ve had...

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November 8, 2013

On Writing Well

by Tim Shedor

If you can overlook the vulgarity, this article is worth your time in gold. More than anything, take away from it that strong writing is all about voice. It’s about finding a certain rhythm and flow to your words, so that your words don’t trip over each other. You know you...

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November 1, 2013

Meet Production Manager Andrea Starks-Corbin

by Lauren McClelland

It’s a good thing our office is above a hummus company, because our Production Manager Andrea Starks-Corbin craves Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food like it’s nobody’s business. To celebrate Andrea’s one-year anniversary at BCG, we sat down with her to find out a little bit more about the lady...

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October 4, 2013

Meed Assistant Account Exec Lauren McClelland

These days, running client relations can be a toughy. Especially when you're a small shop like BCG. Luckily we found the right fit. Her name is Lauren McClelland, and she's here to stake her claim. Let's get to know her, shall we?

by Andrea Starks-Corbin

JOHN RESMAN: So Lauren, where do you hail from? Lauren McClelland: Olathe, born and raised. The best thing about Olathe? My family lives there, and that Chipotle on 119th and Blackbob is pretty good, too. JR: Olathe, that’s where I’m from! What a great little town. Did you stick...

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September 24, 2013

Meet Designer Andrés Rivas-Cruz

by Andrea Starks-Corbin

  Former teen heartthrob and modern graphic designer, Andrés Rivas-Cruz is a man of few words. The recent KU grad sat down with Jackson for a brief introductory interview explaining his growing affinity for web design, his animation background and his nose-licking abilities. How’d you get into design? When I...

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September 11, 2013

Meet Designer Nancy DeLeon

Fresh face Nancy DeLeon doesn't have a middle name. Nonetheless, we've adopted the graphic designer into our fold. Production manager Andrea Starks sat down with the sarcastic-yet-affable Ms. Sassy Pants and learned about her affinity for web design and her ice cream addiction.

by Andrea Starks-Corbin

When/how did you know you wanted to be a designer? Probably my senior year of high school because of yearbook. I got to know all the programs, so I wanted to go on and use them in college. What do you like about being a graphic designer at BCG?...

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August 12, 2013

Don’t Click Here

by Tim Shedor

Don’t click here. Or here. Definitely not here. Like Olivia Wilde in TRON, buttons and links are products of a digital era that don’t have a real-life skeuomorphic counterpart. The blue or underlined or rounded-corner hallmarks of these components signal the user to interact and continue to another page. So, when newsletters and websites and products inevitably tack...

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July 18, 2013

Case Study: World Waterparks Association

by Tim Shedor

First things first: how cool is this? There is a group of people who convene annually for the sole purpose of improving aquatic wonderlands the world over. Basically, they work to make your trip to waterpark unforgettable. This is real, and that is awesome. In building the World Waterpark Association...

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January 22, 2013

Meet Designer Jacob Burghart

Let’s get to know our designer Jacob Burghart a little better, why don’t we?

by Hollie Farrahi

Where were you born/raised? Dodge City, KS / Offerle, KS What was the best part about your upbringing? My parents figured out pretty early that I had no interest in farming, and a big part of who I am and what I do is comes from the fact that...

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October 19, 2012

Cosentino’s Markets Website

COSENTINO’S - THE MARKET EXPERIENCE

by Hollie Farrahi

A big idea that began as a little fruit stand on the corner in 1948 is the propelling force behind the Cosentino’s brand. A long-time client of BCG, Cosentino’s Food Stores are a Kansas City cornerstone. This year, Consentino’s tasked us with redesigning the Cosentino’s Markets website. Built for...

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October 18, 2012

Interview with our Technical Director, Kyle Zarazan

by Hollie Farrahi

Where were you born/raised? I was born in Illinois and lived there for the first five years of my life. The next three years I spent in Arizona, and then I lived inside the Johnson County bubble until leaving for college at K-State. What was the best part about...

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October 16, 2012

BCG’S New Digs

Surprise! (In case you didn't know) We moved!

by Hollie Farrahi

As many of you may have heard, BCG has relocated. We loved the place we grew up in; but after six years in the River Market, we knew it was time to find a new space to fit our growing agency. We searched long and hard to find the...

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July 13, 2012

The Top 7 Things We Found While Cleaning the Office

by Tim Shedor

 As a BCG intern, I have many responsibilities. Things like answering the phone, assuming a nickname far from my birth name and fetching Tim’s dry cleaning on Thursday afternoons. Not the least of these is cleaning, or “maintaining a productive environment” as described by the job application. Sometimes, on slow Fridays...

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July 11, 2012

Meet Kirby, Our New Designer

by Hollie Farrahi

Kirby Chamblin Kirby hails from KC, and recently graduated from JCCCCCCCC. Her favorite thing about Kansas City is being able to transition from city to country in less than 30 minutes. Thanks for being so convenient, Kansas City! When I asked her “Why design?” she replied, “It was an...

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June 22, 2012

Interview With the Intern

Tim Shedor aka Jackson Miller aka Jack

by Hollie Farrahi

I sat down with the newest addition to the BCG team to pick his brain and get a feel for what makes him tick. Born in Chicago, currently attending the “School of Hard Knocks,” Tim Shedor joined BCG a couple weeks ago as a programming and interactive web design intern. You’re...

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June 21, 2012

A Conversation with Our Content Strategist

by John Resman

Hollie! How’s it going? Just great, John. How are you? Farrahi, great last name. What’s the background? It’s Persian. My dad is from Iran, born and raised. And you were raised…in Iran? Nope, born in a hospital on State Line….just barely on the Missouri side. I claim...

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June 20, 2012

Why the Microsoft Tablet Means Nothing

by Tim Shedor

 Not to be outdone by Apple’s keynote last week, Microsoft announced a brand-new product called “Surface” – a tablet with all the touch-centric glories of Windows 8, but also all the classic hallmarks of another iPad-knockoff. Already, technofiles are drooling over the Smart Cover-esque shield that folds-out to double as a...

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May 11, 2012

Interview With the Interactive Director

John Kellyn Resman

by John Resman

Born and Raised in KCMO Attended: Kansas State University Majored in: Bachelor of Fine Arts, emphasis in Visual Communication Why BCG? A young Resman Googled “Graphic Design Kansas City,” and BCG was one of the top hits. Their website enticed him, so he applied. The rest is history. Designer...

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May 11, 2012

12 Things to Do After You’ve Written a Blog Post

Repurposing Content the Infographic Way

by John Resman

A little over a year ago, Kansas City Content Marketing Specialist Brody Dorland of Allure New Media and DivvyHQ DivvyHQ wrote a fabulous post called, “12 Things to Do After You’ve Written a Blog Post.” In it, he presents a how-to guide of what to do after writing a post that will help your content...

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May 11, 2012

Looking Back On Logos

by Bryan Sedey

So much thought goes into creating the perfect logo for a client. Not only does it have to drive home the client’s main message, but it also has to maintain visual appeal and allow people to emotionally identify and engage with the brand. This is just a small sampling...

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April 26, 2012

Spotlight on SpotlightAR

by Hollie Farrahi

Client SpotlightAR works with clients to cut through the noise of requests circling the analyst relations industry. Rick Nash and Andrew Hsu use their combined skills to communicate companies’ true value and worth to those analysts established as influential in recognizing and reporting on the company’s particular sector. SpotlightAR focuses...

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April 26, 2012

Idea Design

by Kirby Chamblin

 There seems to be a trend amongst young designers to rid the printed world of its ugliness and put their beautiful stamp on the industry. This isn’t a bad thing; I buy my gum based purely off of which brand has the best packaging at the checkout counter, but...

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April 13, 2012

Like to Pin?

Pin a Pinterest tab to your Facebook brand page.

by Hollie Farrahi

  If you haven’t jumped on the Pinterest bandwagon by now, you most likely call the underside of a rock “home.” Yes, Pinterest has taken the social web by storm. With its fun and easy-to-use design, Pinterest pulls in pinners by the boatload. They embark on a treasure hunt to seek...

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April 6, 2012

Juntos Site Launch

by Hollie Farrahi

  Client Juntos Center for Advancing Latino Health Scope Website, logo, promotional materials Headquartered on the University of Kansas Medical Center campus, Juntos is focused on building community-based participatory research (CBPR) programs that translate research findings toward the elimination of health disparities and building healthier communities.

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April 6, 2012

Wil Jenny’s Creme Brulée Music Fest Poster

by Bryan Sedey

Client Wil Jenny’s Scope Poster designed to promote Wil Jenny’s 6th Annual Crème Brulee Music Festival honoring the late musician Kerry Layton. Hand-illustrated typeface for title. Wil Jenny’s 6th Annual Creme Brulee Music Festival Sunday, May 6, 2012 2-5 p.m. 6700 W 135th Street Overland Park, KS

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April 6, 2012

Studio Sketchbook

Welcome to a small preview of Bryan’s sketchbook. This is where the magic happens. Well, at least the preliminary magic.

by Bryan Sedey

One of the best ways to get your design ideas out of your head and into production mode is to sketch them. Don’t worry about perfection or detail—you can work that stuff out later. This is just a few examples of early-stage character development for various projects that required...

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March 22, 2012

SXSW 2012

We came. We saw. We barely slept.

by Brock Stechman

BCG had the pleasure of attending SXSW Interactive this year. Aside from copious amounts of networking with the rock stars of the digital sphere, we had a chance to preview some great new innovative mobile apps and learn more about the world of startups here in the Midwest and the rest...

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March 21, 2012

AAFKC Mad Men Season 5 Premiere

by Bryan Sedey

Client AAFKC Scope: Custom illustrations and designs for AAFKC’s season five premiere of Mad Men.

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March 21, 2012

Hallmark Direct Imports 2012 Catalog

by Bryan Sedey

Client: Hallmark Scope: Catalog design and layout for Direct Import’s Halloween, Fall and holiday season merchandise. Components include direct mail piece and microsite, as well.

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March 8, 2012

BCG Goes to SXSW

Roadtrip 2012: Who's got the mixtape?

by John Resman

  BCG leaves this morning to head to Austin, Texas, for South by Southwest 2012. For the past several years, SXSW has become a platform for introducing new ideas in the music, film and interactive industries. SXSW was the birthplace of such revolutionary communications tools as Twitter and QR codes....

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March 1, 2012

Don’t Get Punched in the Face

3 THINGS TO DO IN PREPARATION FOR FACEBOOK BRAND PAGE TIMELINES

by Hollie Farrahi

As you may have heard, Facebook announced this week that it will apply timelines to brand pageseverywhere on March 30, 2012. As it stands now, brand page managers have the choice to opt in for the feature. March 30 seems reasonably far away. Yeah, right. Don’t let it punch you in the...

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February 24, 2012

Interview with the Interns

BCG WELCOMES TWO NEW DESIGN INTERNS

by John Resman

We’re happy to introduce the latest additions to our creative team: Josh and Micaela! Let’s get to know them. MICAELA CLARKE Hometown: Omaha, NE University: KU Biggest source of design inspiration: I could sit and look at design books for hours. I can’t wait to have money to actually...

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February 22, 2012

KC ADDYS 2012

by Tim McCoy

This year, for the first time, the whole BCG team attended the 2012 Addys at the Midland. We had two entries, both in the Interactive Media category: KCGigIdeas.com Foot Traffic Shark Week stop motion video The KCGigIdeas website won a bronze and the Shark Week video was awarded a...

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February 3, 2012

“Cool Shirt, Man”

MIZZOU COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING T-SHIRT DESIGNS

by Hollie Farrahi

Studying abroad is a part of the college experience that not only adds value to a student’s academic focus, but also builds worldliness and promotes diversity. The MU College of Engineering supports students’ wanderlust through its study abroad programs in several countries around the world, and Brockton Creative Group...

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February 1, 2012

What Can Google+ Do for You?

4 WAYS TO BE A SMART “PLUSER”

by Hollie Farrahi

A few weeks back, I posted about Google’s Search plus Your World feature. Since then, the Interwebs has been humming with commentary that ranges from good, to bad to downright misinformed. After the wave of criticism passed regarding the relevancy of personalized search, bloggers started to offer their two cents as to...

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January 20, 2012

New Big Cheese at Brockton CG

by Brock Stechman

KANSAS CITY, Mo.— Think small firms don’t have structure and leadership? Think again. Brockton Creative Group has named Tim McCoy its new Vice President. Tim first joined the company in 2007 and was instrumental in the growth the small agency has experienced. Tim has worn a lot of hats...

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January 19, 2012

Did You Know That This Guy :) is Happier Than This Guy :-) ?

What about that fact that Mon and Tues are generally our saddest days of the week?

by Hollie Farrahi

How is happiness measured? Usually, factors such as a county’s GDP, poverty levels and unemployment rate determine the responseBut, with more of the globe jumping on the social media train, in particular on Twitter, social networks play a larger role in determining our moods, how we get our information and our...

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January 12, 2012

Google Integrates Social and Search

"Search plus your world" is born

by John Resman

It’s no secret that the biggest advantage to establishing a brand page on Google+ is the SEO value in Google search results. Following its initial launch, Google+ faced months of an interweb-wide roast marking it as the wimpy cousin to Facebook. On Tuesday, Google introduced a new secret weapon that will allow its...

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November 29, 2011

BCG Chosen for National Empact100 List

Ceremony at the White House

by Brock Stechman

This is so cool…We made the Empact100 list! This award recognizes the top 100 companies across the nation run by entrepreneurs age 30 or younger who impact our economy and inspire other entrepreneurs. The award ceremony was held at The White House with senior administration officials on November 17th. Brockton Creative Group was...

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November 29, 2011

KC Gig Ideas Video

by Bryan Sedey

  Check out this video we created along with Yoodle and Intake Studios for The Kauffman Foundation’sKCGigideas.com website! What a great project to be a part of. This video was produced by Intake Studios who did an absolutely awesome job!

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November 23, 2011

Google Fiber Comin’ to Town!

WHAT’S YOUR GIG IDEA?

by John Resman

  We recently worked with Yoodle and The Kauffman Foundation to develop the website, KCGigideas.com. Recently launched, the purpose of KCGigideas.com is to, “create discussions, inspire innovations and educate the community on the limitless possibilities of Google Fiber,” according to Carl Schramm, Kauffman’s president and CEO, in their recent press...

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November 22, 2011

The New Look of Nick and Jake’s

by Tim McCoy

Celebrating their 10 year anniversary, one of Kansas City’s favorite restaurants, Nick and Jake’s sought out BCG to develop a fresh look and new website. The goal for refreshing their identity is to welcome a new younger demographic to the Nick and Jake’s family while remaining true to their loyal and...

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November 17, 2011

Building the Gigabit City

by Brock Stechman

I recently participated in “Building the Gigabit City: Brainzooming a Google Fiber Roadmap”. This was an electric day filled with some incredibly creative minds and innovative thinkers. Held at The Kansas City Public Library, the day was all about bringing leaders in the Kansas City community together to explore and...

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