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Product Photography 101: Teaching the Basics at Mound Westonka High School

At SCG, we believe in the power of mentorship and giving back to our local community. Recently, my colleague Ryan Pederson and I had the opportunity to teach some basic product photography skills to AP art students at a local high school. We were invited to conduct an informal photography workshop with students from Mound…

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A Creative’s Guide to Craft CMS

The team at Strother Communications Group has created websites for organizations of every size, from the University of Minnesota to entrepreneurial startups like Pinpoint Advisory. While we’re worked with many web development platforms and content management systems, for the last few years we’ve generally focused on the ultra-popular, easy-to-use WordPress CMS. But, after working with…

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Color Theory is Essential for Marketing Designers of All Skill Levels

Designing anything with color – logos, ads, banners, newsletters, business cards, websites – can be overwhelming for anyone, whether it’s your profession or just a hobby. But once you understand the basics of color theory, you can start to uncover and master the mechanics and tricks of the trade.

SCG Sparks Accumold Company Culture with Eye-Catching Wall Graphics

SCG’s creative director Trevor Nolte recently supervised the installation of striking, large-scale wall graphics in Ankeny, Iowa for our client Accumold. This was a major milestone in an internal communications and corporate values program we’ve been working on with Accumold leadership for the past year. Accumold contacted SCG more than a year ago to help…

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Is 2018 the Year of Purple?

Each year the Pantone Color Institute selects its color of the year – the hue that will define the next 12 months. In 2018, that color is “Ultra Violet,” a vivid shade of purple, which also happens to be one of our agency’s colors – and one with deep roots in Minnesota. SCG scholarly owl mascot Professor Plum is…

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How to Polish Your Portfolio, No Matter What’s In It

A portfolio is a living profile of the artist who creates it. It can also be the difference between nailing an interview or falling flat; between landing a career and… well, not. SCG Creative Director Trevor Nolte and I were recently invited to the University of Minnesota College of Design to provide guidance and mentorship…