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How to Get the Most Out of Market Research


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Market research is an important and crucial part to many business initiatives. For many, it’s not only a way to test a proposed solution for something new, but a way to get insights into what makes you tick. Some strategies my be more affective or efficient than another (focus groups vs. one-on-one interviews, ethnography vs. […]

The Little Printer from BERG: How a smile can mean everything


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This is a great example of how design can affect your perception of a product. This Little Printer provides a personalize mini newspaper printed on a roll, but delivers it with a smile. The other day, Paul Stonier shared with us the video below and it sparked a great conversation. We all fell in love […]

Building Context


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I had a great discussion with some colleagues yesterday about building context in branding, marketing and design. For me, building context begins with building a relationship with a client. I can’t begin to build brand context if I don’t know and understand the client and their business. A client I’ve worked with before is involved […]

Good Taste


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A friend recently sent me this piece by Ira Glass, which got me thinking about good taste and what it means to us at Marc Rubin Associates. The famed graphic designer Saul Bass once said, “good design is good taste”, which Mr. Glass’ piece exemplifies. Good taste is hard to describe. At MRA, we think […]

Kol Ami: Designing With Heart


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When I heard that Elmira’s Jewish communities, Shomray Hadath and Congregation B’nai Israel, were merging, I immediately contacted them to ask about designing identity materials for the new community. It was an emotional and gratifying experience to design their new logo and sign, and I had a conversation with a friend about the process. Take […]

Design With Heart


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Many people will tell you that emotion has no place in business. But today, when word of mouth – through social media – can spread ideas like wildfire, emotion does matter. We’re seeing a culture shift, as the customer is empowered with a much greater voice. One small statement, link or video posted on facebook […]

A Brand is More than a Logo


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The term ‘brand’ or ‘brand identity’ is often confused with ‘logo’. This is the result of a lack of full understanding of what a brand is. The logo (short for logotype) is the immediate flag and most tangible element of a brand, but it is just the beginning. We’ve said before a brand is a […]

Design & Marketing:
Words & Music


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Any brand brings with it a story… Our job is to communicate its message or tell its story to provide opportunities for meaningful engagements. We can elevate the brand by expressing the message in a pure and consistent way. In doing so, it allows us to shape a level of consensus across a market. That […]


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