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March 7th, 2014 :: text by

:: eeko studio designs Fresh Express mobile market program ::

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We are nothing without our community. It shapes us. But it is something we can shape as well.

One of eeko studio’s policies is to work with companies and organizations who are hell bent on having a positive impact on the community.

We give you, Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle, one of the most fun and most heart-warming projects we’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of. eeko studio is one of the sponsors of Phoenix’s new mobile market program, which will bring fresh produce and nutrition education resources to low-income areas of Phoenix that have been designated as a “food desert.”

eeko studio came up with the name Fresh Express and designed the logo, website and the mobile market’s bus wrap! We were more than elated to have worked with Discovery Triangle on this program.

And having our logo on the bus (lower right in the photo above) is also a proud point.

The Fresh Express press conference announcement earlier this month was something to behold. The Discovery Triangle Development Corporation (a fantastic team that spearheaded and runs the program), Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell was there as well as several other sponsors, media, people in the community and some young students from Balsz Elementary School attended the event.

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For the latest on Fresh Express, like and check out its Facebook page!

And it isn’t an event that includes eeko studio without an epic jumping photo!

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September 16th, 2013 :: text by

:: Bike share is coming soon to Phoenix and eeko is on the job! ::

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If you follow eeko studio on Facebook or Instagram, you may have guessed that we’ve been working on this as bicycles have appeared on our pages recently. We’ve been creating names for the bike-share program and designs for what the bikes will look like. We can’t really go into detail about the program or the look just yet, as that process is still unfolding.

One thing we can talk about though is the name that has been chosen.

Grid Bike Share. Grid Bikes. eeko team member Andy came up with the name:

“About 8 years ago, my brother and I were DJs and we had just started a new weekly night at the Bikini Lounge in downtown Phoenix. We were throwing around names for the Tuesday night dance party. At first we called the night Juke Le Box because we had ‘hijacked’ the jukebox and were turning the dive bar with the best jukebox in town into a dance club. Later, we ended up naming the night ’602′sdays,’ but for a while there, we played around with names. When we were brainstorming, I threw out ‘Grid City Beats’ and we chewed on that for a while.  My name Grid City comes from wanting to create a new option on a nickname for Phoenix. We call it the Valley of the Sun and that’s cool, but shorter is cool too, and ‘the Valley’ is a little TOO benign for me sometimes. I thought, what about taking something that’s already here and makes life pretty easy  - our grid layout of streets and avenues – and heralding it? The grid connects us all, we all have some spot on the grid that we share – north, east, south, west – doesn’t matter … we’re all here, so let’s cram into a small place and radically increase our proximity for a while! That was my thought then, and it’s still my thought now. Phoenix needs that density, that closeness, that proximity – to balance out our endless skies and the desire of so many to build out to the endless edges instead of making the center vibrant.

Grid bikes will be helping out with that vitality soon. I made a conscious decision to share that name with our team and this project, because it’s all about love. Eight years ago – I was riding a bike to and from work and all around Phoenix, it was one of the most fun times of my life. Phoenix is a different city by bike than any other transport … it’s fantastic! The canals are great shortcuts, historic neighborhoods are amazing and there are so many ways to circumvent congested areas. You’ll love it, I promise!”

So, grab your friends, a bike and rock the grid. And if you don’t have a bike yet, don’t worry, Grid Bikes are  just a few months away.

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July 25th, 2013 :: text by

:: Chalk It Up ::

By Barb Krueger

Chalk Typography is a growing trend in the graphic design world.

It offers a unique perspective to visual communication that isn’t permanent, is playful and aesthetically pleasing — all at once. Dana Tanamachi has created a business out of her raw talent for free form type, while others have created a new style of street art.

Dana’s patience for her craft has helped her land clients such as Rugby Ralph Lauren, Google and West Elm.

Check out Dana’s work that was featured in Graphic News Art.

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July 24th, 2013 :: text by

:: Web Design UX 101 ::

By Barb Krueger

Web design has many aspects that should be considered before the site is built. Depending on the client each design and process varies, but there are certain universal aspects.

Information hierarchy is important because it allows the user to navigate the site with ease and find the information they need. Through extended research, any site can amplify its potential with little improvements.

After research is complete, the visual design is implemented and is also the glue that holds the site together. The web design process allows the viewer to have a better user experience (or UX). To learn more about UX and how it maximizes web browsing, check out this awesome infographic from youthedesigner.com.

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June 20th, 2013 :: text by

:: eeko studio Nintern 2013: Joel “Cookie” Cook ::

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On Wednesday, you read about one of CO+HOOTS’/eeko studio’s 2013 Ninterns. (RIGHT!??!)

And now meet the other Nintern (ninja intern, for you n00bs) … Joel Cook (no relation)!

Joel is in the photo above with his lovely wife, Jenn. Joel is the one on the right.

So put your feet up, blow some bubbles and read. (Exact order is up to the reader.)

Name: Joel Cook

Nickname: Joelski or Cookie

Age: 22

Title: Graphic Design Intern

Why did you want to work at CO+HOOTS and eeko studio?
After a lot of research, I found eeko studio and really was impressed with their portfolio, then I started to look into what CO+HOOTS was and I just loved the concept! Put a lot of hard working creative people in one working space what do you get?… Explosions of awesomeness!

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June 19th, 2013 :: text by

:: eeko studio Nintern 2013: Barb “Babs” Krueger ::

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Meet one of eeko studio/CO+HOOTS’ 2013 Ninterns (ninja interns, duh) … Barb Krueger (no relation)! Read and revel in the epicness. (That’s a word.)

Name: Barb Krueger

Nickname: Babs

Age: 23

Title: Intern

Why did you want to work at CO+HOOTS and eeko studio?
I chose CO+HOOTS and eeko studio because of their sense of community. I find that Phoenix has a lot of cool opportunities and fun events going on, but it’s not always showcased. CO+HOOTS shows these opportunities to Phoenix and then some. I chose eeko specifically because of the awesome design work they do.

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February 19th, 2013 :: text by

:: Electric pulp ::

Check out major design firm Electric Pulp’s website. Their work is super cool! (That’s better than “really cool.”)

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February 15th, 2013 :: text by

:: Cruise by Graphical House ::

Catalog done by Graphical House for a fashion retailer, all of their work is amazing! Check it out here.

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February 10th, 2013 :: text by

:: Valentines Day is Here! ::

Single awareness day is coming up, what better way to spend it by buying yourself flowers and these cool wine glasses on Fab.com!

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February 6th, 2013 :: text by

:: Watergate Bay Hotel Identity ::

Logo identity done for Watergate Bay Hotel in the United Kingdom. How cool would it be to design the little shampoo bottles in the bathrooms? Really cool. Yeah.

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