Two Birds in the Big Apple

Two of our incredible designers—Ashley Nixon and Troy Chandler, Rare Bird co-founder—traveled to New York City in October to attend the Smashing Conference, which describes itself as an “inclusive [and] friendly conference for people who design and build for the web.”  The conference emerged from Smashing Magazine, an online magazine founded in 2006 that is […]

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Getting It Right

After 20 years as an English professor, I left the classroom to begin my new role as lead writer here at Rare Bird. It only took three days for a coworker to say aloud what a few others must have been thinking: An English professor working here? That’s my worst nightmare.  Another colleague, after hearing […]

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Rare Bird Beliefs

In the event you were not fully aware, culture is important. But as much as someone might try to convince you, your culture isn’t defined by ping pong tables, beer Friday, or cool swag. While those things can be fun and may help set a certain tone, your culture is more accurately a reflection of […]

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Feed Your Creativity

Marketing, like many other endeavors, requires the willingness to think from different angles and a healthy dose of creativity. But sometimes we—like you, perhaps—get stuck in comfortable ruts and thought patterns. So how are we all supposed to keep our creativity alive and buzzing? Feed it what it wants. We’ve put together our top tried-and-true […]

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5 Ways to Increase Your Happiness, Starting Right Now

We need more happiness. All ages, all races, all income levels. All of us, pretty much across the board. In our world of abundance, there’s an overwhelming sense of burden, distress, and anxiety. I have a bunch of statistics and information to back this up, but I’m going to spare bumming you out by sharing […]

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Let’s Take a Moment to Smile

Welcome to Friday, wherever you are. Here in Indianapolis, the sun is shining and it’s going to be a beautiful evening. As you know, it’s been an unbelievably unbelievable week. Three tragic incidents in Orlando, Florida. Our hearts, as do the world’s, go out to everyone affected. While we’ve all had our individual moments of […]

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It’s a Pretty Good Life

In the iconic holiday classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Jimmy Stewart’s character George Bailey basically experiences a lifelong midlife crisis. We get it. When you’re in the trenches, and things don’t go exactly the way you thought they would, you (and by you we mean we) tend to get a bit scratchy around the edges. […]

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Create Like Everyone’s Watching

“Name one thing you would do if you knew you wouldn’t fail.” I think that was a question on the Rare Bird job application. Or perhaps it was a bumper sticker, standing out from a crowded field of “Namaste,” “Visualize Whirled Peas,” “My Karma Just Ran Over Your Dogma” and my personal favorite, “Jesus Would […]

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