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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Small Moments

Like many of you, we’ve found ourselves away from the normal routines and rhythms of our workday. Life has shifted dramatically, and there’s no denying we’re in the midst of an incredibly challenging moment in history.  And yet.  We’re doing it. We’re adapting to the changes with the openness, empathy, and positivity we’ve believed in […]

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Life Lessons from Mr. Luck

Once upon a time in Indianapolis, everyone’s phones exploded with breaking news alerts and confused texts from friends, family, and fellow Colts fans. Andrew Luck was retiring from the NFL two weeks before the start of the regular season. And no, it wasn’t a joke or a rumor. There he was on TV moments later, […]

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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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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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Confessions of a pumpkin junkie.

I confess: I am a fall junkie, and I’m guessing a lot of you are, too. For us football fans, when the college and NFL seasons start, it’s like we’ve been sitting in the dark since February and somebody finally turned the lights back on. For baseball fans, it’s the beginning of post-season play and, […]

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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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Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Ingenuity

Unless you live under a rock (and who doesn’t want to sometimes?) you know this past Memorial Day weekend was the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500. I’m about to use a word that I use sparingly and judiciously, because when you use it, it should really imply something monumental: epic. This event, and weekend, […]

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