Shopify and Breitbart: When Business, Politics, and Branding Collide.

Feb 10, 2017

Brands with clear values do better in turbulence. What should founders and executives do when their brand hits turbulence? How does a leadership team ensure that their own personal convictions and their brand’s values remain separate? Do brands like Shopify, the new intermediaries of global digital economy, with unique, singular power, have additional moral and […]

Learn to Draw Aardvarks! (Like Beccy Murphy Does)

Nov 29, 2016

Last week Jackpine conducted an art experiment that shows how impulsive design can fail (Don’t think, just design).  Our task was to draw animals without research, and did we ever fail.  The results show that we rely on selective and incomplete mental models of many familiar objects in order to identify them.  For example, to […]

Don’t think, just design

Nov 24, 2016

What is the value of creative counsel, of our creative process? What is the value of our research, of interviewing stakeholders, consulting experts and non-experts who bring new perspectives to the table? Occasionally, when a client comes to us with a specific request, it’s tough to explain why we need to dedicate resources to “discovery”. […]

The Death of the Global Brand

Nov 18, 2016

Did you hear about the new coffee shop in the Byward Market? It’s got siphon-brewed coffee, nitro cold brew, quality beans from all around the world, a cozy interior, some of the best baristas (sorry. Coffee Masters.) in town, and it even becomes a beer and wine bar at night. It’s called Reserve Bar, but […]

Five Cute Things We Learned About Our New National Bird

Nov 17, 2016

Last night the Royal Canadian Geographical Society officially recommended the gray jay as Canada’s National Bird, following almost two years of research and polling. Since we have a special interest in the way people, organizations and even countries brand themselves, we decided to do some research of our own to determine whether we agree with […]