Entries by Melissa Laci

Trust Your Dopeness.

An interview with Instagram Influencer Jera Foster-Fell

Jera Foster Fell is the ultimate self-made Instagram success story. How did she get there? Well, in the words of Jera, you could say that she “Trusted her Dopeness”. What started out as a personal commitment to get away from her desk and boost self-confidence and endorphins, Jera found herself surrounded by thousands of other…

Where the hell did 2017 go?

The MENO design Blogcast

Hey MENO design friends! It’s been a while huh? I swear it didn’t feel like it’s been that long. But according to the Calendar, it’s been a year. A WHOLE FUCKING YEAR! (Sorry for my obscenity, but this year passing really caught me by surprise). In fact, the path that this whole year took us…

Be Loud!

MENO Mistakes with Kate Bingaman-Burt

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Blogcast! MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Today we have Kate Bingaman-Burt, Illustrator and Educator. Her work orbits around the objects in our…

Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Things

MENO Mistakes with Erika Hall, Co-founder of Mule Design

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Blogcast! MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Today we have Erika Hall, co-founder and Director of Strategy at Mule Design Studio…which to us…

Embrace the Ambiguity

MENO Mistakes with Stewart Scott-Curran Director of Brand Design at Intercom

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Blogcast! MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Today we have one of the nicest and most fascinating creatives I’ve had the pleasure of…

Make Exercise a Priority!

MENO Mistakes with Jimmy Jacobson – CTO & Co-Founder of Wedgies.com

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Blogcast! MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Today we have on of my dear friends, Jimmy Jacobson – Co-Founder of Wedgies.com. A few…

Bobby Ghoshal – Head of Digital Design at WeWork

Find Yourself a Mentor Early On

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Blogcast! MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Today we have Bobby Ghoshal! Bobby is the Head of Digital Design and Growth at WeWork,…

Tomer Sharon – Head of UX at WeWork

Che Sará, Sará

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Blogcast! MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Today we have Tomer Sharon! Tomer is Head of User Experience at WeWork in New York City, Formerly…

Do Mo Things Mo Betta – MENO Mistakes with Aaron Magness

Episode 9

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Blogcast! MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? Today we have someone whom I very much admire – Aaron Magness. Aaron is the CMO…

MENO Mistakes with Josh Levine

Podcast Episode #8

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Blogcast! MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? This week we were able to get Culture Guru, Josh Levine on the line to share…

TJ Loeffler – Life Coach at LifePlan

Make a Timeline

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Podcast…or whatever the hell this classifies as. MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? This week we have the privilege of talking to…

Simone Legno – Founder of Tokidoki

Get a Lawyer Early in the Game

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Podcast…or whatever the hell this classifies as. MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? This week we have the privilege of talking to…

Brendan Ciecko – Founder of Cuseum

Focus on What You Do Best

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Podcast…or whatever the hell this classifies as. MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? This week we have the privilege of talking to…

Alfred Lin – Venture Capitalist at Sequoia

Figure out what you're truly passionate about

Heyo! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Podcast…or whatever the hell this classifies as. MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? This week we have the privilege of talking to…

Brian Kalma – Head of UX Zappos.com

Choose your next Boss, Not your next Company

Hello friends! Welcome to the MENO Mistakes Podcast…or whatever the hell this classifies as. MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? We’ll be asking this this question to a…

Jaimee Newberry – COO at MartianCraft

It's not so much what you say, it's how you say it

Hello friends! Welcome to the first EVER MENO Mistakes Podcast…or whatever the hell this classifies as. MENO mistakes is all about this one big question: If you could go back in time to the beginning of your career, what piece of advice would you give to your younger self? We’ll be asking this this question…

Tiny Superheroes

Winners of 2016 MENO giveback!

Every once in a while Ignazio and I host our own MENO design sprints in order to come up with new ideas that we could implement on the site or ways that we could better serve the companies we work for. Well, we decided to kick off 2016 with a sprint based around how we…

Avoiding Total Burnout

Continue Doing What You Love

As many of you may know, the newest, and youngest member of our team, entered into the world this past December, and it has been both amazing and exhausting all at the same time. We’re excited to announce that a new Creative has joined our team! Meet Leonardo Piero Lacitignola, the new assistant to our…

I Need this Now, But Please Don’t Rush

7 Tips to Managing Short Deadlined Projects without Making the Client Feel Like it's Been Rushed.

A quick preview into a day in the life of our studio: Email comes in. “Hello, my name is X and my company is Y. We have a pretty big project that needs to be completed in a ridiculously short amount of time. Can you do it?”  Sound familiar? One thing we have always been proud…

Empathy: The Heart of Good Design

A powerful way to improve your design skills

Reading Creative Confidence By Tom and David Kelly of IDEO made me realize more than ever how much empathy plays a role in creating truly great and impactful designs. We all know of this age-old rule: Art is for the Artist and Design is for the User. So why is it that so many designers today are forgetting this…

5 Tips for Working With Designers

Or... how to make your site re-design project move quickly and suck less

What most people don’t understand when they come to us looking for a brand new site or a site revamp is that even if we are in charge of everything from site mapping, wireframing, logo, iconography, copywriting and site buildout…there’s still a lot of work for them to do on their end. Here’s a quick little…

Uncovering Your Brand’s Magic

Lessons from The Fortune Cookie Principle

The past month or so I have been spending a considerable amount of my time working on rebranding projects, and I tend not to like getting myself into projects (including parenting) without bringing along reinforcements – my e-books. If you want to learn anything about marketing, turn to Seth Godin, if you want to find…

Decisions Suck.

The Future: Anticipatory Design.

Technology has made it so that we can find nearly anything we want without having to move off of the couch. But with great power comes great consequences…decision making. Just earlier today I was looking into moving our family Yosemite camping trip somewhere else due to the plague scare. So I got online and began…

The Name Game

Why Your Brand's Name is Everything

Let’s face it, brand naming is hard. As Brand and marketing expert @bernadettejiwa puts it “Communicating the essence of your idea or business in just a word or two is part science, part art.” The world is full of thousands of brands that start up with the best of intensions and are eager to make a dent in…

Good Design is Invisible

And bad design stands out

Have you ever sat down at a restaurant and instead of your lips quenching with hunger you are annoyed by the illegibility and the sloppiness of their menu design? Or have you ever walked around a new city or town and the main thing that stands out to you is its terrible signage, graffiti and…

We’re Small, Agile, and We Like It.

We have grown so accustomed to working in and with large teams and companies that for some reason or another we tend to think that larger companies just get things done better. And though there may be some truths to the benefits of working in larger numbers, we’ve actually found that the bigger the team…