"How to Succeed in Design" by GlobalWrites

An intimate profile of our partners at Aleberry Creative, who learned that doing what you love is as easy as going ahead and doing it.

Thanks for the great write-up by Sarah at GlobalWrites on Aleberry’s design success and philosophy!

Houston Writeathon

This weekend Aleberry will be participating & “community sponsoring” the Houston Writeathon along with some of our other mates!

On Saturday, writers, designers, data nerds, and civil servants will come together to improve government communication starting with our own beloved city!

RSVP here to be part of the awesomeness and help make a difference in the community:

http://www.houstonwriteathon.com/

*Oh and did we mention there’s a notebook bar! Amazing!*

Thanks to Open Houston for providing a few resources, tools, and sample projects: 

If you’re into data visualizations or infographics, here are some tools that you can use:

You can work your own ideas, or you can pick from this growing list of sample projects:

Open Houston will keep adding to this list as the event approaches, so be sure to check back!

"Richard Branson on Growing Your Business by Building a Community" – Entrepreneur

In an article for Entrepreneur, Richard Branson explains the importance of a company’s involvement in the community in relation to long-term success.

Getting involved in volunteer efforts may help you to find customers and grow a business with deep roots in the community, which may be integral to its long-term success.

He describes one of Aleberry’s core philosophies of being involved in Houston, especially with start-ups (more coming up about upcoming hackathons & mentoring this month) and reasons for our success. 

Through the relationships you build by doing such work, your business will become a hub for the community, supporting and fostering the people around it. It will help you to build a stronger culture within your company, better relationships with your customers and staff, and ultimately a more successful business.

Through mentoring & volunteering at Houston-based start-up and tech events, we have seen a higher rate of design referrals and great clients. We have found our clients are happier, and we have built a reputation of trust worthiness and reliability in the community.

At the end of the day, the community surrounding both you and your business will play a key role in your company’s culture and happiness. We’re lucky to have great design clients and partners in Houston!

Take a look at events like Startup Weekend or civic hackathons. Many thanks to people like Jeff Reichman (January Advisors) and Jerald Reichstein (Bouncing Pixel and GroundUP Houston), and MANY others who help pull together the startup community. A few hours of your weekend can help foster great ideas and help your company go a long way.

Read more from Richard Branson.

GoodUI.org

Good User Interface has high conversion rates and is easy to use.

Jakub Linowski compiled a list of User Interface best practices on GoodUI.org. 

The site is great and quick read for designers, marketers, and business owners.

There are currently 32 “Ideas” displayed with visual do’s and do not’s that are easy to scroll through.

Bonus for signing up for their newsletter to get bi-weekly “ideas”.

http://www.goodui.org/

"Startups, this is how design works."

The Houston startup and tech scene has been growing rapidly, and Aleberry Creative is proud to be a part of this community. 

From pitch decks & presentations to branding & internal marketing design, we have seen the impact of good graphic design and branding in the success of a startup. 

"Design is becoming a key differentiator for companies to acquire funding, press coverage, and loyal users.”

Wells Riley has put together a great piece on the importance of design in startups. By touching on the differences between UI and UX, “Startups, this is how design works.” explains why “design is problem solving.”

This is a great read for entrepreneurs and techies of all industries.

Read more at http://startupsthisishowdesignworks.com/

Congrats Cybele – Startup Weekend 1st place!

Congrats to team Cybele from Startup Weekend Houston (Nov 2013 edition)! 

Aleberry was honored to mentor & coach this startup team on Saturday. We knocked out a couple UI and app designs, along with some quick branding and logo design.

Cybele is an Ardunio-powered device that measures and reports your garden’s conditions. 

APP HOME DESIGN:

APP PLANT SELECTION DESIGN:

For more details about Cybele and the other amazing ideas from Startup Weekend Houston, please check out our good friend Jeff Reichman's post on Open Houston!

Startup Weekend Houston Winners Reimagined as Civic Startups

Aleberry at Tech Street Houston

Come hangout with us at Tech Street Houston this afternoon! We’ll be there for HATCH (as both a prize & proud community sponsor).

Get there before 3:30 and catch Annise Parker, Office of the Mayor | City of Houston speak on the awesomeness that is Houston. 

See you soon!

It’s that time of year again: Houston Startup Weekend!

In case you didn’t know, we love being a part of the Houston startup community!

This coming weekend, November 15-17, Aleberry will be coaching the Houston Startup Weekend teams on design & branding. 

Make sure to register for some Aleberry hangout time (& some designs and advice too): http://houston.startupweekend.org/

See you soon!

OwlSpark Debuts Inaugural Class

Thanks for the shoutout Startup Houston.

We always love working with passionate people with great ideas!

http://startuphouston.com/2013/08/19/owlspark-debuts-inaugural-class/

Rebrand Taken to the Next Level

Aleberry Creative recently worked in collaboration with GlobalWrites on a rebranding project for Level 5 Consulting, based in D.C.

GlobalWrites did great work on the website copywriting, as Aleberry Creative redesigned their logo and website.

Here is a great blog by GlobalWrites on our collaboration, including a before and after website design & logo design: http://www.globalwrites.com/writing-services/rebrand-taken-to-the-next-level/

We always love working with the GW team! Thanks for your fantastic work.