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Marbury Mix 003: Summer Songs

Inspiration

As an example, I personally took time off recently to travel Scandinavia. While I technically wasn’t working, the journey reignited my creativity in such a multitude of ways that even once I’d returned home, I craved ways to recapture that feeling in different ways, one of which was music. This latest playlist is an amalgamation […]

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Design

Staying Educated as a Designer

It’s one thing to stay creative and inspired, but as a creative professional, it’s also important to keep your skills and strategies sharp enough to implement your work—especially in a field like design where it can feel like things are evolving every day. In addition to foundational work like reading books, getting outside, and seeking […]

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Behind The Scenes

The Most Captivating Moments from My Scandinavian Travels: A Creative’s Guide

Instead of glossing over the details of my travels to focus on the impact they had on Marbury, today’s post is all about stopping and taking in the sights. These were some of the most interesting and beautiful things and places I saw on my Scandinavian adventures, and if you ever get the chance to […]

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Behind The Scenes

3 Ways Travel Can Reignite You as a Creative

Between Scandinavia’s visual inspiration and the opportunity to rest and recharge, my mind felt like it was going haywire with new ideas. In many ways, I think that travel is essential for all creatives—even if it’s just an hour car ride away—and the following reasons are just a sampling of why. It reactivates the observer […]

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Behind The Scenes

Deciding Where to Invest & Delegate in Your Business

However, we all have a backlog of countless internal tasks on our mind that need to be handled so that we can focus our energy in the most effective way possible. To begin taking those items off your own plate and delegating them to a team, you can prepare to expand by doing the following: […]

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Lifestyle Management

Working Past The Hustle

A turning point in my entrepreneurial mindset came about three years ago, but if it hadn’t, I can’t help but think that I would have continued down a very unhealthy path, both for myself and the wellbeing of the business. Today, this business may be infused with work-life balance, but you’ll see that a lot […]

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Behind The Scenes

The Importance of Passion in Business

My own opinion lies somewhere in the middle—that running a successful business takes a combination of finding something that you love, and something that makes money. And as for passion’s exact place? It’s more complicated than you might initially think. Here are a few things I’ve found helpful when it comes to searching for passion […]

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Behind The Scenes

Netflix Picks for Creatives to Unwind To

A deeply held belief here at Marbury, is that pursuit of work-life balance must include downtime. After a day of challenging and productive projects at work that often involve sitting inside at a computer, unwinding with a fun and relaxing activity can help you finish the day feeling inspired and looking forward to the next. […]

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Design

Staying Creative as a Designer

The struggle with creativity is that it’s an intangible skill we possess and require for our passions, but since it’s intangible, it’s not something we can readily call upon at a moment’s notice, or “turn on” to produce great work that a client will fall in love with. It can feel lonely, frustrating, and even […]

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Behind The Scenes

Making Entrepreneurship Work for You

Bring this same approach into your own business to build a thriving, stable foundation for long-term success. Rather than trying to learn everything—and get everything right on your first try—focus on taking your business seriously, and equipping yourself to handle and learn from your mistakes. It was only once I accepted the reality that there […]

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Lifestyle Management

Stop Negotiating Mornings for a More Productive Day

To put it simply, your mornings should be non-negotiable “me time”. This means it isn’t time to be negotiated with your team, your co-workers, bosses, or others who aren’t in your innermost circle. This is time solely to yourself, prior to  answering to the other people waiting for you once you check your phone, or […]

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Inspiration

Meet Kelly Vittengl of Frances Loom

Here at Marbury, we relish in seeing the impact an elevated brand can have on a business, and more importantly, ona business owner. The increase in confidence that we’ve been told our clients—and even friends who’ve worked with other branding studios—experience when their new brand debuts is by far our favorite part of the process. […]

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Lifestyle Management

How to Deal With Stress & Overwhelm in Your Business

I have a confession to make. I’m exceptionally overwhelmed in my business right now. Given that I help creatives with this very problem, I see the irony—but unfortunately that doesn’t make the experience easier. And it goes to show that we’re all susceptible to feeling like we’re at the end of our rope when faced […]

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Behind The Scenes

On Transitioning from Freelancer to Creative Director

The transition from freelancer to creative business owner includes many challenges, but one of the struggles we see most frequently is in growing a team and learning to delegate, as opposed to managing it all alone. As a freelancer, you tend to wear a number of hats, ranging from accountant, to marketing manager, to creative […]

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Inspiration

Spring Reading List

With the weather warming up, many of us are looking for ways to enjoy the outdoors, fresh air, and sunshine. Whether it’s sitting in a park, enjoying the view from a porch, or curling up on a couch with the windows open, relaxing with an inspiring book is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. […]

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Design

6 Trends for Designers to be Aware of in 2018

A handful of discussions with our first new clients of 2018 have led me to thinking a lot about branding, and how it evolves with the different design trends that spring up. Although every business is unique and warrants a unique brand identity to go with it, there will always be common threads and design […]

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Productivity

Marbury Mix 002: Spring Productivity

I’ve written in the past about how nature’s seasons can inspire and mirror the seasons we go through in our businesses. As we begin to move into spring, I’m once again reflecting on how my business can better align with my own natural rhythm, and how we can cultivate a more intentional environment for ourselves […]

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