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Des Moines Beer Week | 2017

It's no secret that we have a passion for craft beer. We are fortunate as a studio to have the opportunity to develop brands for many local breweries. And, in 2015, we were approached to take over the organization of Des Moines Beer Week (DSMBW). Since then, our...

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Meet Megan Anderson

We are heading into summer with our newest addition to the team, Megan Anderson! She is a designer, recently graduated from Iowa State University. Get to know Megan by checking out our quick interview below! Q: Where were you born? A: Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  Q: How would...

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Meet Eric Harlow

Spring has sprung and 818 is happy to announce the newest addition to our team of awesome! Eric Harlow has been an 818 fan for many years. With his extensive beer knowledge and beer sales experience with both distributors and in-house, he now brings the passion needed...

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818 Open House

Happy fall everyone! Please join 818 - a tiny design empire at our office on Friday, October 28th for a much anticipated open house! We are holding this open house in celebration of many recent milestones: A new office space – We moved way back in March, but it’s...

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Meet Chandler Johannsen

Join us in welcoming Chandler Johannsen back to the empire! Chandler was an 818 intern during her junior year of college and has returned as a full time designer. Read more to get to know her! Q: Where were you born? A: I was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota! Q: How...

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Meet Toni Sarcone

So far, 2016 has brought many exciting changes to the empire. This month, we are expanding our team and welcoming senior designer, Toni Sarcone! Read more to get to know her. Q: Where were you born?  A: Right here. I'm a Des Moines girl.  Q: How would your team...

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Iowa Small Business of the Day

The Iowa Secretary of State's office in Des Moines recently launched a project that celebrates entrepreneurship by showcasing Iowa small businesses on their Facebook page. Among others, 818 - a tiny design empire was selected to be interviewed regarding our advice,...

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818 has moved!

We’ve recently moved our office location in order to accommodate growth. Our email, website and phone numbers are all the same, but our new address is: 818 - a tiny design empire 
 301 East Court Avenue Suite 105 Des Moines, Iowa 50309 Stop by and say hello if you're...

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Join the 818 Team: Sr. Designer

Exciting news! We are seeking a full-time Sr. Designer with 5+ years of experience to join our growing studio. Within this role, priorities include creative direction and execution, project management, client communications and design team leadership. Additional...

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Spring Intern: Phil 2.0

  We'd like to introduce to you, our spring intern: Phil 2.0! Phil Kruzan Jr. has signed on with us again for the duration of the spring semester. The first time we introduced Phil, you got to know a little about him through our official 818 Intern This or That...

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AIGA Design Camp 2015

AIGA is the national professional association for design who's mission is to enhance the value of design across all disciplines (P.S. No big deal, but our own Paige Kleckner is the Co-President and Membership director of the Iowa chapter). The Minnesota chapter hosts...

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Fall Intern

The summer has flown by so quickly! We want to give a shout out and a big congratulations to our former intern, Becca Berry! She just accepted a full time position at Delta Design in downtown Des Moines. Today, we welcome our fall intern: Phil Kruzan Jr.!  ...

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Hinterland

The Des Moines Girl Gang is a local community of female creatives that I've becoming involved with this summer and through this group was invited to photograph the first annual summer music festival, Hinterland. Hinterland - meaning "The land behind a river. The rural...

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Summer Intern

Summer is just around the corner and things are changing at the Empire once again. We are saying farewell to our amazing spring Interns: Chandler Johannsen left in early May for a three month trip to Europe before her senior year at Iowa State University. Lu Lawrence...

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China

Every May term, Grand View University offers a trip abroad and because of 818's experience with environmental graphics and branding, paired with our alumni connection with the university, I was invited to attend this year's trip to Zhuhai, China with Grand View's...

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Tampa Bay Beer Week → DSMBW

Melissa just returned from a trip to the Tampa Bay area in Florida and summarizes her craft beer experience… Upon arrival just about anywhere, there are two things I tend to do… First, assemble a mixed 6-pack of what largely distributed beer is available in that area...

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Spring Interns

Things are changing around the 818 office once again, we hired two spring interns! Get to know them with a few This or That questions:   Coffee or tea? Coffee. Black or white? Black. Pepsi or Coke? Dr. Pepper. Early bird or night owl? Night Owl. Winter or summer?...

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Paige: Year One

A year ago, Friday we hired Paige Kleckner as a Designer and Director of Awesome.  We asked her a couple of questions to recap her first year at 818: Q: Who is your favorite coworker?  A: Barb the stuffed sloth because she just likes to hang out (and Melissa is making...

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BrrrFest

Everyone knows how brutal Iowa winters can be. Thankfully, there is BrrrFest to look forward to every January. Last weekend we attended the 4th annual BrrrFest in Coralville, Iowa. This event promotes Midwest breweries and allows over 2,000 people to sample beer...

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Iowa Craft Beerd Calendar

Help us celebrate Iowa, craft beer and craft brewers’ impressive facial hair by participating in the 2015 Iowa Craft Beerd Calendar! We’re producing it for FREE and giving it away to brewers just to show our love and support of Iowa craft brewing. Our calendar will be...

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