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Birmingham in Bloom: An Analysis of the 2nd Avenue Ginkgo Trees

Fall was a bit late this year, but it arrived. And if you are fortunate enough to work along (or just walk along) 2nd Avenue North in Downtown Birmingham, you’ve probably been looking forward to this particular time of year for quite a while.

Sure, autumn across the South means cool weather and college football, this year’s uncommon Indian Summer notwithstanding. But for those of us who spend our days and nights with the burgeoning restaurant scene and historic architecture of this particular stretch of the Magic City, there’s something far more enticing that fall signals: the turning of the Ginkgo trees.

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Creativity

Tech Talk: How Desktop Apps Can Change Your Life (Part 3)

Our resident producer Dan Atchison is all about increased productivity. And he likes to spread the love, too. So he cooked up a three-part series on his favorite productivity apps to help you accomplish more in your work day. Here’s Part 3. If you missed them, catch up on Part 1 & Part 2.

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Tech Talk: How Desktop Apps Can Change Your Life (Part 2)

Our resident producer Dan Atchison is all about increased productivity. And he likes to spread the love, too. So he cooked up a three-part series on his favorite productivity apps to help you accomplish more in your work day. Here’s Part 2. If you missed Part 1, you can find it right here.

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Creativity

Tech Talk: How Desktop Apps Can Change Your Life (Part 1)

Our resident producer Dan Atchison is all about increased productivity. And he likes to spread the love, too. So he cooked up a three-part series on his favorite productivity apps to help you accomplish more in your work day. Here’s Part 1.

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Creativity

Partners, Not Vendors: Six Keys To Strong Client Relationships

When a client hires Big, it’s for a combination of reasons: previous work, our track record of success, the proposed strategy the team pitched. And when our personalities match, that’s a win-win.

Relationship building begins immediately. It’s the equivalent of meeting someone and just knowing in your heart that you hope to be friends for a long time because you have so much in common. Read More

Creativity

Actually Talk To Each Other: 5 Ways To Build A Collaborative Culture

Collaborative culture has become a buzzword—one that you may even want to roll your eyes at—but it’s a topic of conversation for a reason: It works.

Fierce, Inc. administered a study that showed an overwhelming majority of employees blame a lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. Read More

Creativity

Why Your Web Developers Are Grumpy (And How To Talk To Them)

You may have noticed that your developers are grumpy when you come to discuss a project. Recent research suggests that increased cognitive load leads to difficulty controlling impulses. Developers spend their entire day working complex problems and have to keep a mental model of thousands of lines of code for months or years.
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Creativity

Get An Early Taste of Halloween with The Burning Peppermints

The Burning Peppermints are one of the newest chapters in Birmingham’s flourishing music scene. Many of you saw them at Sloss Fest. A select few might’ve seen them at Saturn, or The Nick. And if you live outside of Birmingham, you might’ve caught them recently on a brief tour. We’re pretty big fans ourselves here at Big. And since we support the local music scene every chance we get, we were excited to partner with the Peppermints for a few poster and t-shirt designs.

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Creativity

Content the World Over: A Conversation with Grace Montgomery of AFAR Magazine

When it comes to blending sponsored content in traditional editorial, brands aren’t the only ones walking the fine line. At AFAR Magazine, this has served up an opportunity rather than an obstacle. The travel magazine is known not only for its beautiful editorial content, but for its highly attended experience events that take attendees off the beaten path in coveted destinations like Sydney, Cairo, and Charleston.

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Creativity, News

15 Years of Birmingham’s Artwalk: A Conversation with Executive Director Joy Myers

It wasn’t that long ago that 2nd Avenue N. was a pretty desolate place.

Before the street that Big calls home became a street that visitors sought out, it was, save for a few businesses, pretty empty.

But back in the day — like the 2001 day — a small group of people saw what this neighborhood could be.

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