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140 years of thanks!


I remember the day I told my dad that I was going to start my own business. I was working as a designer, yet creatively unfulfilled. I wanted to make a difference through design, not only in Chicago, but in the world. At the time, I had no idea how to do it, or frankly, if it could even be done.

Phrases like “design for good” or “social change” were not part of the design vocabulary 20 years ago. But instinctively, that’s what I set out to do when I opened Bark Design: focus on working with organizations and nonprofits that were making a difference in this world. [More]

Albany Park Neighborhood Guide


Our curated neighborhood guide for Albany Park—where we’ve called home for 20 years—launched this past week and we couldn’t be more proud. The global neighborhood guide, On the Grid, tasked us with identifying, photographing and writing about 20-30 places unique to our neighborhood. Finding these gems in the most ethnically diverse neighborhood in Chicago [More]

Be Your Own Client


The best way to understand the experience you provide your clients and customers is to be your own client. We all know this is difficult to find time to do, hence the expression “the cobbler’s children have no shoes.” But when you set your mind to it, the payoff can be huge. [More]