Finding Inspiration in the American Southwest

I didn’t expect to cry when I saw the Grand Canyon, but then again, my Inspiration Trip was full of surprises and bucked expectations. While exploring the American Southwest with my younger brother this Spring, I made several discoveries – about my surroundings, about working at a marketing agency, and about myself. Adventure 1 –…

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Origin Agency Father’s Day Gift Guide – Best Gifts For Dad 2018

At Origin Agency, we specialize in crafting messages that sell brands from a real-world perspective. We create stories and design packaging and retail displays that move the consumer to action. However, we’re also always looking to others for inspiration and entertainment. Here are a few of our favorite things we’ve seen over the past year…

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Margarita Mixology – Origin’s Cinco de Mayo Recipe

Did you know that our team includes several aspiring mixologists? Here’s our take on the Margarita – updated with a dash of rosé and ready just in time for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations! Margarita Ingredients: 1 oz blanco tequila 1 oz fresh squeezed lime juice 1 oz sparkling rosé 1 oz fresh strawberry purée…

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Riding the Rails to Globalshop: Retail Display Trends 2018

Point of sale (POS) enthusiasts are no doubt already well-informed on the epic, once-a-year extravaganza that is Globalshop. If this is you, please skip this introduction. However, if you are not an avid fan of POS or haven’t heard of Globalshop, you are in luck. Globalshop is the LARGEST retail design trade show in the…

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Finding Inspiration Within Transition

Or, “Go Surfing, Don’t Get Old.” Recently, I’ve been experiencing my fair share of life transitions and milestones. Origin turned 10; my son is graduating from college; my daughter got engaged; a close friend died; and my mom is experiencing a serious health diagnosis. 2018 has been what we’ll call “eventful” so far. In the…

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Finding Perspective in the Big Easy

When the partners at Origin sat us down and told us that part of our 10 year anniversary celebration would include a stipend for each of us to go on an inspiration trip, we were all thrilled. A trip to get inspired? On the company? And we would get a few extra days off? Sign…

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Never Say Never

I joined the Origin Agency team during the summer of 2010. I was bound and determined to never work in an agency again, I was tired of the culture and intensity. I much preferred doing freelance writing and account service, making my own schedule. I wasn’t planning to join the team permanently, but I did…

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Rocky Mountain “High”

The only thing that breaks the horizon in the Midwest are low-lying clouds. I occasionally pretend they are mountains in the distance as I drive toward them on the crowded highways going home from work. Mountains have always amazed me and I like feeling dwarfed by their size. They are just rocks, like any rock…

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Lost in Iceland

I spend a large part of my life trying to get lost. Lost in creativity. Lost in movement. Lost in nature. When I am lost, I can’t help but be present, intuitive and conscious. Recently, I found myself lost in Iceland. “Innsæi” is the Icelandic word for intuition, or to see within. When you use…

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#DOUBLEDIGITS

Ten years ago, Apple launched the first iPhone, the pound sign became a hashtag, Mad Men filled their lungs, and everyone started keeping up with the Kardashians. While Harry Potter’s final chapter was closing, theories of the Big Bang began. Another great idea materialized that year with the origin of Origin Agency. Three very talented…

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