After our beloved pad at 319A was snapped up by real estate developers, we found a new home across town. This one has a roof deck and a bit more space, and is starting to feel like home.
Many new people!
Our team has grown from just the three partners back in 2008 to 23 designers and developers. We’re lucky to work with so many awesome people, and welcome each new face like they’re family.
SND Makes Hackathon
We opened up our studio to the SND series SNDMakes and invited journalists, designers and developers from places like ESPN, Slate and Vox to come jam on some neat challenges. We had a great time, built some neat things, and made a lot of new friends. Check a video we made about SND Makes at Upstatement
Branding for Education
The Hechinger Report asked us to build a new site as well as a brand for their respected education news brand. Sarah from Hechinger told us their current brand "looks like a Pontiac from the 90’s." We tried to do them a little better than that.
Harvard Law Review
The Harvard Law Review had a unique problem: they needed a dynamic, beautiful site that supported the unique requirements of legal typography. Oh yeah, and they never had any photos. Ever. We took up that challenge, and built a site that would be nominated for the Society of News Design’s prestigious World’s Best designation. Read our case study.
The National Poster Retrospecticus
John Boilard worked with us as a designer, and during this time he created teh National Poster Retrospecticus, a traveling gallery exhibit of hand printed gig posters. We hosted the Boston stop, converting our studio into a gallery space for the night. Another one of those "how the hell did we do that?" moments.
Telling the story of the storytellers
NPR called us to help them build a new About page, something they’d never really had before. We helped them craft the story as well as build a site that was dynamic and engaging. About NPR
An ambitious Holiday Present
Each year we seem to try to take the holiday project to new heights, but 2013 will be tough to top. We custom made a bunch of cedar boxes, laser cut the lids, and filled them with custom swag from our design team. A truly epic effort. Holiday Bric-a-brac
Onward and upward!
After outgrowing our office on the 5th floor, we moved downstairs to the 3rd and doubled our square footage. This let us do all kinds of great things like host huge parties and poster tours.
We built a new site for Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Business: Kellogg Insight. The site was a really fun exercise in editorial branding, illustration and typography. Most of it still holds up too! Kellogg Insight
A new tool for Penguin Random House
Random House asked us to build them a tool for building websites. We took up the challenge, and ended up making a really great tool as well as spinning off a project that would become Timber for Wordpress. Read our case study for Random House's Bookmark.
The Boston Globe’s new responsive site
We worked with our former colleagues at the Globe as well as some new friends in Ethan Marcotte and the gang at Filament Group to design and build a new BostonGlobe.com. We couldn’t believe the response when the site was launched, and were psyched to help usher in a new era of design on the web. Here’s Adobe’s video starring the team: Watch Upstatement on Adobe.tv
We got Squared Away
Boston College’s Center for Financial Literacy approached us to build a web app that helped educate people about retirement. In addition to commissioning some really great illustrations, we built a platform that stands up to this day! Scope out the Squared Away Beta
It’s called Glyphosaurus
One of our projects from Vision Quest, Glyphosaurus is an online catalog of type forms. You upload a word and split it into component letters to be tagged and later discovered by type enthusiasts. We learned a bunch about app design and UX in the course of this project. And made fun shirts. Watch the teaser video on Vimeo.
One Laptop per Child
Our work on the Boston Book Festival introduced us to Nicholas Negroponte, and he asked Jared and Mike to help him and the OLPC team launch a new site. Working with Lisa Strausfeld at Pentagram, we launched the new laptop.org.
At the end of the year we had some extra time on our hands, so we decided to go on a vision quest. We made t-shirts and buttons and other fun design things, one of which was Glyphosaurus, which we released the next year.
We made the move to Boston!
Our friends at Bocoup tipped us off about an awesome building at 319 A Street. We came down to take a look and ended up renting a 1500 square foot studio on the 5th floor. We’d spend the next four years in this building.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
One of our first big projects. We helped the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum launch a website for its new wing, in concert with Small Design Firm. Our site let you make a pledge online and display it in the physical museum on a large screen that Dave Small and his team built.
The Boston Book Festival
We helped the Boston Book Festival launch its inaugural event! We branded the fest and created bookmarks and posters to promote the event. Here’s Augusten Boroughs and Chip Kidd in front of the poster Chip illustrated and Mike laid out.
Another new office, this time over in Somerville! We took an 800 square foot office over what’s now Daddy Jones, and met a lot of colorful characters in the neighborhood.
The very beginning
Upstatement came into view as a series of projects done for friends in Cambridge. Mike left the Globe to freelance, and with the help of some close friends started finding a bunch of work. One thing led to another, a name was chosen, and we were in business!
MIT Media Lab
Some friends connected us with a professor at the Media Lab who was developing a visual storytelling tool. We built an interface for making stories out of your photos and sending them to your friends. Who would have thought something like that might catch on?
One of our first big breaks, technically done under the "MIKEANDTITO" or "TITOANDMIKE" brand umbrella. We designed and built an internal tool for Harvard Graduate School of Design students to share knowledge.