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What’s Behind the Design?

Discover what went on behind the design of Street Level Studio’s award-winning out-of-home media project—the intricate new street-pole banner system we created for the City of Highwood. Managing the challenging logistics proved we’re not just creative, we’ve got serious execution skills, too.

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Check Out Our Big News

This fall, Street Level Studio is moving to a new location—just across the tracks in Highwood! The move will consolidate the entire SLS creative team into one beautiful, old reclaimed building on Green Bay Road that was originally a taxicab stand. It’s being refreshed with a new unique brand and personality. Check out this first in a series of posts about the process.

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DIY Web Builders Part 2

Street Level Studio’s web development manager and digital marketing creative director pick up where they left off in their conversation about DIY web builders. This time around, Brian and James offer some really good reasons why you might want—or need—to go beyond the DIY starter level and get professional help. Cue video.

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Wait, WHAT?!? The past lives of SLS

Rock bands, lawnmowers, the Miss America pageant, and. . . the New England Patriots? At first glance, none of these things have anything in common, but if you look a little closer, you’ll find something tying them all together—SLS!

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A Banner Day for SLS

What were you doing at 4 a.m. this morning? Probably snoring. But while you slept, city workers started installing Highwood’s brand-new light pole banners. SLS not only designed the new banners but also developed an installation plan that rivaled the precision of a military maneuver. And it was definitely a banner day for us!

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Did Helvetica Just Get Lucky?

The fascination with font design continues. A recent Printmag.com article took a “what if” look at Helvetica’s rise to “typographic celebrity.” Did Helvetica just get lucky? Click the link to check out the article.

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Taking SLS Design to the Streets

Do you know what mainstay of modern urban design was first spotted along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile nearly 40 years ago? The answer: light pole banners.

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More Than Just a Basic Instinct

What does it take to lead a creative agency? What if you’re a woman? Does that make a difference? We wanted to find out, so who better to talk to than our own Tanya Fretheim?

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When what you’re good at connects with what you care about

Personal connections can make for powerful creative partnerships. They also drive our pro bono work at Street Level Studio—leading directly from our talented team members to the communities and causes they are inspired to support.

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The Power of Art to Break Stereotypes

For those of us in the design business, Black History Month is an ideal time to remind ourselves about the power of art to break—or at least call into question—prevailing stereotypes. Take a few minutes to read about a few African American artists and designers connected to Chicago who use artistic expression to change the narrative about communities of color.

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