This year was a year of growth, change, and reflection. As we approach our 5th year of comradery as a studio, as partners, as advisors, and as friends — we want to take a moment to take a breath and reflect on this past rotation around the sun. We turned over quite a few new stones this year, grew a couple more grey hairs, and hurdled over more obstacles than any previous year of business.
Patagonia Gold Butte Murals
With close Nevada ties - it’s hard not to find ourselves passionate about the land that we live on. For this partnership, we collaborated with Patagonia Action Works to create a design that best captured the land of the Gold Butte National Monument. Through t-shirts, postcards, and a mural spanning all of the windows at Patagonia’s Reno location -- we were able to help make a lasting impact.
Covered Gets Put on the Map
We’ve worked hand in hand with the Denver-based insurance group, Covered Insurance, to design and develop their website, mobile app, consumer dashboards, brand and more. Inc., an American business magazine has just added them in spot 10 of their recent article “50 World-Changing Startups to Watch in 2019”
Shopify UX Global Award
The website we desigend and developed for the astounding coffee company, Coffeebar, snagged an award from Shopify, a proprietary e-commerce platform company that has taken the world by storm.
Dream Job: Design Work for Dribbble
Dribbble is the go-to resource for discovering and connecting with designers and creative talent around the globe. You can imagine how overjoyed with excitement we were when they asked us to illustrate some badges for them. Sometimes dreams do come true.
We Found Some Rad New Music
We listen to music all day in the studio. And when we're not, you can probably find us at a local show. Here’s a couple of the many songs we’ve found, loved, and shared with each other.
Honey + Goldies Shopify Store
Starting from a simple, elegant color scheme, we worked with Honey + Goldies to create a stunning eCommerce website that incorporates detailed illustrations, awesome photography, 3 custom products pages and tailored back-end functionality.
We love to learn new things, keep our knowledge base current and always think in fresh ways, so we created a Slack channel to harbor all these mad new techniques. From project management, to code tutorials, to design articles, we posted a total of eighty-three links to keep learning more. Check some of them out.
Coffeebar Roadtrip Challenge
We were super excited to work with Mapbox’s API to create a super cool map system that shows customer’s some interesting stops to make during their travels from each Coffeebar location to the next. Filter by area or type to easily choose the pitstop you want to pinpoint and read more about! Check it out
Packed full of space exploration references, RetroRocket Coffee is an ecommerce coffee company that we created the mid-century style brand identity, packaging and website for.
Made from Scratch
We pride our selves in working with the best talent. We create all our designs, illustrations and photography without the help of template or stock. Collectively, we’ve pushed over 2,849,669 pixels in 2018 to our Dropbox account. We’d love to make something from scratch for you in 2019!
Creating Music Festivals
From Reno, NV’s Off Beat Music Festival to Everrett, WA’s Wild Coyote Music Festival and Fisherman's Village Music Festival we're honored to have designed these event identityies and posters. We always love to accept the challenge of designing for events and communites, especially when it involves rock n’ roll.
Founded NYC Studio
Peter packed his bags, spread his wings, and pioneered a move to the Big Apple with his lady and dog in tow. With the goal of making our global footprint even bigger, and cutting our teeth with our new client, Fast Company’s Top 8, Eight Sleep. With an endless stream of inspiration and museums, we will strive towards marking our spot on the world’s stage.
Gained a New Developer
Where would we be, without our newest team member, Alisha? We’d probably be in a dark, cold basement, staring at miles of code alone. Her passion and persistence to take on any new challenge of this week’s latest framework, gets the job done.
Best App of the Year
Craftlog, the app we had the opportunity to design, brand, and be a part of the family with was awarded one of Google Play's Best of 2018 awards.
Our Team & Partners
The answer to what made 2018 the best year yet at Laxalt & McIver? Our team. Peter Laxalt, Matt McIver, Binh Cao, Kylie Souza, and Alisha Garric. With the personal vigor, creativity, and endless pursuit of an Antidote to the Ordinary from these humans we are excited to keep creating for you.