A sincere thanks can go a long way.

March 26th, 2012 by Dan Barczak

Yesterday, we received a box of goodies from our friend Brian at Steam Whistle Press here in Cincinnati – our new letterpress thank you’s. Of course we have a desire to create a kick-ass print piece whenever we’re not working with zeros and ones, or creating something confidential. But this was our chance to take pride in something bigger – appreciating our friends and clients beyond an email. When you receive something handwritten in the mail from a friend, you know that it took time. It shows someone much more than simple appreciation. So we’ll be sending some your way very soon. Thanks to all of you who help make Hyperquake what it is, and empower us to do what we do best. For those of you who believe in the power of Brand Evolution. We humbly thank you. (more pictures to come soon)


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Awesome Letterpress Business Cards

October 18th, 2010 by Chris Strong

So I’m no letterpress expert, but having received (and distributed) more than a few business cards in my career thus far, I can say that these sweet business cards designed by Villainy and Associates that I stumbled upon today are pretty awesome. Metallic gold lettering and edges, as well as dark and heavy paper stock, I give them a thumbs up.

Some say business cards have ‘slowly been going the way of the buffalo’ (good album by MxPx by the way) with all the digital ways of organizing, storing and sharing information today. But a good business card has stopping power and is an important piece of leaving an impression on someone as it sticks around after you are gone.

I know, I know, I seem to be puffing up the power a business card holds, but regardless of what you think, you have to admit that these are pretty cool.

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Wired Magazine = Not Good Grim Reaper

September 14th, 2010 by Julie Hill

The Web is dead. Long live the Web!

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The Seventh Circle of [Brand Design]

July 29th, 2010 by Julie Hill

Daniela Meloni creates the designer’s interpretation of Dante’s The Divine Comedy, at once beautiful, thoughtful and funny.

Read The Branding Comedy

As God is placed in the centre of the Paradise, in the Branding Comedy is the Consumer to stay in the centre of the system and he represents something to be reached by the brands, which are the real protagonist of the book. The Branding Comedy is divided in three sections, like the original Comedy. In each circle are placed the brands, depending on their sins and virtues, their positive/negative values or simply their real position in the market. In fact, as Dante uses the ancient symbols and allegories to describe the medieval world, in the same way logos and brands represent the symbols of today, carrying loads of different values and characterizations.

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America: Nation of Good Sports

June 29th, 2010 by Julie Hill

Did I say good sports? I meant sore losers. From Best Week Ever:

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Case Study: Cincinnati Bengals

March 9th, 2010 by Julie Hill

Cincinnati Bengals Playoff Commemorative Program Cover

The Bengals finally made the playoffs last year and, as luck would have it, hosted the game at Paul Brown Stadium, right here in HQ’s hometown. The team wanted to create a really exciting Playoff Book to be sold during the game, and they felt HyperQuake would be a great fit for taking the design to the next level.

The goal of the project was to create a commemorative piece to showcase the Bengals’ awesome accomplishment. We all agreed that teamwork should be the primary focus of the design – the Bengals view making the playoffs as a collective achievement – with a strong emphasis on the host city of Cincinnati as well.

The end result was an exciting design that hit all of the team’s objectives and really made the Bengals come across as the high caliber team they are. Despite the fact that the game didn’t finish in the Bengals’ favor, fans can still cherish the memories, and have the playoff book to prove it.

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