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Cascadia Blade Works puts an end to dull moments with sharp tools

Sep 11 2019

Cascadia Blade Works puts an end to dull moments with sharp tools

One of the real joys of our work is bringing an exciting venture to life, and Cascadia Blade Works has excitement going for them in spades. Connecting with them was a learning experience not only in the technicalities of blade sharpening, but also in the power of connecting with your values, and following the path […]

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Aug 28 2019

How to Scale for Your Audience and Your Own Team

HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response is a non-profit organization that trains comfort dogs and animal handler response teams, and sends their specially-trained teams to provide emotional support in the wake of crisis events. HOPE has a long history of serving the community, and they’ve grown into a seven-region organization with volunteers nationwide. When we connected with […]

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Listen and Question
Jul 16 2019

Does Your Brand Need to Be More… Selfish?

Yeah, I’m saying it: folks aren’t selfish enough with their brands. That’s especially true when they’re creating branding for a small business. Businesses, by nature, have their eyes on the bottom line: quarterly revenue, conversions, ROI, blah blah blah… You’ve probably heard all the buzzwords, acronyms and then some. A certain amount of that is […]

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Gilbert Baker, creator of the Rainbow Pride Flag
Jun 20 2019

More Than Rainbows: The Story of the Pride Flag

When you spot a rainbow flag when you’re out and about (pun very much intended), you might safely assume you’re in the midst of LGBTQ community. However, have you stopped to consider how the rainbow became the ubiquitous symbol for pride? A self-described “geeky kid from Kansas,” Gilbert Baker made his way to San Francisco […]

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Apr 23 2019

The Story Behind The Rebrand

If you’ve been following Upswept Creative for some time, you’ve likely noticed things look a bit different these days. Don’t fret – our purpose and mission haven’t changed; just our brand identity! Let’s be real, though: it’s not just a brand identity. It’s a first impression, an aesthetic, a mood, a visual representation of what […]

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May 14 2018

Authenticity Online

Authenticity can often seem like it’s in short supply. Especially on the internet. Whether it’s a snarky meme or “fake news,” genuine voices are in high demand online. People are starved for them. Whether you’re managing the social media channels of an established business, or taking a DIY approach to building your own online marketing […]

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Jan 19 2018

How Much Will Your Website Really Cost?

When we talk website design with potential clients, one thing we hear pretty regularly is, “I have no idea what this kind of thing costs.” It’s not just about shopping around between different providers, either–there are a lot of factors that can affect your total investment. If you want to get a better sense of […]

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Artist applying makeup on a woman's face.
Aug 04 2017

Portland Business Spotlight: Janet Price, Makeup Artist

Janet Price is a Portland-based professional makeup artist with over 13 years experience in film and television, as well as print, stage, and theatre makeup design. Janet Price grew up in Los Angeles during the reign of Mouseketeers and The Gong Show. As a kid, she felt surrounded by the entertainment industry — it was normal […]

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