The Power of FigmaJul 9, 2020
The design team has started to adopt Figma as its main design tool. With a host of new capabilities, Figma has helped us improve our workflow especially as we navigate working from home. Here are some of the reasons we’re not looking back.
Pair Programming: A Junior's PerspectiveJun 26, 2020
Pairing has become an essential part of my workflow, and after six months of doing it daily, I have learned a lot. Here are my tips for making the most of your pair sessions as a junior developer.
Easing Made SimpleJun 25, 2020
Properly defining easing can be a confusing mess at times. In this post we attempt to clarify some basics so you can get back to animating without over thinking if you've applied the correct easing.
Why My Fashion Degree Made Me a Better Project ManagerJun 25, 2020
If you had told me in college that I would be a project manager, I would have said, “what’s a project manager?”. It was never even a job I knew existed.
Why we use User StoriesJun 25, 2020
Working with designers and developers at Underbelly, we have found that we all do our best when we have clear goals and a strong understanding of the task at hand.
How to Make Project Metrics ActionableJun 22, 2020
There are many obvious ways to track productivity that I do feel confident in, but here at Underbelly we are always challenged to think outside the box
The Zero InboxJun 15, 2020
As a project manager, one of my primary goals is to support others in staying organized and keeping myself organized so that I am on top of everything going on. One way of doing this is through the Zero Inbox method.
Why Empathy Matters in Project ManagementJun 10, 2020
Project managers are in a unique position. On the one hand, we are responsible for managing the budget and timeline of a project. On the other hand, we are responsible for managing people and our interpersonal communication.
Continued Help during the Covid-19 CrisisJun 10, 2020
As we are still in the midst of this Covid-19 pandemic, we've focused our charitable efforts to organizations that are making a difference. This is where we have been seeing a need and have been jumped in to support over the last month.
Recognition at UnderbellyJun 9, 2020
Our employees are our greatest asset and we believe the stronger our teams, the better our outcome. At Underbelly we are always looking for ways to grow our recognition efforts.
Utah Outdoor Community Creates Face Shields and Jobs During Covid-19Jun 9, 2020
Watch the story of how DPS - an SLC ski manufacturer - worked with the local community and got innovative to save their business and help medical workers during COVID-19
How to use Lean principles within a Creative AgencyJun 5, 2020
Each quarter, we challenge ourselves to become more efficient, ensure client satisfaction and prevent employee burnout. In setting challenging goals, we research and test many new methods, one of which is Lean.
Managing Your To-Do List When It Seems Like It Will Never EndJun 4, 2020
Have you ever taken a look at your ever-growing to-do list and felt so overwhelmed that you don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, so have we.
22 Hours of Agile TrainingJun 3, 2020
At Underbelly we are always striving to enhance our client and team experience. In order to do so, we recently took a 22 hour agile bootcamp
From Head To Web - The Vetting ProcessMay 27, 2020
App Ideas come to me randomly at any time. As a software developer, I have the power to turn some of my ideas into reality. But I’m working a full-time job programming for 8 hours a day, I want to make sure I’m not wasting my time.
Why You Should be Process MappingMay 20, 2020
Taking the time to go through Process Mapping helps evaluate, articulate, visualize, and document your processes, giving them life outside of your head.
Why we moved to an asynchronous standupMay 18, 2020
Moving away from in-person stand ups allows us to be more flexible in terms of where we work, we have the tools in place which allow us to be flexible and remote as needed.
Our OSS JourneyMay 12, 2020
Underbelly has been working on supporting OSS for a long time, and we're finally doing it in multiple ways! Read about our journey with OSS.
2019 At UnderbellyMay 11, 2020
2019 was a massive one at Underbelly. New space, new faces, new clients and lots of good times. Super proud of the work we've done. Here's a look at some of the highlights of the year.
Using React Refs to Manipulate the DOMMay 7, 2020
Ever wondered about refs in React? Are you curious what they do and how to use them? Here's a quick tutorial on how to use them for DOM manipulation.
Ask This at the End of Your InterviewMay 7, 2020
It's important to determine if a company is a good fit for you when you're interviewing. Give this question a try during your next interview to see what insights you can uncover.
Are We Agile?May 6, 2020
As an agency, we get asked consistently, are you agile? With our mix of clients, it’s hard to be fully agile or traditional at an agency, so we do both.
COVID-19 Prevention PostersMay 2, 2020
As restrictions begin to ease up around the country, we wanted to create something to help remind people that staying safe is still important.
Underbelly Patch Design ProjectApr 21, 2020
We wanted to have a design exercise for the team, and what's better than making a pile of patches? Seven of our designers jumped at the challenge to create a custom patch.
Global Swatches in Adobe IllustratorApr 7, 2020
Underbelly Creative Director, Dave Keller, walks through Global Swatches in Illustrator in this video. Global Swatches allows you to be nimble when you need to make quick revisions from a client's feedback or finalize colors for a project.
Helping those in need during this Coronavirus pandemicMar 19, 2020
As the Coronavirus (COVID-2019) pandemic is spreading at an exponential rate, tens of thousands of people have been impacted daily by losing work, have a lack of medical care and food supply.
Finding the Overlap Between Motion Graphics and User ExperienceFeb 27, 2020
An Underbelly designer was asked to share a presentation with the Salt Lake Motion Graphics Group. The event was hosted by Adobe on Thursday, February 27th, 2020. This is a short transcript of that presentation.
How You Helped the Efforts in AustraliaJan 27, 2020
Recently, we put a match out with the hope that we could inspire as many as we could to support the efforts that are happening right now. Thanks to all of those that gave to the organizations that are on the ground helping in Australia.
Join us in an effort to combat these historic fires in AustraliaJan 8, 2020
Join us in an effort to help those affected in the Australia fires. By giving creatively and taking advantage of match donations, you could even quadruple your contribution.
How the Design Community in Asia is Growing, and What We Can Learn From the UXSEA Summit 2019Dec 19, 2019
As first timers to both Singapore and the UXSEA summit, we were excited to tune in on some of Asia’s keynote speakers, and learn about the UX culture in Asia.
Kids are RadNov 1, 2019
Having kids shouldn’t be something that hinders your career, makes you fearful of losing your job, losing your health insurance, or stress over finances from being away from work. We want to make it better.
Open-Source Projects and Lessons from HacktoberfestOct 29, 2019
As October comes to an end, we want to give a huge thanks to all of our hack night attendees. We hope everyone who came was able to mingle with members of the community, learn something new, and get inspired about open-source software.
What's Happening in October at Underbelly?Oct 1, 2019
Just because summer is over, doesn't mean the fun needs to end. This October, we have a few fall activities happening at our studio in Salt Lake City for you to attend. Join us for the fun!
Warm Welcome Winter Clothing DriveSep 23, 2019
Underbelly has partnered with the IRC in Salt Lake City to contribute to the people within our planet who need it most. We strongly believe in our social responsibility to the planet, and to the people who inhabit it.
Why It’s Good to Get Out and PlaySep 16, 2019
The crew at Underbelly took advantage of the beautiful state that we live in by celebrating our time off, with time outside. We spent our Labor Day weekend enjoying the sun and each other's company at Pineview Reservoir in Ogden, Utah.
Learning More About React HooksSep 4, 2019
This isn’t an expose about all the things we learned at React Training, because people paid to learn at the workshop. However, here are four hooks we’re using, or getting ready to use, and their most common use cases for the Belly team.
Why We Love Our Neon SignAug 26, 2019
We learned more about the process and grit it takes to create a unique piece of artwork to enhance the outside of our new creative agency in Salt Lake City. Our neon sign dreams finally came true.
Pathfinder Shortcuts and Astute GraphicsJun 24, 2019
Underbelly Creative Director, Dave Keller, will walk you through some Illustrator shortcuts that he has been using for the last eight years, and show you some new tools with a plugin called Astute Graphics.
Breaking in the New Cyc WallJun 21, 2019
With a new cyc wall and several awesome motorcycles in the office it was a no brainer as to what we were going to shoot first. Here is a quick breakdown of how we pulled it off as well as a few things we learned in the process.
Summer Drop-InJun 11, 2019
Good food and drinks are great, but it’s the company that we love most. Underbelly recently moved into a new creative space, right across the street from our previous studio, and we’ve been itching to show it off.
A Perfect Portfolio, Without the Photo StudioMay 13, 2019
How does one create a perfect portfolio, without the photo studio? At our recent workshop for students at the University of Utah, we created light box setups for them to photograph their work for their portfolios for less than $45.
Ode to the Local Business OwnerApr 29, 2019
Creating a positive website user experience is vital for businesses of every size. Here we talk about our experience teaching UX principles to local businesses in our community and all that we learned in the process.
The S.S. Monstro: A Portrait of UnderbellyApr 4, 2019
Every season we put together a non-denominational-winter-festivities gift package for our friends and clients. Here we share the creative process that went into creating the artwork for last year's holiday gift.
Ammmazing Insights from the Awwwards ConferenceApr 1, 2019
When we heard that the Awwwards conference was in Amsterdam, we knew we had to attend. Thanks to Underbelly's focus on growth, we were able to attend; here are a few takeaways from Awwwards that we'd like to share with you.
So, What Would You Say It Is You Do Here?Mar 11, 2019
Explaining just what exactly we do at Underbelly can be challenging at times. For the uninitiated, here are a few recent pieces of our work that exist in the real world that will help you understand what we do here.
Design For AllFeb 28, 2019
Taking steps towards designing for accessibility can be easier than you might think. Here are three general themes that can help ensure that as a designer, you are frequently accounting for accessibility throughout your creative process.
How to Land Better Projects- Values to Live ByFeb 19, 2019
Focus more on values than behaviors- values shape behaviors. It’s a lot more effective to shape the reasons you do something than it is to try to force yourself to simply act differently.
What's in Your Bag, Brad?Feb 13, 2019
You can learn a lot about someone by what’s in their bag. Today Brad Edwards, Designer and Illustrator, shares what he hauls around to keep productive, entertained, and alive.
Making Our Work MatterFeb 1, 2019
Good design solves hard problems. At Underbelly, we want to tackle complex challenges facing our neighborhood and community by using our creative skills to help others. What does that look like? We're on a journey to find out.
What's In Your Bag, Dave?Jan 18, 2019
You can learn a lot about someone by what’s in their bag. For Dave Keller, that means all-weather gear that holds up so he can free his mind and body (by bike, by board, on the Jiu-Jitsu mat).
Facebook Events TeamJan 2, 2019
We've been working alongside the Facebook Events team to help people spend time together in the real world by developing a product that makes it easy to discover nearby movies, purchase tickets, and plan an outing.
What's In Your Bag, Drew?Dec 11, 2018
You can learn a lot about someone by what’s in their bag. This month, developer Drew Delianides reveals why analog tools are still key to his software-based job.
Brand NewNov 26, 2018
What we learn and unlearn to become better designers. Some lessons on branding everything from a professional football team to a mysterious city on the edge of the world.
Four Lessons from A Very Honest Creative MorningsNov 1, 2018
What does honesty have to do with creativity? We went to Creative Mornings to find out how exactly honesty can help us in our personal and professional lives.
What's in Your Bag, Nikki?Oct 30, 2018
For this installment of What's in Your Bag, Underbelly superwoman/Office Coordinator, Nikki Hauptman, shows her cards—and her rose-gold-colored world view.
Our Guide to Guerrilla ValidationOct 10, 2018
Good design is objectively good. Whether you agree with this sentiment or not, we all inevitably engage with clients or stakeholders who believe otherwise. So let's learn how to measure it quickly and cheaply with guerrilla validation.
Getting out of Your Bubble Is Good for DesignOct 1, 2018
Epicurrence reminded us why it’s so critical to step away from your daily routine and engage with people who, while sharing similar passion for design, bring very different perspectives to the table
What's In Your Bag, Scrib?Sep 19, 2018
You can learn a lot about someone by what’s in their bag. Today, our very own Matt Scribner, Underbelly’s art director, reveals how, among other things, he maintains a growing sticker collection without breaking his back.
Being Productive at WorkJun 4, 2018
Being productive leads to professional achievements, personal and professional stress reduction, and more time to do the things you love. We found three common strategies that most use.
What Handling Errors Taught Me About Handling PeopleMay 24, 2018
Every system needs a way to get its issues worked out. It’s not always the most glamorous work, but designing a good framework for error handling is crucial in helping users avoid frustration and reach their goals while using a product.
5 Things I Have Learned About Design Working at Underbelly CreativeMar 5, 2018
I have worked in the graphic arts my entire adult life, and I have learned more in the last 3 years at Underbelly Creative than at any other time of my life.
Honesty Before ProductivityFeb 12, 2018
Let’s start with the truth: everybody lies. And of all the lies we tell ourselves, “I just don’t have enough time,” hurts us the most.
The Invisible Pitch: You Can Throw Away Those Foam Core BoardsJan 16, 2018
Designers are told to sell their work. That doesn’t mean we need to be pitching our work—at least not in the traditional sense.