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Accessibility in Design

Jul 23, 2020

1 out of 5 people worldwide live with some sort of disability. This guide introduces four different types of disabilities and offers actionable steps that we as designers can take to ensure that our products work for everyone.

Bryson Benton
By Bryson Benton

Giving Blood with The Red Cross

Jul 17, 2020

One of our ongoing goals at Underbelly is to "Do Good". Even though donating blood is TERRIFYING, we decided to host a Red Cross Blood Drive at our studio.

Ellie Keller
By Ellie Keller

The Power of Figma

Jul 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.

Michael Watterson
By Michael Watterson

Pair Programming: A Junior's Perspective

Jun 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.

Jessica Anderson
By Jessica Anderson

Easing Made Simple

Jun 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.

Matt Royce
By Matt Royce

Why My Fashion Degree Made Me a Better Project Manager

Jun 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.

Caitlin Askew
By Caitlin Askew

Why we use User Stories

Jun 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.

Maja Barisic
By Maja Barisic

How to Make Project Metrics Actionable

Jun 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

Maja Barisic
By Maja Barisic

The Zero Inbox

Jun 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 Management

Jun 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.

Caitlin Askew
By Caitlin Askew

Continued Help during the Covid-19 Crisis

Jun 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.

Tony D'Amico
By Tony D'Amico

Recognition at Underbelly

Jun 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.

Maja Barisic
By Maja Barisic

Utah Outdoor Community Creates Face Shields and Jobs During Covid-19

Jun 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

Hadleigh Arnst
By Hadleigh Arnst

How to use Lean principles within a Creative Agency

Jun 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.

Maja Barisic
By Maja Barisic

Managing Your To-Do List When It Seems Like It Will Never End

Jun 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.

Caitlin Askew
By Caitlin Askew

22 Hours of Agile Training

Jun 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

Maja Barisic
By Maja Barisic

From Head To Web - The Vetting Process

May 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.

Craig Tingey
By Craig Tingey

Why You Should be Process Mapping

May 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.

Tony D'Amico
By Tony D'Amico

Why we moved to an asynchronous standup

May 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.

Maja Barisic
By Maja Barisic

Our OSS Journey

May 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.

Zack Sunderland
By Zack Sunderland

2019 At Underbelly

May 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.

Hadleigh Arnst
By Hadleigh Arnst

Ask This at the End of Your Interview

May 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.

Tim Pacific
By Tim Pacific

Using React Refs to Manipulate the DOM

May 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.

Paige Willey
By Paige Willey

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.

Maja Barisic
By Maja Barisic

COVID-19 Prevention Posters

May 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.

Joe Johnson
By Joe Johnson

Underbelly Patch Design Project

Apr 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.

Dave Keller
By Dave Keller

Global Swatches in Adobe Illustrator

Apr 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.

Dave Keller
By Dave Keller

Helping those in need during this Coronavirus pandemic

Mar 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.

Tony D'Amico
By Tony D'Amico

Finding the Overlap Between Motion Graphics and User Experience

Feb 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.

Scott Jones
By Scott Jones

How You Helped the Efforts in Australia

Jan 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.

Tony D'Amico
By Tony D'Amico

Join us in an effort to combat these historic fires in Australia

Jan 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.

Anthony Lagoon
By Anthony Lagoon

How the Design Community in Asia is Growing, and What We Can Learn From the UXSEA Summit 2019

Dec 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.

Tina Truong
By Tina Truong

Kids are Rad

Nov 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.

Tony D'Amico
By Tony D'Amico

Open-Source Projects and Lessons from Hacktoberfest

Oct 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.

Denver Smith
By Denver Smith

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!

Jordan Pettinger
By Jordan Pettinger

Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive

Sep 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.

Jordan Pettinger
By Jordan Pettinger

Why It’s Good to Get Out and Play

Sep 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.

Tony D'Amico
By Tony D'Amico

Learning More About React Hooks

Sep 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.

Paige Willey
By Paige Willey

Why We Love Our Neon Sign

Aug 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.

Underbelly
By Underbelly

Pathfinder Shortcuts and Astute Graphics

Jun 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.

Dave Keller
By Dave Keller

Breaking in the New Cyc Wall

Jun 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.

Matt Royce
By Matt Royce

Summer Drop-In

Jun 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.

Underbelly
By Underbelly

A Perfect Portfolio, Without the Photo Studio

May 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.

Britney Scarbrough
By Britney Scarbrough

Ode to the Local Business Owner

Apr 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.

Autumn Mariano
By Autumn Mariano

The S.S. Monstro: A Portrait of Underbelly

Apr 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.

Brad Edwards
By Brad Edwards

Ammmazing Insights from the Awwwards Conference

Apr 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.

Scott Jones
By Scott Jones

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.

Ben Meszaros
By Ben Meszaros

Design For All

Feb 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.

Bryson Benton
By Bryson Benton

How to Land Better Projects- Values to Live By

Feb 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.

Ben Meszaros
By Ben Meszaros

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.

Underbelly
By Underbelly

Making Our Work Matter

Feb 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.

Underbelly
By Underbelly

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).

Underbelly
By Underbelly

Facebook Events Team

Jan 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.

Autumn Mariano
By Autumn Mariano

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.

Underbelly
By Underbelly

Brand New

Nov 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.

Underbelly
By Underbelly

Four Lessons from A Very Honest Creative Mornings

Nov 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.

Underbelly
By Underbelly

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.

Nikki Hauptman
By Nikki Hauptman

Our Guide to Guerrilla Validation

Oct 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.

Adam Tolman
By Adam Tolman

Getting out of Your Bubble Is Good for Design

Oct 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

Anthony Lagoon
By Anthony Lagoon

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.

Matt Scribner
By Matt Scribner

Being Productive at Work

Jun 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.

Maja Barisic
By Maja Barisic

What Handling Errors Taught Me About Handling People

May 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.

Autumn Mariano
By Autumn Mariano

5 Things I Have Learned About Design Working at Underbelly Creative

Mar 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.

Brad Edwards
By Brad Edwards

Honesty Before Productivity

Feb 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.

Scott Jones
By Scott Jones

The Invisible Pitch: You Can Throw Away Those Foam Core Boards

Jan 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.

Scott Jones
By Scott Jones

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