A KEEN Look Back at 2017
A KEEN Look Back at 2017

Here is a KEEN look back at some of our top highlights from 2017. With another year in the books, here is a KEEN look back at some of our top highlights from 2017. From moving to our new Edmonton home, to welcoming some lovely new faces around the office, and even more acts of KEENness made, we look ahead to 2018 and say—bring it on!

Discover Workshops in Edmonton 2017
Discover Workshops in Edmonton 2017

Indulge in one of the many crafty workshops that Edmonton has to offer! Push your worries of Secret Santas, crowded malls, and family obligations aside (at least for now).

The KEEN Cocktail: Eazy-T Ft. Ice Cubes
The KEEN Cocktail: Eazy-T Ft. Ice Cubes

At KEEN we’re big believers in originality, so when we were thinking of a welcome drink to have at our grand opening party for the new office, we decided that we’d need something unique.

Havana Nights: KEEN Christmas Party 2016
Havana Nights: KEEN Christmas Party 2016

When it comes to the annual KEEN Christmas party, we know how to PARTY. This year all the KEENers voted on the theme Havana Nights for the party and came dressed in their best Cuban attire, complete with khaki pants, button-down shirts and saucy dresses. Some super KEENers took it as far as flowers in their hair and Cuban cigars to accessorize their outfits.

Christmas Keener: Holiday Gift Guide for Designers
Christmas Keener: Holiday Gift Guide for Designers

Have a designer in your life but aren’t sure what to buy them for Christmas? You’re in luck! We’ve put together a KEEN Gift Guide for Designers and Creatives to help you shop for those creative people in your life!

What the Heck is Lorem Ipsem?
What the Heck is Lorem Ipsem?

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet. Confused? Chances are, if you are a client of ours, or have had design work done for your business, you have seen these words before. They are the opening few words of something called Lorem Ipsum, a placeholder text used by designers to mock up what a piece will look like before actual content is added.

Drool Session: Favourite Cookbooks
Drool Session: Favourite Cookbooks

I LOVE to cook. I think it’s safe to say it’s the part of my day I look forward to the most (second would likely be grocery shopping). Getting creative in the kitchen is meditative, gets my mind off of things and it involves eating. Who doesn’t love to eat?

Pokemon Go: Nostalgia, I chose you
Pokemon Go: Nostalgia, I chose you

I was 13 years old. Other kids in my class were talking about a video game I had never heard of. After talking to my older brother we soon had copies of Pokemon Red and Blue. There were 150 of them and no, I did not catch them all. Many years later I tried picking up one of the newer iterations of the much beloved game and found I couldn’t continue playing because these games demand a significant amount of your time.

Handling Rejection
Handling Rejection

In spirit of all the MacEwan and U of A design students graduating this season, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on rejection in the design industry. As these bright, wide-eyed students step out into the big world of design, rejection becomes a big part of the design process. In school, sometimes you feel the cushion of not actually creating work for real clients so the blow doesn’t hit you as hard.

The Best of: You can’t spell TGIF without GIF!
The Best of: You can’t spell TGIF without GIF!

Every Friday since October 9th (that’s a lot of Fridays!) I’ve been sending out emails to the whole team titled “You can’t spell TGIF without GIF”. These emails are basically a dump of hilarious and awesome GIFs that I’ve scoured the internet for. Who doesn’t need that kind of pep on a Friday!? Here’s the best of the best since October.