Making working for myself the longest job I’ve officially ever held, Scottie Public Affairs turned four this July!
She’s here! We are so thrilled to add our first ever Creative Director to the team at Scottie Public Affairs. Marlee is here for client’s graphic design needs. A writer and designer with more than 10 years of experience, Marlee has developed content, messaging, identity, and community connections for non-profits, corporations, and artists around the U.S. Learn more about Marlee here.
It seemed like the right time to grow our team with someone who cold bring this important skill set to the firm. When Abby started working as a press secretary on campaigns 15 years ago, the media landscape was very different. Now campaigns and organizations can’t rely as much on the press to get the word out for them, they have to be in the content creation business themselves - creating social media graphics, micro-sites, visually appealing reports, etc. to get attention in a crowded multi-media environment. We saw our clients would really value from having a professional graphic designer available through Scottie Public Affairs, so we brought Marlee on to be our Creative Director.
Need a new logo or visual identity, refreshed website, or beautiful report for your organization? Marlee’s got you! Get in touch with us today to get started!
Hey everyone! You saw that back in late 2018 I announced that I’d be hiring a new graphic designer to expand our services. Well we have someone really great who has agreed to come join our team! She’s wrapping up her current job now and will be joining us in the coming weeks. Stay tuned, because I cannot wait to introduce you to her and tell you more about the new services we’ll be offering in 2019!
Big news! Scottie Public Affairs is looking to add a marketing coordinator/graphic designer to our team. A graphic designer is needed so we can have more and better graphics than what I just did to make the Scottie dog hold a paint brush. I’m really excited to expand our team and offer some crucially needed services to clients: social and digital graphics, building microsites, graphic design for print (including laying out reports, brochures, signs, etc.)
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Midterm election night had some high notes and heart breakers. But I was personally grateful that I got to staff my second successful election night of 2018. Over at Scottie Public Affairs, we are still cranking the numbers and will have some more analysis about what happened in Allegheny County in the weeks to come, but for now I have a few thoughts on what makes a good Election Night party (besides winning, obviously).
Time is flying! July 2018 marks the third anniversary for Scottie Public Affairs. As we round the corner into year four, we want to thank our clients for making this little endeavor possible. And a huge thanks to everyone we work with for making this pretty fun... from Post Script Productions for making videos for our clients, to Judith at Markovtiz Dugan for keeping our books and taxes in order, to the Pit Shop for delivering the snacks - (PS Those are all women I met through the Chatham Women's Entrepreneurship Network - look them up and hire them yourselves while you're at it)!
When someone asks how they can support a campaign, they’re usually told to give their money or their time. Donate or volunteer to knock doors. But what about if they want to support a candidate herself? Here are some other ideas for how you can help a great candidate keep it together during a crazy election season.
After 2.5 years, the Scottie dog was ready for a face lift
When I started my business in mid-2015, I found naming it was one of the most difficult things I had to do. I knew what my services were, I knew who my clients were, but I really didn't know what to call it. I came to Scottie Public Affairs after doing some exercises about what was meaningful to me and what I wanted to project about my business.
If you're not familiar with why I came to Scottie, the short version is that I wanted my clients to know I was tenacious and feisty and I'd fight for them - like a terrier. Also, my grandmother is Scottish and used to have a Scottie dog, so it was also a nod to my heritage.
I had the opportunity, through the Chatham Women's Center for Entrepreneurship to get some free labor from a marketing graduation student at Chatham, and I took it! I loved my old Scottie dog, but I wouldn't say we did an extensive branding exploration when we pulled the original logo and site together. I thought there might be a way to keep the essence of it, but tweak the logo to tell someone more about the business.
So, what's new? The Scottie has a little more attitude now - he's ready to pounce. And we brought the speech bubbles in to convey more of the communications work that I do, which was missing from the logo before. Finally the font has changed to a clean, modern sans-serif. And for my own selfish reasons, I really wanted a font that was in Canva, which is my new tool for creating idiot-proof social media graphics.