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  • TIM GROVE, SR. TECHNICAL ARCHITECT JOINS NORTHERN GROUND

    10Q with Tim, a key member of our growing team. Tim will begin to lead our more challenging development projects. Oh wait, thats all we do. Anyhoo, Tim is rad and we are happy to have him. Welcome! Q1 Northern Ground: Tell us about your professional background. Tim: ... more

    #CODESONCODES

  • WELCOME NICOLE MADISON, SR. USER EXPERIENCE DESIGNER

    Our work is not for the faint of heart. From embedded touch systems to games to mobile apps to new platforms, we get the tough stuff, and we wouldn't have it any other way. Nicole has joined Northern Ground to round out our capabilities related to information architecture and user experience planning. Her deep digital chops coupled with her design background make her a perfect fit for... more

    DAY DREAMING ABOUT THE PORK BUNS AT BRAISE.

  • SEASON'S GREETINGS!

    To all of our amazing customers, partners and vendors, thank you for a wonderful year of challenge and opportunity! We wish you the happiest of holiday season's and a healthy and prosperous New Year. Stay warm my friends! more

    YES, THAT IS A CONCRETE IGLOO. IT'S POSSIBLE?

  • QOTD: EMPATHY IN DESIGN

    ‘To make’ is to take on the challenge of engaging an other in an empathic conversation. An other we perceive as being separate from our ‘selves.’ An other we do not know. An other that can just as well be a fellow human being, as it could be a character in a story, a piece of raw material, or even your own body. These are all others we can make with, by realizi... more

  • MSOE: A MAGENTO E-COMMERCE SOLUTION FOR HIGHER ED

    "We all need a super hero once in a while! Northern Ground saved the day for us when we needed it most. We were in the midst of a new website launch yet Northern Ground found a way to work with our existing vendors and had us up and running with an e-commerce solution within an extremely tight deadline. We are so appreciative of the time, effort and willingness to answer our big and s... more

    MSOE IS MILWAUKEE'S ONLY UNIVERSITY LOCATED IN DOWNTOWN.

  • QOTD: CRAFTSMANSHIP

    "There is a growing desire for authenticity in the world. Handcrafted goods, artisanal foods, community gardens; people are nostalgic and business are returning to old-world ways. We want to know where things come from, who makes them, what are the values behind a product. Craftsmanship is about human touch. Touch links us to som... more

  • 10 TIPS: HIRING A DIGITAL FIRM FOR YOUR NEXT PROJECT

    Sad but true that over the past year, roughly 1/4 of our work has been fixing mistakes made by other 'agencies'; either partly or wholesale. Dear clients, don't settle or just hire the firm with the best SEO. I have short-listed some not-so-obvious tips on hiring a custom digital shop. Heed just 2-3 of these and your chances o... more

    FUTURE MUGSHOT.

  • 10 QUESTIONS WITH NEW FRONT-END DESIGNER HUNTER RUTH

    With both design and code chops, Hunter represents a new-breed of digital creative; he can design an app UI and build it. He's a millenial that doesn't know a world without high-speed internet. We expect great things from him in the coming years. Join us in welcoming him to our team. Q1 Northern Ground: Where did ... more

    WHAT ON EARTH HAVE I DONE?

  • WANTED: ASSISTANT WEB DESIGNER WHO DOESN'T KNOW IT ALL, YET

    UPDATE 7/15/13: We are excited to announce that this position has been filled. Thank you for the overwhelming interest and stay tuned to meet our newest team member soon... First and foremost, everyone loathes bullshit job descriptions that are vague, cut/pasted and make no sense.  We don't want 1,000 applicants and we don't want to waste your time (or ours). I a... more

    IF WE HAD CUBICLES, YOU WOULD GET YOUR VERY OWN.

  • CRAFT BEER + INVESTMENT CROWDFUNDING = CRAFTFUND

    Does is get any better? Craft beer and crowdfunding. WHAT? Where in the h--e-double hockey sticks do I sign up? Oh, CraftFund.com. We've all either heard of or participated in rewards-based crowdfunding; I hope?  You see the world's thinnest watch and because thickness was the clearly the reason you stopped w... more

    CRAFTFUND.COM GOES UP AND THE BEER GOES DOWN

  • I THINK ABOUT YOU. I MISS YOU. I NEED YOU. A LOT. SERIOUSLY.

    Remember what matters? Customers, prospects, partners, etc. They should be spinning around in your brain at all times - like 80's movie lines or, if you have a 3 year old daughter like me, the theme song to Dora. "C'mon Vamanos! Everybody let's go!" Far too often clients and prospects come to us with a specific INTERNAL issue. Then, they discuss the needs o... more

    WHAT A GIRL WANTS, WHAT A GIRL NEEDS

  • NORTHERN GROUND LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE FOR TRUE PROCESS

    We could go on and on about the design system, user experience or content strategy but I'd rather have our client share his experience. After a small bribe, he agreed. Plus, we're tired. Thanks Todd. Back to bed. "My name is Todd Dunsrin and I am the CEO of True Process.  We launched our new website this week and Ryan asked that I share our experience ... more

    RESPONSIVE WEB DESIGN, DUH

  • VISITING NORTHERN GROUND

    Find us at 260 E. Highland Avenue on the top floor of the historic Blatz Brewery. See the map below for parking options or, if you love parking tickets, street parking is readil... more

    WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN MAP DESIGNERS

  • PICS: DEMO BEGINS ON NORTHERN GROUND'S NEW STUDIO

    Smell that? Progress is fermenting at the Blatz. Okay, it's probably asbestos (or body odor) but either way demo has begun on our new space. We're scheduled to take occupancy by EOY and are well on our way. Great light, huge volume, private entrance, wonderful views, oh, and ... more

    WE JUST ASKED FOR A NEW PAINT COLOR

  • AUTHENTIC CONTENT MARKETING

    When I [am forced to] watch a traditional corporate marketing video, ion rays fly out of the screen and penetrate my soul stealing my dreams and replacing them with feelings of regret and shame, like when I reach that weird part of YouTube. I'll get right to it. One, we built the new website for About ... more

    NEW WEBSITE FOR ABOUT FACE MEDIA

  • WE NEEDED SOME GLUE, NOT THE SNIFFING KIND

    If the future success of Northern Ground will be based on our first hire, we’re going to be fine. And by fine I mean amazing. Welcome Jenni Madson, employee #1. Man, where do I start with Jenni? She likes to laugh, work hard, laugh, spend time with her amazing family and laugh some more. I met Jenni at Layer One five years ago. The day I start... more

    WELCOME JENNI MADSON

  • 3 MOBILE STRATEGIES THAT MAKE SENSE

    Yes, this is a blog post about another blog post. But Aaron Shapiro (CEO of HUGE in NYC) is on point. You should really read it, right now, then come back.  I'll wait. In addition to Aaron’s advice,... more

    "IPHONE 5 IS NICE, BUT I'M STICKING WITH WHAT I GOT. ARGH."

  • THE NEW (OLD) HOME OF NORTHERN GROUND

    The expected route was to grab a space in the Third Ward. We wanted something different.  We think we found a diamond in the rough but it will take creative vision and some gasoline to get us there. We happen to have plenty of both. Part of what we want to do with this blog is bring you into the inner workings.  We’re going to have victories... more

    FUTURE NORTHERN GROUND OFFICES: IMAGE 1/5

  • WE ARE NORTHERN GROUND

    Several months ago we sat down over drinks dinner and a spreadsheet. We left that night deciding to start our own digital studio. We have ideas about how to do things differently, better. Welcome to Northern Ground. Does the world really need another shop like ours? What differentiation could we possibly offer? Why would you decide to work ... more

    WELCOME. HAVE A CORN DOG.