Blog Posts By Author

Blog posts by Author

  • Happy Holidays!

    Tags: about, jenni

    Elastic waistband pants and egg nog are calling us. Every year, we close shop between Christmas and New Year's. Don't be sad but we'll be closed until Monday, January 4th. Thank you to our friends, families, industry partners and clients for a wonderful 2015. We are humbled and appreciative of you all. Enjoy a safe and happy holiday season! Wishing you the best in 2016! Cheers from all of us... read more

    Happy Holidayth!

  • Wanted: Studio Manager

    Tags: jobs, about, jenni

    UPDATE: Hey folks - We had a great response to this posting and within a week made an awesome hire! More coming soon on the latest addition to our team! I'm looking for a part-time Studio Manager to take care of the internal admin functions at Northern Ground. It's a new position and we're anxious for a detail oriented, fun and responsible person to join us. You'll be working closely with me... read more

    Top floor of the Blatz Mill House.

  • Google Spamalitics

    Tags: jenni, Spam, Tips, Tools, Google

    Anyone watching Google Analytics (GA) dashboards over the last few months may have seen what seems like an exciting spike in traffic (for reals, go check your stats). That should have quickly been followed by the question "Why hasn’t my inbox been filled with leads for my awesome products and services?" Great question. You know the old Internet adage "If you build it, someone will... read more

    Spam Sushi

  • Preferred Tools of Our Trade

    Tags: jenni, content, Tools

    Tools aren't people (although sometimes the inverse is true) but they are immensely valuable. Here are a few of our favs. We are consistently asked by peers and clients what internal tools we use to manage workflow, tasks and communication. We use many and while there is no one-size-fits-all solution to challenges shops like ours face, we have a few standouts. The tools below allow us to limit... read more

    Jenni, we're so sorry, for all of it.

  • 10Q With New Sr. Front-End Developer Mike Grunwald

    Tags: jenni, mike, development, 10Q

    One year in and we continue to grow in smart ways with employee #6. We are elated to welcome Mike Grunwald as a dedicated front-end developer to lead our pipeline of large-scale projects. He brings agency and client-side experience and a balanced set of digital skills. Welcome Mike - let the hazing begin! Q1 Northern Ground: You were in a digital innovations role within Kohl's. What drew you... read more

  • App Review: It’s Good to Be Blue

    Tags: jenni, mobile, apps, review, weather, milwaukee, oak, blue, apple, itunes, minimal, design

    I like simplicity in my life. I don’t give two thundersnows what the barometric pressure, moon phase or wind gust speeds are when I get up in the morning. I just want to know if I should I wear my parka and/or do I need an umbrella. Blue gives me that at a glance. My annoyance with weather information overload led me to a random weather app search in the Apple Store.  That’s... read more

  • A Little Less 'Tourist' And A Little More 'App'

    Tags: jenni, app, travel

    No one wants to look like a fanny pack-wearing, map clutching tourist wandering through a city when they travel. It’s not safe and fellas, your man-bag won't help you 'blend', even if it is crocodile hide. There are apps for that, and here are my picks. Two weeks ago I made my first visit (no laughing) to San Francisco with my husband. Even amidst the Giants-Mania; it was an... read more

  • Homage to Mom’s Calendar

    Tags: jenni, app, mobile

    When I was growing up my mom had a large desk calendar with every square inch written on neatly and color coordinated. These days moms everywhere can rejoice, because there is an app for that.  My three siblings and I each had our own color for activities and events and my mom had an elaborate scheduling system to make sure we were all where we were supposed to be at the right time. 15+... read more

  • If Tab Can Survive – So Can Print

    Tags: jenni, print, apps, milwaukee

    I love how print feels. But space wise you can keep hundreds of books on a Kindle Fire vs. your living room bookshelf. Side note though: John Waters and I agree – if you go home with somebody and they don't have any books – head for the door. The Internet is flooded (and awesomely so) with books, blogs, magazines and news. Digital media rocks for many-a-reason. It’s easier to... read more

  • Bio: Ryan Janecek, Strategy

    Tags: about, ryan, bio, strategy

    Like an economics professor and a filthy comedian had a love child, Ryan is dynamic and well-rounded. As the fearless voice in the room he fights for clients and the right business strategy, often above our own needs. You want him on your side. Ryan builds digital strategies for breakfast and moves onto, well, more digital strategies for lunch. He also prides himself on being a connector, so... read more

  • Bio: Matt Retzer, Development

    Tags: about, matt, development, bio

    Matt stands above us, in both height and respect. Take any technology you can imagine and bet he's not only worked with it, but probably written plugins for it. If he hasn't, just give him a sec. Matt figures out everything that's possible. The truth is, we all do what Matt says. Not just because he's a natural leader with a patriarchal trustworthiness, but because if he says it, it's... read more

  • Bio: Jay Beckman, Design

    Tags: about, jay, design, bio

    Accused of being either quiet or pretentious, Jay is a hairshirt workaholic and design perfectionist, taking all projects too far in a mission to create things that haven't been things before.  Jay comes up with everything your project can be. As an artist with a rare rational bent,  Jay loves science and math for poetic reasons and sees design as a way to break chaos into... read more