• Makin' Copies

    Tags: jay, design, studio, UX

    We're in the design phase for a new national brand that uses chalkboard writing as the foundation of the packaging, and while there are a few decent options for chalk-based fonts, there's something anachronistic and tacky about licensing someone else's handwriting. So, our Designer Andi Woodward is making four of our own. In a larger context, though, we fight for these opportunities to create... read more

    Andi Woodward, Designer

  • 90 Second Poker - A Game for Grownups?

    Tags: games, app, jay, quarry, mobile

    Video games and I grew up together. Pong came out the year I was born; the Atari 2600, five years later. By 1982, when Pac Man was released to play at home, I'd become obsessed.  Doom was the rage in college. As an Apple kid, I had to wait a couple years for Marathon, the first FPS game for Macs. After countless nights beating it, I started digging around the game's files and eventually... read more

    90 Second Poker

  • 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!

  • Quarry Launches App for Links in Instagram

    Tags: ryan, quarry, studio, mobile, apps, linkbutter

    It occurred to us that the stuff we're creating in Quarry makes the Internet well, more  Internet. And our first little app is no exception. We've all seen them, those 287 character zombie links in Instagram posts that the 400M+ monthly users can't do anything with. Like a lemon without juicer, we thought those links needed some squeeze. It's the Internet - give us our links! Seeing a... read more

    Open links in Instagram, like butter.

  • 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.

  • Out of Shape, Not Out of Beer

    Tags: matt, studio, milwaukee

    Matt Retzer, all 6' 5" of his studly web programming self, played volleyball with the good people at Barrett-Lo Visionary Development as part of the Downtown Employee Week volleyball tournament. The rest of us drank beer, ate brats and stayed close to the v-fib kit. Happy summer Milwaukee! read more

    We work hard on our six packs, of PBR.

  • Quarry: Northern Ground Starts Employee Owned Incubator

    Tags: ryan, quarry, studio

    "Great companies are built on great products." - Elon Musk. New ideas keep changing the world right in front of us. We’re overdue to stop watching and start inventing. Tesla we are not, but we want to start making our own products. After months of planning (and legal and names and logos), I am honored to announce Quarry. Quarry is an internal incubator that is owned and operated... read more

    Because we like to create things.

  • Weekly Links: Edition 011

    Tags: links, industry, brandon, design

    Welcome to our weekly link post on all things design, code and digital, featuring contributions from our own Andi Woodward. Look for a new post every Friday, or thereabouts. Anything you would like featured? Tweet me @brandonmorreale. Cheers! The Official Colors of the US Government The USPS mailbox isn’t really blue—I mean, it sort of is. It’s actually 15050 Blue Angels Blue.... read more

  • Weekly Links: Edition 010

    Tags: links, industry, brandon, design

    Welcome to our weekly link post on all things design, code and digital. Look for a new post every Friday, or thereabouts. Anything you would like featured? Tweet me @brandonmorreale. Cheers! Inside the Magic Factory Fresh off last week’s Silk Road tale comes another longread from Wired, this time with an oral history of my childhood Industrial Light and Magic. The people who were... read more

  • Weekly Links: Edition 009

    Tags: links, industry, brandon, design

    Welcome to our weekly link post on all things design, code and digital. Look for a new post every Friday, or thereabouts. Anything you would like featured? Tweet me @brandonmorreale. Cheers! The Title Design of Saul Bass To celebrate the birthday of legendary graphic designer Saul Bass, Art of the Title put together this reel featuring some of Bass’s most beloved movie titles. From North... read more