We Heart February Birthdays!

February 27th, 2015 in Around the Office, Consider This, General Blogginess, Our Neck of the Woods by Janine | No comments

Birthdays at GJ are always awesome – and today we celebrated the special days of two lovely ladies on our team. Happy Birthday, Rachel and Kornelia!

We enjoyed delicious Mexican cuisine from Baja Sonora and mouthwatering marble cake and vanilla cake with peach filling.

We definitely know how to rock birthday celebrations at Gunn | Jerkens!

Stay tuned to see how we honor our team members born in March.

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The Future of Creative Design

February 6th, 2015 in Consider This, General Blogginess, New Media, Our Neck of the Woods by Janine | No comments

We love hearing about all of the innovative design techniques and tools that are taking off and pushing the boundaries in 2015! Check out these graphic design apps and websites.

Go beyond static images with Invision! This multi-faceted tool will bring your fully interactive prototypes to life and will fit the needs of designers with real-time designs, collaboration capabilities and version controls. It’s available on the web, Android and iOS.

Welcome to the next generation! Transform your sketches into 3D drawings with this cool app. UMake for iPad lets users create in freehand and then adjust their work in a 3D environment using shifting perspectives. Take a look at this awesome video demonstration.

Your fonts will always look fabulous with this tool! Type Genius allows you to find the perfect combination of fonts for a project and create a visual example of how they look next to each other.

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Big Birthdays and The Big Game

January 30th, 2015 in Around the Office, Branding, Consider This, General Blogginess, Our Neck of the Woods by Janine | No comments

It’s a birthday celebration times five this week at GJ! Our team celebrated Matt G., Elise, Kevin, Jen F. and Charlie’s special days today. We indulged in Chinese food from our favorite local spot and divine vanilla and chocolate cake.

Happy birthday, all!

And, since the Super Bowl is this weekend, we thought we’d bring you some of our most beloved big-game ads from over the years. Take a look!

Kevin:

Budweiser

Bud…wei…ser frogs


Maria and Judy:

Volkswagen

The Force


Matt G.

Geico

Do woodchucks…?


Janine:

Puppy love

Budweiser


Rachel:

Jaguar

F-Type Coupe

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The Nationals 2015

January 26th, 2015 in Around the Office, Branding, Consider This, Our Neck of the Woods, clients by Janine | No comments

We definitely had a blast celebrating with our clients and team last Tuesday night at The Nationals℠ Awards in Las Vegas! Congrats to all the nominees and winners this year – and a big shout-out to Camden by Brookfield SoCal for taking home Attached Community of the Year and to SL70 by Trumark Homes for winning Detached Community of the Year!

Take a look at the creative and marketing collateral that brought home the silver and the gold at this year’s awards.

SL70 by Trumark Homes

Detached Community of the Year

Best Architectural Design of a Detached Model – Plan 4

Camden by Brookfield SoCal

Silver Award: Best Email Marketing Campaign

Silver Award: Best Brochure

Silver Award: Best Architectural Design of an Attached Community

Gold Award: Attached Community of the Year

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GJ Advertising Favorites: Then & Now

January 16th, 2015 in Around the Office, Branding, Consider This, General Blogginess, Our Neck of the Woods by Janine | No comments

Since childhood, advertising has definitely been a big part of the GJ team members’ lives! Check out the ad campaigns that have had the greatest impact on our team.

Jen F.

Then: Who Wears Short Shorts?

Nair

Now: Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike, Mike!

Geico

Joanna

Then: I’ve Fallen…

Life Alert

Now: Stay Thirsty My Friends.

Dos Equis

Matt F.

Then: The Evil That Lies Within.

Inhumanoids

Now: Carl & Ray

Blockbuster

Rachel

Then: Snick Now, Hitch Later.

Snick

Now: Get Out!

DirecTV

Janine

Then: Make It Fun To Say Goodnight!

Lite-Brite

Now: I’m On A Boat!

Old Spice

Ryan

Then: Gotta Have My Pops!

Corn Pops

Now: What Will Your Verse Be?

Apple iPad Air

Elissa

Then: More Fun Than A Pillow Fight!

Socker Boppers

Now: GRRR….

Subaru

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Top Tech Trends for 2015

January 9th, 2015 in Around the Office, Branding, Consider This, General Blogginess, Our Neck of the Woods, Social Media, Technology, clients by Janine | No comments

We’re sure you’ve heard all about the awesome and innovative gadgets and tech trends that made their way to CES in Las Vegas this week.

So, what are some of the product trends that we find most interesting? Take a look!

No need for a chunky CPU for your desktop – just plug The Compute Stick right into your monitor and you’re good to go! This Windows 8.1 stick PC is expected to hit the market with a March 2015 release date.

If you don’t have a laundry room sink in your home, this new washing machine is the way of the future! The Samsung Activewash comes with a built-in basin (with water jet) that’s separate from the actual washer drum – and is perfect for pre-treating clothes or washing sticky detergent off your hands. Plus, water isn’t wasted. What’s used in the sink gets dropped into the washer. How cool is that?

Automakers took charge at this year’s event! Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Hyundai and Audi were among the car companies that presented their concepts of autonomous vehicles and the ultimate in sync technology.

Thank you to Linda Peak from Brookfield SoCal for the fun pics and video from the tradeshow floor. We can’t wait to see what trends appear at CES next year. Until then, we’ll be anxiously awaiting a chance to buy some of the cool gadgets that were spotlighted this year.

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GJ Resolutions 2015

January 2nd, 2015 in Around the Office, Consider This, General Blogginess, Our Neck of the Woods by Janine | No comments

Happy New Year, everyone! We love that the new year is bringing new blessings and new adventures to the GJ team – and we wanted to share our resolutions with you.

Kevin:

Ryan:

Joanna:

Janine:

Elissa:

Maria:

Rachel:

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December Birthdays Rock!

December 18th, 2014 in Around the Office, General Blogginess, Our Neck of the Woods by Janine | No comments

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and today Team GJ celebrated two birthdays – for Joe and Esther!

We noshed on pizza, salad and scrumptious chocolate cake and cheesecake.

There’s definitely nothing better than a birthday celebration at Gunn | Jerkens. Once again, Happy Birthday, Esther and Joe!

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GJ Holiday Adventure 2014

December 16th, 2014 in Around the Office, Consider This, General Blogginess, Our Neck of the Woods by Janine | No comments

Team GJ’s creativity definitely goes above and beyond the norm – and when it comes to celebrating the holidays, we take it to the next level! So how did we ring in the season? With a road trip to Temecula!

Before boarding the charter bus, we indulged in delicious appetizers and cocktails with our fellow team members and their guests.

It was all about food, bonding, music and more on the bus ride down to Pechanga!

Check out the gorgeous views of the hills from our rooms!


Facials and massages at the Spa Pechanga and wine tasting at three of Temecula’s finest wineries were on the agenda on Friday.

We were dressed to the nines for dinner on Friday night at Paisano’s at Pechanga. We enjoyed a delectable multi-course Italian feast, drinks, plenty of laughs and mingling with our office mates and their guests.

It was a great team-building experience – and, as usual, we had a blast! Thank you, Linda, for an amazing holiday getaway!

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We Love Color!

December 5th, 2014 in Around the Office, Branding, Consider This, General Blogginess, New Media, Our Neck of the Woods, clients by Janine | No comments

Drumroll, please! The Pantone® 2015 Color of the Year is…Marsala! The top color of the new year is a big influence in product development, design and purchasing across a wide array of industries, including graphic design, interior design and fashion.

Pantone describes Marsala as “Eye-catching, but not overwhelming or bright, consumers are immediately drawn to the hue, making it an alluring shade at point-of-purchase.”

Here at GJ, we use an abundance of color in our creative design to enhance our client’s brand and to bring out that pop of personality they want to convey to consumers.

So, what does our team have to say about color? Take a peek into the creative minds of Team GJ as they delve into the world of the color.

Ryan:

“I like that the color red is the most attractive color to the human eye because it’s the first color we see in the color spectrum. Most fast food restaurants use the combination of red, white and yellow in their logos. The mixtures of these colors are subconsciously associated with hunger.”

Vivian:

“I love the warmth of Marsala. It’s cool that colors do a lot to inspire or shape opinions. It can lift moods and communicate thoughts in a way that words can’t.”

Rachel:

“My favorite thing about color is its inherent quality of defining and transforming the mood/atmosphere of objects, places and surroundings. I like Marsala because it’s subtle, rich and elegant. Unlike a normal red, it has notes of blue/purple, which I think make it more complex and so much prettier!”

Jen H.:

“The Marsala Pantone® color as a color by itself is a bit bland and boring. In practice, though, it can be a nice, rich hue. For example, I can see the idea of the color being used for make-up, interior design and in fashion.”

Chris:

“I love the colorization movement of old black and white photos and how it expresses the idea that color imparts a different feeling than monochromatic images. Here are a few of my favorite colorized photographs.”

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