Winter has arrived in the Twin Cities.

A sneak peek at the 2014 ski festival.

By Duffy & Partners Dec 6, 2013

AIGA Honolulu - Hawai'i's 5-O 2013

For the last few years the Honolulu Chapter of AIGA has been trying to get Duffy & Partners out to the Hawaiian Island of Oahu. This past week the stars aligned and I had the absolute pleasure of coming out and judge the 2013 Hawaii 5-O design show and speak at the Designer Dialogue for the inaugural Design Week.

By Joseph Duffy Oct 28, 2013

American Craft Beer Week

Exploring the creativity of brewing.

By Valerie Seijas May 17, 2013

Beyond the Margarita

Our favorite tequila recipes for Cinco de Mayo.

By Duffy & Partners May 5, 2013 Comments (3)

Read your heart out.

World Book Day 2013

By Duffy & Partners Apr 23, 2013

Everyday Design

Making it Personal

Process Journals—Slow & Low

The nuts and bolts behind an all-American whiskey.

By Duffy & Partners Mar 29, 2013

Duffy & Partners Tours

Tours of our studio are available. Schedule yours today.

By Duffy & Partners Mar 1, 2013

Duffy & Partners Speaks

D&P team members speak frequently around the country.

By Duffy & Partners Mar 1, 2013

Girls Night Out!

Long overdue...

By Bridget Duffy Feb 21, 2013

Meet Jesse Lindhorst


By Duffy & Partners Dec 1, 2012

The Real-Phonic Radio Hour

Ambiance and acoustics.

By Valerie Seijas Nov 13, 2012


By Duffy & Partners Jul 4, 2012

Do What You Love

Art, life, and having a damn good time.

By Valerie Seijas Jun 22, 2012

Process Journals—Society for Rational Dress

Behind the scenes at D&P.

By Valerie Seijas Jun 8, 2012

Everyone's A Designer.

A Forbes CMO Network piece.

By Joe Duffy May 31, 2012

Meet Shari Southwick

Studio Coordinator

By Shari Southwick May 24, 2012 Comments (3)

Be Change

Attending the See Change Conference 2012

By Valerie Seijas May 23, 2012

New Country

By Valerie Seijas Mar 5, 2012

Why The Best Brands Eventually Leave Their Names Behind. Part 2

Branding giant Joe Duffy looks at the world's most powerful brands and how they've evolved to the point of "wordlessness."

By Joe Duffy Jan 3, 2012 Comments (1)

Meet Ashley Hudson

Project Manager

By Ashley Hudson Dec 20, 2011 Comments (3)

Speaking to Idiots.

A Forbes CMO Network piece.

By Joe Duffy Dec 12, 2011 Comments (2)

Meet Carly Wright


By Duffy & Partners Nov 2, 2011

Balloons of Bhutan

What makes you happy? What is your happiest memory? What is your favorite joke? What is your level of happiness between 1 and 10? If you could make one wish, what would it be?

Tricks and Treats

By Valerie Seijas Oct 31, 2011 Comments (2)

Embracing Variation

What we can learn from the painting of Gerhard Richter.

By Valerie Seijas Oct 18, 2011 Comments (2)


By Katie Evans Oct 17, 2011 Comments (1)

Star Trek Convention, Chicago

On September 30th, my boyfriend drove me seven hours to the wonderful city of Chicago. Were we going to take an elevator to the top of the Hancock building? Or maybe we would visit the iconic Wrigley field? Would we perhaps gaze into Anish Kapoor's famous "Cloud Gate" sculpture, otherwise known as "that shiny bean thing"? No. We were going to a Star Trek convention.

By Katie Evans Oct 12, 2011 Comments (1)

Local Color

An afternoon of inspiration

By Missy Wilson Jun 8, 2011 Comments (1)

River Views

An Early Birding Paddle


Tequila-Soaked Watermelon A fun recipe for Cinco de Mayo

Design Icon Joe Duffy

The most important skills a designer can acquire.

By Valerie Seijas Apr 5, 2011

Just a little wallpaper love...

By Katie Evans Mar 15, 2011

More signs - NYC

By Missy Wilson Mar 11, 2011

AIGA Stimulatte

By Katie Evans Mar 11, 2011 Comments (3)

Recently back from Seoul

"The soul of Asia"

Let It Grow

Tree = Growth

By Bridget Duffy Dec 22, 2010 Comments (3)

Bless This Space

By Missy Wilson Dec 21, 2010

Nature as Inspiration

Above and Below

By Joe Duffy Dec 13, 2010

Like Wildfire

By Valerie Seijas Dec 13, 2010

A Place to Grow

By Alan Leusink Dec 13, 2010

What to do?

By Nancy Kullas Dec 13, 2010

Meet Katie Evans


By Duffy & Partners Dec 10, 2010

Meet Valerie Reupert

Business Development Manager

By Duffy & Partners Nov 17, 2010 Comments (4)

Disconnecting is good for the soul

For more than 2 weeks, my husband and I traveled in Europe, mostly by motorcycle, without the modern conveniences (annoyances) of constantly being connected by cell phone, email, IMs, facebook ....... it was alpine heaven.


One day a couple weeks ago my daughter asked why it is that you can only find things in “4 shades of blue.”

City of Lakes

By Julie Shim Aug 30, 2010 Comments (1)

Cead Mile Failte

a popular Gaelic greeting meaning "A Hundred Thousand Welcomes"

By Bridget Duffy Aug 24, 2010

Best Ad I've seen in a LONG time

I recently got an email forwarded to me about a new seatbelt ad that the UK is doing.

Playing in the Mud

Another art camp at the cabin, another opportunity to get our hands dirty while creating what we all hope will turn out to be beautiful art.

By Joe Duffy Jul 20, 2010

Green Bike Invasion is Here

Close to 2 years ago John Munger and Bill Dossett came to D&P to discuss an idea that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak had - bringing a bike share program to our city. At this point we were basically starting from scratch. Their direction was to make it happen, period.

By Joseph Duffy Jun 18, 2010


A poster party. April 10, 7 pm - 12 am

Creative Bootcamp

Building creative thinking.

Winter Olympic Uniform Design - Part Trois: The Ultimate Formula for Success?

How about asking a native artist from the host nation to design your uniforms? That’s what the Dutch did, and I honestly think they deserve the gold medal in design.

By Joe Duffy Feb 26, 2010 Comments (1)

Winter Olympic Uniform Design - Part Deux

Ok, now that the games are in full swing and the official team uniforms have been exposed to millions around the world, it’s time to sharpen the pencils at the judge’s table. I must admit some of my earlier concerns have been dashed as I’ve had the chance to see more official team attire, particularly for Team USA.

By Joe Duffy Feb 22, 2010

Winter Olympic Uniform Design - For God, Country, Fashion & Sport

The excitement is rising. The games will soon be here. I can’t wait. As someone raised in the ice and snow of Minnesota, the Winter Olympics are my favorite spectator event.

By Joe Duffy Feb 12, 2010 Comments (1)

Snowflake Beauty

A snowflake. How can something so small have such intricate detail?

NEW MATH: Arithmetic for the right-brain

Let me introduce the smart, witty artwork of American artist Craig Damrauer.

These Are a Few of Our Favorite Things

Last minute gift inspiration

Design Is Country

The country audience is the one we designers need to "play to" if we're going to broaden the appeal of our best work.

By Joe Duffy Dec 9, 2009

Designed Food

Whether you're an Iron Chef or a Top Chef fan you know points for "presentation" are just about as important as they are for taste.

By Joe Duffy Nov 26, 2009

Sensory Overload

I love Vegas. It is so over-the-top bling all jammed together that one wonders how anyone can possibly make sense of what they are seeing.

Get Your Hands Dirty

A ceramics show at the Walker Art Center got me thinking about the importance of working with my hands.

By Joe Duffy Nov 23, 2009

Design - The Gift That Keeps On Giving

In my life design has always been a way to connect me to the people I love and the things I believe in.

By Joe Duffy Nov 13, 2009

A Saloon Keeper's Son

Barkeeping and branding are both in my blood...and have more in common than you might think.

By Joe Duffy Nov 5, 2009

Duffy Reprise: Twin Cities Marathon, Take Two

Established as, “the most beautiful urban marathon in America,” the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon has become an iconic event in the Minneapolis / St. Paul community, as well at Duffy & Partners. Duffy created this marathon brand by developing the primary identity and a subsequent series of posters that were displayed throughout both cities.

Stop Going to Work

We are living in interesting times. Never before have we been so connected. Our ability to interact is nearly unlimited. Technology is a most formidable tool, the driver, a catalyst in the laboratory of life.

By Joe Duffy Oct 26, 2009 Comments (2)

Nature As Design's Inspiration

Nature never fails to produce something new and interesting. Connecting it with your craft yields inspired solutions.

By Joe Duffy Oct 19, 2009 Comments (1)

When Great Design Becomes Its Own Language

The brands that have been designed in the best possible ways have their own proprietary language that tells their story, sets them apart from all the brands they compete with, and connects them in a very meaningful way to their audience.

By Joe Duffy Oct 19, 2009

Demystifying Design :: An Argument for Simplicity

Design is as much a process as it is an end product. And it should be a process that designers and clients resolve to make simple.

By Joe Duffy Oct 13, 2009 Comments (2)

Heath Ceramics

Simple good things for good people.

0-60 in 3 Days

This past weekend I participated in the Breast Cancer 3-Day walk in the Twin Cities, walking 60 miles over the course of 3 days. Over 2500 walkers joined in the fight against breast cancer, raising over $6.1 Million, to benefit Susan G. Komen For the Cure in their efforts against the horrible disease.


I was thrilled to be asked to design graphics and the mural for this year's Art-A-Whirl event held by Creative Electric Studios, an impressive collaborative of writers, musicians, actors, film makers and craftspeople. Thanks to Jenny Adams Salmela and Dave Salmela of Creative Electric for heading up this art bash and for including me.

By Missy Wilson Aug 4, 2009

De-sign [di-zahyn]

-verb (used with object) 2. to plan and fashion artistically or skillfully.


The AIGA South Dakota chapter invited me out to present our work to a group of local designers, ad people and students. I had never been to Sioux Falls before and I was excited for the opportunity to share our process, work and thoughts on the business of graphic design.

By Joseph Duffy Jun 9, 2009 Comments (2)

Pie in the sky… or air pollution?

I had the good fortune of leaving the frozen tundra a few weeks back and traveled to sunny San Diego to address the local creative community and to visit our client, Jack in the Box. We spent one full afternoon visiting various restaurants that had installed our new design in various signage formats.

By Joe Duffy Feb 23, 2009 Comments (2)

Missy Wilson-Bierbrauer

New Orleans, Atlanta, Minneapolis, New York, Cornwall, Minneapolis. A lifetime of migration in pursuit of creativity and love. It feels good to be Home.

By Missy Wilson Feb 10, 2009 Comments (3)


I recently finished my latest painting, a portrait of a friend/client’s daughter, “Sarah.”

By Joe Duffy Feb 3, 2009

The Human Touch

By Nancy Kullas Jan 28, 2009


One super cold Minnesota weekend, I actually left the house....

By Missy Wilson Jan 21, 2009 Comments (2)

Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life

An enormous collection of prints:

Being a Brand

Designing a brand. Being a brand. Not marketing a brand.

Ken Sakurai

Learn more about Ken Sakurai, Senior Designer

By Ken Sakurai Aug 3, 2007 Comments (3)

When the eye inspires people to speak.

There is nothing more powerful than the words you hear from people you trust and respect.  In fact, research indicates that a word of mouth recommendation is the number one factor in persuading someone to try a product.  Design can create the ripple effect that gets people talking about your product and allows your marketing budget to actually decrease.

Designing for the Times. Design Management Review

It's the Information Age, or the Age of Information Overload-whichever you prefer-and the context for design is also changing. In the quest to get closer to customers, designers need to be aware of trends that interfere.

Ad Age Wakes Up To Ad Clutter

The bible of the advertising industry declares "the ad business is crushing itself under the weight of it's own messaging."

China Post #12 The Shanghai Envelope, Please.

Damn, what a city. I already miss it and it’s only been 1 week since the super high speed magnetic train slung me from Pudong to Shanghai International at an amazing 431 km per hour. That was a trip in and of itself – all 7 minutes of it. With the terrible traffic congestion the morning I left Mogenshan Road arts area, I was told the same trip by cab would have been over an hour. When the hell are we going to build the rails for these pollution-free, comfortable, speed demons in America? Oh well, that’s probably another subject, for a future post.

By Joe Duffy Dec 19, 2006

China Post # 10 - A Seoulful Detour

Duty regularly calls, even on the other side of the world and this trip was no exception to that rule. Just as I was looking forward to Patsy, hamburgers and the comfort of my own bed, I was asked to meet with a new client in Seoul. The timing was actually fortuitous because it saved a return flight to Asia, the week before Christmas and my few days in Seoul – my first trip there - were a real eye-opener. So I called on my favorite Korean designer, Li’l E, or Esther Mun, as she’s also known, had her meet me in Seoul and we set off on a new cultural adventure, for me at least.

By Joe Duffy Dec 16, 2006 Comments (1)

China Post # 11 A Really GOOD Picture Says a Thousand Words

You know how when you take an amazing, life-altering trip somewhere that makes you think differently about the world you live in and you desperately wish you could capture all the important parts just the way they happened and bring it all back home to share with everyone you care about? You know how, in those situations, your digital shots taken on the fly, without much thought, let alone photographic talent, don’t begin to do such an experience justice? If you do, you know how I feel every time I return home from China; that is, until this year’s trip.

By Joe Duffy Dec 16, 2006 Comments (1)

China Post #9 Moganshan Road

Contemporary art grows in Shanghai.

Not to be outdone by Beijing’s burgeoning 798 Arts District, the artists of Shanghai have responded with their own neighborhood of studios, living spaces and galleries. It’s a very cool scene that I’m glad I happened upon just in the nick of time. Unfortunately I didn’t get word on the area until the night before I was leaving Shanghai, so once again, I was looking for art on a Monday and worse yet, it was an early, rainy Monday. Nonetheless, I was able to scout it out, snap a few shots and make a plan for next year’s trip. Given the pace of this crazy town, it will no doubt double in size by then.

By Joe Duffy Dec 12, 2006 Comments (2)

China Post #8 Tian Zi Fang Art Street

A day off in Shanghai and a little shopping is in order.

By Joe Duffy Dec 8, 2006

China Post #7 – And the Beijing Winners Are…

Once again, it was an amazing stay in Beijing. The city, as always, is framed in imposing heritage and tradition but now includes surprises that are being put in place for the millions who will visit here in some 600+ days. Word is that all construction will (must) be completed 365 days prior to the opening ceremonies and one full year will be spent cleaning the air and scrubbing the entire city to a porcelain shine. Should be quite a show.

By Joe Duffy Dec 7, 2006 Comments (1)

China Post #6 - A One Show China Grad

He was far and away the best student in my Beijing workshop in 2003 and now his work just keeps getting better. Wang Yuwei, or WZL as he refers to himself, is a young designer working his way up in the emerging Beijing design scene.

By Joe Duffy Dec 6, 2006 Comments (3)

A Designa in China

Sorry, I just couldn’t resist hamming it up with all the outdoor art in the 798 Arts District of Beijing. What is it about outdoor sculpture that makes you need to become a part of it? … or maybe it’s just me.

By Joe Duffy Dec 5, 2006

21 Years of Holiday Cheer

A Duffy tradition was born over twenty years ago, over a couple of glasses of wine. It came from a place of good cheer. The idea was to share festive spirits for the holidays with clients, friends and families. The first design featured Mr. Claus himself. We printed 2 cases with a beautifully silk-screened label—a novelty at that time.

By Joe Duffy Dec 5, 2006

China Post #3

I think this is trip number 13 or 14 to China and it still amazes me that such a transition takes place over such a short period of time. Despite the added hassles of international travel over past 5 years, I have to admit, it’s a pretty easy get.

By Joe Duffy Dec 1, 2006 Comments (1)

China Post #4

Rock, Clay and Wood

By Joe Duffy Dec 1, 2006 Comments (2)

China Post #2

2 Campaign Briefs – Over 3,000 Entries

This year’s entrants in The One Club China student and young professional workshops were given a choice between 2 assignments, one for Mastercard, based on the successful “Priceless” campaign and one for a pro-bono campaign that promotes hybrid technology.

This year's entries were up from last year and came in from advertising and design programs in 33 of China’s provinces. This year, as well as last, we included a category for young professionals in both disciplines.

By Joe Duffy Dec 1, 2006

2006 One Show China Student Workshop – Post #1

This is the sixth year I’ve been involved in the China workshops. Each year we invite advertising and design students from throughout China to create work from a defined brief. The top students, based on online judging of their work, are then invited to participate in the workshops.

By Joe Duffy Nov 30, 2006

Multiplying Your Return on Investment Begins with Branding From the Inside Out

Three words—return on investment. Simple enough to understand. Isn’t it the equivalent of the amount of sales required to recuperate the cost to successfully market a product or service? It’s time to think again. Today marketers need to consider these four steps in building your brand to deliver ROI in a changed world of marketing.

Running in the Footsteps of Legends

The 2007 Inaugural Eugene Marathon will be a race to remember. This fast, flat, scenic course will keep runners interested and motivated from start to finish.

By Alan Leusink Nov 27, 2006