Today is #GivingTuesday! We feel strongly about giving back to our community. You could say it’s part of our strategy, but really it makes us feel warm and tingly. We frequently work with non-profits and our Founder donates her time to various organizations like Junior AchievementOur Children’s Place, and Great Dames.

Take the time to spread some holiday generosity today to your favorite charity in need. Or one of our favorite charities, Our Children’s Place and Junior Achievement of CUNY.


Every year, we design an annual appeal for Our Children’s Place to use as the cornerstone for its fall fundraiser. Our founder, Maureen Ballatori is proud to support OCP by donating the design of this report and proudly serving on the Board of Directors for Our Children’s Place as its Vice President.



29 Design Studio Wins International Davey Award

What does it take to be recognized as one of the best among the brightest worldwide? It takes a small agency doing big things with great clients.

29 Design Studio is honored to announce that rebranding work for Imagine Monroe has received a silver award in the Corporate Identity category of the International Davey Awards competition.

“We’re very excited to receive this recognition for our client,” said 29 Design Studio’s founder, Maureen Ballatori. “Working with Imagine Monroe to reposition and rebrand the County of Monroe Industrial Development Agency has been…


The holidays are usually a time when we make a little extra effort to spend time – in person – with the ones we love. Let’s try to remember to be present and store our digital devices away to make room for the real conversations that can (and should) happen. Give yourself a holiday gift — less time with your phone.

Wondering how to spark up that conversation with a family members or friend that you’re now having a real life conversation with? Try these 100 Ways to Spark Conversation. Want to strike up a conversation with us? Respond to this email and tell us the one thing you’re deeply proud of — but would never put on your résumé. We’ll answer the question of your choice too!


We often tell our clients that your brand look and brand voice do the most to tell the story of who you are. “We now know that up to 90 percent of the decisions we make are based on emotion. Take a minute and read that again; almost every decision we make is based on emotion, not rational thought and measured consideration.” How Emotion Drives Brand Choices and Decisions

We recently wrote about creating tension in your marketing. We came across this great HBR article from Carsten Lund Pedersen and Thomas Ritter about how great corporate strategies thrive on the Right Amount of Tension.


Here’s a fun keepsake for this Christmas – time capsule ornaments!