Celebrating TEN Years of Schiffman Creative

Happy Birthday to us! We are so incredibly thankful to be celebrating ten years of business this month. We could not have done it without our amazing family, friends, community, inspiring city and most importantly our fabulous clients. 

We have experienced success, failure, laughter, tears, exhaustion and exhiliration.  We have grown both personally and professionally.  As we reflect on the past ten years and plan for the next ten we are going to keep a few lessons in mind as this rollercoaster ride contines.

1 - Everything Happens for a Reason.
Good, bad, ugly.  It all has a place. Just need to trust the process.

2 - Embrace Mistakes.
Some of our most valuable (and costly) lessons came from mistakes. You have to learn to fail before you can learn to succeed.

3 - Quality Design Costs Money & Takes Time.
Quality anything costs money and takes time. If a client does not have an appropriate budget and a tight deadline the quality will suffer. Everybody wants to look like Apple on a shoestring budget and a two week timeline. Make sure your clients understand that this is not going to happen before you dive in.

4 - Loyalty Matters.
Some of our current clients have been with us since we started the business in 2006. We have grown our businesses together and probably wouldn't be here today without remaining fiercely  loyal to those who appreciate and respect what we do.

5 - Trust Your Gut.
There have been times when we ignored it and we always regretted it. Our intuition has never lead us down the wrong path.

6 - Do Not Take On Pity Projects or Projects You are Not Excited About.
If a client does not have an appropriate budget and/or does not understand the value design brings to their business just say no. Even if you really like them. If you do not feel passionate about what you are working on just say no. Both of these situations lead to resentment, unhappiness and honestly just never end well.

7 - It Always Takes Longer Than You Think.
Build a detailed timeline and payment schedule into your contracts to avoid projects that just won't quit.

8 - Don't Take Things Personally.
Some client's like your work. Some clients don't. Don't take it personally.

9 - Don't Give Up.
It won't be easy, but stick with it.

10 - Enjoy the Ride!
Easier said than done. Up, down and all around...It really is totally worth it.  Trust yourself, produce good work and make time to appreciate all of it.

A little throwback to 2006...

Leaving our first official Schiffman Creative New Client Meeting.

Leaving our first official Schiffman Creative New Client Meeting.

Inspired By : CALIFORNIA

We were able to escape the crazy cold temperatures in NYC last week and head to San Diego, California for a few days.  We forgot just how beautiful and inspiring the West Coast can be for us die-hard city peeps. Crazy, I know.  We were in love with the natural beauty, colors, textures, patterns, people and overall chill vibe.  Oh and the weather wasn't too bad either.  Take a look at some of our favorite shots...

Lay down some beats right from your browser with this HTML5 drum machine

This in browser HTML5 drum machine is pretty impressive. Read the story on Gizmodo

"If you mess around with it for a little while, you’ll be surprised at how quickly you’re able to put together something that sounds dangerously close to listenable. For those who don’t know how it it works, here’s a brief intro: The buttons across each represent a “step” in the ever-looping timeline of sequence. Pick an instrument from the list at the top and push a button—it’ll play at that point in the loop. You get a different independent timeline for every instrument. You can also save up to 16 different patterns in this machine at one time, which winds up leaving you with a lot of possibilities. Throw a dance party!"

Artist Spotlight : Victoria Do

We are super excited to share our very first Schiffman Creative Artist Spotlight!  

Meet Victoria Do... A young, up-and-coming artist that we are loving.  

Victoria was born and raised in the suburbs of Massachusetts and didn't discover her passion and crazy amazing art skills until her second year of college (I know!) at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Combining her love for education and art she completed school with an art education degree. She recently graduated and moved to NYC after being hand picked (via Instagram) by one of the best tattoo artists in the city.  She is an assistant teacher by day and a tattoo apprentice by night.  

"Living a life as an apprentice and assistant teacher not only allows me to follow my dreams in art but also inspire so many to do the same." 

Pursuing a passion and inspiring kids along the way!  Coolest. Teacher. Ever.

Scroll through to see some of our favorite pieces below.  If you like what you see...follow her on instagram (@victoriado) or swing by Art Basel in December to see an illustration that was selected by Adrian Grenier & Lonely Whale.

Branding for a Non-Profit | Saint Stephen School Foundation

We are really excited about the Saint Stephen of Hungary School Foundation's logo, stationary, business cards and 2014/2015 Annual Report.  Always feels great to donate our services to a well deserved non-profit with an amazing leadership team that is working on behalf of a fabulous school.  Website coming soon!