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Killer Visual Strategies News & Updates

Killer Visual Strategies (formerly Killer Infographics) is a Seattle-based visual communication agency. We produce creative content for the Visual Generation — members of Generations Y and Z, who are visual natives and expect high-quality visual content from brands. Our team members regularly host webinars, attend and present at conferences, release ebooks, and share what we’ve learned since Killer was founded in 2010. This page features news and updates about what we’ve been working on, and what we’re proud of.

Here you’ll see what the Killer team does daily — building visual strategies, infographics, motion graphics, presentations, ebooks, and so much more. Whether you’ve worked with a visual communication agency before or are simply curious about what we do, everything you need to know is in the posts below. 

Killer Infographics Named to the Inc. 5000 for 3rd Year in a Row

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The Inc. 5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the United States. It recognizes businesses that are propelling the economy forward by creating jobs and sparking innovation. And in 2018, Killer Infographics is proud to have made the list for the third year in a row. The top company on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list, SwanLeap, grew by 75,661% in just three years’ time. That’s an incredible feat, and some pretty humbling…

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Visual Minute Week 13: Debbie Millman

Debbie Millman is our next guest for this week’s Visual Minute. Debbie joins us as the CEO of Sterling Brands, Chair of SVC’s Masters in Branding, and host of the Design Matters podcast, making her a well-rounded authority toward the intricacies of what makes visual content stand out from the crowd. Check out Debbie’s response and stay up to date on the Visual Minute as we continue the series next week.

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Visual Minute Week 11: Laura Feinstein

Laura Feinstein is always coming across new and creative ways in which visual content is used to connect and inspire audiences. As the Head of Fusion’s Social Stories, she offers an expressive approach toward visual content and its role in the world of news and media in this week’s Visual Minute. Check out her response and stay up to date on the Visual Minute as we continue the series next week with acclaimed photographer and author…

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Visual Minute Week 10: Jeremy Lasky

Jeremy Lasky is the co-founder of Perception, one of today’s most innovative motion graphic studios. His work spans across several industries, including film where he helped create the digital brand and gadgetry used by Tony Stark throughout the Marvel blockbuster Iron Man 2. Jeremy and his friend were kind enough to share a few words of wisdom on the importance of visual content in this week’s Visual Minute.

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Visual Minute Week 8: Nancy Duarte

Duarte, Inc. CEO, Nancy Duarte, has dedidcated years helping people turn their ideas into stories through presentation media. Check out this week’s visual minute as Nancy provides some great insight on how visual content can help develop mutual understanding and collaboration between two parties. Stay tuned for next week’s visual minute and stay up to date on the whole Visual Minute series here.

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Visual Minute Week 7: Greg Storey

With over 20 years of digital design experience spanning a myriad of industries, IBM’s Design Practice Lead Greg Storey is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to applications of visual communication. We were fortunate enough to steal some of Greg’s time at this year’s SXSW and pick his brain on the role visual content plays in attention economics. Hear what Greg has to say above and stay up-to-date on the full Visual Minute series.  

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Visual Minute Week 6: Marshall Kirkpatrick

Marshall Kirkpatrick, co-founder of Little Bird, knows a thing or two about what it takes to develop a memorable online presence. He was kind enough to sit down with us to share his expertise and thoughts on how visual content can open up new meaning and accessibility for audiences in this week’s Visual Minute. Don’t forget to follow the full Visual Minute series as we interview a new influencer each week!    

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Visual Minute Week 5: Brian Fanzo

Change evangelist and master of all things social media, Brian Fanzo, joins us in this week’s Visual Minute. Having built a successful career around helping people and businesses connect with audiences through technology, Brian provides a unique perspective on visual communication’s role in providing authentic experiences. Hear what Brian has to say and stay up-to-date on the full Visual Minute series here.

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Visual Minute Week 4: Guy Kawasaki

Having spent the past few decades as a serial brand ambassador, author and globe trotting speaker, Guy Kawasaki has become a wealth of knowledge in the fields of marketing, innovation and entrepreneurship. In recent years, he has added Chief Evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool, and board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation to his resume. This is why we thought it necessary to trap Guy in a corner and get his thoughts on the importance…

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Introducing The Visual Minute: A Video Series About Visual Content

What makes visual content worth paying attention to? Take a moment to think about this question. Both online and offline, we live in a world where visual communication is not only the fastest method of connecting with an audience, but also the most preferred. Now more than ever, producing great visual content is a must for brands seeking to build relationships with their customers. But what makes visual content great in the first place? Why…

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Infographics Fundamentals: Our New Course on Lynda.com

For years, our team at Killer has been a huge fan of Lynda.com because of the great design courses they provide. Last week, we pivoted from fan to participant with the launch of our first Lynda course: Infographics Fundamentals. This 5-part online class focuses on helping designers understand the basics of infographic design, allowing them to master the art and offer visual communication solutions to their own clients. The course begins with an explanation of the foundation of…

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Looking Beyond Infographics at AdobeMAX

Last week, my business partner Nick Grant and I had the privilege of presenting at AdobeMAX for the 3rd year in a row. Our presentation focused on looking beyond infographics to recognize the future of visual communication. Over the 5 years since we launched Killer Infographics, an entire industry has evolved around delivering information through infographics, motion graphics, and interactive content among other things. This visual storytelling industry has only just begun, and last week we got the…

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The Value of Motion Graphics

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  Motion graphic, explainer video, animated infographic—whatever the name, these short, animated videos are frequently found on landing pages and in email campaigns, ranging in quality from amateur to elegant. A quick Google search reveals the Internet is stocked with data supporting the value of video — how it increases engagement, boosts conversions, and drives social and search traffic. With the proliferation of video in digital marketing initiatives, it’s clear marketers have taken these studies…

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Visual Strategy: How to Improve Your Website’s UX

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“Web design is DEAD.” “All websites look the same.” “Apps killed the web.” If you’ve kept your ear to web design trends this past year, you may have heard some of these harsh sentiments. We’d like to discuss some of the reasons why these sentiments aren’t true, and how they are negatively affecting the current state of web design and development. Principles of Web Design Web design isn’t dead, and thankfully others agree. It’s easy…

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We’re Going to SXSW 2016 and Need Your Help

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In March of this year, members of the Killer Infographics team attended SXSW for the very first time. Held every year in Austin, Texas, SXSW is one of the premier events for music, film, and technology. For the 2015 conference, we had the privilege of working directly with the SXSW staff to design a poster-sized guide for attendees and a series of mini infographics for the Interactive portion of the program. After months of designing, we were excited…

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3 Killer Tips to Build Company Culture

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In order for a company to function like a well-oiled machine, all the constituent parts must act as one—from CEOs to interns, harmony is key. For many employers, a healthy company culture is the most important aspect of running a business. Culture is the spirit and identity of your business, the oil in your well-oiled machine. It can help differentiate you from similar companies, and sometimes even attract business and new opportunities. Unhealthy company cultures can lead to…

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KILLER INFOGRAPHICS EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: IAN DENNING

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Meet Ian! Content editor by day, vintage video game collecting, beer drinking, mountain hiking writer by night, he’s an integral part of the Killer Infographics team. Name: Ian Denning Title: Senior Content Editor State your job description: I research and write infographics. I also work with clients to make sure their infographic content meets their needs.   How did you come to work at Killer Infographics? I was working in a job that had nothing…

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Behind the Scenes: GeekWire Motion Graphic

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One of our favorite projects every year is the introductory motion graphic for the GeekWire Awards, one of the most exciting annual startup events in Seattle. Working with GeekWire gives us the opportunity to explore new concepts and unique styles of illustration and animation—culminating with the opportunity to see our work on the extraordinary 33′ x 60′ HD LED screen in the EMP’s Sky Church. The 2013 opening motion graphic, “Adventures of a Startup Kid,”…

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Meet the Makers: A Killer look into SIC 2014

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Seattle is a great hub for technology and innovation. With companies such as Microsoft, Amazon, and Adobe calling Seattle home, it is no surprise that there are a few events to celebrate and share Seattle’s thriving tech culture. One event in particular, the Seattle Interactive Conference (or SIC for short) is widely known for bringing together some of the brightest minds in the tech industry for a chance to present, inspire, and network. In the past,…

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Adobe MAX: The Must-Visit Creative Conference!

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As one of the major brands in the field of creative design, it is no wonder that Adobe holds one of the biggest creative conferences in the world. Since its debut in 2003, Adobe MAX has featured some of the creative industry’s best and brightest minds sharing their knowledge through immersive workshops and presentations. In addition to the speakers, attendees can always look forward to a preview of upcoming Adobe products as well. Learning from…

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Company culture spotlight: Meet the team of Killer Infographics

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Behind every successful company is a talented team of individuals, each with their own unique skill set and talents. New team members shouldn’t just have great work experience and scholastic merit, they should fit within the company culture. With fewer than 30 employees, Killer Infographics is a unique collective of illustrators, writers, gamers, and most importantly, creative thinkers. Company culture especially plays an important part in the startup world. Startups everywhere are embracing innovative work…

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A Killer Intro to the 2014 GeekWire Awards

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  Get ready, folks! It’s time again for the best startup event in Seattle. For the third consecutive year the GeekWire Awards will be taking place at the EMP Museum, located in the heart of Seattle. Celebrating the startup community in Seattle and surrounding Pacific Northwest, the GeekWire Awards is the event to be at this Thursday night. One suggestion we have is to bring your business card. This event is the place to network…

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What Happens When the Government Shuts Down?

When researching infographics, using reputable sources is a must… well it’s a must if you want to ensure quality. At Killer Infographics, we spend a lot of our time on government websites like census.gov gathering data and information that ensures our infographics not only tell great stories, but also a factual one. Today though, we’re at a loss. Why? Because when the government shuts down, so do their websites! Who would’ve thought that a shutdown…

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Our Geeky Office Infographic: A Look Into the Killer Crib

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Killer Infographics has been nominated for Geekwire’s Geekiest Office Space, a new award in their annual Startup Awards competition. While it’s quite a funny award, it’s one we are very proud to be in the running for as we have spent our nights and weekends creating a space we all love to work in and this nomination is a testament to our collaborative efforts as a team. We are among 5 finalists out of hundreds…

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Vote Now: Killer Infographics Nominated for Geekwire’s Geekiest Office Space

It’s official: Killer Infographics is 1 of 5 nominees for Geekwire’s Geekiest Office Space and to win, WE NEED YOUR VOTE! Every year, Geekwire.com hosts their startup awards here in Seattle and last year, while our company was still a young’n, we made it our goal to get nominated for an award in 2013! Of course, as over-achievers, now that we’ve been nominated we want to go one step further and win! Please CLICK HERE…

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Killer Infographics is Speaking at Adobe MAX

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What’s it like to attend an Adobe MAX conference? It’s like guest-starring as one of the good fighter pilots on Battlestar Galactica. It’s like a World of Warcraft marathon where Valor Points are awarded in the form of Pringles. It’s like you got zapped back in time just to attend the Bauhaus design school and wear fedoras before they were hipster. So what’s it like to be invited to speak at an Adobe MAX conference?…

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Killer Makeover: How Changing Offices Took Our Look from Drab to Fab!

 As a toddler company (two years old and growing all the time), Killer Infographics has already called several small offices home. With the humble beginnings of our self-funded startup, our first office meant taking over the guest room of Nick Grant’s (Killer Infographics’ co-founder and Chief Rainmaker) Ballard town home. After just a few months, it was time to start hiring, so we moved (up??) to  a closet-sized space above a delicious Ballard Mexican restaurant…

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Welcome to Killer Infographics Design And Our Brand Spankin’ New Site!

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Here at Killer Infographics, we’re freakin’ busy. How busy… and what are we busy with? This whole “new website” thing. We started working on this in July… and here it is! In November. Fashionably late, right? PAC. Not PAC-MAN! We’re formulating our Protective Analytics Container (PAC) to secure better promotion and distribution with thorough tracking to ensure you get the links you deserve. Wearing hats. Not like we have a daily hat try-on sesh (though…

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