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Company Culture & Teambuilding

The company culture at Killer Visual Strategies, our Seattle-based visual communication agency, is based on our mission, vision, and values. This, in turn, makes it a culture based on our people. If you ask our employees what their favorite part of working at Killer is, they’re likely to say it’s their teammates. From teambuilding activities inside and outside the office, to transparent and accountable leadership and management, the business culture we’ve built has generated an incredibly high retention rate and a team that genuinely enjoys working together.

Our fully in-house team is made up of local Seattle talent as well as employees who moved here to join our team. As a growing small business, our culture helped to cultivate a leadership team from inside our walls and develop management best practices that fit with our values. As a result, teambuilding is something that happens organically every day in our Seattle office, and that we feel has made us a stronger visual communication agency. 

If you haven’t had the opportunity to meet our team yet, or want to learn how to build a stronger company culture within your organization, explore the articles below!

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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Starting Your Design Career

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Breaking into the design field is no easy task. It requires experience, a degree,* and a keen understanding of client and company needs. On top of all these requirements, a career in design is often seen as a hobby or a fun, easy job for the unambitious artist. It can be daunting to find an open door into this community — much less an open door that pays enough to cover student loans. That being…

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KILLER INFOGRAPHICS EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: SAVY BERGERON

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Meet Savy! While she’s not out hunting down Seattle’s best gluten-free beer, racing soapbox cars or shooing kids off her lawn, she’s busy as one of Killer Infographics’ most talented and accomplished senior designers. Name: Savannah Bergeron AKA Savy, Savage, Savatage Title: Senior Graphic and Interactive Designer State your job description: I design infographics and create illustrations for use in interactive and motion graphics. How did you come to work at Killer Infographics? I was spending…

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Infographic: A History of Capitol Hill

Killer Infographics just made the move from Fremont to Capitol Hill. It’s an exciting new neighborhood to explore, full of art, food, and amazing happy hour opportunities. It’s also full of rich history, and we jumped at the chance to dig into our new neighborhood’s past. Capitol Hill wasn’t always hipsters, condos, and fancy restaurants. It started out, just like the rest of Seattle, as deep woods. Seattle’s timber industry logged it off in the 1880s,…

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Killer Infographics: New Space, New Look, Same Values

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It’s been estimated that as much as 80% of VC- and angel-funded startups will fail within the first couple years of opening their doors, making it quite the treat when a bootstrap startup finds itself ringing in its fifth consecutive year of business. It’s even more of a celebratory event when that startup moves into its fourth office out of the necessity to accommodate its rapidly growing staff and clientele. At Killer Infographics, we have…

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A Motion Graphic Composer Abroad

Think about your favorite movie of all time. What does it sound like? We’re willing to bet that the soundtrack and the ambient music playing throughout the movie made a huge difference in how you felt from the opening scenes to the closing credits. That’s why it’s no surprise that original music can have a huge impact on how viewers react to a video or motion graphic. Daniel L.K. Caldwell has composed original scores for…

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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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Employee Spotlight: Nic Hartmann

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As part of our employee spotlight series we want to introduce the world to Nic Hartmann. Nic brings a vast knowledge of animation and design to the motion graphics department to help propel the team out of this stratosphere! Not to mention, he is a beautifully talented mariachi karaoke singer as well. Have fun learning more about this master of motion! Name: Nicholas Hartmann Title: Motion Graphic Designer What’s your role at KIG? I create, render…

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Meet Lucy Weiland, KIG’s Content Master

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One of the best parts of our job is getting to know our clients, so we’d like to give our blog readers a chance to get to know who’s designing our infographics, writing our content, and promoting our designs. Let’s start with one of the first employees who joined Killer Infographics. Name: Lucy Weiland Title: Chief Content Editor What’s your role at KIG? I head up the content/copywriting team, managing the day-to-day while researching the…

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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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3 Things We’ve Learned about Improving Company Culture

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Unique to every company is the culture that is nourished through constant interaction between coworkers, employees, and management. Killer Infographics’s co-founders, Amy and Nick, recognized early on that they wanted to build a company with a unique working environment — one that not only encouraged creative people to bolster their individual skill sets, but inspired productive collaboration across all company verticals. But maintaining a healthy office culture requires constant attention and smart strategizing. We haven’t…

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5 Tips for Bringing Your Puppy to the Office

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Seattle has got to be one of the most pet-friendly cities in the country. Yelp lists about 94 doggie daycares in and around Seattle, but just as often, you’ll see people bringing their dogs and cats to work. One of the top benefits of working at small companies and startups like app development company 47 degrees and our Fremont neighbor, True Fabrications, is the opportunity to work alongside our furry friends. (Check out some cute…

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From Indonesia With Dysentery, Part 3 of 3

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The two-week race was a blur of breakdowns, police encounters, briberies, hospitable Indonesians, collisions, and, above all, adventure. Röta loved to hate us. She broke down every other hour, but we fell in love each time she rose to the occasion, started up, and carried us over mountains, through jungles, and across the country – although, 2,000 km of the race was spent on the back of a truck. The emotions overpowered as we approached…

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From Indonesia with Dysentery, Part 2 of 3

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Christening our ride was the primary objective. “Rot” is German for “red”; “roto,” Spanish for “broken”. Being the terminally ill, red beauty she was, it took but 30 seconds of discussion to agree on calling her “Röta.” I suppose if we were seeking linguistic accuracy, the name should really have been “Röto,” but Röta is a lady and there’s no denying that. I hold the umlaut’s worth as self-evident. We built her a roof rack,…

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From Indonesia With Dysentery, Part 1 of 3

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Employee Spotlight: Get to Know Josh Miles, a Notorious KIG! One year ago, I set off on what was going to be the most ridiculous, dangerous, and exciting month of my life. Here’s part one of a three-part series chronicling the adventure: It only took a few beers before I foolheartedly accepted an offer to flee the States, crab walk across the sands of Bali, and race a moto-rickshaw against some 20 other teams over…

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Killer Infographics Records 44% Year-Over-Year Growth Through the First Half of 2013

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Well, we’ve been around for nearly 3 years now and finally decided to writeup a press release. Since this was our first foray into the world of PR, we figured it was worth sharing with our readers! Check out our press release that recounts our many wins during the first half of 2013. We’ll do our best to keep you posted during the last half of the year as well! ______________________________ Killer Infographics, creators of…

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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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Office Siege

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Each Spring, we here at Killer Infographics plot new and more dangerous pranks for April Fool’s Day. Possible ideas this year included releasing a herd of bison in the break room, hiding noise-activated confetti cannons under every desk, or just bursting the water main. For the sake of keeping our jobs, we fortunately elected to create a giant cardboard labyrinth of Daedalus proportions in the office. Plans for pressure-plate activated booby traps, a holy grail…

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Creating a Space for Ideas: How We Have Built Our Killer Culture

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A typical day at a startup like Killer Infographics can get pretty hectic. By their very nature, startups demand employees that are proactive and adaptable, willing to pick up just about any task as it comes along. So we stay busy, and the result is that, yeah, sometimes people get stressed. And this has the potential to create an environment where concerns don’t get addressed, or employees don’t have the time or the forum to…

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GeekWire Ping-Pong & Anniversary Bash: Our Tales of Joy and Woe

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Wednesday night was GeekWire’s annual ping-pong tournament and the Killer team showed up in full force to cheer on our Senior Content Specialist and Digital Producer, Josh Miles, seen here in his trademark ping pong tourney gear! Don’t let his outfit fool you though; Josh’s paddle only graced one table that evening, so the Killer team did not get the comeback we’d been dreaming of since last year’s loss (curses!). But hey, the evening was…

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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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