Groove Glider: Column Five Spent Hack Day Making a Video Game

Every few months Column Five shuts down for an office-wide Hack Day. It’s a great time to brainstorm new ideas, mix up the daily grind and experiment with new creative work. Now, they’re proud to share one of the projects hatched up at their last Hack Day. Introducing C5’s very first video game, Groove Glider. It’s a side-scrolling space-shooter that’s part game, part mixtape (so you’ll definitely want your speakers on for this).

This Marketing Gibberish Generator Creates Buzzword Lorem Ipsum

Every industry has its buzzwords, but marketing is particularly notorious: synergy, scalability, wheelhouse. Thanks to these cringeworthy phrases, a meeting or email thread can quickly turn into what sounds like a meeting of marketing bots. And it seems that the vocab is only growing. With each new social platform or tech innovation comes a steady stream of buzzwords that we love to hate (or hate to love?). To poke fun at these crazy words, Column Five created the marketing gibberish generator, which spits out marketing buzzword lorem ipsum. 

5 Things You Can Learn From Red Bull’s Visual Content Strategy

In recent years, Red Bull has transitioned from a beverage brand to a full-blown media company with an exceedingly smart visual content strategy that takes content marketing to new heights. What are the keys to Red Bull’s world dominance? Here are the 5 things you can learn from their visual content strategy.

Column Five Illustrates 5 Design Quotes that Inspire Creativity

We all need a little creative inspiration from time to time. Here are some of Column Five’s favorite design quotes – simple yet profound truths to think about every time we create.

This Interactive Visualizes Every Important Supreme Court Ruling Since 1946

Last week’s controversial Hobby Lobby ruling sparking heated debate across the web. The furor over the decision inspired visual agency Column Five to visualize The Supreme Court Database in one easy to navigate interactive that tracks Supreme Court rulings from 1946 to present times.

Everything from segregation to life insurance benefits for adoptive siblings, it’s all there at the hover of your mouse. The interactive timeline feature allows you to quickly flip through rulings that have long been forgotten or taken for granted. Accompanying the timeline is a rich amount of information on each case just a click away, including whether the Court leaned more conservative or liberal during its particular time of operation:

One Cob, Many Flavors: These Recipes Will Have You Rethinking Your Next BBQ

Did you know peak corn season is in the springtime? That’s right, just as the days are getting warm and the BBQ is begging to be fired up, one of the most mouth watering crops springs forth ready to be munched… in so many tasty ways. That’s because, although corn originated in the Americas, it’s now grown on every continent except Antarctica – and each area has at least one regional recipe for your next cookout.

Heading to SXSW? Check Out Column Five’s Unreal Paper Craft Animation

The crafty people at Column Five now have offices in California and New York, so what better way to announce their country spanning convergence on SXSW this week than this stellar paper craft animation? Whether you prefer mustard covered hot dogs, fresh zesty tacos or a juicy rack of ribs, the short animation will keep your eyes well pleased and your stomach… well… fiber filled. It’s paper after all.

Beautiful Animal Kingdom Series Pairs Unlikely Animals in Symbiotic Illustrations

If there’s one word to gauge a good natured working relationship, it’s symbiosis. From understanding the needs of both parties and acting when we observe them, to giving back in unexpected and surprising ways, it’s all a beautiful dance we must follow each day. In that spirit, visual agency Column Five gives a gift to their partners and publishers every holiday season. This year they’ve created a stunning series of fine art limited-edition letterpress prints and a gift set inspired by one of the Five Columns of their mission statement: “Be Good to Each Other.” The result is 3 nature inspired images to ponder and enlighten.

Know Your Roots: Column Five Hometowns

In this digital age, we work and have contact with people who we’ve never met in person. The only thing we may know about them is through email exchanges, Twitter feeds, and maybe Instagram photos — if we’ve been lucky enough for even that. With face-to-face interaction giving way to online interactions, it’s still nice to humanize your company and team every once in a while. Column Five, our parent company, put together this interactive to show where everyone on their team was originally born, and how some 20+ years later they all ended up working together under the same roof.

How Do You Spot a Tumblr User?

Tumblr is one of the most popular micro-blogging platforms on the internet, with nearly 43 million blogs and counting, reblogging animated gifs and feminist Ryan Gosling memes have never been so popular. Tumblr is an interesting ecosystem, with a large part of it looking as if it was designed for 15 year old kids who sneeze glitter while needing everything cool and hip under the sun… and while this sounds pretty great, it isn’t exactly what the community of Tumblr looks like down deep.