Work in Progress - March

Take a peek into some of the work in progress at Thought Merchants.

tm interaction sketching
Sketch outlining TM logo interaction on hover.
Button interaction
Default, hover, active, and focus button states.
Ben Franklin Portrait
A friend of TM's pooch, Ben Franklin done in watercolor by Cheryl.
budget james bond
Budget James Bond. So fun!
ryan illustration
Lovely pen illustration by Cheryl Vu for Neomind Labs.
stx 3d Rendering
Ice hockey stick 3D rendering. Didn't come out well enough for us to use.
Steve Berry Surfing
Photo of myself hitting the top lip in El Salvador.


Mar 17, 2021


Steve Berry

What's going on here?

Design happens everywhere. We look at it and give you our critique.

By thinking critically about the design that exists around us - evaluating what works, what doesn’t and why - we can apply new perspectives and rigor to our work designing applications and systems and communicate more effectively through design.

Our observations range from big corporate rebrands to local business street fliers. With each, we’ve taken the time to break down the designs and offer our point of view via a ranking system modeled after the Robert Parker wine rating system.

The Rating System

Unsatisfactory: Does not achieve design or communication goals.
Satisfactory: Just enough, sufficient, fine or “sure.”
Good: It’s good.
Very Good: Better than most but not exceptional.
Exceptional: Unusually good, rare, outstanding.

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We love looking at new things, so if you want us to evaluate something you have seen or made, feel free to get in touch at, and be sure to sign up for the quarterly Thought Merchants email to get new observations delivered right to you.

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