Privacy Policy Update: About Personal Data

Updated 7/1/2018

Here’s what you may want to, or need to, know…


Who we are

The website address is the web property of View Design, Inc. DBA Gist Brands, an S-Corporation based in Oregon, USA.

What personal data we collect

By default, we do not collect any personal information on our website from general browsers or visitors.

If you sign up for the Gist Brands e-newsletter, we will collect the data you provide (name and email address.) Potential clients, potential partners, and networking sources in the USA, who have inquired about Gist Brands services in general, providing contact information in any form, may be added to the newsletter distribution list (name and email address) to keep them informed.

If you fill out our inquiry (Engage) form, providing detailed information about your company or organization’s unique attributes and needs, we will collect and store the data you enter.

Why we collect it

For the e-newsletter, we collect and store the information necessary to identify and manage subscribers and to distribute the newsletter. Our e-newsletter platform also collects information on opens, article readership, links, and social sharing to determine the level of interest and engagement, which helps us plan and tune our content.

For our inquiry (Engage) form, we collect information to determine the nature of your business and type of project to be able to respond to inquiries and judge the fit of the project, or to be able to suggest alternate resources.

How long we hold that data

If you sign up for our newsletter, we retain the basic data you provide indefinitely, though you can control or delete that data at any time (see next section.)

If you submit an inquiry (Engage) form, we retain the data you provide indefinitely for customer service and historical tracking, even if we don’t engage in work with you. Your submitted company/profile information is not shared with anyone else.

What rights you have over your data

Newsletter subscribers can self-manage their personal information (see, edit, or delete) at any time via links in the footer of each newsletter or any related subscriber email communication. You can also email us at to have us change or delete your newsletter subscription data from the backend of our system.

For those who submit inquiry (Engage) forms, if you later prefer that we not retain this data, simply email with some specifics about your inquiry, and request that the inquiry record be deleted from our system (or sent to you and then deleted.)

Who receives the data

Only Gist Brands receives your information; our WordPress web platform does not share any personal or company data with anyone. However, if you choose to sign up for our newsletter, your personal data (name and email) is shared with Campaign Monitor, our e-newsletter platform.

For your convenience, you can view WordPress’ Privacy Policy and Campaign Monitor’s Privacy Policy here.

We never sell or share mailing list data or inquiry data with third parties.

Content from other websites

Articles in our blog and other website content may include reference links to, or embedded content from, other websites for further educational or illustrative purposes. These external websites may collect data about you, use cookies, or employ third-party tracking, behaving differently than Gist Brands’ site and following different privacy practices and data security measures.

Following outside links (images, articles, etc.) or interacting with outside embedded content (like videos) does not fall under Gist Brand’s privacy policy, since we cannot vet or police these outside sites.


We employ basic Google Analytics to monitor and improve use and the content of our website. Google Analytics has its own Privacy Policy here.

How we protect your data

The Gist Brands website is secured via an SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) certificate, a standard security protocol that establishes an encrypted link between our web server and your browser. Any data you transmit to us remains encrypted.

We never sell or share list data with third parties.


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