NGAGE now Hughes…
Sorry I have been out of sorts lately. I was on vacation, where I destroyed at least 5 burritos, frolicked on 2 beaches and took in a whole lot of sunshine in San Diego. Also, work has been crazy lately. We’re cranking out a website and promo pieces for Astound Sound. They’re an audio software that takes your compressed music and movies and expands the sound without stretching it. Its pretty incredible, and the work we’re doing for it is very cool. The new site should be live in a couple weeks. Here’s the banner I’m working on now, just to give you a sense.
But also, we found out a few weeks ago that my company NGAGE has merged with an agency known as Hughes, and that we are going to retain their name. Hughes has been around for more than 30 years, and has about 30 clients. Scottrade, our biggest client, will remain so for Hughes, but we are also bringing our other beautiful clients, much needed digital expertise and agency culture/brand. Here’s some of our combined work, I did some of it.
As I said, Hughes has been in existence for over 30 years, and has seen at least two generations of Hughes at the helm. They have been profitable, versatile and extremely thorough. They specialize in the front end, and the back end. The research, and the PR proliferation. We are charged with bringing them a better creative product, opening doors in the digital space and most importantly breathing some new life and freshness into the company.
The immediate question from everyone when I tell them is, “Is your job ok?” The answer is an overwhelming yes. First off, I plan to approach the situation like my job is in danger, even though it’s not. I’m going to dominate. But, lets go through the list of pluses in my court:
1. Hughes is an agency that falls more in line with my educational background (though I feel like my education may have been a bit outdated), and NGAGE has prepared me for where Hughes and the marketing world is moving. I’m covered.
2. My Creative Director will remain my CD, and immediate boss. This is huge, and if I was jumping onto a whole new creative team, I think I might be a bit more concerned. Though new creative thinking is never a bad thing, it’s nice that I am on the inside of this transition.
3. I don’t have to move offices again. Hughes (South Campus as we’re calling it) is coming here. Which means a new creative floor. Thus less shushing from the AEs and more creatives being creative; collaborating. Never a bad thing.
4. More clients. More variety. We’re like Y98 over here.
5. New people, more people. Fresh blood, fresh ideas. More business contacts. More growth potential.
So, I’ll keep you guys up to date on how I feel moving forward, but as of now, I’m pumped.
AT&T Education Solutions
Great photo shoot and concept came together here for an immersive walk through in AT&T’s ethernet services for their education customers. Technology is a mandatory for success in school districts around the country, and we wanted to relay how AT&T’s reliable services and network of possibilities facilitate eLearning in the classroom. Check it out.
World Class Medicine from MoBap
Missouri Baptist Medical Center, or MoBap as we like to call it, has had a long and successful relationship with RodgersTownsend. So in 2011, when it was clear that the MoBap web experience was not living up to the standards of excellence they demanded for patients and the community, they looked to us.
After a long discovery phase, extensive content audit and thorough wire-framing we had an intricate road map from which to create the UI. Where we landed not only pushed MoBap’s digital presence to a level on par with the reputation of their medical center, but ahead of most of their regional and national competition.
I’ve never had a design recieve so much praise and so many dissenters. At least not in a public way. Its a testament to how much St. Louis, especially the creative community, has embraced Loufest.
Loufest is two days of music, food and fun in Forest Park here in St. Louis. Acquired by C3 (of Lallapalooza and Austin City Limits fame) in 2013, they were looking for a bold new look without the nuances of a particular genre or lifestyle. In layman’s terms, they didn’t want a hipster logo or a strictly Rock’n Roll vibe. They were looking for something generic enough to appeal to a broad audience, but bold enough to make a statement and have staying power.
I’m not sure I accomplished it, but this is where we landed.
After the rebrand Loufest more than doubled their attendance and had their most successful year to date. Some might attribute that to a vastly improved line-up compliments of The National, Alabama Shakes, The Killers and others. But I think, deep down, we all know what really caused the surge.
ATT New Business
A responsive site for ATT that adapts to fit screen size and resolution through a seamless and fluid dev.
Smart Grid Technology from AT&T
This was a nice HTML5 parallax website we did for AT&T’s Smart Grid Solutions. The target here was high profile civic and private utility companies. Experts in building and maintaining the smart grid, but not experts in communicating between the various elements of the infrastructure. We gave them a step by step breakdown of AT&T’s services and how they would benefit the target, but did it in a way that told our story in a simple, seamless and scrollable way. Excuse that alliteration (and the Dev of this live site).
Martin Luther King Tribute
I wanted to attempt this style in February, and being Black History Month I chose the Rev. as my muse.
His face is made up of the words of his epic Lincoln Memorial “I have a dream…” speech.
Take a look. I am having it framed as I type.
Smoking Goat Branding
I like beer.
Beer high in flavor, alcohol and price. I brew at home, but wouldn’t consider myself very good at this point. I’m working on it.
We have friends in Louisiana who I would consider really good. I designed some branding for their forthcoming brewery down there.
The Smoking Goat will hopefully be amazing, especially if I get some good beer out of the deal.
Have a look. Then drink a beer and have a look again. Continue this process until the logo looks awesome.
This is a poster I made for my buddy Dustin.
A classic quote from him as we drove by Effingham, IL’s infamous and huge cross.
I thought it would look good in his new apartment.
I recently got the chance to work on a project for the Humane Society. Given the fact that every time I walk into an animal shelter I have to be talked down from taking home every animal in the place, I was happy to help in anyway I could.
With the majority of pet buying in the United States coming from breeders, mall pet shops and unfortunately mills, animal shelters (specifically the Humane Society) are left overflowing with pets that need loving homes. They are running into a perception problem however, and many misconceptions about shelter pets are accepted as fact, and often repeated as such.
To get past this, we decided to take the problem head on, and address the most common misconceptions individually.
Here is where we landed:
Lauren and Dan sit’n in a tree…
My good friend Lauren is getting married in July, and though I am extremely jealous of her fiance Dan (don’t tell my wife), I made their save the date cards.
I use VistaPrint to print these types of things. Though the quality suffers, and the rumor is that they are destroying local community printers nationwide, for the price they can’t be beat. Check them out next time you want to customize your own holiday card or invitation.
Here’s how Lauren’s STDs turned out: