We work from the inside out

Our process begins with some healthy navel gazing to understand the needs, motivations, and issues inherent in the business objective at hand. We search for that “je ne sais quoi” that is essential, yet easily missed, and then we celebrate that special something to ensure everyone gets a taste. 

The essential matter is the heart of a brand. When people connect they are moved to buy, to give, to engage. The behavior of an organization consistently behaving in alignment with the brand creates an experience that people can rely on and trust.

The seeds of a brand reside at the core of an organization as a handful of values and fundamental beliefs. When those seeds take root in the heart and minds of individuals they bring the brand to life. Their experiences and motivations are not all alike so the work in growing a brand is to use the best tools to reach people where they are.   

Brands grow when we listen, understand and deliver compelling content to the right audiences at the right times.

Collaboration is key

We do this work together. As a client you are on the team in a big way. We openly share our early ideas (even the duds) to evaluate all of the possibilities. Using the best of those possiblities we begin to iterate, test assumptions, gather information about our audience's motivations, fears, hopes and dreams. and rely on each other's areas of expertise: your knowledge of their organization and audience, and our outside perspective and experience working with clients big and small to leverage that knowledge to create the best tools to reach your goal.  

There is no secret sanctuary where the magic happens, everyone contributes, because we know that inspiration comes from unexpected places, so we stay open to changes and welcome new ideas and ways to do things better. We challenge assumptions, define and refine deliverables throughout the process to make the most effective and flexible products to create success with our clients. 

Right this way

It can be difficult and overwhelming to navigate through a sea of information both as a consumer and as a provider. We serve as a guide to help people find their way and we'll use whatever means necessary, including: 

  • Advertising
  • Brand Strategy
  • Copywriting
  • Creative Direction
  • Design
  • Digital Content Strategy
  • Digital/Web Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Illustration
  • Logo design
  • Marketing Planning
  • Motion Design
  • Naming
  • Photography
  • Storytelling
  • Social media
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • Typography
  • User Experience Design
  • Video

Fine folks

We aim to work with friendly yet demanding people who bring their A-Game to the project and encourage us to do the same. We do our best work with people who don’t look to survive by playing it safe, but rather yearn to discover, evolve and be fearless in asserting integrity of purpose. We have had the pleasure of working with some fine folks over the years:

Arts & Sciences

  • The Geology Museum at UW Madison
  • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art
  • Ten Chimneys
  • UW Madison
  • Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Recreation & Apparel

  • American Girl
  • Florsheim Shoes
  • Micro/Kickboard USA
  • Planet Bike
  • Umi Childrens Shoes

Food & Hospitality

  • Ancora Coffee Roasters
  • Cook on Clay
  • Clock Shadow Creamery
  • Crema Cafe
  • Fromagination
  • Graze
  • Heritage Tavern
  • L’Etoile
  • Mad Maiden Shrub
  • Organic Valley
  • Sardine
  • Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board

Non-Profit

  • Center on Wisconsin Strategy
  • Gathering Waters
  • Madison Audubon Society
  • Midwest Environmental Advocates
  • National Council on Teacher Quality
  • New Visions for Public Schools
  • Paxis Institute
  • TNTP

Noteworthy

Along the way our work has been recognized locally and nationally by the likes of:

  • American Advertising Federation
  • American Fisheries Association
  • Brand New
  • Communication Arts
  • Graphis
  • Logolounge
  • Print Magazine
  • State of WI Docs
  • Wisconsin Interior Design Award