Philosophy

philosophy

We think research is essential to understanding. So we work hard to educate ourselves on your business, products, services and competition.

Because design can incite emotions and sustain attention, it is typically a major part of every engagement we take on. Also, since bigger is rarely better, we have intentionally kept our firm independent and small in order to preserve our working ethos and avoid the kind of bureaucracy that often clouds perceptions and stifles energy. We know that every application of a communications strategy – be it advertising, press releases, environmental signage, marketing collateral, product design or web design – must strengthen the brand in your audience’s mind. And that’s what gets us out of bed every morning – to connect people with brands and businesses.

INSIGHTFUL
Knowledge is the most fertile soil for germinating creativity. Insightful research is the prerequisite of understanding. To ensure the successful creation, re-positioning or revitalization of every client's brand identity and business, we begin with a thorough investigation and analysis of the company's business practices, people, culture, competitors, industry and, most importantly, its customers. Such rigorous and objective analysis is indispensable for identifying the key issues and challenges that inform our work.
CREATIVE
Brilliant design is essential in generating understanding, inciting emotion and sustaining attention. That is why design is a major part of every project we take on. Design's vocabulary is both graphic and editorial, working in concert. Our goal is to compose and express ideas memorably in ways consistent with our client's desires, aspirations and objectives. And from conception through execution, we strive to create original work without precedent.
INDEPENDENT
Independent consultancy. We are intentionally independent. It allows us to stay focused and remain attentive to our clients' needs. We only take on a very select and limited number of client engagements each year so that we have time to fully immerse ourselves in the project at hand, attend to the smallest details and ultimately astonish our clients with what our team creates and delivers. Moreover, we even endeavor to design the nature of our projects by working with only the kind of forward-thinking people who demand the same standards of excellence in us that they expect for themselves.
COLLABORATIVE
Creative cross-pollination and diversity of thinking. Unlike most creative firms and professional service providers, we do not limit ourselves to our own thinking, nor do we focus exclusively on merely our own point-of-view. We realize there is much talent and know-how outside our own firm. Because every client has unique needs and special requirements, we draw upon the talent and expertise of many external partners, peers, academics, intellects and artists to assist in sharpening our perspectives and developing truly inspired ideas. We then attempt to execute them as flawlessly as possible. Our people - both the core team and our extensive pool of outside collaborators - are what make it possible for us to consistently achieve superior results. This allows for creative cross-pollination of ideas - an idea whose time has come (back).
IMPARTIAL
A discipline-neutral approach to solving our clients' problems and broadening their opportunities. That means that we do not have any 'favorite' strategy, tactic, media or discipline. Instead, we strive to be open-minded, vigilant and use only those tools required by a specific client in a specific context. As was once said, "When your only tool is a hammer, everything tends to look like a nail."