Founded, built and led a Minneapolis based digital creative agency for nearly eight years, focused on mobile & web experiences that truly engage. This is a sampling of the work we created over amazing run.
In 2012 we completely overhauled our website. It was not only fully responsive, but the entire site navigated on the Z axis through space, coming forward and backwards in the browser an a completely new and exiting way. While it was a team effort to make this beautiful site (still one of my all time favorite projects) a majority of the design was handled by our Senior Designer Bryan Kahrs and our Development Wizard Scott Agrimson.
Mighty Marks came to us to help not only create their entire brand, but to solve the problem of simplifying the process of registering a federal trademark… or at least creating website that helped simplify that process. We had a blast working with Matt to create what is, again, one of our all time favorite pieces. Another team effort, but design by our Senior Designer Bryan Kahrs and our Development Wizard Scott Agrimson.
We worked with Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) for a number of years, but it was in 2013 we were finally given the go-ahead to re-invent their mobile app. What resulted was a beautiful combination of news, streaming media, music and events in one cohesive interface that eliminated the clutter and got you at what you wanted faster. This lovely piece was architected by Courtney Deer, designed by Nikki Beckstead and Linsey Peterson.
Over the years, many of our staff had been MCAD Alumni, so we were honored when they selected us to re-design their intranet system for the coming school year. We spent time with all the internal team, understood their needs and pain points, as well as interviewed students to get an understanding of what they were looking for in a school wide instant system… basically, how could we get them to actually use it. The result was a beautiful piece that got at the heart of what students (and staff) needed at the tap of a finger (or click of a mouse, if you’re into that sort of thing). Architected by Courtney Deer, Designed by Nikki Beckstead.
Bon Iver was (and still is) one of my favorite musical acts. So when they approached us to re-create their web experience for their upcoming self-titled album, we jumped at the opportunity. Working around the premise that Justin wanted to create all the content for the site via his various social channels (instagram, twitter, tumblr), we build an extremely customized WordPress site to integrate content from all those channels. And since fans had created conceptual music videos for every song, we figured we’d tie into their YouTube channel and make a music player/full screen video background to share the lovely new tracks. This was a huge team effort,but the bulk of it was designed by Bryan Kahrs and developed by Jesse Ross.
Children don’t sleep at night. As a new father, this is something I know all too well. There are many reasons they don’t sleep, but one of them (as they get a little older) is their fear of the dark. This is something even I struggled with as a kiddo, so when our friends at mono came to us with a beautiful story about a brave little girl, we knew we wanted to bring this to life. We helped create an amazing little iPad storybook app that not only tells the tale of Penny Finds Her Brave, but has a built in Bravery-Detector™ and a cute night light to help the kiddos sleep. We also have first hand testimonial that the story and night light helped a friend’s little daughter sleep at night, which is probably all you could ever ask for in your career. Design and Illustration by Scott Agrimson with development from Jesse Ross.
We worked with Zumiez over the course of 2012 and 2013, but nothing more amazing came from the relationship than the 2012 Holiday campaign GiveGifs. They were promoting lenticular printed “Gif” cards at their stores, so we wanted to help create a supporting web experience that would be driven by a strong social campaign. What resulted was the most insane animated GIF-card making tool ever created. We updated with the various holiday seasons (Yes, we even did President’s day) and, per the client’s request, made at least one vomiting holiday themed character per update. There were thousands upon thousands of entries to the gallery and we couldn’t have been more proud to have made something more disturbingly amazing than this. Architected by Courtney Deer, Design by Bryan Kahrs, Nikki Beckstead and Linsey Peterson, Development by Jesse Ross and Scott Agrimson.