New York, New York — August 7, 2014
After redesigning Adage.com, the AREA 17 leadership team provides design insight for all.
In February of 2014, Advertising Age officially launched their redesigned site. We were honored to be their design partner on this extensive project that also encompassed a re-imagined Creativity website. But our partnership didn’t end there. Over the last three months, AREA 17 director of product, Phil Jeffs, and partners George Eid and Kemp Attwood have all contributed articles to the new AdAge.com, outlining some of the core philosophy guiding the agency’s approach to design and the business of design.
Eid led things off on May 12th with a revelatory look at what you, as a client, should look for in an interactive agency like AREA 17. 5 Things Your Interactive Agency Should be Doing for You presents the basics for finding an agency that is just right for you and your business.
Is your interactive agency doing everything in its power to make your projects—and business—successful? How do you know?
On June 12th Jeffs followed this up with Incubating Your Own Products: Insane or Smart? documenting AREA 17’s own trials and tribulations with launching and running our own products such as Krrb Classifieds. Jeffs lays out five things to consider if you are looking to jump into entrepreneurship.
Developing a new product takes time, focus and the ability to go into it with your eyes open. Yet when handled the right way, the payoff can be huge.
And on July 16th, Attwood finished the three part series by publishing Five Ways Good Design Can Help Your Business. The frank look at why design matters to everything you do as a business highlights the successes of two giants of design, Google and Apple, as well as the hurdles they’ve had to climb in order to push design to the forefront of their enterprises.
In an increasingly competitive business landscape, design is the new battleground and the success of your business depends on it.
As we continue to work with Advertising Age in a myriad of ways, we’re excitedly hatching plans to continue to contribute to the editorial vision of this stalwart of the publishing world. Watch out!
Montevideo, Uruguay — June 4, 2014
At Ruby Conf 2014 in Uruguay, Technology Director, Luis Lavena, got quite a surprise…
We are lucky at AREA 17 to have the opportunity to say thank you to Technology Director, Luis Lavena, on a daily — if not hourly — basis. We’ve also been known to frequently ask WWLD (What Would Luis Do?) Or, in Developer, Mike Byrne’s parlance, IWIKWLWD. That is, “I Wish I Knew What Luis Would Do.” Or even, as Product Director, Phil Jeffs, bluntly puts it, IHIDHTALTFTFDBAITTTT — “I Hope I Don’t Have to Ask Luis to Fix This f*&#$^@ Diverged Branch Again. It’s the Third Time Today.”
I Wish I Knew What Luis Would Do.
But not everyone is so fortunate to have ready access to Luis, the maintainer of RubyInstaller, for which he won the Ruby Hero award in 2010. So when the Ruby Conf Uruguay rolled around this past May, Luis’ geographically far flung contemporaries jumped at the chance to thank our resident Ruby expert for his years of guidance and support of the Ruby community.
In a video screened live as an unwitting Luis looked on, everyone from Zachary Scott to Santiago Pastorino, Michael Martens, Aaron Patterson and T.J. Schuck took a moment to tell Luis how much he’s meant to their work. “I really was surprised and a bit embarrassed,” Luis explains. “But as the video played, I got a bit more emotional listening to the stories of how I’ve helped. It really was great!”
If you’ve also missed your opportunity to thank Luis for his hefty contributions to the Ruby community, don’t sweat it. You can always tweet him and say hello (or even ask a question!) — we’ll make sure he gets the message!
Austin, Texas — March 5, 2014
Join us as SXSW to discuss the complex and sometimes absurd world of online intellectual property rights
We are convinced that Craigslist is engaging in anticompetitive business practices by using the pretext of breach of contract as a way to divest a copyright holder of his or her exclusive rights of copyright. In blocking users from promoting their own posts on any other website, Craigslist is attempting to weaken their competitors and maintain its dominance.
How can intellectual property law cover such a wide spectrum when so many issues do not even involve copyrightable material? Case in point: who owns the copyright to Ellen DeGeneres famous Oscar 2014 selfie? Sure it was her camera and her Instagram feed … but Bradley Cooper actually snapped the photo. According to Los Angeles-area entertainment lawyer Ethan Kirschner, “Historically, it’s always been the person who pressed the shutter who’s technically the person that owns copyright.” Oy!
If you find yourself at SXSW Interactive 2014, join us for the panel to discuss this hot topic, examining content policies on the web, how copyright law is failing users and ways we can change the course.
- George Eid, Krrb.com, Founder/CEO
- Greg Kidd, 3taps, Founder/CEO
- Keven Burton, Spinn3r, CEO
- Paul Cloutier, JPG Magazine, Cofounder
Come early cause it’s gonna be packed! Ha, we hope. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the only one. But come anyway!
New York, NY — February 3, 2014
Facebook’s users show why connecting online can mean so much.
Can you remember what life was like before Facebook? Sure, you can. But it gets harder and harder with each passing year. 2014 officially marks Facebook’s 10-year anniversary. To celebrate a decade of posting, sharing and liking, AREA 17 was engaged to create Facebook Ten Stories, a special feature on Facebook Stories, Facebook’s original content site. AREA 17 is the agency behind the design of the site as a whole and recently completed a redesign to create a more editorial experience. This Ten Stories feature highlights 10 of the most fascinating stories of Facebook users told through video, photo stories and essays, that live on the new custom landing page. Within this birthday “package” of 10, two dramatic stories are further called out, each with a wholly unique experience unto itself, bringing the reader deeper into the words and feelings of the stories.
“Kimmy and Will” is an inspirational tale of private messages and status updates helping a couple’s love persevere through tragedy. The web experience uses Facebook’s iconic maps and status boxes to unroll the history of Kimmy & Will’s relationship. Pins and hash-lines chart the couple’s globe-trotting travels, while Facebook life events and posted ‘selfies’ paint the history of their time together.
“Twinsters” follows the diverging, then intersecting, paths of Anais & Samantha, two sisters separated at birth and reunited through a single, momentous Facebook post. The story follows a twisting color-coded helix as it glides downward, spotlighting individual profound moments of their shared discovery of being twins.
This collection of stories is an impactful example of how connecting through the web today is not only an incredible advancement in technology, but a powerful and meaningful method of human expression and interaction.
by Michael Evamy
Laurence King Publishing
Contemporary graphic design
by Michael Evamy
Laurence King Publishing