milk* Launches New Branding for ZOOM E-Cigs

milk* an Advertising/Branding Agency, based in South Norwalk, was tasked with creating and launching new ZOOM E-Cigs, “the most true-to-smoking experience in the rapidly developing electronic cigarette category.”

2013: The Year in Events

UNORDERED LIST | 2.11.14

2013: The Year in Events

2013 was another great year for events from Connecticut’s leading creative professional organizations. Events touched on relevant topics in design and business, celebrating superlative work and careers, and exploring art and culture outside of our nine-to-five box.

Coworking and the Creative Corridor

Coworking spaces — and the collaboration and connections they provide — are become more and more important. We take a look at four of these spaces and how they are contributing to the burgeoning Connecticut Creative Corridor initiative.

Entering the Workforce 2

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS | 6.6.13

Entering the Workforce 2

As a follow-up to one of our most popular articles, we talk to three new recent graduates — from the best design schools in Connecticut, now employed at some of the top agencies and companies in Connecticut.

Connecticut Wins Big in American Graphic Design Awards 2012

This year’s American Graphic Design Awards showcased nearly a thousand winning pieces from more than 8,000 entries in more than a dozen categories. Remarkably, “almost 10% of all winners were from Connecticut,” GD USA tells us. We talk to some of Connecticut’s top winners.

Adams & Knight Delivers MomMe App<br />for Hartford Hospital

Hartford Hospital teamed up with Adams & Knight to create the MomMe app, which features functionality that every mom-to-be and current parent would want to use, to keep track of anything from fertility calendars to feeding schedules to doctor appointments.

SASD’s New Student Magazine, Document:

Greg Chinn, a professor at SASD, University of Bridgeport, came to Emily Larned, the Graphic Design Department Chair, with the idea of starting an “international culture journal,” produced by the students. After much blood, sweat and tears, the first issue launches this month, and we thought it would be a good time to check in with them on how they got here and what’s next.

2012: The Year in Events

UNORDERED LIST | 12.27.12

2012: The Year in Events

2012 was a great year for events from Connecticut’s leading creative professional organizations. Events touched on relevant topics in design and business, celebrating superlative work and careers, and exploring art outside of our nine-to-five box.

New Leadership for Connecticut’s Professional Organizations

This September is unique in that AIGA Connecticut, CADC and the Advertising Club of Connecticut have all announced new leadership at the same time. We thought it would be a great time to check in with the organizations — and their new leaders in particular.

Connecticut Agencies Giving Back

Connecticut creative agencies are a philanthropic bunch, giving back to the community and to causes and non-profits near and dear to their hearts. We talk with a handful of them about how they select causes and non-profits and why they feel it’s important to give back.

2011: The Year in Events

UNORDERED LIST | 2.1.12

2011: The Year in Events

2011 was another great year for events from Connecticut’s leading creatives and creative professional organizations — here are some of the highlights. All remain relevant in the new year, as most if not all are continuing the dialogue and creativity through sequel events in 2012.

Entering the Workforce

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS | 1.25.12

Entering the Workforce

We talk to five recent graduates — from the best design schools in Connecticut, now employed at some of the top agencies and companies in Connecticut.

Making the Leap

ONE QUESTION | 11.15.11

Making the Leap

Perhaps every creative’s dream is to make the leap and start their own agency or one-man shop. We asked a bunch of Connecticut creatives this intentionally vague question: What was the defining moment in starting your own agency?

MCSAAC Launches New Campaign by CO:LAB

SEEN & NOTED | 11.10.11

MCSAAC Launches New Campaign by CO:LAB

The Middlesex County Substance Abuse Action Council (MCSAAC) recently launched a new media campaign with the help of CO:LAB. The theme? “Join the Majority of Parents Who Say ‘No’ to Underage Drinking.”

Design Entrepreneurship in Connecticut

UNORDERED LIST | 10.27.11

Design Entrepreneurship in Connecticut

Many Connecticut creative professionals are dabbling in one-of-a-kind, handmade and short run products; their unique skill set allows them to not only create but also brand and promote their ideas, and maintain creative control. We take a look at a handful of designers and the shops they’ve set up.

Lucky Duck: Bringing Letterpress Back

STUDIO TOURS | 9.23.11

Lucky Duck: Bringing Letterpress Back

Letterpress comes back home to Connecticut, as Lucky Duck Press of Winsted opens up shop.

Another Season of Agency Website Relaunches

Fall brings a new batch of agency website relaunches, this time for Fathom, The Pita Group, Bligh Graphics, Signature Advertising and Response.

Marketing The Big E

SEEN & NOTED | 9.19.11

Marketing The Big E

As The Big E opens up for another season, we thought we’d explore the marketing materials behind it and talk to their agency of record, Mascola Group in New Haven.

Paul Pita: An Interview by Amy Graver

TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE | 6.18.11

Paul Pita: An Interview by Amy Graver

Elements’ Amy Graver chatted with Paul Pita, principal and executive director of Pita Group, on balancing family and work, and how the agency has grown and expanded in the last 15 years.

Paul Rand’s CADC logo

BEHIND THE DESIGN | 6.8.11

Paul Rand’s CADC logo

Perhaps the greatest designer of the 20th century, Paul Rand left his mark on Connecticut and the CADC.

Outthink Repositions Ivoryton Playhouse<br />For Its Second Century

Outthink of Essex recently launched a rebrand of the Ivoryton Playhouse, playing off their rich history to create inspired messaging and visuals.

Hiring Habits: Grant Copeland

HIRING HABITS | 5.13.11

Hiring Habits: Grant Copeland

Grant Copeland, President & Chief Creative Officer at Worx Branding & Advertising in Prospect, shares his thoughts on getting his attention, getting an interview, and getting the job.

A Resonant Voice in<br />Connecticut Design Education

THE CONNCREATIVES INTERVIEW | 4.6.11

A Resonant Voice in
Connecticut Design Education

Mark Snyder is Associate Professor in the Visual Communication Design program at the Hartford Art School, University of Hartford, and runs the design consultancy object|resonance with partner Kevin Sepe.

Studio Tour: Gabardine

STUDIO TOURS | 4.6.11

Studio Tour: Gabardine

Gabardine opened up shop in 2009, on the Post Road in Westport, creating a space that reflected their brand personality — open, inviting, calm and creative.

Hiring Habits: Darryl Ohrt

HIRING HABITS | 3.14.11

Hiring Habits: Darryl Ohrt

Darryl Ohrt, “Prime Minister of Awesome” at Humongo in Danbury, shares his thoughts on how to use social media to score that dream job — and maybe even the dreamiest job of all at Humongo itself.

Children’s Books Inspire Don Carter

UNORDERED LIST | 3.11.11

Children’s Books Inspire Don Carter

As Don Carter works on a series of exhibits spotlighting Connecticut children’s book illustrators, he gives us the ten illustrators that inspired his own work.

Exhibit: Logos & Marks

EXHIBIT | 3.4.11

Exhibit: Logos & Marks

EXHIBIT: LOGOS & MARKS is a compendium of logos
and marks designed by Connecticut agencies, curated by conncreatives.com.

Connecticut’s “People to Watch”

HONORS & AWARDS | 2.23.11

Connecticut’s “People to Watch”

For nearly five decades, Graphic Design USA starts off the year with their list of People To Watch. We check in with six winners in the last decade.

Studio Tour: The Bananaland

STUDIO TOURS | 2.14.11

Studio Tour: The Bananaland

The Bananaland, a boutique design agency headed by Marcella Kovac, took space at the Arcade in Bridgeport in November of 2010 as part of the city’s downtown revival.

Cronin Launches Campaign With Heart

SEEN & NOTED | 2.5.11

Cronin Launches Campaign With Heart

Cronin and Company of Glastonbury have created an engaging brand campaign focused on what it feels like to be an Amica customer. The campaign launched January 17, with two 30-second and two 15-second television spots.

Think Launches Two New Websites

SEEN & NOTED | 2.5.11

Think Launches Two New Websites

Think Creative Group, a full-service agency in New Haven, launched two new high-profile websites in recent months, for New Haven’s Long Wharf Theatre and The Greater Hartford Regional School Choice Office.

10 Years of the CADC Student Conference

As the Conference enters its second decade, we get a brief history from three people who were there at the beginning: Paul Pita, Jack Tom and John Gibson.

Karl and kHyal’s 2010 Events Wrap-Up

UNORDERED LIST | 1.31.11

Karl and kHyal’s 2010 Events Wrap-Up

When they are not throwing their own events, salons and workshops under the PUSH umbrella, kHyal and Karl Heine are supporting the creative community by attending a mind-blowing number of events. They agreed to give a summary of some of their favorite Connecticut events of 2010 as only they could.

Studio Tour: Elements

STUDIO TOURS | 1.20.11

Studio Tour: Elements

On August 1 of 2010, Elements moved from their studio on Grand Avenue in New Haven to their new Main Street location in Branford — a perfect fit for who they are and how they work.

Studio Tour: Taylor Design

STUDIO TOURS | 1.18.11

Studio Tour: Taylor Design

A visual tour through Taylor Design’s new office space on 247 Main Street, Stamford — a renovated 1920s loft that breeds collaboration.

Four Connecticut Agencies Launch New Websites

An agency is often its own worst client, making the execution and launch of its own website a particularly painful process. Which makes the relaunching of four state creative agencies in recent months all the more notable.

Connecticut Agencies Are Blogging

SEEN & NOTED | 5.27.10

Connecticut Agencies Are Blogging

At one time, it was said, “every business needs a website.” Today, it’s “every business needs a blog.” With many feeling forced and bandwagonesque, a handful of Connecticut agencies have found a voice that resonates.

Silver Creative Group Launches 505w37.com

Silver Creative Group in South Norwalk has just launched a new website for a construction luxury rental building in Midtown West / Manhattan.

Bertz Design Group Helps Launch Nurtur

Bertz Design Group of Middletown recently helped launch Nurtur — a health and wellness enterprise, the merger of two established companies — which they named, branded and positioned.

Plaid Becomes Humongo

SEEN & NOTED | 3.10.10

Plaid Becomes Humongo

The agency formerly known as Plaid has been acquired by Source Marketing (an MDC Partners company) and will now become… Humongo.

Emily Larned: Content, Form and Process

THE CONNCREATIVES INTERVIEW | 9.27.09

Emily Larned: Content, Form and Process

From self-publishing to Wesleyan to letterpress to Yale to designer and educator, Emily Larned’s journey has been far from traditional… We talk to Emily about her fascinating story.

Moving Beyond Your BFA

EMERGING PROFESSIONALS | 7.18.08

Moving Beyond Your BFA

While there are many reasons to pursue an advanced degree, most designers face the same question: Can I afford to invest the time & money? Do I have the drive & desire? And what will ultimately be the return on such an investment?

Aaron Kotowski: Images You Feel

THE CONNCREATIVES INTERVIEW | 7.3.08

Aaron Kotowski: Images You Feel

From his studio in New Haven, Aaron Kotowski utilizes media from large format photography to the latest digital technology to render the most dynamic and creative images possible.

NEWSBRIEFS

Connecticut Agencies Named 2014 Best Places to Work

Three Hartford-area agencies were recently named among the 2014 Best Places to Work in Connecticut. Created by the Hartford Business Journal and Best Companies Group, the state-wide survey identifies, recognizes, and honors the best 35 employers that are benefitting Connecticut’s economy and workforce. Making the list were Adams & Knight in Avon, Primacy in Farmington, and Worx Branding & Advertising in Prospect.

Norwalk's Tim Mara is a GD USA 2014 Student to Watch

Tim Mara, now an art director at TracyLocke in Wilton, made the list of Graphic Design USA’s 2014 Students to Watch. Tim earned his BFA in Graphic Design at The College of Saint Rose and now resides in Norwalk.

Taylor Design Wins in the 2013 HOW International Design Awards

HOW Magazine announced that work done by Taylor Design has been chosen as a winner in the 2013 HOW International Design Awards. The winning entries include the Sarah Lawrence College Admissions Poster, designed by Hannah Fichandler and illustrated by Vaughn Fender; the 2013 Taylor Design Holiday Calendar, designed by Steve Habersang and illustrated by Vaughn Fender; and the Greenwich Academy Case Statement, art directed by Hannah Fichandler and designed by Steph Mullins Baumer. The winners will be recognized in the March 2014 issue of HOW Magazine.

Kim Ronemus Design's Studio Featured in How Magazine

Kim Ronemus Design‘s repurposed-service-station-now-design-studio caught the eye of HOW magazine and was awarded one of “Five Most Creative Workspaces in the Northeast.” The office was originally the first gas station in town and remained in service until the ’70s. Vestiges of that previous life have been maintained and can be seen in everything from the building’s cement floors to the aluminum paint. “It has a great industrial vibe to it,” says Kim Ronemus, principal.

Dornenburg Group Is Now Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising

Dornenburg Group is now Dornenburg Kallenbach Advertising, a full-service advertising and marketing communications agency located in Bloomfield. “2013 marks the agency’s 19th anniversary and we thought this was a good time to make some changes,” says President and Creative Director Jeff Dorenenburg. “Our new name recognizes the key role that Tod Kallenbach has played during the eight years since he joined our team. Tod’s inspiration and business acumen are integral to our company, and we plan to continue growing the business for many more years to come.” With ther new name comes a new logo, a new look and a new website.

Cronin and Company Promotes Wayne Raicik to Senior Vice President, Creative Director

Wayne Raicik has been promoted from vice president, associate creative director to senior vice president, creative director at Cronin and Company in Glastonbury. Raicik initially worked at the agency from 1984 to 1988 as art director. He later returned in 1997 as senior art director. He has served as vice president, associate creative director for the past four years. “Wayne has been the creative conscience for the agency for 19 years,” says Steve Wolfberg, principal and chief creative officer of Cronin. “He’s a passionate protector of the Cronin brand, making sure that everything we create is as good as it can be.” As senior vice president, creative director, Raicik is responsible for directing and overseeing all aspects of creative at the agency. Over the years, Raicik has won numerous awards for his creative work. Prior to Cronin, Raicik was senior art director at Mintz & Hoke. He holds a degree in illustration from Syracuse University.

Madison|Mott Celebrate 13 Years in Business

Madison|Mott of South Norwalk celebrate thirteen years in business, with a new website and a blog post by co-owner Luke Scott. “Through it all, we’ve endured, and evolved. We even changed our name, to better represent the way in which our firm, and distinctly different partner personalities, provide clients with a better balance of all this new technology, coupled with the classic advertising techniques required to build and sustain a successful brand.”

Ken DeLago of Wilton Featured in Communication Arts Typography Annual

Ken DeLago of Wilton, Design Director at Golf Digest / Condé Nast, has made it into the Communication Arts Typography Annual for his identity for Hertz Construction Company. Said Ken of the mark: “A two-man construction team makes up Hertz and the two Cs in the logo do double duty as the CC in Construction Company as well as representing the two men involved. The negative space creates the ‘H’ in Hertz. The stencil effect on the hand-drawn letters create a building block motif.”