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While visiting Pennsylvania Amish country in the 1970s, Alan Siegel, founder and chairman emeritus of global brand strategy, design and experience agency Siegel+Gale, saw a sign that struck a chord. It read: simple is smart.
In 1982, Portland-based friends and colleagues Dan Wieden and David Kennedy ditched their former advertising agency to launch their own, with just one client: Nike.
The careers of Fritz Mesenbrink and Jeremy Pelley, co-founders of Portland-based creative agency OMFGCO have dovetailed for years
(600 employees + over 208,000 beautiful square feet don’t hurt.)
“The big corporate agency mentality was frustrating us,” says Fred Weaver, of his decision to start Tank, a design and communications agency in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with co-founder David Warren in 1994. “There was this idea that smart people think and solve problems, then pony up a design team to ‘decorate’ the solution. But for us, design is much more powerful than graphic decoration. It’s actually a way of thinking.”
When the farm-to-table movement swept over San Francisco’s culinary landscape several years ago, Christina Stembel couldn’t help but notice the flowers gracing the tables of her favorite restaurants: “I kept thinking, ‘why are there ugly carnations on the tables, when everything else is so visually pleasing and locally sourced?’ ”
Funny how five concise words can sum up the mindset of Wolff Olins, the global brand consultancy founded by Michael Wolff and Wally Olins in London in 1965.
While IDEO, the wildly innovative design firm founded by David Kelley in Silicon Valley in 1991, has since grown to 10 offices around the world, there’s one location even the most diehard design nuts are a bit surprised by: Boston.
For Soung Wiser, the founder and creative director of The General Design Company in Washington, DC, collaborating with local restaurants and culinary talent on branding and design is a no-brainer.