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There’s an old adage that the Shoemaker’s children always go barefoot. The best description I read was, “a skilled or knowledgeable person commonly neglects to give his own family the benefit of his expertise.”

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. 

Its a common problem in this industry. We create  brands and identities for outstanding companies, concept and design multi-media marketing campaigns, develop cutting-edge websites, and write content for a variety of mediums… like blogs… for our clients every day. 

Its what we do.
Its what we love.
Its what we’re good at.
Its also why we’re barefoot.
(Or at least why its taken over a month to draft a blog post of our own.)

Its a Catch 22 really. You see, we have these clients. Really great clients. And we’re lucky enough to collaborate on some really great projects through the year. And as your parents always told you, hard work pays off. In this case, it paid off in the form of another award-winning season for 427 Design. 

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Thank you to the members of the Akron Ad Federation for organizing such an amazing event, and congratulations to all of the winners of the evening! We are proud to rub elbows with such incredible talent. We feel so honored to be recognized by our peers, and to have been the winningest agency in Akron at the 2014 ADDY Awards.

Bringing home a total of eight Akron ADDY Awards, a Judge’s Choice Award and a Best in Printing Award from the Great Gatsby-themed event hosted at the beautiful Akron Civic Theater turns out to be just the beginning for our team. Three pieces have gone on to win Regional Gold ADDY Awards and will compete at the national level. This is the fourth time 427 Design will have work recognized at the National ADDY competition, something we are incredibly proud of.

Its a testament to the collaboration and trust of our clients, the vision and talent of our team and the collective creativity of the greater community. We are proud to call, sort of sunny, Akron our home. And we are looking forward to what the future brings for 427 Design here. Stay tuned for updates as we make another run for a National ADDY Award! 

2014 Akron ADDY Awards – Gold: 

The Bomb Shelter Poster
Client: The Bomb Shelter

Cloud Nine Cupcakes Logo
Client: Cloud Nine Cupcakes

Padua Franciscan High School Admissions Campaign
Client: Padua Franciscan High School

427 Design Open House VII Campaign
Self-Promotion

2104 Akron ADDYs – Silver

Diversified Disaster Recovery Video
Client: Diversified Digital

Fontoween Poster
Client: Myers School of Art, University of Akron

427 Design Thank You Cards
Self-Promotion

427 Design Open House VII Poster
Self-Promotion

(Click to view the pieces or visit our clients’ websites)

 

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Andrea

I resolve not to make New Years resolutions. I think it sets me up for failure from the start. I guess I just set my mind to want to make each year the best that I can. To try new things, to work hard, to spend quality time with the people that I love, to learn from all that has happened in the previous year and to grow in the new one. And I think as the years pass, I have done just that.

Justin

I made a New Years Resolution to never make NYE Resolutions again, and it’s worked out really well. 

Brad

Yes, I always want the New Year to be better than the last. This coming year I want to complete a sprint triathlon and do another death-defying backpack or climbing trip with my son.

Gwen

I don’t believe I’ve ever made one. If I did…I’ve forgotten about it.

Kyle

I don’t make New Year’s resolutions. I tried once. It was to stop eating so much junk food, and well…yeah.

Joe

No, and so, no.

Paul

Never made a resolution I can remember. I’m too cynical. Always seemed like a dumb reason to do something I should already be doing. 

Kevin

No.

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Andrea

Joe. He shares in my love of craft beer. So maybe there’s a mix-a-six in my future.

Justin

I hope it was Joe, because I think he’d ask Allie what to do. 

Brad

Kevin…because he knows nothing about me.

Gwen

Brad. It would probably be the least ridiculous and I could really use a kettle bell set at home.

Kyle

I know whoever pulled my name will get me something I will love and cherish, so I can’t say it matters who actually did.

Joe

Either Paul or Andrea, because he probably knows me best, and she would get me some good beer.

Paul

Kevin, because it’s his last shot at redemption.

Kevin

I hope Paul gets me a gift because we are besties and we are going to Dave & Busters after work to hang out and play games and drink beers. I feel so fortunate to have a great friend like him!!! He loves me. 

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Andrea

Elf has always been my favorite. Why? Well, I don’t really think this requires much of an explanation. Will Ferrell…in a giant elf costume. “The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!” However, I have a three-year-old and have recently been introduced to the Polar Express. So I guess that snuggling on the couch with my little nugget has probably made that my new favorite Christmas movie.

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Gwen

I love the movie How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It’s always been a tradition between my sisters and I to watch that movie the night before Christmas.

  

Justin

It’s a Wonderful Life and Christmas Vacation.  It’s a Wonderful Life because it’s charming and Mr. Potter is a hero to us all.  Christmas Vacation because, well… “shitter’s full”. 

Brad

Love Christmas Vacation…especially the cat chewing on the lights scene! Most of those who are closest to me will understand why.

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Die HardDie Hard is a Christmas classic.  They tried to recreate the magic in Die Hard 2: Die Harder, but it pales in comparison to the original.

Kyle

Home Alone (and Home Alone 2). I don’t think I need to explain why.

Joe

I’ve got to go with the classic A Christmas Story, but I also have a soft spot for those stop motion Rankin/Bass films from the 60’s. Who doesn’t love “The Bumble”? 

Kevin

I don’t like Christmas movies.

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Gwen

When I was about 8, my sisters and I opened a box that just had a key in it and were told to go look out back. When we went to check, there was a four-wheeler sitting on the deck!

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Probably the Ghostbusters Fire House. It was like the crown jewel of playsets, and provided me countless years of action figure mayhem. I think that came out in ‘87, which makes me three years old at the time. It was probably just as tall as I was.

 

 

Kyle

I guess the best Christmas gift has to be the only one I can remember right? I was 10. All my brothers and sisters had bikes of their own. I walked downstairs Christmas morning and BAM… Awesome Huffy 5-Speed bike with a speedometer and the gear shifter in the center of the handlebars. I still have it today actually.

Brad

Boy, that’s a tough one. So many great ones through the years. I’m going to have to say the one I haven’t received yet… My son Bryan, daughter Erin and wife Jamie are getting me hooked up with a really sweet Trek Domane 4 Series bike. It really pays to know people in high places (Bryan is an industrial designer for Trek.)

Paul

It was Christmas 1992. I was six and we spent Christmas morning in Ohio with my Grandma before driving nine hours home to New Jersey. Despite having already opened presents at Grandma’s, when we got home there were gifts aplenty under the tree. Highlights included the Crash Test Dummies Crash Test Center, which provided 101 ways to kill Crash Test Dummies, and a Creepy Crawlers machine. Probably the best Christmas ever.

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Andrea

When I was in sixth grade I wanted a Yo! MTV Raps leather jacket (don’t ask questions). I was certain it was my ticket to eternal, epic coolness. And sure enough, my parents totally bought it for me for Christmas. Then, tragedy struck. Before you could say “Downtown Julie Brown”, my aunt told my clueless, suburban, not-so-music-minded parents that Yo! MTV Raps was a rap/hip hop music show (evidently the name wasn’t telling) and they promptly returned it for something they deemed more “age appropriate”. Worst. Christmas. Ever.

Justin

BEST CHRISTMAS GIFT?!  Yeesh.  Hard one. I’ve been really lucky. So many people in my life have really paid attention the little things that make me… well, ME. so picking one gift out of so many awesome gestures is impossible.  From my mom and dad getting me my first set of tools which helped me with countless little projects… to my best friends giving me paintings they made, or drawings they created… to people giving me a really great song they think I might never have otherwise heard.  All of those things sort of just became a part of who I am. Those were, and I guess always will be, the best gifts I could ever get.  

NOW.  BEST GIFT GIVER?!  Man, that’s  Alexandra Charitan.  This is a person that I SWEAR thinks about Christmas ALL YEAR. And has to be, by far, the most endearing, thoughtful person at Christmas I’ve ever met. Every Christmas detail is always perfect and genuine. And I can’t not think about how awesome someone with that much heart makes christmas that much better.  Or. Worse, if you think of it as a competition, because you lose. 

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Nacho cheese. Two years ago, my mom wrapped up little packs of nacho cheese because I didn’t have very many presents that year and she wanted to get me multiple things. So she found them and thought they were cute. And I don’t even really like nacho cheese, so it was pretty random. I told her this year not to wrap up any food items. Its always a disappointment to get food. 

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