11/14/18 By:

Get to know Ryn

Tell us a little bit about your background. (Where did you grow up? What were you like as a child? Fondest childhood memory?)

 I grew up in Milwaukee (yes the actual city, not a suburb) in a little house with my parents and five siblings. I was a total nerd as a kid; my sister and I used to ride our bikes all around the city trying to find the best library.

What is your educational background?

I got my Bachelors in Advertising from Marquette University with a double minor in Psychology and Design in the Communication Arts, the latter which I got from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. My Masters is in Visual Communication Design from Kent State.

What about college?

I kept pretty busy in college. I was an RA for a few years, joined a sorority (Alpha Xi Delta) and worked just about every job I could fit into my schedule.

Three words to describe you:

Improviser. Level-headed. Optimistic.

Favorite Social Media:

Reddit.

My go-to party trick:

I can lace my fingers up to make a snake head.

What was your first impression of 427 Design?

Super cool. I’ve seen very sterile-looking design firms and with all the art and weird shit lying around I could tell this place was anything but that.

What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Ten?

My main goal is to have my student loans paid off.

Favorite word?

Lozenge.

Least favorite word?

Moist. It should only ever be used to describe cake and THAT’S IT.

What sound do you love?

The sound of coffee being made.

What sound do you hate?

The low-battery beep of a smoke detector.

What is your favorite curse word?

“Fuck.” It’s so multipurpose, you can use it for anything.

What inspires you, and why?

I’m inspired by all the awesome things other people have made, and the solutions they came up with to get their message across.

What is something that no one would ever believe to be true about you?

Both my ears are prosthetic. No one would believe it because it’s not true.

What is a major life dream you hope to accomplish?

As I don’t really have one. I always go the direction that makes me happy, so I try to live in the moment and not focus to much on how the future is going to be.

Best Advice:

Never withhold love. – My Dad

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Hot Pockets.

Do you have any pet peeves?

When people don’t use their blinker.

What turns you on? / What turns you off?

Being able to take joke / Name dropping.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt? / What profession would you not like to do?

Police Officer / Anything in insurance

If I won a million dollars…..

I’d pay off all my student loans & any family debts, then just quietly keep doing what I’m doing. Except in like, a really nice house.

What inspired me to do what I do…

I actually wanted to be a baker and my mom talked me out of it because I am the epitome of “not a morning person,” so I decided to go with my other favorite thing: design.

Something that really baffles me…

Flat-Earthers

If I could have a super power it would be…

Teleportation. Boring meeting? Gone. Stuck in traffic? Already at home. Somehow found yourself in a Walmart? Just blip right out of there.

 

10/23/18 By:

Get to know Josh

 

Tell us a little bit about your background. (Where did you grow up? What were you like as a child? Fondest childhood memory?)

I grew up in the Chapel Hill area of Akron. When I was a child, I made up stories and drew pictures all the time. I always knew I wanted to do art for a living. My favorite thing to do growing up was going to Cedar Point and Geauga Lake. I used to design roller coasters all the time.

What about college?

In college I worked as a server and bartender. This helped me to get over my shyness and steered me into one of my favorite hobbies, craft beer.  I traveled with friends, worked hard, and had a great college experience.

What is your educational background?

I was accepted into the APS Magnet Arts program at Miller South when I was 11 and continued through high school graduation from Firestone; winning several awards along the way for art. One year I won a trip to Washington D.C.. Afterwards, I graduated from Kent State with a Bachelors in Visual Communication Design minoring in Photo Illustration. In 2013, I, along with my team, received an AIGA Judge’s Choice Award for a website. While living in Chicago, I taught illustration and photography at a little studio. Recently I have completed Codecademy’s front-end developer program and am continuing developing skills as a web developer.

Three words to describe you:

Thinker. Creative. Witty.

Favorite Social Media:

Facebook

What was your first impression of 427 Design?

I could tell right away that this group created high quality work and had fun doing it.

What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Ten?

I hope to take my web skills to a higher level in the next five years. In ten years I would love to have published several books; both novels and children’s books.

Favorite word?

Chiaroscuro

Least favorite word?

Bae

What sound do you love?

Crickets

What sound do you hate?

Slam Poetry

What is your favorite curse word?

It’s not about the word, but the placement and timing.

What inspires you, and why?

Neil DeGrasse Tyson inspires me as both a scientist and communicator.

What is on your “Bucket List”?

To see more of Europe. I’ve been to Iceland and Ukraine so far.

What is something that no one would ever believe to be true about you?

I’m an aspiring singer/ song writer

What is a major life dream you hope to accomplish?

Publish a book or release a documentary.

Best Advice:

Never stop learning and exploring.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Alanis Morrisette

Do you have any pet peeves?

People who don’t use their turn signal.

What turns you on? / What turns you off?

Turn on— Deep, interesting conversation.
Turn off— Small talk

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt? / What profession would you not like to do?

I would like to get into Psychology. I find it fascinating.
I wouldn’t want to serve or bartend again.

If I won a million dollars…..

I would try to invest in real estate then travel, write, and make documentaries.

What inspired me to do what I do…

Amazing illustrators like Ezra Jack Keats and Chris Van Allsburg.

Something that really baffles me…

Why Astrology is still a thing.

If I could have a super power it would be…

Psychic abilities

10/19/18 By:

Meet our Summer Intern Sid

 

Tell us a little bit about your background. (Where did you grow up? What were you like as a child? Fondest childhood memory?)

I grew up in what is affectionately referred to as the “Gem City” aka Dayton Ohio.  I think I must have been an annoying child due to my affinity for always asking too many questions… and I was also mostly covered in dirt at any given time.

One of my fondest childhood memories was waking up on my birthday to discover a new sleeping jack russel terrier puppy by my side.

What is your educational background?

I started off in the pursuit of a degree in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences with a concentration in Pharmacogenomics, after several years I decided to go back to school to pursue a Graphic Design degree with the hopes of integrating both fields into my work. I am currently interested in the Biomimicry PHD program offered by The University of Akron.

Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? What were you like?

I grew up in a suburb of Dayton called Riverside.  As a youth I was a rambunctious and incurable prankster.

What about college?

I started off at Wright State University and Sinclair Community College. For Graphic Design I currently attend The University of Akron.

Three words to describe you:

Determined, Focused, and Anxious.

Favorite Social Media:

FarmersOnly.com

What was your first impression of 427 Design?

An eclectic mix of weird and wonderful artistic people that produce some of the best work in the Akron area.

What do you love most about being an intern for 427 Design?

Everyone is very kind and helpful if you have any design concerns or questions. They all have areas of expertise that make for an extremely well rounded firm.  Also, the snack game is on point.

Favorite word?

Sternocleidomastoid.

Least favorite word?

“Whatever” or the phrase “It is what it is”

What sound do you love?

An inappropriately timed slide whistle.

What sound do you hate?

Screaming children

What is your favorite curse word?

“AHH Horse Shit!”

What inspires you, and why?

Experimental underground animation is something I’ve always enjoyed as it offers a look into topics often unexplored or overlooked by major animation studios.

What is on your “Bucket List”?

Buckets

What is something that no one would ever believe to be true about you?

My age (or the fact that I have two webbed toes on each foot)

What is a major life dream you hope to accomplish?

To develop new advancements in Augmented and Virtual Reality using design and human-brain interfacing.

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Memes

Do you have any pet peeves?

Condescension

What turns you on? / What turns you off?

Meaningful conversation. Apathy and Complacence.

What profession, other than your own, would you like to attempt? / What profession would you not like to do?

If I didn’t decide to pursue design or biology, I would have liked to have been an engineer. The worst profession that I could think of would a be meat cleaner at a slaughter house.

If I won a million dollars…..

I would invest in my own business.

What inspired me to do what I do…

The love of art and illustration.

Something that really baffles me…

Hatred and Intolerance.

If I could have a super power it would be…

Invisibility

11/07/17 By:

Get to Know Shelby

Get to know our newest designer, Shelby:

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Where did you grow up, your childhood memories, ya know, the early years.

I am originally from Hubbard, Ohio. My summers were spent outside riding dirt bikes, swimming and playing basketball. In the winter I spent most of my time playing video games.

Where did you go to school?

I went to Youngstown State University for Graphic Design.

So now 427 has two penguins!

Three words to describe you:

Honest. Hard-working. Independent.

Favorite Quote:

“You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” — Winnie the Pooh

What do you like to listen to?

I listen to everything except country usually on Pandora or Soundcloud.

What was your first impression of 427 Design?

“I want to work here.”

What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Ten?

To continue becoming a better designer and keep learning new things.

 If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Teleportation.

Favorite word?

Guacamole!

Least favorite word?

Can’t.

What sound do you love?

When a basketball swishes through the net.

What sound do you hate?

When people talk with a bubble in their throat.

What is your favorite curse word?

The bad ones.

What is your favorite Seal song?

Kiss from a Rose.

What is on your “Bucket List”?

Attend the World Cheese Dip festival in Little Rock, Arkansas.

What inspires you, and why?

Good design because it makes me want to become a better designer.

 

05/30/17 By:

Get to Know Our New Intern: Rachel

 

Tell us a little bit about your background.

I grew up in Hudson, Ohio but my fondest memories were taking trips to South Carolina and driving around in golf carts and spending time with family.

What is your educational background?

I graduated from Hudson High School in 2014 and I’m going to enter my senior year at Ohio University next fall where I’m majoring in Interactive Design through the School of Visual Communication.

Three words to describe you:

Dedicated. Loyal. Calm.

Favorite Quote:

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”- Socrates

What’s on your iPod?

Every one of Beyoncé’s albums, and a lot of pop and rap.

So, what brings you to 427 Design?

Webtern for the summer!

What was your first impression of 427 Design?

“This is a really cool space.”

What do you love most about being an intern for 427 Design?

Being able to collaborate in big projects starting from day one.

Favorite Movie? Food? Book?

Favorite movie: 13 Going on 30

Favorite food: A pick-two cup of chicken noodle soup and Thai chicken salad from Panera.

Favorite book: Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Shapeshifting, that way I can shift into any super hero I want.

Favorite word?

Cool!

Least favorite word?

Righteous

What sound do you love?

A Keurig making my tea in the morning.

What sound do you hate?

Obnoxious laugh tracks on TV shows.

What is your favorite curse word?

Any of them will do when I’m mad.

What is something that no one would ever believe to be true about you?

I absolutely love musicals.

What inspires you, and why?

I’m inspired by people who have succeeded in the design/tech industry. It’s reassuring to look up to someone who has been in your shoes as a student and see them come so far creatively and professionally.

What is a major life dream you hope to accomplish?

Be happy and successful in my career choice.

What is on your “Bucket List”?

Practice my French skills abroad.

02/14/17 By:

Get to Know: Hari Gwyn Tidswell

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So, you win the award for the intern with the longest commute. Tell us about where you’re from and how you ended up here with us.

I am from a small town called Penmaenmawr in Wales which is in the United Kingdom. (Not England). I was looking for graphic design companies to intern with and stumbled across 427 Design. I have friends in the Akron area so it really all just fell into place.

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What were you like as a child? Any great stories worth sharing with us?

As you know, I grew up in Penmaenmawr, a village of 2,000 people. I was a quiet child never really making a scene and often keeping to myself. There is one story that I could never forget. My mum is from Barbados so we visited there every few years. One time on the beach it was a peaceful and sunny day when out of nowhere a large fish landed on the sand with a great thud. A bird had dropped it from the sky. Then what must’ve been 10 seconds a man walked up to the fish and took it.

Outside of having an amazing internship experience, what are your plans while you’re here? What do you want to do? Where do you want to go?

Well recently I have started dating a woman from the Akron area, she has all these secret plans for me. So I’m not really sure what I’ll be getting up to. I’ve actually been to Akron before so I have seen all the sights.

The sights? Maybe you can show us around one of these days. 

What is your educational background?

I attend Bangor University in North Wales. In the UK the standard degree is a three year program. I am halfway through my second year and study Product Design which is a very broad degree. We touch on every aspect of design and every discipline. We do three internships, one every year, and these internships really direct the student into the area of design they want to enter into. I want to be a Graphic Designer so, I looked for an appropriate internship.

Sorry you couldn’t find one…

Three words to describe you:

Kind. Willing. Calm

Favorite Quote:

“Story is always King” – Casey Neistat

What’s on your playlist?

A bit of everything really. Jack Garratt, Walk Off The Earth, Lecrae, Ben Howard, Gawvi, The Oh Hellos, Owl City, Paramore.

What is your early impression of 427 Design?

A super cool company. It’s got a sweet industrial design look to it with a lot of cool reused furniture. It’s like the Tardis here. It’s bigger on the inside.

Favorites:

My favourite movie is either Tron Legacy or The Incredibles. Both amazing. My favourite food, anything Italian really. Pasta is too good. In the UK we don’t have grape flavoured anything but I really enjoy grape soda. I have to say my favourite book is the Bible but that’s technically more than one.

“Favourite.” “Flavoured.” Adorbs.

If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

The Flash’s powers definitely. Super speed is the best type of superpower. The Flash can move at mach 2942… that is so fast. He can phase through walls and objects, travel through time, heal rapidly, think faster. Basically he’s the greatest superhero and speed is definitely the power I would have.

Favorite word?

Ffrwchledd. Welsh for Banana. Try pronouncing that.

Nope.

Least favorite word?

I treat all words equally and love them all.

What sound do you love?

The sound of silence… I like a cat purring.

What sound do you hate?

Polystyrene. The WORST.

What is your favorite curse word?

There aren’t any I use really. We have some great British ones. Like Tosser.

What did you call me?

What is something that no one would ever believe to be true about you?

I speak Welsh. No one ever believes that I do. And that my middle name means White.

What inspires you, and why?

People who have started their own company. There is so much work that goes into that and it’s something that I would like to do one day. Seeing their determination to get stuff done. It keeps me in the right mindset.

What is a major life dream you hope to accomplish?

I hope to move to the US of A and be a graphic designer here.

Check. Check. 

What is on your “Bucket List”?

Travel to South America and Oceania, the remaining two continents I haven’t been to.
Learn another language.
Get married.

I mean, we just met. But, okay. <3

Six Silver Statues

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Once again, AAF-Akron hosted a varietal Who’s Who of the Akron advertising professionals and students. This year 427 Design received six Silver ADDY Awards from AAF-Akron at the aptly presidential-themed celebration of the Akron creative community on February 12th – Abe Lincoln’s Birthday.

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At the close of each awards season we like to take the time to thank those who make it possible for us to do what we love. Our clients entrust us with their brands, engage us in overcoming their challenges and allow us the opportunity to produce and implement creative, in some cases award-winning, solutions. A few of the silver statues we received were awarded for work we did for Neil Zaza, Diversified Digital and St. Vincent-St. Mary High School.

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2016 Akron ADDY Awards

St. Vincent-St. Mary High School 2015-2016 Admissions Guidebook
Client: St. Vincent-St. Mary High School

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Diversified Digital Managed Services Sales Collateral
Client: Diversified Digital

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Album Art: Neil Zaza Peach
Client: Neil Zaza

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Poster: Meow.
Client: 427 Design

427 Tiger Poster

Open House IX Invitation
Client: 427 Design

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Open House IX Campaign
Client: 427 Design

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Congratulations to all the winners of the 2016 ADDY awards. The work produced by the greater Akron creative community last year was outstanding and, as always, we are proud to be surrounded and challenged by each of you. Cheers to you, and here’s to another outstanding year.

02/02/16 By:

Get To Know Our Wintern: Giulia Giancola

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Tell us a little bit about your background. Where did you grow up? Fond memories…

I’m still a kid who likes kid stuff, like finger painting and cartoons. But my fondest memories are of running barefoot through my backyard in Ashtabula with my siblings.

So you don’t go to Ohio’s Polytechnic University?

No. I graduated from Jefferson Area High School in 2013 and am currently enrolled at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University where I study Art Direction. I have also studied at NYU where I earned a certificate in blogging. This spring I’ll be studying at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Austalia.

G’day mate. 

Three words to describe you:

Optimistic, adventurous, calm

Favorite Quote:

“Can’t you see the stars more clearly when standing in places far off the beaten path? And isn’t the ocean deeper, the further out you go from shore? Even where it’s dark, there’s both beauty and life.”

-J. Raymond

What’s on your iPod?

Fleetwood Mac… with a little bit of everything else.

So, what brings you to 427 Design?

Wintern… at your service.

Wintern. See what we did there? 

What do you love most about being an intern for 427 Design?

Good vibes, cool people, big ideas and collaboration. An atmosphere that includes acoustic guitar and mini basketball games doesn’t suck either.

Favorite word?

Unique.

Least favorite word?

Slick & Touché

Touché.

What sound do you love?

Cracking knuckles

What sound do you hate?

Morton Salt containers opening (I just got goosebumps typing that.)

What is something that no one would ever believe to be true about you?

I’m fluent in Greek. I’ve gotten pulled over while driving over 10 times. I’ve been to 14 countries. There’s two lies and one truth… guess which.

What is on your “Bucket List”?

Travel to every country at least once.

Road trip from the most eastern point in the US to the most western point.

Meet Stevie Nicks.

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11/10/15 By:

Get to Know: Brian Barr

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Tell us about yourself. Where did you grow up? What were you like?

I grew up in Louisville, Ohio and was a quiet kid, spending most of my time skateboarding and learning musical instruments. I loved creating everything from my own comic strips and skateboarding videos, to terrible haunted houses in my backyard.

What about college?

I went to The University of Akron for graphic design. I ended up falling in love with screen-printing and got a minor in printmaking. While in school, I received two gold Addy Awards, and one silver Addy Award, as well as a Judges’ Choice Award in the AIGA 730 competition.

Addy Awards, huh? We have a few of those. 

Three words to describe you:

Independent. Reserved. Passionate.

Favorite Social Media:

Instagram

What’s on your iPod?

Recently… Fu Manchu, The Stooges, Madball, Windhand, Slowdive, Best Coast, Mac Demarco…

What was your first impression of 427 Design?

“They make sweet posters.”

Ah, shucks.  

What do you hope to have accomplished in five years? Ten?

Five? I hope to have seen much more of the world within five years. Ten? Pay off college.

Its too early to ask for a raise. 

 If you could have a superpower, what would it be?

Oh how I’d love to stop time. There’s not enough of it.

Favorite word?

Stoked

Least favorite word?

Broke

What sound do you love?

A bluesy guitar riff.

What sound do you hate?

Someone whining about something unnecessary.

What is your favorite curse word?

All of them at once.

What inspires you, and why?

Putting on good music helps me focus and gets ideas flowing.

04/03/15 By:

Silver and Gold

2015-ADDY-AWARDS

Its that time of year again… Award Season.

Once again, AAF Akron treated the Akron creative community to an evening of good food, great company and well-deserved kudos for all of the amazing work that was produced over the last year.

As always, we are proud to be included in such a talented group of agencies and individuals. Each year the bar is raised with new and outrageous ideas, innovative design concepts and flawless execution. 427 Design is excited to have been awarded four Akron ADDYs this year, one of which has gone on to win a Silver District ADDY Award.

Thanks again to all of our clients, vendors, partners and fellow agencies for playing your part in keeping the Akron creative community thriving.

2015 Akron ADDY Awards – Gold: 

Nightlight Theater Opening Night Poster
Client: Nightlight Theater

Open House 8 Invitation
Client: 427 Design

2015 Akron ADDY Awards – Silver: 

Open House 8 Poster
Client: 427 Design

2015 Akron ADDY Awards – Judges Choice: 

Nightlight Theater Opening Night Poster
Client: Nightlight Theater

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