When it comes to areas that are full of inspiration and talent for design, advertising, and web development, New York is undeniably one of the leading places in the world.
The best and brightest in these industries is often found in one of the many digital agencies that are widespread throughout New York City, where talent gravitates together to create fantastic work. The company culture of these digital agencies shape some of the brightest minds in the industry, and by combining the efforts of graphic design with strategy, digital marketing efforts, and website development, a client’s goals are brought to life through a gorgeous website that gets measurable results.
Today we present the best agencies in New York City, a selection made by Gabriel Shaoolian, a talented visual designer and founder of Blue Fountain Media. He has taken the time to tell us about the 10 agencies he considers the best in NYC.
Blue Fountain Media
Blue Fountain Media is a digital agency in NYC that is founded on the premise that client results and stunning design go hand in hand. They provide 360 degree solutions from strategy and design to development and digital marketing services, with ROI as their factor for success. Their clients range from world-renown names like P&G, AT&T, NFL, and Cannon, to emerging companies looking to grow their online presence. www.bluefountainmedia.com/
FI - Fantasy Interactive
Fi has earned its highly respected reputation as a full service agency by creating beautiful digital experiences for clients such as Google, Porsche, Microsoft, USA Today, Nickelodeon and Wacom. With offices in New York, San Francisco, London and Stockholm, this multi award-winning agency not only gets the job done, they help fix the inherent problem. www.f-i.com
R/GA started in 1977 as an agency built on innovation focused on film. 30+ years later R/GA has transformed into a global digital agency that blurs lines between traditional advertising and digital innovation to bring fresh and unique perspectives to challenging problems. www.rga.com
Big Spaceship is a digital creative agency residing in Brooklyn, New York’s “Digital Dumbo” area. Their work is guided by the collaborative process in which they were founded on. The evidence is in the work, the projects always feel unified on every level and continue to push the expectations and capabilities of the web. www.bigspaceship.com
B-Reel touts themselves as being “a hybrid production company, specialized in the field of advanced digital production for web, mobile, physical installations and other media.” Their ability to create inventive pieces of digital content has set the bar for what’s capable on the web. From Chrome Experiments to ground breaking interactive music videos, B-Reel has proven to be one of the most inventive digital production companies in the business. www.b-reel.com
Firstborn is a multiplatform agency that creates engaging pieces of digital content. Their work has been praised for its obvious and not so obvious attention to detail. This type of attitude has proven to be successful for them and garnered some big wins over larger agencies in the past few years. www.firstborn.com
AKQA is an agency that works to bring innovation throughout their projects and push technology as well as strategy to help their clients achieve success. Their approach has consistently proven to be effective by their recent win as Digital Agency of The Year 2011 by Adweek and Campaign. www.akqa.com
Droga5 is an independent advertising network. "Creatively led, Strategically Driven, Technology Friendly and Humanity Obsessed" The agency has produced well-regarded work such as “Tap Project” for UNICEF and “The Great Schlep” viral campaign for the Obama presidential campaign. Essex spoke to Digiday about the fundamental challenge of the age of media abundance, why the digital-traditional divide is silly and the notion of Facebook buying Conde Nast. www.droga5.com
Huge is a brooklyn agency residing in the “Digital Dumbo” area of the borough. Their aim is to help clients solve business problems in a digital world, and their objective is consistently achieved. www.hugeinc.com
Code and Theory
Code and Theory is an exciting interactive agency started in NYC in 2001. Their projects have been able to garner a lot of attention throughout design blogs for their exceptional work. www.codeandtheory.com
Makeable (Formerly Poke New York) is an agency that thrives on innovation and collaboration. Beyond their work with clients like GM, MoMA, and Coach, Makeable also works on their own products like Bakertweet, Kideo Player, and Happppy it!. Their ability to attach a strategic and thoughtful approach to digital content has proven to give them an advantage over larger agencies. http://itsmakeable.com
Area 17 is an independently owned interactive agency based out Brooklyn NYC and Paris, France. Their work for spin.com was a clean editoral approach to a robust website with ever changing content. This approach was carried through in their work for adweek.com. www.area17.com
The studio was founded in 2001 with the belief that blending art and technology would yield the most meaningful and enduring interactive experiences. Since day one we have embraced this formula and baked it into their culture. www.domanistudios.com/