When it comes to places that are full of inspiration and talent for design, advertising, and web development, New York is undeniably one of the leading cities in the world.
The best and most creative design agencies are widespread throughout New York City, where talent gravitates together to create fantastic work. The top design firms house some of the brightest industry experts that work as a team to create a digital strategy incorporating graphic design, marketing, and website development. The goals of each client are brought to life through a gorgeous website design that gets measurable results. Firms can rely on the skilled professionals in NYC to create and develop inspirational advertising and design.
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 Canon, to emerging companies looking to grow their online presence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Since launching in January 2009, the digital studio has grown to 100+ full-time staff across Brooklyn, Los Angeles, London, Paris and Berlin and been responsible for some of the world's most recognized digital and integrated work. The goal is building better digital experiences from strategy and analytics through content creation, design and execution for some of the world's biggest brands.
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.