Play is built into our day.

It should be built into your brand. 

We’re in the business of making brands more fun. We believe the reason customers engage doesn’t involve features, benefits or super-tactical messaging. What endears audiences to brands is the way their products delight them. At Recess, we create smart experiences that make people want to jump up out of their seats, run outside and get playing.  

Mission

Invent experiences that use the language of play to emotionally connect brands to their audiences and deliver results.

Vision

To create the best, smartest, funnest work we possibly can – including making up words whenever we want.

Values

Speak your mind. Don’t be a bully. 
Work harder. Play smarter.

“Play is the highest form of research”

— Al Einstein.

Services

We believe that all media has become social and all advertising is already interactive. And our services reflect that. The digital world is hard wired into everything we do. We look at every touchpoint – print, social, digital, in-store – as if they were interrelated. Because they are. You’ve heard of digital natives? Forget that. We’re just natives. 

Strategy

Strategy

Strategy

Strategy

Brand Positioning

Content Strategy

Email Marketing & Strategy

Persona Development

User Experience

User Experience

User Experience

User Experience

Information Architecture

Interaction Design

Prototyping

User Interface Design

Usability Testing

 

Creative

Creative

Creative

Creative

Branding

Content Creation

Design

Illustration and Animation

Motion Graphics and Video

Technology

Technology

Technology

Technology

App & Tablet Development

Emerging Technology Development

HTML5 / CSS3

Mobile Web Development

Responsive Design

 

Platforms

Platforms

Platforms

Platforms

Content Management Systems

Custom Social 

eCommerce

Hosting & Managed Services

Social

Social

Social

Social

Email Marketing

Media Planning and Buying

Retail Activation

Social Media Marketing

Viral Marketing & Strategy

Search

Search

Search

Search

Planning & Buying

Reporting & Analytics

Search Engine Marketing

Search Engine Optimization

Social Search

Analytics

Analytics

Analytics

Analytics

Audience Tracking

Campaign Measurement

Competitive Analysis

Intelligence Reporting

 

Approach

While we believe that every creative assignment is different, we always start our process the same way—by messing around.

We sit down and explore the product. We tinker. We test. We play. We try to break it. We put ourselves in your customer’s shoes and figure out why they love it. Then we take everything we learn and use it to produce actionable human insights that lay the foundation for great creative work.

Think

Think

Think

Think

The beginning of every project starts with a healthy amount of market research and persona building. This helps guide us to create more educated and informed concepts.

Create

Create

Create

Create

During this phase, we discover how the research has informed our visual design, creative concepts and content creation. We also define the connection strategy, media plan and begin to integrate the visual design into production.

Deliver

Deliver

Deliver

Deliver

Here we see our concepts and visual design come to life. Whether we’re developing a new technology platform or executing against the media plan, we begin the integration and push the creative live.

Measure

Measure

Measure

Measure

With every project there’s a large amount of testing and information gathering. Here we optimize the creative, test a little bit more and officially launch the campaign. Test, rinse, repeat.

The Recess Super Squad

We are persuaders, strategists, tech geeks and storytellers. We’re designers, developers, heroes and villains. We innovate. We transform. We game. We start fires. Get to know us a bit better by screwing around a bit below.

Chris Jungjohann
Chris Jungjohann

Chris Jungjohann

Managing Partner & COO

Chris Jungjohann

Chris Jungjohann

Managing Partner & COO

Chris is a man of many words – he literally never stops talking (or singing). A designer and photographer in his past life, he provides thought leadership, moral support and serves as a distraction to the team in important meetings. Originally from NY, Chris is rockin’ the suburbs of CLE with his wife and two kiddos. Chris loves new business. Send him an email here.

Tim Zeller
Tim Zeller

Tim Zeller

Managing Partner & CCO

Tim Zeller

Tim Zeller

Managing Partner & CCO

From working as a pre-press artist in high school to leading creative for some of the biggest brands in the world, Tim has seen it all. Since day one at Recess, he's worked relentlessly to build a creative team that's been recognized as an industry leader by folks like the Webby Awards, The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts and his Mom.

Chad Milburn
Chad Milburn

Chad Milburn

Partner & Lead Creative Technologist

Chad Milburn

Chad Milburn

Partner & Lead Creative Technologist

[MUSIC HITS] – Hailing from the rural streets of New Phila, OH, Chad brings over a decade of rich web, game and app expertise to Recess. From his amateur roots as a gym class hero to his professional championships at Webbys XVI and SXSW Accelerator MMXIII, he continues to be a competitive leader with a passion for innovation.

Erik Hornyak
Erik Hornyak

Erik Hornyak

Technology Director

Erik Hornyak

Erik Hornyak

Technology Director

Erik is a proven technology leader with over 10 years experience leading teams large and small building enterprise level software. Erik combines his passion for continual improvement with creative thinking to drive delivery of the highest quality technology. In addition to his wife and son, Erik also really likes tasks and lists.

Bill Karbler
Bill Karbler

Bill Karbler

Account Director

Bill Karbler

Bill Karbler

Account Director

Bill provides leadership at the account and project levels at Recess. He has over 114 years of agency experience in business analysis, marketing strategies, and project management with a strong technical background. Bill has led award winning projects from web design to mobile applications.

Jennifer Lay
Jennifer Lay

Jennifer Lay

Account Director

Jennifer Lay

Jennifer Lay

Account Director

Equipped with hands-on marketing expertise, detailed project plans and a smile, Jen loves getting her hands dirty coordinating the execution of online and offline marketing initiatives. When she's not buried in her inbox, you can find her chasing her little boy around and (attempting) DIY house projects!

Emily Boylan
Emily Boylan

Emily Boylan

Account & Project Manager

Emily Boylan

Emily Boylan

Account & Project Manager

Emily is an avid boot camper and claims to be a retiring distance runner, although she’s still attempting to run long distances. She’s mildly obsessed with her dog, #mozthepuggle and Starbucks.  When she isn’t blogging, she’s with family and friends or DIYing/creating things… for her blog. Oh, and for fun, Emily manages project timelines, budgets and client expectations like a pro. 

Justin Horine
Justin Horine

Justin Horine

Director of Digital Strategy

Justin Horine

Justin Horine

Director of Digital Strategy

Born of humble origins, Justin spent his early days scaling peaks and swimming in crystal glacial waters in a distant land known to some as Montana. A gypsy by trade with a background in copywriting and creative direction, Justin can now be found crafting strategies and implementing awesomeness worldwide. In his leisure time you can find Justin pressing letters and drinking whiskey, the lifeblood of all great mountain explorers.  

AJ Jimenez
AJ Jimenez

AJ Jimenez

Art Director

AJ Jimenez

AJ Jimenez

Art Director

AJ, better known as @216aj, is a born and raised die-hard Clevelander. He’s had a passion for fancy letters and design since his younger graffiti days. If AJ’s not at a CLE sporting event, he’s probably busy instagramming his daily adventures around #Cleveland.

Kayla Hull
Kayla Hull

Kayla Hull

Designer

Kayla Hull

Kayla Hull

Designer

Originally from Erie, PA, Kayla brings her Tardis mug, and her love for the Pittsburgh Steelers into the office everyday. (Yes, there is a Terrible Towel on her desk.) She is obsessed with all things color, whether that's "ooing and aahing" at Pantone books, or sporting bright yellow rain jackets! When she’s not designing, you can catch her reading, roller blading, or gushing about the latest superhero show.

Jake Thompson
Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson

Designer

Jake Thompson

Jake Thompson

Designer

Jake is not from State Farm. He does not wear khakis. He does not answer the phone at 3:00 in the morning.  However, Jake is a national award winning graphic designer and recent graduate from Myers School of Art. He enjoys the simple things in life: the typeface “Din,” black & white things, and motorcycles. He also aspires to be Ryan Gosling’s character from “Drive.”

Max Sollisch
Max Sollisch

Max Sollisch

Copywriter

Max Sollisch

Max Sollisch

Copywriter

Max is the words dude. He enjoys crafting brand voices, unexpected headlines and leads a double life as the singer/songwriter Dolfish. If there’s a problem to solve, a writing rule to be broken, or a noun to verbify, he’s happy to lend a hand. Just don’t ask him to wear a tie.

Franke Chung
Franke Chung

Franke Chung

User Experience Designer

Franke Chung

Franke Chung

User Experience Designer

Franke loves to create order out of messes. As the resident info arch guru, she keeps dialog flowing about the organization and relationships of content and establishes the experiential framework for designs to come to life in. Franke is currently pursuing her Master’s in information architecture and knowledge management.

Gina LaRocca
Gina LaRocca

Gina LaRocca

User Experience Designer

Gina LaRocca

Gina LaRocca

User Experience Designer

Gina is passionate about solving problems, designing meaningful experiences and creating clarity out of chaos. Her claim to fame as a former college radio DJ has shaped her love for 80s classic rock and shoegaze. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, knitting socks, thrifting and playing chess. 

Nathan Damm
Nathan Damm

Nathan Damm

Creative Technologist

Nathan Damm

Nathan Damm

Creative Technologist

From rockin his computer keyboard to rockin out on his drum set, Nathan puts his passion for art, technology and music into creative web solutions.

John Ready
John Ready

John Ready

Creative Technologist

John Ready

John Ready

Creative Technologist

John is a front end and .net web developer with a passion for creating aesthetically pleasing and interactive websites. John is a Cleveland native and alumnus of both John Carroll and St. Ignatius. He enjoys a bizarre, eclectic array of music from Black Flag and The Gorilla Biscuits to Wu Tang Clan and Riff Raff. John spends his spare time cooking, playing Rugby, watching anything Vice, and obsessing over craft beer and bar trivia.

Catherine Redhead
Catherine Redhead

Catherine Redhead

Office Manager / Superhero

Catherine Redhead

Catherine Redhead

Office Manager / Superhero

With roots in art school admissions followed by a decade of enrollment management for a public university in SW Montana, Catherine decided to come home and take on the management of our most excellent office. After 25 years of traveling, she is happy to stay put and rediscover the joys of Cleveland.

Accolades

Awards are great. We love to be recognized for our work. Who doesn’t? What we love more is when our cutting edge ideas deliver tangible results for our clients. But a little hardware never hurt anybody.

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Webby Awards
Webby Awards

Webby Awards

OMMA Awards
OMMA Awards

OMMA Awards

SXSW Accelerator
SXSW Accelerator

SXSW Accelerator

Crain's 52
Crain's 52

Crain's 52

AAF Addy Awards
AAF Addy Awards

AAF Addy Awards

Ad Age
Ad Age

Ad Age

Ads of the World
Ads of the World

Ads of the World

AIGA
AIGA

AIGA

American Design Awards
American Design Awards

American Design Awards

AWWWards
AWWWards

AWWWards

B2B Marketing
B2B Marketing

B2B Marketing

Communication Arts
Communication Arts

Communication Arts

Communicator Awards
Communicator Awards

Communicator Awards

Cool Tech Awards
Cool Tech Awards

Cool Tech Awards

Davey Awards
Davey Awards

Davey Awards

Design 730
Design 730

Design 730

Emmy Awards
Emmy Awards

Emmy Awards

Favourite Website Awards
Favourite Website Awards

Favourite Website Awards

Hive Awards
Hive Awards

Hive Awards

Horizon Interactive
Horizon Interactive

Horizon Interactive

HOW
HOW

HOW

Inside Business Cool Tech Awards
Inside Business Cool Tech Awards

Inside Business Cool Tech Awards

International Echo Awards
International Echo Awards

International Echo Awards

International Marketing Awards
International Marketing Awards

International Marketing Awards

Marketing Sherpa
Marketing Sherpa

Marketing Sherpa

Mashable
Mashable

Mashable

W3 Awards
W3 Awards

W3 Awards

WebSphere
WebSphere

WebSphere