“Play is the highest form of research”
— Al Einstein.
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.
Email Marketing & Strategy
User Interface Design
Illustration and Animation
Motion Graphics and Video
App & Tablet Development
Emerging Technology Development
HTML5 / CSS3
Mobile Web Development
Content Management Systems
Hosting & Managed Services
Media Planning and Buying
Social Media Marketing
Viral Marketing & Strategy
Planning & Buying
Reporting & Analytics
Search Engine Marketing
Search Engine Optimization
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
[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 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 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.
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 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.
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, 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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.