Talent Takes the F Train

Across the river from Madison Ave., a new breed of agency is setting up shop


100 Jay St., Dumbo
With offices in Calgary, Canada, and now Dumbo, the design and production firm’s work has won awards for clients including HBO and Bombay Sapphire.

54 Downing, Bedford-Stuyvesant
This Web design and social promotion firm, headquartered in Omaha, Neb., has expanded to Montreal and Brooklyn. With clients ranging from OfficeMax to local businesses, the firm has found a way to grow without stumbling.

Fearless Company

25 Pierrepont St., Brooklyn Heights
A self-proclaimed “collective of top artists” in animation, visual effects, digital film, these Brooklyn Heights-based desktop demographers have worked for outliers like the World Poker Tour and Cirque du Soleil.

Design Station

304 Boerum St., Bushwick
With guerilla marketing as a key ingredient, the Bushwick agency delights in the viral marketing that has snatched major hits for up-and-coming area artists.

Inzirillo Creative

649 Morgan Ave., Greenpoint
The agency’s team boasts a combined 30 years of experience in design, and has satisfied auto-centric businesses like Cadillac, Buick, and Chevrolet dealerships.

Going Off Script

181 N. 11th St., Williamsburg
Situated next to Williamsburg’s iconic McCarren Park, the firm specializes in digital and social media marketing. Its clients include non-hipsterish New Jersey-based groups like Lidel Homes and Villagio, a senior center.

20 Jay St., Dumbo

Dancing Diablo, Inc.

Animation is at the heart of this Venezuela-headquartered firm. Its design and production skill setters have wooed the likes of Disney and Nickelodeon. The key to its success? Work with color and texture.

Calling itself “media agnostic,” BBMG utilizes applications, social media, and websites to produce campaigns from its offices in Dumbo and San Francisco. Samsung and are among its clients.Harvard’s Kennedy School

Dedica Group, Inc.

From Web development to brand creation, Dedica—and its team of European and American designers—has created successful work for clients including Jack in the Box, Coca-Cola and British Petroleum.

Socialbomb, Inc.
Born and raised in New York, Social Bomb has worked with HBO, Fisher-Price and Viacom to create media awareness on a variety of media platforms.

55 Washington St., Dumbo

Core Industries
An interactive design studio and video production firm focusing on socially progressive organizations like AeroFarms (an advocate for locavores) and Greenpeace. Among its work is a campaign for Greenpeace that fought against pollutant corporations.

Web Liquid

Avis, Hilton and others have benefitted from Web Liquid’s philosophy, an approach that combines the skills of a traditional advertising agency with a forward-thinking design and analytics firm.

The Jar Group

By exploring clients’ online behavior, The Jar Group has increased revenues for clients such as Century 21, Pfizer and MTV. In 2010,  the group was included in Inc. magazine’s annual 500 list.

Spike DDB

Part of DDB since 1998, Spike Lee’s full-service shop moved to Brooklyn last year.

Quint & Quint

Working primarily with publishing and media firms, as well as a few select nonprofits, Quint & Quint, born in the ’70s, has excelled as a direct marketing and copy studio. Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, The Economist, Redbook, and Food & Wine have come calling.

Mobile Commons

With its emphasis on mobile marketing and text messaging, this firm has carved out a unique niche. Clients, including the Sacramento Kings and The Humane Society, make good use of the billions of daily texts sent worldwide.


Billed as a consulting company that specializes in the development of messaging strategies, the JNDA Krukowski partner firm focuses on elevating philanthropic organizations and recognized institutions like Columbia University and Harvard.

45 Main St. | The 2nd floor, Dumbo

Red Antler, Inc.
Whether working with a small company (Hamburger Nation) or a behemoth (Crest), Red Antler believes strategy should be based in consumer insights. Its methodologies, including concept testing and qualitative studies, are used to help brands evolve and grow.

Fusia Communications

With a unique focus on cultural distinctions between the East and West, this Web design and production firm has worked with Asian-American organizations to overcome identity challenges. Chinese nonprofits and other New York-centric businesses are also among its clients.

Domani Studios

Since 2001, this Chicago and Brooklyn firm has blended art and technology for interactive experiences that have lured companies like Sheraton Hotels, Porsche, and New Line. (For New Line, the firm created no less than a marketing blitz for Rush Hour 3’s Wii videogame launch.) Meanwhile, it has earned a host of laurels, including Webby Awards, for its innovative work.

45 Main St. | The 4th floor, Dumbo

Fangohr, LLC

With clients on both sides of the culture divide—McDonald’s at one extreme, Pitchfork Media the other—this studio has added interesting twists to graphics and digital motion assignments since launching in Dumbo.

45 Main St. | The 6th floor, Dumbo

Pontiflex, Inc.

By focusing on consumers who actually want to be targeted by its clients, Pontiflex has streamlined the messages of companies like Huggies, organizations like Unicef and political campaigns no less in import than Obama ’08.

45 Main St. | The 10th floor, Dumbo

Big Duck Studios

Working exclusively with nonprofit organizations—the National Military Family Assn., National Brain Tumor Society, and the United Way, among others—Big Duck has raised brand awareness through design and digital strategies.

EngineThree, Inc.

With experience in graphic design and Web technology, Engine Three has developed both stirring and functional branding ideas for numerous companies, including a host of fashion industry firms like the photography agency Hollister Lowe, designer Alice & Trixie and stylist Nicoletta Santoro.

Evidence Design

Founded by the former employees of a museum design firm that focused on the curatorial side of large-scale museums, Evidence Design quickly expanded into Web and video production. It now works with clients like the Museum of Science and Industry, for which it has boosted its interactive media capabilities.


Billed as a “digital storytelling firm,” this new shop has produced video for a variety of Web campaigns, including those for Warner Bros.’ The Rite (Anthony Hopkins), and New York City’s “Fashion Night Out.”

45 Main St. | The 12th floor, Dumbo

Carrot Creative, Inc.
For clients like Pepsi, Major League Baseball, Crayola, and NFL, Carrot Creative president Mike Germano has a childlike ability to create wonder on the Internet. In the 24 hours following the launch of a Facebook campaign for Ford, for instance, the page logged 30,000 “likes” from users.