Portrait: Duncan/Channon

Agency founder seeks inspiration in an in-house 'speakeasy'

Who (l. to r.) Partners Andy Berkenfield, general manager; Parker Channon, executive creative director; Robert Duncan, executive creative director
What Design, digital and advertising agency
Where Agency’s penthouse lounge above San Francisco offices

Before starting his namesake agency in a Northern California garage 22 years ago, Robert Duncan was a rock ‘n’ roll writer for magazines like Rolling Stone, Life and Creem, where he was managing editor. That journalistic approach and love of storytelling informs the work his agency does now for clients like Ancestry.com, StubHub, Ritz-Carlton and Hard Rock. The ecd still keeps his hand in the music business: D/C has a musical offshoot called Tip Records, named for the agency’s top-floor “speakeasy,” which releases work from people like experimental musician and performance artist Gary Wilson.