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We design the journeys that matter. We create experiences between brands and their customers – the indelible moments that invite new relationships, inspire behavior, build new value and shape the future. COLLINS1.com

01/16/2020

No other conscious creature can think about the future in the ways that humans can. That gives us an extraordinary gift: the ability to imagine. Tonight, we are excited to be with our @aigany friends at the @madmuseum to talk about why the future only belongs to the imaginative.

Timeline Photos
12/19/2019

Timeline Photos

Link in bio to see our work with our friends at Target.
12/19/2019

Link in bio to see our work with our friends at Target.

Jim Henson said “yes" to life. Yes to aliveness of all kinds–love, magic, whimsy, mischief. So when The Museum of Moving...
12/18/2019

Jim Henson said “yes" to life. Yes to aliveness of all kinds–love, magic, whimsy, mischief. So when The Museum of Moving Image in New York City and the Jim Henson family asked us to partner with them to create a permanent exhibition to immortalize this timeless work, it was an instant “yes."

For over three years, our team collaborated on all aspects of the exhibition including the design of the gallery environment, the design system, storytelling for the layout of the show, interactive technologies and installations in the gallery, and external marketing and communications.

With original artifacts ranging from puppets, film clips, projections, drawings, set models, costumes, robotics, and more–we organized the story of Henson’s career into six key chapters, in collaboration with the Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Barbara Miller. Our team designed faceted architecture and a spatial system referencing the geometries of the museum—hinting at the boundless energy of Henson’s team itself. Much like how Kermit the Frog tries to hold The Muppet Show together before things fly off the rails, our system marries chaos with control; constant motion with a ringmaster’s sense of showmanship.

Click the link in the bio to see our case study (better yet, if you’re in NYC, bring your friends and family to The Museum of Moving Image and experience this boundless display of creativity.)

"I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey. As you start traveling down that road ...
12/18/2019

"I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey. As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you're going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won't be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are. So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have picnic with a pig. And if you can help it never fly as cargo.” — Jim Henson

"As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues...
12/18/2019

"As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.” — Jim Henson

"I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey. As you start traveling down that road ...
12/18/2019

"I really do believe that all of you are at the beginning of a wonderful journey. As you start traveling down that road of life, remember this: There are never enough comfort stops. The places you're going to are never on the map. And once you get that map out, you won't be able to re-fold it no matter how smart you are. So forget the map, roll down the windows, and whenever you can pull over and have picnic with a pig. And if you can help it never fly as cargo.” — Jim Henson

"As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues...
12/18/2019

"As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.” — Jim Henson

Jim Henson said “yes" to life. Yes to aliveness of all kinds–love, magic, whimsy, mischief. So when The Museum of Moving...
12/18/2019

Jim Henson said “yes" to life. Yes to aliveness of all kinds–love, magic, whimsy, mischief. So when The Museum of Moving Image in New York City and the Jim Henson family asked us to partner with them to create a permanent exhibition to immortalize this timeless work, it was an instant “yes."

For over three years, our team collaborated on all aspects of the exhibition including the design of the gallery environment, the design system, storytelling for the layout of the show, interactive technologies and installations in the gallery, and external marketing and communications.

With original artifacts ranging from puppets, film clips, projections, drawings, set models, costumes, robotics, and more–we organized the story of Henson’s career into six key chapters, in collaboration with the Senior Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, Barbara Miller. Our team designed faceted architecture and a spatial system referencing the geometries of the museum—hinting at the boundless energy of Henson’s team itself. Much like how Kermit the Frog tries to hold The Muppet Show together before things fly off the rails, our system marries chaos with control; constant motion with a ringmaster’s sense of showmanship.

Click the link in the bio to see our case study (better yet, if you’re in NYC, bring your friends and family to @movingimagenyc and experience this boundless display of creativity.)

Self, Made via @exploratorium. l
11/19/2019

Self, Made via @exploratorium. l

Frank Oppenheimer: “Scientists and artists are the world’s noticers. Their job is simply to notice what other people can...
11/19/2019

Frank Oppenheimer: “Scientists and artists are the world’s noticers. Their job is simply to notice what other people cannot.”

See our latest work with the @exploratorium, link in bio.

The futures that our friends at @Mailchimp, @Dropbox, and @ogilvy have grown into has kept us in awe—especially when des...
11/07/2019

The futures that our friends at @Mailchimp, @Dropbox, and @ogilvy have grown into has kept us in awe—especially when design has been at the center of reimagining their new futures. We’re so honored to have worked with these great teams.

Cheers to our friends and the other honorees for winning the inaugural Type Champions Award by @bymonotype, which recognizes and celebrates brands from around the world that are committed to excellence in design and typography.

08/23/2019

ESPN's new identity for their award-winning documentary series, 30 for 30, unifies inspiration from legendary sports stadiums with title sequences from classic American films.

To envision the next generation of sports storytelling, we created a new system that enables the brand to stay ahead while remaining true to its vision. Click here to read the full case study - bit.ly/collins30for30

07/26/2019

Happy Summer Fridays!

The COLLINS Sound Vol. 6 is live. Tap the link in our bio to hear the Summer playlist with 50 songs curated by the team.

Image credit: Kristine Lim.

Since the 1920’s, Naturalizer has crafted beautiful shoes with the perfect fit for women. We recently reimagined their b...
06/14/2019

Since the 1920’s, Naturalizer has crafted beautiful shoes with the perfect fit for women. We recently reimagined their brand, led their new product innovation and designed their flagship stores in NY and Chicago.

Read on to learn more - bit.ly/collinsnaturalizer.

We’re honored that AdAge selected as the first 'Design Firm of the Year'. Insane.Thank you to our teams in San Francisco...
04/16/2019

We’re honored that AdAge selected as the first 'Design Firm of the Year'. Insane.

Thank you to our teams in San Francisco and New York for their imagination, and perseverance that helped us achieve this wonderful recognition.

Thank you to each one of our remarkable clients who give us their trust, their hopes and their biggest ambitions. You make us better.

Thank you to our peers, friends, and partners - we stand on your shoulders every day.

And thank you, Ad Age, for adding design as a distinct, potent discipline worthy of separate recognition.

In the end, design is not what we make.
Design is what we make possible for others.

And all of you make the impossible, possible.

https://adage.com/article/special-report-agency-list/ad-age-2019-design-agency-year-collins/2163396

01/23/2019
JoyLab

JoyLab seamlessly balances your fitness goals and life goals by combining street-style details with the technology of a true performance-wear line. Read the case study on our site to learn more about Target's new exclusive athletic brand - http://bit.ly/collinsjoylab

Today COLLINS was listed - for the second time - in the “Top 50 Companies Creatives Want to Work Next”. We’re beyond hon...
01/09/2019
The Top 50 Companies Working Not Working Creatives Want to Work Next 2018

Today COLLINS was listed - for the second time - in the “Top 50 Companies Creatives Want to Work Next”. We’re beyond honored to join Nike, Google, HBO, Disney, Dropbox, Spotify, Instagram, and Pixar, among others.

If, in fact, you might be looking to join us next on the west coast or the east coast please let us know. We hope to hear from you.

8,934 WNW creatives took part in this year’s Top Companies survey, and named 2,832 companies. Here are the 50 that rose to the top. For the first time, we're ranking the results in order. Click here to see who made the cut.

Put some awe back in your audio. Bose Frames is an innovative, design-driven debut into a whole new way to listen; one t...
12/21/2018

Put some awe back in your audio. Bose Frames is an innovative, design-driven debut into a whole new way to listen; one that has to be heard to be believed. After a year of work with our friends, designers and engineers at Bose, our case study is now up. bit.ly/collinsboseframes

Cheryl Johnson on artivism:"Defined as the connection of art and activism, artivism takes various forms as an impassione...
11/06/2018

Cheryl Johnson on artivism:

"Defined as the connection of art and activism, artivism takes various forms as an impassioned response to a tragedy or injustice. Within hours of a 2015 terror attack in France, illustrator Jean Jullien painted ‘Peace for Paris’ depicting the Eiffel Tower at the center of the peace symbol. The image went viral, garnering over one million likes. Last month, Banksy mocked the excess of art auctions by shredding his ‘Girl With Balloon’ right after it sold for $1.4M.

Artists highlighting issues through their work is nothing new, but the popularity of artivism today is proof that artists and designers can play as important a role as journalists in steering public conversation. Through artivism, they use their talents to shed light on important issues around the world, while encouraging people to mobilize and take action.

On Instagram, you can find visual representations of mass shooting victims, today’s elections, and Kaepernick's protest. Artivism has even infiltrated public spaces and events, with Refinery29’s instaworthy pop-up ‘29 Rooms’ featuring rooms designed to bring awareness to topics including voter registration, the ACLU and Black womanhood.

Has the popularity of artivism online shaped how you process news or complex issues?"

09/26/2018

Mailchimp helps businesses be themselves, on a bigger stage. In working with our friends at Mailchimp on their new brand and identity, we sought to show what it means to grow a brand while staying true to who you are. You can see the full case study at www.wearecollins.com/work/mailchimp

“Whether you like it or not your brand story already exists.” Read more in Brian’s latest interview with The Innovator.
09/19/2018
Interview Of The Week: Brian Collins – The Innovator news

“Whether you like it or not your brand story already exists.” Read more in Brian’s latest interview with The Innovator.

Brian Collins is Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder of COLLINS, a U.S. brand experience design company that works with both established…

Sending the elevator back down to nurture young talent is how we’re able to foster growth and development at COLLINS and...
09/12/2018
Profiles in Design: Brian Collins Created the Dream Agency for Young Designers

Sending the elevator back down to nurture young talent is how we’re able to foster growth and development at COLLINS and within the industry. http://ow.ly/KXsq30lLqpo

Brian Collins doesn’t merely want employees; rather, he wants to foster growth and development in designers. It’s precisely the type of experience he didn’t get to have himself—COLLINS is the kind of place Brian never had in his 20s and 30s.

So grateful to have partnered with Ladies Get Paid to host a session on helping women to literally find their voice, run...
04/06/2018
COLLINS: on LinkedIn: “"Last night we truly found…

So grateful to have partnered with Ladies Get Paid to host a session on helping women to literally find their voice, run by the powerful Jackie Miller of BespokenNY.

"Last night we truly found - and amplified - our voices. Jackie Miller, co-founder of Bespoken led us in a hands-on 'voice-on' Ladies Get Paid worksh…

Our head of product and marketing, Topher Burns, isn't sweating the SXSW haters.
03/13/2018
Ad Age

Our head of product and marketing, Topher Burns, isn't sweating the SXSW haters.

Here's why SXSW is more important than ever before.

On a flight to Austin as we speak, our Managing Partner Claire Morris celebrated International Women's Day by sharing he...
03/08/2018
Women to Watch at SXSW 2018 - AlleyWatch

On a flight to Austin as we speak, our Managing Partner Claire Morris celebrated International Women's Day by sharing her top women to watch this year at SXSW with AlleyWatch.

In celebration of International Women’s Day, I feel not just honor-bound but downright excited to share a list of some of the fabulous women I’m most excited to check out at SXSW.

Putting the C back in CES: our thoughts on how devices are becoming more human.
01/22/2018
CES 2018: A Wave of Humanization - AW360

Putting the C back in CES: our thoughts on how devices are becoming more human.

CES, in its many iterations over the past 50 years, has been about devices. The VCR debuted there in 1970, the camcorder in 1981.

The hottest topic at CES this year wasn't a device. Our thoughts on women in tech.
01/19/2018
CES and women: It's about contribution

The hottest topic at CES this year wasn't a device. Our thoughts on women in tech.

The conference was a very different place in one important way: I wasn't outnumbered on the showroom floor like I have been in the past, says a managing partner at Collins.. From Campaign US

01/12/2018
COLLINS @ CES 2018

Dizzying and giddy at the best of times, the COLLINS team is on the ground at CES and learning all we can. Stay tuned next week for our digest of CES Signals for 2018.

Wow.COLLINS was just listed beside Spotify, Tesla, Disney, Apple, Google, Patagonia, Ideo, R/GA, Netflix, HBO, Facebook ...
12/07/2017

Wow.

COLLINS was just listed beside Spotify, Tesla, Disney, Apple, Google, Patagonia, Ideo, R/GA, Netflix, HBO, Facebook and Pixar as one of the "Top 50 Companies Creatives Would Kill to Work For."

And, for the record, no one has to kill anyone to work here. But being a little mad does, you know... help.

Thank you to everyone who responded that way. And, more important, thank you to each and every one of the remarkable people in our San Francisco and New York City offices who crush it every single day.

Bravo, all.

And thank you to Working/Not Working for publishing this survey in the first place.

COLLINS Creative Director Tom Wider covers a lot of territory on his career story (so far) in this interview with Rob Jo...
10/23/2017
Tom Wilder, Creative Director at Collins – Meet the Creatives – Medium

COLLINS Creative Director Tom Wider covers a lot of territory on his career story (so far) in this interview with Rob Johnston with "Meet the Creatives."

Go, Tom.

Originally from New Hampshire, Tom Wilder is Creative Director at Collins. Before he worked for MGMT.design and MTWTF. His work has been…

Today we announce great news.Today is the official appointment of advertising and creative leader, Claire Morris, as Man...
10/11/2017

Today we announce great news.

Today is the official appointment of advertising and creative leader, Claire Morris, as Managing Partner at COLLINS. It is a remarkable win for our company and our future.

In a new role for COLLINS, Morris will be responsible for leading our client relationship team, as well as overseeing company operations across our East and West coast offices. She will play an integral role in leading our company, building our client partnerships as we continue to scale and broaden our scope.

Claire brings over two decades of agency experience across five international cities, including eight years spent in the UK and two years in Geneva. She has worked at Havas, Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam, Taxi, and 360i. She helped to double the size of Taxi in a few short months - in staff and clients. That's when we first heard about her.

More recently, while working on the Canon business at 360i, Morris led integrated teams whose work went on win a series of impressive Cyber & Outdoor Lions at last year’s Cannes International Festival of Creativity.

During her career, Morris has collaborated with both start-ups and Fortune 50 companies across multiple categories including: technology, CPG/FMCG, financial services and luxury and fashion.

Our company, happily, is growing. Over the last two months we were shooting films in Montreal, England, Mexico and Chile, designing an exhibition in Manhattan, opening a store in New York, re-launching a popular technology brand in San Francisco, and starting our first food company. In the middle of this, we also designed this year's PopTech conference in Maine.

So now it's beyond essential that we move with discipline – and bring on the very best people in the world. Because, in part, I'd just like to sleep in on Saturdays again.

And, Claire - if your old advertising agency colleagues tease you about joining "a design company", please tell them that we set our course by the stars - and not by the lights of all the other ships.

Welcome aboard!

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