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Stick to your guns.
Learn from the research.
Trust your gut.
Make people act.

ADG tells stories that change markets, minds, and behaviors. We do this through Strategy & Branding, Learning & Gaming, Interactive Design & Software Development. (Yes, even our software tells a story.) The art of storytelling transcends. And if done well, people remember… and share them over and over again.

Got a tale to tell? It’s time to Be Heard.

& Strategy

    • Customer Service Experts

      The right mark can say a lot. And simple speaks volumes when it aligns with a business' principles.

      Customer Service Experts provides simple, sage advice to business on how to improve dialogue with customers. The result, if done right, is that the bilateral speak is greater than the sum of its parts.

    • Customer Service Experts' web site is a reflection of who they are. The organization's leadership team is bright, energetic and way out in front of their competitors. With this in mind, ADG concepted, developed and brought to life a site for CSE that makes the rest of the industry look like morticians.
    • If you've got a business card, you've got a business—right? You and 50 million others. ADG established a collateral system for CSE that made their brand and presence known just by the act of exchanging cards or sending a letter. We just tried to bottle the bigger-than-life persona of this dynamic organization in their collateral. It demanded bright colors, unique forms, and memorable big type to match their style.
    • ADG came up with CSE's tagline, “Every Connection Counts,” which was shortened to as eC2. Now, eC2 is shorthand for what makes CSE tick. Their efforts to help service organizations connect with partners and consumers are driving the industry toward better service. We're proud to be connected to their brand origin!
    • St. Boniface

      St. Boniface Beer gets new halo above it's heavenly brews with ADG's new brand mark.

      Classic. Crisp. And less filling. That's just the kinda' logo work we do.

    • Simple packaging is reminiscent of simpler times when it was all about taste. The wrap-around label also doubles as an awesome bumper sticker.
    • By the time you've tasted the 5th hoppy offer—it gets hard to remember which one you liked best! Tasting cards have become a huge hit among lovers of the St. Boni.
    • Wearing a beer after a brand new waitress spills all over you is a drag. Wear the brand is a matter of pride. Sporting St. Boniface apparel not only shows good taste in lager—it clearly identifies you as a fashion mogul as well.
    • What you say about your brand is what you become. This series of ads really does show that St. Boniface answers to a higher call.
    • Beer clients are beer drinkers. So we created a way for them to remember their names after over indulging in their products.
    • Freedom Consulting Group

      a fresher, geek-ier, chic-ier brand

      ADG brought a new brand to Freedom Consulting Group's recruitment efforts. The new mark spoke instantly to a cool-cat technical audience that fancies themselves “the new black.”

    • What techie wouldn't love nerd bubble gum cards? ADG's campaign cried “viva la Geek” as we helped celebrate the wonderful quirkiness of those who make the digital world around us hum.
    • Wanna' learn about Geek Opportunities? To the internet! ADG's web recruitment campaign for Freedom let visitors “meet the Geeks,” generate their Geek name, see why Freedom Consulting is different and bask in their own personal geekiness.
    • Old enough to remember that famous Farah Fawcette poster? Yeah…we didn't think so. But no need—the Geek Is Chic poster campaign plastered saucy technologist all over college campuses and recruitment centers. The results? A vocational love connection for Freedom and job seekers.
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& Gaming

    • CareOne Debt Relief Services

      What happens when you give people a fun and easy way to learn the fundamentals of personal finance?

      They get smarter. And wealthier. That's what MōDō is all about; more dollars…more sense.

      In this virtual learning world, MōDō's trainers know that managing your finances is serious business; but they keep it fun by offering “virtual video mentors” to walk you through your lessons and on to financial success.

      Pick a mentor and start learning. There's our Fitness Guru, Cool Dude, Green Chic and ol' Coach. Choose the one that's right for you—they'll let you know how you're doing and make sure you walk away with more dollars and more sense.

    • Deep Access

      Our nation's military analysts participate in a diverse set of training to enhance their performance

      —mission training, compliance training, training on systems and tools. As a capstone learning experience, analysts must apply everything they've learned in one final, critical mission called Deep Access.

      It's a fictional world of international politics, global commerce, vital missions, and persons of interest—both friend and foe. Deep Access is as real as it gets for analysts learning to track the bad guy.

      The clock is ticking and the mission depends on you. More than a progressive approach to the final exam, Deep Access is a serious game for serious learning, taking home one of the most prestigious industry-focused design awards for multimedia engagement.

    • T.A.R.P.

      Threat Awareness Reporting Program

      ADG partnered with the U.S. Army to train over a million troops in upping their vigilance. ADG's instructional systems design team, researchers, writers, art directors, producers, film makers, and software engineers worked together to develop a dynamic and interactive piece of courseware that included exercises, videos, history timelines, decision trees, and lessons—all programmed to synch with a sophisticated Learning Management System.

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    • AscendOne | StartingLine

      Maintaining a strong corporate culture is a challenge for every business.

      When most of your workforce is remote, it can feel impossible. Preparing new hires up front the virtual workplace goes a long way towards making it happen.

      Starting Line an on-boarding tool that guides employees through a serious of activities in preparation for Day 1 of employment.

      Starting Line's results? Dramatically improved employee retention, while providing new employees with a sense belonging from the start

    • DVS: Data Visualization Services.

      ADG worked with TD, one of the world's largest enterprise technology providers,

      to concept, design, and develop a pseudo operating system built on common platform architectures. ADG's DVS product enables disparate data from servers across the globe to be accessed, dynamically delivering visually rich information to hundreds of thousands of users simultaneously.

      ADG's technologists partnered with TD's to assure data integrity, security, and accessibility for users to interact with information, display it real-time, and collaborate with others through the DVS.

    • A strength of the DVS is ADG's implementation of services directly into the platform itself. ADG established UI standards, a Developer Tool Kit (DTK,) a Dynamic App Builder (DAB,) and an in-line Widget Shopping Center (WSC) to assure that subscribers could access exiting widgets and author new capabilities as needed.
    • IDP: the Information Dissemination Platform.

      ADG worked with SAS, to design the User Experience around its Information Dissemination Platform (IDP)

      —an alerting system that delivers information directly to smart phones, tablets and computers via text message, email, and MMS.

      ADG's simple presentation of user options encouraged adoption through ease of use, making their personal and business communications more effective and truly integrated.

      ADG's video for IDP convinced corporate decision makers within the DoD to consider new ways of communicating across services and across the globe. The capabilities video is nice…but the outtakes are even better. Enjoy.

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  • Apple
  • US Army
  • AscendOne
  • St. Boniface
  • Ciena
  • CSE - Customer Service Experts
  • Discovery Channel
  • US Department of Defense
  • Freedom Consulting Group
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • NFL
  • Lockheed Martin
  • National Cryptologic Museum Foundation
  • Nickelodeon
  • Proteus Technologies
  • SafeNet
  • TEKsystems
  • T.Rowe Price


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The Agency Life

  • It's not always all about us, but in this magazine it is.

    Washington Post columnist Tom Kavanagh gives insight into ADG Creative. Work, happy hours, team breakfasts — it's all in here.

  • StreetCorner: ADG's take on content marketing.

    StreetCorner™ is ADG’s take on content marketing. It’s a service we provide brands to help them launch and run a content marketing program from scratch or bolt-on to an existing program already in place. www.StreetCorner.biz

ADG Creative Reel

When you’re a strategic communications firm with a list of clients that ranges from tech and startup to three-letter government agencies that shall not be named, you get your hands pretty dirty in a year. We’ve crammed our favorite bits into significantly less time than that.


Call it capabilities, call it services, call it our menu. These are the ingredients we use when cooking up digital dishes
for our clients. If you can’t take the heat…

& Strategy

Brand Positioning, Strategy, and Marketing Plans


Web Design, App Development, and UI/UX

Motion, 3D
& Simulation

Video Storytelling, Motion, and Animation

& Gamification

Software Development, Serious Gaming, and Microlearning


PR Strategy, Media Engagement, Development, and Management


Digital, Print, Interactive, Infographics, and Data Visualization


Campaigns, Blogging, Video, SEO/SEM, and Social Media


Installations, Displays, and Brand Experience

In The Press

ADG Creative recognized by DoD for Extraordinary Support of National Guard and Reserve

Strategic communications firm honored with "Above and Beyond" Award for support of employees serving in the National Guard

COLUMBIA, MD (September 29, 2015)

The Maryland Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense (DoD) office, has awarded Columbia-based ADG Creative an "Above and Beyond" Award, recognizing the service of ADG employees in the National Guard and Reserve and the firm’s support of its men and women who serve.

The award was created by ESGR to honor American employers that provide extraordinary patriotic support. The award recognized ADG’s company policy that allows 10 days of paid military leave per calendar year to its employees who serve. Just recently, one of ADG’s designers served a nine-month deployment overseas with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

“Receiving this award is truly an honor,” said ADG’s Chief Creative Office Jeff Antkowiak. “Many of our employees have served and continue to serve in the U.S. military, and we are proud to be an organization that actively contributes, in any way we can, to the defense of our nation.”

ESGR promotes and facilitates employer support for the National Guard and Reserve by implementing mutually beneficial initiatives, recognizing outstanding employer support and advocating for employers within the DoD. ESGR also encourages and supports the employment of Guardsmen and Reservists who bring leadership to the civilian workforce.

ADG Creative to host Columbia Gateway Drive ‘Block Party’ Career Fair

Agency will co-sponsor recruiting event with Gateway Drive companies, local food trucks and live music

COLUMBIA, MD (August 17, 2015)

Columbia-based strategic communications firm ADG Creative will host the first ever Columbia Gateway Drive Talent Fair & Food Truck Roundup in its office parking lot on September 15, 2015 from 11am to 2pm. The event will feature booths from a number of companies in the area, live music by the Handsome Billionaires and Cris Jacobs, and lunch options from three local food trucks: Madame BBQ, Upslidedown Dave and The Green Bowl.

The fair will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is free and open to the public. A number of companies with offices in the Columbia Gateway Drive business community will have recruiting tables set up for attendees to visit, receive information, learn about hiring opportunities and submit resumes. ADG encourages anyone looking for career or networking opportunities around the Columbia and Howard County area to attend this free event.

A few table sponsorships are still available for companies wishing to have a table at the fair for their organization. A full list of companies present at the fair can be found at the below link.

More event details here

root9B names ADG Creative Agency of Record

Maryland agency ADG Creative engaged for branding, digital, and content marketing strategies for growing Colorado-based cybersecurity firm.

COLUMBIA, MD (July 1, 2015)

root9B, an information security leader and provider of advanced cyber operations, training, and consulting services, has hired strategic communications firm ADG Creative as its agency of record. This signifies a key addition to the agency’s established national defense and technology-driven client base(OTCMKTS: RTNB).

root9B's proprietary suite of cybersecurity services and products requires precise brand language and communications strategies to portray its value in today’s network security marketplace. root9B will be looking to Columbia, MD-based ADG for branding, marketing, design, and content solutions that represent root9B's unique offerings and unwavering commitment to network defense and education.

“We’re incredibly excited to put the cybersecurity experience we've gained supporting the U.S. Intelligence community to work in the burgeoning commercial marketplace,” said ADG’s Chief Creative Officer Jeff Antkowiak. “With the many recent high-profile cyber attacks on major U.S. corporations, it is evident that the threat is growing. root9B’s focus on active HUNT techniques sets them apart, and we're excited to work with them as they grow their business.”

“Our cybersecurity strategy represents a new evolution in the commercial space,” said root9B CEO Eric Hipkins. “Our story must position our unique capabilities while helping us educate business leaders on the evolving cyber landscape. With ADG's strong background in strategic communications for the Intelligence Community combined with their brand building experience in the commercial sector, they’re the perfect fit for what we must accomplish." 

2015 marks a significant year of growth for root9B as it has expanded its client base, strengthened its leadership and operations teams, and launched an enhanced cyber security product suite. This summer, the first-of-its-kind Adversary Pursuit Center (APC) will be fully operational, serving as the nerve center of root9B’s manned cybersecurity 24/7/365 HUNT operations.

ADG will provide a range of creative services for root9B, including branding, content strategy, website development, and various content marketing efforts aimed at sharing root9B’s insight and experience with cybersecurity professionals and the business community.

About root9B
Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., root9B is a leading provider of advanced cybersecurity services and training for commercial and government clients. Combining cutting-edge technology, tactics development, specialty tools, and deep mission experience, root9B personnel leverage their extensive backgrounds in the U.S. Intelligence Community to conduct advanced vulnerability analysis, penetration testing, digital forensics, incident response, industrial control system (ICS) security, and active adversarial pursuit (HUNT) engagements on networks worldwide. For more information, visit www.root9B.com.  

ADG Creative Welcomes Four New Hires

Columbia communications agency continues to grow with additions to finance and design departments

COLUMBIA, MD (May 28, 2015)

ADG Creative recently brought on board four new Creatives, growing its design and finance departments. The new additions to ADG's 65+ member workforce include:

Sarah Nelson-Balonis, Art Director
Sarah joins ADG’s Commercial design team with a background in exhibit and experience design. She will serve as the lead designer for print and interactive for many of ADG’s commercial clients.

Kelley Smith, Project Control Analyst
Kelley comes to ADG with years of experience as a financial analyst for both large and small organizations. She will focus primarily on ADG’s federal contracts to ensure all financial and programmatic requirements are met.

Mike McGahey, CFO
Mike brings over 20 years of experience as a Chief Financial Officer to ADG, with extensive experience in both the Federal and commercial sectors, as well as serving as partner at tax and consulting services firm McGladrey. Mike oversees all of the agency’s financial and budgetary operations.

Scott Margolis, Art Director
Scott joins ADG’s design team with over 20 years experience in advertising and design. His past client work includes Corning, Jeep, Maryland Lottery, and Dell.

 ADG has expanded its workforce significantly in the last two years as the company continues to grow its business in new ways. “We’ve got a great team that's solving tough problems every day,” said Chief Creative Officer Jeff Antkowiak. “Adding these superb professionals will help us do even more for our clients.”

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