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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.

Branding
& 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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Learning
& 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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Software
Development

    • 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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Clients

  • 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

People

Baltimore Magazine cover for Best Places to Work 2011We're
Hiring!

Life is good, and we're growing. Like, really growing.


ADG is on the lookout for brilliant people. Talented people. Nice people. People who want to wrap their arms around great big ideas and squeeze hard. If you believe making your mark means more than just leaving your thumbprints on fantastic work, let’s get together. We’d like to hear your story.

Why Aren’t You Here?
  • Design Careers

  • Designer
    At ADG, team members from multiple disciplines band together to imagine, invent, and build creative solutions for our clients. As a member of our design team, you will turn creative and design direction into imaginative and highly polished visual solutions. The Designer will collaborate toward the design and production of branding, presentations, print and environmental design, and website design.

    Senior Designer/Art Director
    ADG’s Senior Designer/Art Director will lead the design execution of branding, print and environmental design, and interactive design for screens large and small. You’ll know this is you if you’re an advanced to expert level user of Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign and have a killer portfolio full of logo design, branding and interactive work.  

    Multimedia Designer- Federal Team (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    The Multimedia Designer must be a well-organized, creative thinker with strong design and production skills in digital mediums to provide groundbreaking work for government and commercial customers. We’re talking information graphics, briefings, print material, web material, video, animation, visualizations and interactive media all to support a variety of strategic communications products. The ideal candidate will have 3-5+ years of web/interactive design experience and will work in conjunction with our team of in-house developers.

    EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled

  • Account/Project Management Careers

  • Account Executive
    ADG’s Account Executive position plays an extremely important role in our process.  You’re the main gear around which all the work, proposals, emails, and budgets spin. But this position isn’t just about keeping the train on the tracks- it’s about making the experience a joy for our clients and constantly looking for ways to increase their success. Day to day tasks are things like interfacing with clients, billing, reporting, status updates, calls, communications and collaboration as needed.  You’re like a super efficient concierge who can make it happen for clients no matter what.

    Project Manager / Project Manager (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    The Project Manager serves ADG Creative’s Federal/Intelligence Community client base and is involved from new business meetings and pitches through project completion. The project manager is responsible for initiating and managing proposals, budgets and project plans, then guiding and managing assigned project through the entire project lifecycle to exceed client expectations while delivering on time and on budget.  An effective problem-solver on a day-to-day basis, the project manager must be adept at anticipating problems and recognizing opportunities. You’ve got to be a conscientious team player and a good organizer and demonstrate excellent verbal and written communications skills.  The project manager is a creative problem solver, exhibiting initiative and a take-charge attitude. 

    Communications Strategist (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    A Communications Strategist at ADG is someone who can sit down with a key federal client, listen to his or her needs and goals and translate them into real-life marketing initiatives.  You put meat on the bones, clarify the vision, bring things into focus and see things through from beginning to end.  You’re 50% account executive, 50% content strategist and 50% project manager (Yes, that’s more than 100% but that’s how we roll).  Our federal clients should love you for your go-the-extra mile attitude and our designers should love you for getting things organized and putting clear tasks with big dreams. 

    EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled

  • Software Development Careers

  • Developer (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    The Developer is responsible for the development of major and minor web applications and solutions for a variety of unique projects.  The Developer will develop, test and deliver web sites, applications and components to ensure project completion.  Best practices and design methods will be utilized to ensure the success of the projects. The Developer will have the ability to develop functionality while creating applications and components from the requirements stage, through design to production.  If you can speak in PHP, Java, C#, VB.NET, ActionScript 3.0, Python, Ruby, or equivalent and use web development frameworks like jQuery, prototype.js, backbone.js, node.js, Ext/Sencha, TypeScript, pureMvc, or equivalent then you’re in the right place.

    Software Engineer (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    ADG’s Software Engineer will develop, test and deliver web sites, and applications throughout the entire project life cycle.  This individual will be a motivated and energetic engineer who takes initiative, enjoys finding solutions to a varying number of challenges and takes extreme pride in their work. We’re looking for experience in SQL-like database technologies, (SOAP and RESTful), HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML and JSON, and a strong understanding of Object-Oriented Analysis (OOA), Design (OOD), and Programming (OOP) concepts.

    Director of Software Engineering  (TS/SCI w/ Poly)
    The Director of Software Engineering is responsible for ADG’s software development strategy and delivery of all software development projects to meet client expectations, financial budgets, and strategic goals.  The ideal candidate will need to be innovative, intellectually curious, and a results-oriented Director who can lead the technical development, deployment and support for all software applications across a range of technologies.  As a technical leader, the ideal candidate will be a pragmatic visionary that can translate business needs into technology solutions. 

    The Director of Software Engineering must be able to demonstrate working experience in an Agile/Scrum environment.  The Director is a principle advocate for the institution of test-driven development practices, continuous integration, test automation and build processes, as well as the adoption, definition and adherence to strategic technical directions and standards, and long-term technical asset management. This responsibility will also include collaborating closely with product owners and business stakeholders to plan, estimate, prioritize and allocate work within an Agile framework.

    EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled

  • Internships

  • Communications Intern

    The Communications Intern will support ADG’s Director of Communications in a variety of written, visual and strategic communications efforts.  The Communications Intern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of projects to support internal and client initiatives including social media management and planning, content development, marketing research and reporting, public relations, graphic and visual support, ADG brand support, events, and more. Applicants must have the ability to think creatively and strategically, demonstrate solid writing and editing skills, and have a team-focused and teachable attitude. Although not required, skills in social media management, photography and editing, and Adobe Creative Suite are a plus. This is a paid summer internship beginning in May and running through August 2014. The Communications Intern will work onsite at ADG Creative for up to 30 hours/week with pay. Submit Application Packet to Jon Barnes, Director of Communications, jbarnes@adgcreative.net.

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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.

  • Art, The Vine & All That Jazz

    We will soon unveil the first exhibit in the brand-new ADG Art Gallery. Featuring work by ADG Creatives and friends of the firm, the art gallery will showcase our extra-curricular creative pursuits.

ADG Creative Reel 2012

When you're 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.


Skills

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…

Branding
& Strategy

Brand Positioning, Strategy, and Marketing Plans

Interactive

Web Design, App Development, and UI/UX

Motion, 3D
& Simulation

Video Storytelling, Motion, and Animation

E-Learning
& Gamification

Software Development, Serious Gaming, and Microlearning

Public
Relations

PR Strategy, Media Engagement, Development, and Management

Design

Digital, Print, Interactive, Infographics, and Data Visualization

Content
Development

Blogging, Video, SEO/SEM, and Social Media

Experience
Design

Installations, Displays, and Brand Experience

In The Press

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ADG Creative Adds Centric Business Systems to Client Roster

ADG to Develop Comprehensive Branding and Marketing Strategies

COLUMBIA, MD (April 23, 2014)

Howard County strategic communications firm, ADG Creative, is pleased to announce that Centric Business Systems has joined ADG’s growing roster of commercial clients. 

Centric Business Solutions Systems is a technology leader that offers innovative and reliable document management solutions and business systems from the world’s top manufacturers. Centric has tapped ADG for a variety of strategic branding, marketing and web-based solutions to help Centric maintain its market leadership position in a rapidly changing industry.

“We’re matchmakers for technology and creativity and we’re excited to put our skills to work on behalf of Centric,” states Jeff Antkowiak, Chief Creative Officer at ADG.

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ADG Diversifies Portfolio with Addition of Bowie State University

Columbia Firm Partners With Bowie State University to Produce Student Recruiting Video

COLUMBIA, MD (April 10, 2014)

Columbia-based communications firm, ADG Creative, announces that Bowie State University has chosen ADG Creative to support a new student recruitment initiative.

ADG Creative has produced a student recruitment video for Bowie State University (BSU), which focuses on brand awareness, student enrollment, and highlights the university’s successes. The video is designed to showcase BSU as an accessible and supportive higher education environment where the diverse spectrum of tomorrow’s leaders are nurtured to exceed their own expectations. The video features honest and heartfelt perspectives by individuals who have experienced what Bowie State University has to offer.

“We’ve enjoyed working with Bowie State University,” said Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s Founder and Chief Creative Officer. “Helping brands tell their story is at the heart of our organization and we’re excited to help Bowie State tell theirs.”

 ADG continues to explore new ways to help its clients deliver powerful brand experiences. To learn more about ADG Creative, visit www.adgcreative.net.  See the video here


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ADG Creative Brings Home Five Awards at the 2014 Baltimore ADDYs

Agency Recognized for Pushing the Envelope in Interactive and Print Media

COLUMBIA, MD (March 27, 2014)

ADG Creative, a Maryland branding and marketing agency, won five ADDY® Awards from the American Advertising Federation of Baltimore (AAFB) for its creative work over the past year.

 “I am so proud of our creative staff,” said Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s founder and Chief Creative Officer. “We continually strive to tell our client’s stories, and our own story in new, boundary-breaking ways, and are honored to have that work recognized by our industry peers.”

ADG Creative received four Gold and one Silver ADDY® Awards in multiple categories, including:

  • Elements of Advertising, Logo, Gold: Creative Thread Logo
  • Ad-Industry Self- Promotion, Cards, Invitations, Announcements, Gold: Gumbo & Mistletoe 2013
  • Ad-Industry Self- Promotion, Integrated Campaign, Gold: Gumbo & Mistletoe 2013
  • Ad-Industry Self-Promotion, Direct Marketing Specialty, Gold: Gumbo & Mistletoe 2013
  • Ad-Industry Self-Promotion, Print, Silver: You in Review

The Annual ADDY® Awards ceremony was held at Hyatt Regency Baltimore on on March 20, 2014. Gold ADDY® winners automatically move on to the District level. Silver winners have the option whether or not to submit work to the District level for judging.

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ADG Creative Expands Creative Team

Creative Agency Adds Talent With Four New Hires

COLUMBIA, MD (March 20, 2014)

ADG Creative is pleased to announce four new talented individuals have joined the firm. The new members include:

  • Lauri Greer-Bianco, Recruiter. Greer-Bianco will support the hiring process and experience while ADG continues to expand its staff to meet client needs. She joins the team from CPSI Consulting and has placed a wide variety of candidates in her career.
  • Marybeth Steil, General Counsel and Director of Contracts. Steil brings a strong background in government contracting, business and finance law with over 14 years of experience.  She is a graduate of William and Mary School of Law and Swarthmore College. She works in all areas of business growth for ADG and is licensed to practice law in Maryland, Virginia, District of Columbia, California, and Hawaii.
  • Melissa Franko, Director of Client Services. Franko joins the ADG team from Planit Agency in Baltimore and serves as a primary point of contact for ADG Creative’s commercial clientele. She leads ADG’s Client Services team to deliver an outstanding service experience for clients throughout the strategic planning and creative development and execution process.
  • Anne-Marie Reid, Senior Software Developer. Reid joins ADG Creative from Sabre Engineering and brings over 20 years experience in software lifecycle support and engineering, agile software development, testing and integration.

“People are our greatest asset, and these talented individuals are helping fuel the growth our firm has been fortunate to experience over the last year, and improve our service offerings to our clients,” said Jeff Antkowiak, ADG’s President and Chief Creative Officer.

  • Stay in the Know

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    How did Starbucks navigate through the Great Soy PR Crisis and still come out on top? ADG's Public Relations guru, Dan Waldman, digs into why Starbucks keeps getting it right and what we can learn from them.

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