“Play is the highest form of research”
— Albert Einstein
Great work takes "whatever it takes." For us, that’s meant camping out at truck stops for “impromptu” chats with longhaulers. Or sitting at an airport terminal at 6am to observe travel behavior. But whatever it takes, we’re on it.
Some call our approach unorthodox or extreme – we call it necessary. Because when we’re getting the inside scoop from our target, we’re creating content that connects.
Email Marketing & Strategy
User Interface Design
Illustration and Animation
Motion Graphics and Video
App & Tablet Development
Emerging Technology Development
HTML5 / CSS3
Mobile Web Development
Content Management Systems
Hosting & Managed Services
Media Planning and Buying
Social Media Marketing
Viral Marketing & Strategy
Planning & Buying
Reporting & Analytics
Search Engine Marketing
Search Engine Optimization
At Recess, we approach every challenge from both a creative and a strategic standpoint. We begin by learning as much about a company as possible. From there we consider the competition - and more importantly the target - in order to develop a compelling creative strategy that will achieve a client’s goals.
It starts – like everything we do – with discovery. Keeping requirements and functionality in mind, we’ll put our heads together and form a plan of attack. We’ll map out the project, create a timeline, complete an analysis of the competitive landscape and prepare the team as they move towards execution.
Using your brand guidelines and our experience and knowledge of best practices, we’ll dig into the look and feel of creative approach. After exploring several design iterations, we’ll narrow down our options and together we’ll decide on a final approach. Then it’s time to prep all of the visual elements for development & execution.
Here we see our concepts and visual design come to life. Whether we’re developing a new technology platform, mobile application or executing against the media plan, we begin the integration and push the creative live.
Ensuring continuous, reliable delivery and measurement is no simple task. But at Recess, it’s at the forefront of our process. We test early and often, across a broad cross-section of devices and browsers by using both human and automated testing. Once live, we dissect the analytics and partner with you to make use of the data collected.
Chris is a man of many words – he literally never stops talking (or singing). A designer and photographer in his past life, he provides thought leadership, moral support and serves as a distraction to the team in important meetings. Originally from NY, Chris is rockin’ the suburbs of CLE with his wife and two kiddos. Chris loves new business. Send him an email here.
From working as a pre-press artist in high school to leading creative for some of the biggest brands in the world, Tim has seen it all. Since day one at Recess, he's worked relentlessly to build a creative team that's been recognized as an industry leader by folks like the Webby Awards, The Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts and his Mom.
[MUSIC HITS] – Hailing from the rural streets of New Phila, OH, Chad brings over a decade of rich web, game and app expertise to Recess. From his amateur roots as a gym class hero to his professional championships at Webbys XVI and SXSW Accelerator MMXIII, he continues to be a competitive leader with a passion for innovation.
With roots in art school admissions followed by a decade of enrollment management for a public university in SW Montana, Catherine decided to come home and take on the management of our most excellent office. After 25 years of traveling, she is happy to stay put and rediscover the joys of Cleveland.
Erik is a proven technology leader with over 10 years experience leading teams large and small building enterprise level software. Erik combines his passion for continual improvement with creative thinking to drive delivery of the highest quality technology. In addition to his wife and son, Erik also really likes tasks and lists.
Bill provides leadership at the account and project levels at Recess. He has over 114 years of agency experience in business analysis, marketing strategies, and project management with a strong technical background. Bill has led award winning projects from web design to mobile applications.
Equipped with hands-on marketing expertise, detailed project plans and a smile, Jen loves getting her hands dirty coordinating the execution of online and offline marketing initiatives. When she's not buried in her inbox, you can find her chasing her little boy around and (attempting) DIY house projects!
Emily is an avid boot camper and claims to be a retiring distance runner, although she’s still attempting to run long distances. She’s mildly obsessed with her dog, #mozthepuggle and Starbucks. When she isn’t blogging, she’s with family and friends or DIYing/creating things… for her blog. Oh, and for fun, Emily manages project timelines, budgets and client expectations like a pro.
Born of humble origins, Justin spent his early days scaling peaks and swimming in crystal glacial waters in a distant land known to some as Montana. A gypsy by trade with a background in copywriting and creative direction, Justin can now be found crafting strategies and implementing awesomeness worldwide. In his leisure time you can find Justin pressing letters and drinking whiskey, the lifeblood of all great mountain explorers.
Gina is passionate about solving problems, designing meaningful experiences and creating clarity out of chaos. Her claim to fame as a former college radio DJ has shaped her love for 80s classic rock and shoegaze. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, knitting socks, thrifting and playing chess.
Cecilia was born in California, but raised a Hoosier through and through. A storyteller by nature and nerd at heart, she grew up on a steady dose of D&D, World of Warcraft, and Terry Pratchett. When she isn’t designing, she’s probably making a mess trying to learn something new. She’s fueled by caffeine, a passion for problem solving, and a hyperactive imagination.
AJ, better known as @216aj, is a born and raised die-hard Clevelander. He’s had a passion for fancy letters and design since his younger graffiti days. If AJ’s not at a CLE sporting event, he’s probably busy instagramming his daily adventures around #Cleveland.
Jake is not from State Farm. He does not wear khakis. He does not answer the phone at 3:00 in the morning. However, Jake is a national award winning graphic designer and recent graduate from Myers School of Art. He enjoys the simple things in life: the typeface “Din,” black & white things, and motorcycles. He also aspires to be Ryan Gosling’s character from “Drive.”
Originally from Erie, PA, Kayla brings her Tardis mug, and her love for the Pittsburgh Steelers into the office everyday. (Yes, there is a Terrible Towel on her desk.) She is obsessed with all things color, whether that's "ooing and aahing" at Pantone books, or sporting bright yellow rain jackets! When she’s not designing, you can catch her reading, roller blading, or gushing about the latest superhero show.
Originally from Ukraine, Yelena set out to prove her ESL teacher wrong when she was told her English wasn’t improving. Her love for words and writing started at the ripe age of 4 and continued throughout school and into her career. When she’s not talking about and showing off her cat, Money****, she’s out exploring and making memories with friends and family in Cleveland.
Ryan is a hard-working software developer, fueled by 10 cups of coffee a day and C#. From solving problems to creating new solutions, he will do whatever it takes to get the job done. In addition to his passion for software development, Ryan is a die-hard Cleveland Indians fan and is still upset about the 2016 World Series.
If you think it is impossible to turn a game of solitaire into a head to head competition, then you haven’t met Liv. Her love of games, puzzles, and competition extend to her love for code, because she can solve the puzzle of taking a design and duplicating it using whatever language comes her way.
Hailing from Boston, Massachusetts, Paige attends Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana when she’s taking time off from being a Recess intern. She runs, she’s a proud plant parent, and she’s a big Oxford comma fan. Paige thinks it’s important to live every week like shark week and loves quoting Vines.
Awards are great and we love to be recognized for our work. But what we love more is when our cutting edge ideas deliver tangible results for our clients. (And making Mom proud)