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150 Media Stream Experiential Installation Debuts in Chicago, Calls for Future Artistic Submissions

Featured artist: Kurt Kaminski. Photo credit: Nick Ulivieri, http://nuphoto.com

CHICAGO – Having opened its doors in Chicago on Feb. 13, the 150 North Riverside Plaza has unveiled the 150 Media Stream, a digital art installation unlike anything in the United States.

The lobby of Riverside Investment & Development (Riverside)’s stunning, 53-story office tower designed by architect Goettsch Partners will serve as 150 Media Stream’s permanent home. A transit-oriented development located alongside the Chicago River in the West Loop, the award-winning project’s flagship tenants include the global headquarters of renowned investment bank William Blair and Company, iconic hotelier Hyatt Corporation, Navigant Consulting, as well as the Chicago office of Kansas City-based law firm Polsinelli. The project also includes a dynamic restaurant concept by Four Corners Tavern Group and restaurateur Brendan Sodikoff.

Commissioned by Riverside and curated by Creative Director Yuge Zhou, 150 Media Stream’s display concept and physical structure were designed by McCann Systems in cooperation with media firm Digital Kitchen. McCann Systems then led the design-build process, with specialized creative agency Leviathan engaged to produce the initial artistic content. Read more

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Giving season: Heroes 2016


Together with my family, I am sending my warmest thoughts to many friends and colleagues worldwide, and feeling a lot of gratitude. I truly appreciate your help in sending daily clicks to http://hungersite.com, where our simple mouseclicks can benefit a number of vital causes each and every day.

I’m also especially thankful to the individuals behind my client companies Cutters Studios, Gentleman Scholar Studios, Leviathan, Sarofsky and Wondersmith for their leadership and help in supporting the following heroic organizations. Read more

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Promo video primer: 30 first-class examples

Back in 2014, a story from Chris Trimble appeared in the Guardian proclaiming video as the future of content marketing, with this dire warning: “small businesses who ignore it do so at their peril.” Since then, video usage has continued to climb, and more and more people and businesses are trying to engage, entertain and educate us with their on-screen storytelling. Bearing this in mind, I’m very happy to share some of the videos I’ve collected over the past six years working beside some phenomenal storytellers.

For your reference and enlightenment, I have chosen 10 examples apiece for three well-established niches of corporate communications. While most of these videos were designed for business audiences, their creators invested some artistry to try to make them appeal to all of us. Read more

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Mark your calendar: Very cool events coming to the USA, Italy, Germany, UK and Canada

Keeping tabs on events that are valuable and inspirational to professionals like us – and sharing key details on a timely basis – continues to be a very busy job. Back at the beginning of June, it felt like the period dead ahead was the busiest time of the year for events… but after organizing this new 12x Learning Optimizer edition featuring 18 fascinating happenings spread across North America and Europe over the days ahead, I stand corrected. Please look for executives from specialized creative agency (and DWA client) Leviathan at the SEGD XLab workshops during New York Digital Signage Week, and for anyone attending the Adobe Max festivities in San Diego, consider signing up for the Studio Walking Tour (http://bit.ly/2es17FH) on Nov. 1, and if you do, please say hi to my friends (and clients) at brand strategy and digital design agency BASIC. Read more

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Case Study: Leviathan

Leviathan’s Reputation Soars Worldwide as Phenomenal Conceptual Design Company Rocking Broadcast, Experiential and Screens of All Sizes

Close Cooperation Between Management, Reps and DWA Maximizes Stellar Opportunities, Positions Company as Legitimate Rockstar
See also: VISUAL TIMELINE . MEDIA COVERAGE . PRESS SITE

Leviathan is a conceptual design company that creates engaging narrative content and experiences for brands and entertainers worldwide. The bold images it conceives appear on stages and architecture, in themed destinations and on screens of all sizes, accompanying famous faces and household names. Its teams build experiences to enthrall audiences, initiate conversations and keep crowds coming. Every day, Leviathan’s artists and engineers help transform the worlds of commercial advertising, live events, film, television and environments. Read more

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FITC is set to inspire in Toronto, NYC and Chicago

For 2016, FITC is ready to expand its highly successful history bringing leading design and technology professionals and students together in cities like Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo and Toronto. Here are the overview details for three upcoming inspirational FITC conferences that will unite designers, developers, digital artists and everyone innovating in the digital space in Toronto, New York and Chicago.

FITC Toronto, April 17-19, 2016, Hilton Toronto

Better and stronger than ever, the original three-day professional celebration of the world’s best design, web development, media and innovation in creative technologies soon returns to Toronto. Engineered year after year to unite and transform the creative industry, the 2016 organizers have assembled dynamic leaders and stars from all across North America and the world. Once again, FITC Toronto will unveil the future of everything innovative, technical and creative, to leave attendees informed, challenged and inspired.

Thanks to Dexigner.com, you can use discount code “dexigner” to save $100 off any ticket for this event. Read more

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Giving season: Heroes 2015


Together with my family, I am sending my warmest thoughts to many friends and colleagues worldwide, and feeling a lot of gratitude. I truly appreciate your help in sending daily clicks to http://hungersite.com, where our simple mouseclicks can benefit a number of vital causes each and every day.

I’m also especially thankful to Los Angeles-based imagemaker Tommy Ewasko and the individuals behind my client companies Cap Gun Collective, Cutters Studios, Leviathan, Sarofsky, Valiant Pictures and Wondersmith for their leadership and help in supporting the following heroic organizations. Read more

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Join the fun at FITC FORM Fest, 2-3 Nov. in Chicago

FITC has a 14-year history of uniting leading design and technology professionals and students in Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Toronto and other major international cities, but its last event to hit Chicago was back in 2008. On Nov. 2-3, a brand new Chicago-centric event conceived and produced under the auspices of FITC and its founding director Shawn Pucknell will take place at the Chicago History Museum. Entitled FORM Fest, the conference is aiming to be a landmark gathering of digital creators and technologists who are passionate about creating innovative work.

The impressive line-up of speakers includes bona-fide design-industry stars from elsewhere – like Stefan Sagmeister, GMUNK, Jared Ficklin and Rama Allen – but also local heavyweights like Erin Sarofsky, Jason White (Leviathan), Kim Alpert, Chuck Anderson and Chicago Design Museum’s executive director Tanner Woodford, among many others. Other featured speakers include Anton + Irene, Nicholas Felton, Jason Peterson of Havas Worldwide, Carlos Segura of Segura, Inc., and Anthony Vitagliano of Digital Kitchen.

Alpert and White are both past FITC speakers, and with support from conceptual design company Leviathan, they worked closely with FITC to create FORM and custom-tailor it for Chicago’s booming creative community. Read more

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Interested in being a guest speaker? Start early!


If you have the goal of becoming a successful guest speaker in the business world, I have some tips to share about getting started. These are based on my experiences working with some very talented people who are currently on-the-rise as star presenters, including Sarofsky Corporation’s Erin Sarofsky – and Chad Hutson and Jason White, the principals of Leviathan. Here are the preliminary tips (two more follow below):

. Start early
. Focus on these efforts as a key business activity
. Set your sights strategically to target the right opportunities
. Have a very specific vision for your proposed presentation and communicate it with the correct person before the deadline while also providing a well-organized summary of your speaking history Read more

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