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June 4th, 2015 :: text by

:: Meet eeko studio’s Summer 2015 Ninja Interns ::

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eeko studio’s latest crop of Ninterns (Ninja Interns) are fascinating. One has an addiction to elevator smells, one aspires to be a hippie hermit, one is apparently Dr. Evil and the fourth will be the piped piper of zombie-eating rodents.

Meet this summer’s ninterns:

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May 15th, 2015 :: text by

:: eeko kicking serious ass at Collision Conference ::

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Two eeko studio rock stars walk into a tent in Las Vegas wearing CO+HOOTS’ “HOOT HOOT MOTHERF*CKER” T-shirts … what do you think happened next?

There can be only one answer.

Serious ass kicking.

Last week, eeko studio’s Brittany Rislund and Kay Tanstrum attended Collision Conference, a tech conference that exhibits hundreds of startups and hosts a variety of speakers from around the world. Having only started 3 years ago, Collision has become one of the largest entrepreneurial conferences in the world.

So, basically, no big deal, it’s just a level of epic-ness you can never prepare for.

There were over 200 speakers in the course of two days, not to mention two pavilions filled to the brim with start ups presenting their ideas and pitching both to other start and to potential funders.

Brittany recounts the experience:

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January 9th, 2015 :: text by

:: Video of 26 Blocks exhibit installation in downtown Phoenix ::

eeko studio is proud to work with local projects that have a community impact. One of those projects is 26 Blocks, which features the personalities and culture that encompass 26 blocks in downtown Phoenix.

We designed banners for 26 Blocks’ exhibit at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Phoenix; and those designs were recently put up on the walls of the hotel! View the glorious video below.

The exhibit opens to the public on Jan. 16.

Video shot and edited by eeko studio Art Director Chris Kontakis.

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December 19th, 2014 :: text by

:: Meet new eeko studio designer Brittany Rislund ::

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Her name is Brittany.

Or is it Brittney?

Or is it The Pink Power Ranger?

We’ll let her explain.

Get to know eeko studio’s newest design ninja!

Age: 28

Hometown: Glendale, AZ

Nickname: B, or stormgooser on the interwebs and online gaming.

Graphic design background: I’ve always been into the arts, from band to theatre, photography to painting. Though I started out wanting to get into photojournalism, I quickly found my true love in graphic design when I stumbled into it while working for a local business back in 2007. I ended up being self-taught in most of the basics before finally going to school for graphic and web design to refine what I knew and expand on that knowledge. During my final semester, I received the opportunity to be Project Manager and lead a team of 4 other students in producing The Traveler, the book publication of the school’s annual literary and fine arts competition.

I was super fortunate in being introduced to the Phoenix Film Festival where I volunteer as a designer. This also led me to Phoenix Comicon where I continue to volunteer as Art Coordinator, helping lead a large art team. I’m now on my second year with both organizations and I love it.

I’ve also had a great experience and opportunity working with another local designer on several projects including logo designs, digital pieces, and large format printing for vehicle wraps and window graphics. The last company I worked for is based outside of Toronto and is well known in the daily T-shirt and nerdy subscription box industries. I was the promotions and community manager and lead designer for two entities having five products, each with their own, separate social media presence. It was both a fun and challenging experience, especially while working remotely and leading a team that’s a couple thousand miles away.

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November 12th, 2014 :: text by

:: Meet eeko’s new Art Director ::

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The man with the magazine cover for a face staring into your soul is none other than Chris Kontakis … eeko studio’s new Art Director!

Get to know Chris, the one man behind one-man show Localrevibe Magazine among other fantastic things.

Age: 34.

Hometown: Phoenix.

Nickname: Mahones.

Graphic design background:  10+ years experience in the web and graphic design industry. Also experience in print production, photography and video production. I’ve worked for a few start up companies based out of Phoenix, Florida, Los Angeles and San Francisco in the past. The last company I had worked for was an entertainment site for the indie film community where I traveled and shot interviews and behind the scenes videos with indie directors. In the process, I shot all the video, audio production, edited and learned site monetization helping build what was at first a 4-person team and a blog, to a 40+ team company with a full film studio in Burbank and an Alexa site rank of 19, making the blog one of the most popular in the U.S. for 2011 and one of the top ten ad distributors from 2010-2012.

Before all this, it began with my passion for photography. I’ve done wedding photography but my passion has always been journalism photography. I enjoy capturing real moments, when people aren’t looking at the camera. My passion for photography eventually lead me to creating Localrevibe Magazine, a local Phoenix based print publication showcasing downtown Phoenix culture, business and food! This allowed me to go out and shoot photos of people doing creative things, capturing the Downtown Culture.

Favorite thing about what I do?
I love design and anything creative. I though that over 10+ years that I would be burnt out but it’s the complete opposite! Taking client ideas and bringing them to life has always been the most exciting process and I hope to continue for at least another 10 years!

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March 7th, 2014 :: text by

:: eeko studio designs Fresh Express mobile market program ::

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We are nothing without our community. It shapes us. But it is something we can shape as well.

One of eeko studio’s policies is to work with companies and organizations who are hell bent on having a positive impact on the community.

We give you, Fresh Express by Discovery Triangle, one of the most fun and most heart-warming projects we’ve ever had the privilege to be a part of. eeko studio is one of the sponsors of Phoenix’s new mobile market program, which will bring fresh produce and nutrition education resources to low-income areas of Phoenix that have been designated as a “food desert.”

eeko studio came up with the name Fresh Express and designed the logo, website and the mobile market’s bus wrap! We were more than elated to have worked with Discovery Triangle on this program.

And having our logo on the bus (lower right in the photo above) is also a proud point.

The Fresh Express press conference announcement earlier this month was something to behold. The Discovery Triangle Development Corporation (a fantastic team that spearheaded and runs the program), Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, Tempe Mayor Mark Mitchell was there as well as several other sponsors, media, people in the community and some young students from Balsz Elementary School attended the event.

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For the latest on Fresh Express, like and check out its Facebook page!

And it isn’t an event that includes eeko studio without an epic jumping photo!

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July 25th, 2013 :: text by

:: Chalk It Up ::

By Barb Krueger

Chalk Typography is a growing trend in the graphic design world.

It offers a unique perspective to visual communication that isn’t permanent, is playful and aesthetically pleasing — all at once. Dana Tanamachi has created a business out of her raw talent for free form type, while others have created a new style of street art.

Dana’s patience for her craft has helped her land clients such as Rugby Ralph Lauren, Google and West Elm.

Check out Dana’s work that was featured in Graphic News Art.

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July 24th, 2013 :: text by

:: Web Design UX 101 ::

By Barb Krueger

Web design has many aspects that should be considered before the site is built. Depending on the client each design and process varies, but there are certain universal aspects.

Information hierarchy is important because it allows the user to navigate the site with ease and find the information they need. Through extended research, any site can amplify its potential with little improvements.

After research is complete, the visual design is implemented and is also the glue that holds the site together. The web design process allows the viewer to have a better user experience (or UX). To learn more about UX and how it maximizes web browsing, check out this awesome infographic from youthedesigner.com.

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June 20th, 2013 :: text by

:: eeko studio Nintern 2013: Joel “Cookie” Cook ::

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On Wednesday, you read about one of CO+HOOTS’/eeko studio’s 2013 Ninterns. (RIGHT!??!)

And now meet the other Nintern (ninja intern, for you n00bs) … Joel Cook (no relation)!

Joel is in the photo above with his lovely wife, Jenn. Joel is the one on the right.

So put your feet up, blow some bubbles and read. (Exact order is up to the reader.)

Name: Joel Cook

Nickname: Joelski or Cookie

Age: 22

Title: Graphic Design Intern

Why did you want to work at CO+HOOTS and eeko studio?
After a lot of research, I found eeko studio and really was impressed with their portfolio, then I started to look into what CO+HOOTS was and I just loved the concept! Put a lot of hard working creative people in one working space what do you get?… Explosions of awesomeness!

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June 19th, 2013 :: text by

:: eeko studio Nintern 2013: Barb “Babs” Krueger ::

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Meet one of eeko studio/CO+HOOTS’ 2013 Ninterns (ninja interns, duh) … Barb Krueger (no relation)! Read and revel in the epicness. (That’s a word.)

Name: Barb Krueger

Nickname: Babs

Age: 23

Title: Intern

Why did you want to work at CO+HOOTS and eeko studio?
I chose CO+HOOTS and eeko studio because of their sense of community. I find that Phoenix has a lot of cool opportunities and fun events going on, but it’s not always showcased. CO+HOOTS shows these opportunities to Phoenix and then some. I chose eeko specifically because of the awesome design work they do.

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