Editor's Note: We asked Neal Karn – SLANT's newest team member – to draft a blog post this week. After a small knife-fight, she finally agreed. We're glad she did...
As a new employee, I'm sort of stunned at the things I've been learning about SLANT these past few weeks. So then I think...if I didn't know about these things, then you probably didn't know about them either. So as my first blog post (and since SLANT totally sucks at the humble brag) I'm going to drop some SLANT facts on you...
1. SLANT turned 10 this year.
This time 10 years ago, SLANT was operating out of founder Christopher Cecil's living room in Charleston. Fast forward 10 years, and we've got offices in downtown Greenville, downtown Charleston and have produced work for more than 160 clients. #micdrop
2. SLANT won its first National Addy Award for interactive design.
Impressive, right? Well....even more impressive was that the other winner was some little outfit called um...NIKE. We then won our second National Addy Award for logo design which is also impressive – especially when you consider some other Addy winners that year like Allstate, Volkswagen and DirecTV, among others. #dayum #madskillz
3. We're the tech-savviest creatives you'll ever meet.
You'd think that being creative would mean you're not so good at the technical stuff. Annnnd you'd be wrong. From controlling each others screens during design reviews to 4-way high-def video conferences with clients all over the country, to a central file server so advanced that 2TB of data are synchronized and backed up between the Greenville and Charleston offices every hour just to avoid any disasters – that's enough tech to make Inspector Gadget look like a cave man. #geeks
4. Yeah, we've done that.
So it's pretty obvious we do typical creative stuff (graphic design, advertising, etc) but did you know we've designed and produced digital pyrotechnical special effects for a stage production in Charleston? Or how about that time we fully designed the interior space and decor of an art gallery to enhance the brand and identity we developed for it? Or that one time we designed and produced an experimental ad for Philips Electronics using Microsoft Tag technology that ran on the big screen in Times Square for 3 months? Yeah, we've done all that. #creativePie #weBakesIt
5. We'll do a little...or a lot.
We're no different than other agencies in that we want to produce the best work possible so it will look good in our portfolio (hey, we all have egos). But where we stand apart is that we're far more interested in expanding on a killer idea than being able to say "we did AWWWL the work" That means we help some clients only a little and for some clients we help a LOT. Budgets and scope don't define the work we accept...we just want to work on great ideas with great people. #refreshing