Ant Q&A: Bryan Cooper

Bryan Cooper
Associate Creative Director

How would you describe your job?
When you break my job down to its basics, I’m taking a thought from one human and translating it into something visually compelling enough to get the attention of another human.

What inspires you?
Evel Knievel, vintage photography, Cracker Jack toys and working with people who know how to turn work into fun.

What creative projects do you pursue outside of agency work?
My favorite medium is clay. There’s something primal about working with clay that you can’t quite get with other mediums. One of the reasons I love it is because there are no tools: just you, your hands and the clay, and it gets messy.

What other creative talents do you have?
I also love photography. If I’m not shooting photos of family or friends, I’m shooting small clay figures that I create. You can check it out at BCillustography.com.

Why did you get into advertising?
I was in a band and needed a secondary job that would allow me to keep my long hair. Advertising fit the bill. It turns out that my favorite part of being in a band was designing our T-shirts and CD covers. So, I quit my band, cut my hair and joined the advertising world. But I still think about growing my hair back out.

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AcrobatAnt Marketing & Advertising
AcrobatAnt.com
1336 East 15th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-938-7912

Ant Q&A: Amy Smith

Amy Smith
Senior Interactive Designer

SeriousAmyHow would you describe your job? 

I specialize in design and front end development of websites, email campaigns and online ads.

How did you get into online work? What was the attraction?

I started writing HTML when I was 12. I got my first AOL screen name when I was 9. I figured out how to set up a profile with my name and basic information, and how to put basic HTML tags in the profile to style it, change colors, etc. Then, I was like, “Oh, this is how whole websites are built!” I wish I could remember the website I went to to teach myself. It was a site that was geared toward teaching kids code—built by another kid. And that’s where I started.

What do you wish every client knew about online?

Clients have recently been requesting WordPress specifically as a CMS (content management system). Usually, WordPress is fine, but when we talk to clients, we realize WordPress isn’t always the best option for their site. Rather than requesting WordPress by name, clients would be better off telling us their needs and wants, then letting us come up with the specific technology.

What have been the biggest changes in online?

Web design has definitely shifted over the last five years to a focus on content rather than gimmicky design. There’s also been a huge shift to viewing websites on mobile devices rather than the traditional desktop or laptop computer. That changes the design thinking.

You’re not the typical image of a house flipper. Where did those skills come from?

I certainly wouldn’t call myself handy, but I’m good with a paintbrush and decent at learning new things. My family combined our expertise and hired professionals where needed. I was best at organizing the projects, choosing all the finishes and the staging—basically the fun parts. Our realtor said several colleagues and clients asked who did the staging. Turns out I might be decent at this designing thing. (My own house was pretty empty of furniture and decor for the several months our houses were on the market.)

AmyShoes

How do you walk in those heels?

No one in my extended family is over six feet tall. We’re a short bunch. I never thought I’d break five feet tall. The day I did was a tremendous relief, but at 5′ 3″-ish (on a good day), I’m still much shorter than most people. I decided to level the playing field with shoes. Over the years, I’ve gradually increased the heel height. Practice, practice, practice. Now it’s nothing to walk in 6-inch stilettos. And truthfully, some of my least comfortable shoes have shorter heels. The secret is really to find comfortable ones and wear them every day. I hurt my calf muscles in boot camp because I never wear flats. My legs were sore until I put on heels.

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AcrobatAnt Marketing & Advertising
AcrobatAnt.com
1336 East 15th Street
Tulsa, OK 74120
918-938-7912

Graphic Artist has a flair for sports

With college football right around the corner, we thought it only fitting to mention the newest member of the Ant Farm, our resident Fantasy Football organizer,  Dell Chambers.

Dell (right) meets Darren McFadden, 2008

Dell is a native Tulsan who like many from this great state played sports for most of his life. His love of sports growing up was coupled by his love of visual arts, leading him to earn a degree in graphic arts.

With a unique sense of what makes an athlete great, Dell transforms his strong attention to detail and insight into amazing hand-illustrated portraits.

Recently, Dell donated his work to The Color of Hope Gala in Arkansas and all proceeds were donated to Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dell’s Portrait was auctioned for $5,000.

Congratulations, Dell, you make a fine Ant and good luck with this year’s Fantasy Football League!

Are you a sports fan? Check out Dell’s work!

www.dellchambers.com

Acrobatic… Ants

All of us here at AcrobatAnt like to think we have a little ‘Acrobat’ in us. Compare us to these acrobat skills and traits and see for yourself.

Flexibility –So acrobats can put their feet behind their heads – so what?! We can ramp up a new project or halt one in a moment’s notice.  We can meet on the client’s terms – in person, online, via email or phone. Each client manager prides themselves on managing projects in a way that each unique client would expect.

Grip – Acrobats seem to have pretty good ‘grip’ – they can grab a moving bar and not let go while flinging themselves across an arena. Well, AcrobatAnts have a pretty good grip too. We manage to hold on to our clients and not let them slip through the cracks. Most of our clients have been our clients for over 5 years – and we plan to keep our new clients for at least that long and longer. When we enter a client relationship – we are in it for the long haul. We pride ourselves in our ability to hold fast to our client relationships.

No Fear – Acrobats aren’t really scared of heights, falling or a lot of other ‘scary’ things. We also welcome some ‘scary’ things like new tools, processes and ideas. The phrase, ‘But we haven’t done it that way before’ isn’t in the AcrobatAnt language. If there is an idea or tool that makes since for our client’s goals – let’s do it! No fear!

Friends – Acrobats have to count on their team to do their job. If you can’t trust the person on the other side of the trapeze, who can you trust? AcrobatAnts are a team and we’ve learned to trust each other. The variety of experience and expertise on our team makes us stronger and more flexible. One person’s strengths spread throughout the colony, increasing everyone’s performance. While, a person’s weaknesses are minimized by their coach and team members who help improve their technique and keep them from falling off the trapeze while they learn. Acrobats are team players and so are we.

Performance – Even if an acrobatic team puts on the best show of their life, what does it matter if no one watched to critique their performance? AcrobatAnts do their job, do it well and expect to be held accountable. We make our clients happy by not only performing amazing feats of marketing, but also helping them see how the performance helped their business objectives.

So, while you (probably) won’t see us flying through the air or doing amazing feats of balance – we pride ourselves in being acrobatic. If you want to see what AcrobatAnt can do for your business, contact us today at Info@AcrobatAnt.com.