Our latest interview with Richmond BizSense

Want to know more about our creative process? Or how we came up with our company name? Check out the full interview below. 

Photo Credit: Jonathan Spiers

Photo Credit: Jonathan Spiers

"First-time competitor Cream took home the production best-in-show award for its show-open video for last year’s Richmond Forum.

The motion design firm had been in business three years, made up of partners and co-owners Shannon Honaker, Ruth Newberry, Amanda Russell and Dave Swain. But the Cream team, which also includes executive producer Joanna Recinos, had never submitted work for the annual awards put on by the Advertising Club of Richmond.

“That was a great surprise,” said Russell, who met Newberry when they were both in the former Media General’s broadcast department. Honaker and Swain go back to VCU and worked at NBC12 before collaborations on freelancing jobs led them all to team up and form their own studio.

Describing themselves as equal business partners and friends, the four principals of Cream collaborate on all of their projects, using a “copilot” system where one serves as creative lead on a project and another serves as a second, to help bounce ideas off and develop them."


Blend Fest 2017

Blend Fest is a motion design conference with a uniquely intimate energy. Motion designers travel from all over the world to the stunning city of Vancouver just to be a part of this epic experience. We were so excited to stay for a week in our favorite city while learning so much about the industry. The Who's Who of motion graphics and design were all under one roof. And even our humble leader, Justin Cone, was the host to this year's event. It may seem geeky, but it's just about the coolest party any animator will ever attend. Why? Well, let's let the people from WINE after COFFEE tell you.

“This party is carefully curated and created with much love by a small group of people: JorgeTeresaClaudio & Sander. They wanted to create a place for their motion, design & animation family to call home; to make festival for the community, by the community. Always trying to keep it small, without any sponsors behind it, trying to break even, and hoping to create a festival that each one of them would love to attend.

It all began when Jorge & Claudio started a vimeo channel called WINE after COFFEE, curating their favorite videos in one place. That channel grew and grew, and today has over 30K followers. This was all online, and the idea to bring this amazing community to the real world was incredibly exciting. So Blend was born. You can read more about its conception here.

The heart of Blend and WINE after COFFEE is to be a place, online and offline, where people from all around the world come to share awesome work, get inspired, learn, and collaborate. Because when we get together, amazing things happen.”