We are TNB.
No one can whistle a symphony
We are DESIGN & STORY
We are a group of graphic designers and motionographers undeniably obsessed with making beauty that stands apart from the crowd while delivering well-crafted messaging. A core belief that everything must have a purpose drives us, and if its purpose is merely looking pretty, then we simply have no time for it.
Research, concept, and craft are why visual communication matters to even the most unsophisticated audience. While the audience may not consciously recognize all the underlying material and effort in our projects, they engage and remember, acknowledging they witnessed something special. After all, a purposeful and intentional craft is required to avoid simply adding to visual noise in an already noisy world.
We dig deep to pull the essence of the communication you are trying to achieve. The relevant landscape is studied to find ways to make your voice relevant and heard. Our team draws out the under-emphasized and visually reinforces relevant vital points.
Specifically, we are an obsessive group of storytellers weaving beautiful tales for every modern medium.
What We believe in:
- late nights
- design with purpose
- love is love
- taking risks
- change and disruption
- black lives matter, so much
- we should always be teachers and students
- we learn more when we laugh
- punk rock
- totally fuck up
- start over smarter
- mistakes and accidents
- our office is our clubhouse
- never miss deadlines or vacations
- equal pay for equal work
- resisting the trick of the month
- work ethic
- the value of goldfish
- support locally and loudly
- question everything
- Flavin Adenine Dinucleotides are the only FADs we care about
- Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, and Chuck D
- dumb ideas
- pushing past empty
- purpose before profit
- always look for a unique voice
- more dumb ideas
- collaboration and teamwork
- inspiration from unusual sources
- creativity, passion, motivation and execution
- rinse and repeat
- pursuing personal growth
- start fucking doing
design with purpose
love is love
change and disruption
black lives matter, so much
we should always be teachers and students
we learn more when we laugh
totally fuck up
start over smarter
mistakes and accidents
our office is our clubhouse
never miss deadlines or vacations
equal pay for equal work
resisting the trick of the month
the value of goldfish
support locally and loudly
we should always be teachers and students
you learn more when you laugh
supporting the local economy
Flavin Adenine Dinucleotides are the only FADs we care about
Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, and Chuck D
pushing past empty
purpose before profit
always look for a unique voice
more dumb ideas
collaboration and teamwork
inspiration from unusual sources
creativity, passion, motivation and execution
rinse and repeat
pursuing personal growth
start fucking doing
This story starts in a tiny spare bedroom on Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington, back in 1995. Bobby and Sevrin crowded together in that little room (shared with more Star Wars figurines than should be mentioned to maintain some semblance of dignity), designing posters and stickers and animating together in the nascent stages of motionography.
Design became an extension of self and a means for expression, whether developing new techniques or puzzling out methods to apply print design theory in this new medium. Ideas bounce between them constantly, whether on long-distance motorcycle trips together or brainstorming directly over a specific project.
What started as a friendship centered around design exploration has continued and evolved and extended through their lives into a deep brotherhood. Each brings their unique talents to the table while recognizing the need for others to make ideas stronger. It’s this foundational truth that has formed the design process at TNB. There are no individuals, no one is an island, and everyone has something to offer. Yes, even the client.
To this day, Bobby and Sevrin find themselves obsessing over design and motion in their ongoing discussions and debate that started over 20 years ago in a tiny spare bedroom.
The sum is greater than the parts
Brand / Video & Motion / Interactive Experiences
Our work is created and optimized for every modern medium. We build content for fully integrated campaigns regardless the verticals, whether brand campaigns for networks or 26 story environmental displays or mixed reality experiences.
We excel at taking projects from the mythical napkin sketch through production and integrated touch points across digital, social, and broadcast channels. Our approach is centered around applying strategic/consumer insights to the right mix of Design, Story, and Emerging Technologies.
Wall of clients
WE HAVE WORKED WITH SOME PRETTY GREAT PEOPLE ON SOME pretty AMAZING THINGS.
We do it all with an extraordinary crew
THIS IS A TEAM OPERATION. WE COUNT ON EVERYONE IN OUR CREW TO PULL HARD. WE ARE AN INCLUSIVE GROUP OF PEOPLE COMMITTED TO BEING THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES. WE CELEBRATE OUR DIFFERENCES AND WELCOME DIVERSE PERSPECTIVES. WE FOCUS ON THE BEST TALENT FOR EVERY JOB NO MATTER WHERE WE FIND THEM, WHO THEY LOVE, WHAT THEY LOOK LIKE ON THE OUTSIDE OR FEEL ON THE INSIDE.
THERE’S A BUZZ, A CURRENT OF ENERGY SYNERGISTICALLY DRIVING US ALL TO BE BETTER, STRONGER, FASTER. WE RUN AT FULL TILT AND WE ENCOURAGE OUR CREW TO LEAD THE CHARGE, NOT JUST KEEP UP. THIS IS HOW GREAT THINGS ARE ACCOMPLISHED AT THE NEW BLANK.
All this and we’re veteran-owned!
We are certified as a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business (SDVOB) through NaVOBA and NVBDC for private sector contracts as well as through the SBA for government contracts. We are also members of Veterans in Media & Entertainment. What does this mean to you? It may be nothing more than a little feel-good cherry on top of the amazing work and experience you had while partnering with us. It may be that your company or organization specifically looks for opportunities to work with Veteran-Owned and Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses. Either way, we have you covered! Click the links below to download printable copies of our certifications for your records or frame them for your wall!
Once upon a time, Sevrin, Bobby, and Chuck joined the US Navy and set out on their Grand Adventures.
Life on a flight deck
Bobby served as part of the ships’ company on the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower and worked in several capacities during his tour. Including time in the galley serving 6000 crew members their three meals a day and, afterward, a stint in deck division where he became the only airedale Helms qualified on a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier in the Atlantic Fleet. His actual job was directing airplanes to the catapults and from the wires once they landed. If you have ever worked with him, this will unquestionably explain where he developed the hand-waving skills employed indiscriminately today, regardless of whether directing or simply casual conversation.
Sevrin is also a skilled hand-waver as a trained signalman stationed on a Knox Class Fast Frigate based in San Diego. This grizzled ol’ Sea Dog has circumnavigated the globe, earned his Shellback, and navigated both the Suez and Panama Canals while waving flags and flashing lights in the general direction of anyone who could understand Morse Code or Semaphore. His experience subsequently left him with an arcane ability: he can actually read all of your clothing with those nautical flags on the front.
Chuck’s story didn’t involve hand-waving so much as wrenching on and testing jet engines onboard America’s flagship, the USS Constellation. Twice, the brass just up and increased his rank for pure badassery. Specifically, the guy was Sailor of the Year, won his Air Warfare certification, and was qualified as CPR instructor, Life Guard, and EMT “A.” On top of which, he earned his Shellback the hard way (although I’ve never heard of an easy way). He also stands apart as one of the few sailors without tattoos and has a markedly minimal knowledge of knots. However, most are limited to tying on fishing lures.