Meet the Final Partnering Firms Behind BarnRaise

BarnRaise is fortunate enough to have an amazing caliber of partners participating this year, and we're excited to announce more NEW firms joining the mix! Acquity Group will be hosting a team in their space as a partnering firm, as well as ThoughtWorks, RKS, and Razorfish.

They join the already amazing team of firms including, gravitytank, Greater Good Studio, Moment, Conifer Research, Service Design Network Chicago, and Emergent Design. This gives us a total of 10 participating design firms for BarnRaise's inaugural year. We really appreciate the consideration from all firms we had conversations with and hope to increase participation next year. 

Here's some information about the new firms joining BarnRaise:

Thinkers, storytellers, architects and builders: Acquity Group is an end-to-end digital media agency that helps organizations expand and evolve through integrated creative, strategy, marketing and technology solutions. Headquartered in Chicago, Acquity Group was founded in 2001 and has since expanded to 13 offices across North America.  In 2013, Acquity Group was acquired by Accenture and is now part of Accenture Interactive, with more than 4,000 digital professionals globally. We drive business value by uniting experience design, strategy, digital marketing and technology to transform the customer experience.

ThoughtWorks is a community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change.  We work with people and organizations who have ambitious missions - whether they are in the commercial, social or government sectors. We set up smart teams who love challenges and think disruptively to help our clients succeed.  We are focused on helping our industry improve, and believe in sharing what we learn and are strong believers in the power of software and technology as tools for social change. Through our Social Impact Program, we collaborate with organizations with a humanitarian mission and broad reach, helping them use technology to make an impact.

RKS is a design and innovation consulting firm delivering human focused solutions with a global impact. Founded in 1980, RKS utilizes design as a strategic tool advancing clients’ ability to focus on people’sneeds and aspirations while creating sustainable business results and benefits to society. RKS integrates powerful methodologies with proven experience to generate human centered solutions for products, services, brands, and for businesses. We addresses innovation and design challenges through a holistic perspective utilizing our Psycho-Aesthetics driven methodology to enable the translation of peoples’ desires and provide forward looking opportunities for meaningful innovation. Our processis iterative, from insight discovery and collaborative idea generation torapid prototyping, design refinement and market realization. The team consistently produces designs that deliver, experiences that excite and innovation that ignites viral demand globally. Out team of researchers, strategists, engineers, and designers comprise a wide-range of national, cultural, and disciplinary perspectives. The social-cultural diversity of the RKS team enables greater understanding of audiences, helping us better identify and understand emerging global trends.

Motivated and inspired by what's next, Razorfish helps its clients navigate the unknown, drive change and transform business. The agency’s world class capabilities in strategic consulting, experience design, brand building, technology platforms, data services, retail/commerce and media services enable transformational work for clients including Delta Air Lines, McDonald’s, Mercedes-Benz USA, Microsoft, Nike China, Unilever and Uniqlo. Razorfish’s team of 3000 experts spans 19 regions, including Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.


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