The Colonie, a Chicago-based boutique editorial and postproduction studio, has added senior motion graphic designer Jennifer Moody to its creative team. Moody will work alongside senior motion graphics designer Lyndsay McCully, who joined the company five years ago, in designing and producing graphic elements for commercials and other projects.
The Colonie is growing its graphics capabilities in order to meet its clients’ design needs and to consolidate its postproduction work. “We have been receiving more requests for design work,” said Mary Caddy, executive producer, partner and co-founder of The Colonie. “Agency creatives and producers are pulled in many directions today, and they appreciate the convenience of being able to do more of their work in one place while maintaining high creative standards.” The Colonie specializes in creative editorial, and provides visual effects and on-line finishing services as well.
Moody arrives from Foundation Content where she was a senior designer. She worked on design elements for commercials, movie trailers and title sequences, music videos and corporate media. Her advertising credits include such brands as Target, Hampton Inn, Allstate, Applebee’s, State Farm and McDonald’s. Moody, with a master’s degree in studio art from Ball State University, was first exposed to motion graphics while working as an intern at MTV.
Having two designers on staff will allow The Colonie to take on larger, more complex projects, and more of them, according to editor, partner and co-founder of The Colonie Brian Sepanik. “They can collaborate and feed off each other creatively,” he said. Sepanik added that prior to coming on staff, Moody worked with The Colonie on several projects as a freelancer.
“It’s a great opportunity to join another talented designer, be part of a collaborative team, and build something great,” Moody said.
Sepanik said that he expects the graphics team to continue to expand and to eventually add 3D capability. “We have no intention of becoming a one-stop-shop, but we have been successful in providing design services to our clients,” he said. “It makes sense to strengthen and grow that and make our clients lives easier with services provided in house.”