When people in need of brand, digital and print design or related services ask me for a recommendation. I have one answer, Mission Media. My recommendation is based on personal experience. Over a decade ago a small band of allies and I decided to start a print publication dedicated to the arts and culture of Baltimore. We had a serious obstacle; none of us had ever produced such a thing. Through GBCA’s late and much missed director, Nancy Haragan, we were introduced to a new MICA graduate, a graphic designer named Todd Harvey.
Todd and his pal Joe Loverde grew up a block from each other in suburban Maryland. Their parents were best friends since high school. Entering college Todd and Joe had a plan—to one day open their own business. From this—Mission Media (Design & Digital Agency) was formed in 2000. It was located in a small space in downtown Baltimore on Charles Street and first staffed by just the two of them.
At that time Todd met with our group regarding the magazine idea and immediately became a core member—he brought his expertise in the field of graphic design, along with a fierce intelligence and a strong dose of needed levity. He wrangled our idealist notions into a viable product. It was he who in conversation with me teased out the name we all decided to use—RADAR Review. He wisely insisted on a high concept clean design with quality paper. Todd, working at Mission Media, designed every issue inside and out. His vision made the magazine a desirable object people still talk of today.
As RADAR Review was a community minded endeavor. Joe and Todd opened the doors of Mission Media to us and championed the project. Mission Media designed the magazines state of the art website. Working with them over those few years I learned of their deep dedication to their craft, their product/client skills, and their business savvy. I had no doubt then Mission Media would become a long-term success. I was right. Todd and Joe’s deep lifelong friendship anchored the company then and now. With it comes a special positive internal family like atmosphere, that impacts staff and clients alike.
Since those early days some fourteen years ago, Mission Media has flourished on a grand scale, A few years ago they relocated to spacious office space at Power Plant Live. They now have 35 employees and have branched out in a variety of directions. The company is divided into divergent but complimentary projects; MissionMedia’s design and production side —now simply called MISSION—remains the core all-purpose design organization. It is overseen by Todd and employs a staff of twenty-eight and growing.
MISSION is extremely diverse in its daily operations—some categories include, identity, print, digital, advertising, packaging, and photography. They serve numerous clients—international, national, and local, large and small. Though each is different there is a definite MISSON stamp on them. They have won numerous design awards over the years.
Instead of me detailing all the projects, a near impossible task, just check out the website at http://www.missionmedia.com. It tells you who they are and what they do. Their webpage is the best company info page I have seen. It is visually dynamic and fun to read. Just start on the homepage and start clicking trough—recommended are the examples and the blog pages. There are also links to case studies, and much more.
The second part of Mission Media is MissionTix. MissionTix, overseen by Joe, was created to fulfill a client’s need in 2001. It too has expanded enormously since then. It creates innovative ticketing solutions for clients and customers. It employs eight with more to come. Greg Cangialosi joined Joe and Todd as a partner in MissionTix in 2013. When Greg came on board, he took role of CEO of MissionTix; with a focus on sculpting it’s operations and planning for marketing and growth. They work to expand the company, and to infuse each individual staff member into a small, close-knit team. The organization has been expanding very rapidly over the past few years.
MissonTix has its own set of long standing clients and continues to expand with new ones. They are now the proud ticketing partner of Andretti Sports Marketing and were very pleased to have launched ticketing for the INDY Grand Prix of Louisiana. You can go see them in action in New Orleans this April. They are launching all new ticketing software in the coming months that will offer numerous advances in technology. Not only does MissionTix handle ticketing, but also they offer their clients marketing support, graphic design services and website development.
As Mission Media has continued to expand, they continue to hire the best and the brightest creative individuals to join the team. As such they provide a much needed locus point for employment in Baltimore, helping to maintain the current steady growth of our creative community. They may work international but their roots are in Baltimore and they continue to give back to the region in numerous ways.
To read all about MissionTix visit their great website at http://www.missiontix.com
Finally, on a personal note, presently Todd and I live blocks from each other and our kids go to the same school. Who knows what the next generation will bring! When I see him dropping his child off at school I am met by the same unassuming, kind, and humorous guy I was introduced to so long ago. When I ask him about work these days, he tells me with a laugh that he now is “the older guy” trying to keep up with the younger staff he spends his days overseeing. The continued success of Mission Media comes as no surprise to anyone who has worked with them. See for yourself, I am sure your experience will be every bit as rewarding as mine.
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