Research/reporting, writing and editing: Multi-lingual journalistic or persuasive content
Documentary film + video: Script development through post-production
Information graphics: Static, interactive + motion
Illustration: 3-D, conceptual, narrative, explanatory
Branding + visual identity development
Data analysis (+ GIS), data visualization
Photography: Documentary + studio
Cartography and digital mapping
Musical composition + song writing; Live performance
Mutli-platform publication and product development:
Print, broadcast, online, tablet, mobile (From ideation to launch)
Consulting and events:
Consulting: Creative organization + product evolution; Staff coaching
Public speaking, workshops + creative events
We are creative colleagues (designers, filmmakers, coders, musicians, writers, editors, photographers and artists) who collaborate – in a variety of combinations – to develop content and products, execute projects and create inspiring events. We also consult with organizations on a wide range of topics.
We have created content and products for many platforms: newspapers, magazines, books, online platforms, tablet/mobile products, television and film; We are based on both coasts of the U.S., in Europe and Asia.
Nine of us have worked in newsrooms; We have been on the core teams of seven Pulitzer Prize-winning efforts. Collectively, we have received more than 300 national/international design, information graphics, photography, video, multimedia and product awards.
We speak eight different languages; Six speak Spanish.
One of us did character development for the animated film Ice Age; One of us has been nominated for a 2015 Grammy (with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra) and has performed/recorded with Dizzy Gillespie, Diana Krall, Wynton Marsalis, Poncho Sanchez and more. He also played on several major film soundtracks and in the supporting band on American Idol.
Another has had a record deal with SONY and has toured Europe and the U.S. multiple times; Two of us created a publication which was translated into more than 20 languages and sold half a million copies worldwide; One of us sold his first company when he was 18; Four of us previously worked for/with National Geographic.
Two of us are past presidents of the (international) Society for News Design; One of us has visited 95 UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Six of us have art degrees; Four sing or play instruments; One has a black belt.
Currently fundraising for an upcoming documentary.
Independent Media Advertising Network: Visual identity, website and promo kit design for this start-up company.
Voyager: Diagrams to explain the geo-intelligent search company’s technical solutions.
Boston Pops Orchestra: Graphics detailed the first 20 years of conductor Keith Lockhart’s career at the Pops’ helm.
Our video sets the record straight on immigration stats.
Presidential poll online graphics and social media videos for site owned by Cox Media Group.
Electric Ivy created a documentary to mark the centennial celebration of Balboa Park’s Panama California Exposition, which put the park – and the city – on the map. The film premiered December 7, 2014 at San Diego’s historic Balboa Theatre. It is viewable four times daily at the San Diego History Center and in the West Gallery in the San Diego Airport during 2015. An extended version is viewable during KPBS pledge weeks. 30-minute film here and 60-minute film here
Illustrated birds-eye view of Balboa Park by Javier Zarracina
Balboa Park and San Diego Zoo by Daniel A. Anderson
A sampling of postcards with scenes from the 1915 and 1935 expositions at Balboa Park. Illustrations by Amy Ning
Farewell to Connie: With a team from the San Diego Union-Tribune, we document the life of the USS Constellation carrier – on the eve of her scrapping – following four decades in San Diego. After premiering on the USS Midway carrier to an audience of veterans, this film received a regional Emmy award.
We recruit contributors from a broad network of colleagues, depending upon the needs of the project. Here is our core team:
Blue Sky Studios
KFOG/104.5 FM radio
KPBS Public Television
Major League Baseball
National Football League
National Geographic Ventures
California State University
Harvard Business Review
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Inc.
John Wiley & Sons
Pearson Scott Foresman
Society for News Design
Universidad Don Bosco
University of North Carolina
University of Wisconsin
Capital Weekly (Bulgaria)
Congressional Quarterly Magazine
Cox Media Group
De Financieele Dagblad (Netherlands)
The Denver Post
Diario el Correo (Spain)
Diario Vasco (Spain)
Dziennik newspaper (Poland)
El Norte de Castilla (Spain)
Financial Times Deutschland (Germany)
Foreign Policy magazine
Grupo Vocento (Spain)
La Vanguardia (Spain)
Le Monde (France)
Lonely Planet (Australia)
Los Angeles Times
National Geographic books
National Geographic magazine
National Geographic Traveler magazine
National Geographic Maps
New Zealand Herald
The Orange County Register
The Sacramento Bee
San Jose Mercury News
Time Out Chicago magazine
U.S. News & World Report
U-T San Diego
Government of Brazil/Tourism
Government of Costa Rica/Tourism
Government of India/Tourism
Government of Jordan/Tourism
Government of Mexico/Tourism
Government of Switzerland/Tourism
Hawaii Tourism Board
National Park Service (U.S.)
San Diego Airport
San Diego Tourism Authority
United Nations Development Programme
U.S. Census Bureau
World Heritage Alliance
Boston Pops Orchestra
Millenium & Copthorne Hotels
National Geographic Center for Sustainable Destinations
The O2 Arena
San Diego History Center (museum)