Make It in Brooklyn: Ultravirgo
Field: Graphic design + branding
HQ: 325 Gold Street
Cofounded by a pair of entrepreneurs with extensive experience in design and corporate communications at G2 global branding agency and Scholastic Books, Ultravirgo provides award-winning branding and design services to a broad range of national and international clients including the United Nations, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, and United Federation of Teachers. The tight-knit team also collaborates on creative campaigns for social good, such as producing holiday cards for hospice patients and designing stickers to support freedom of movement and human rights.
Benefits of Brooklyn
Although Ultravirgo was initially based in Manhattan, the firm soon crossed the bridge to Brooklyn – first to Dumbo and then to Gold Street, now their home base for the last four years. The four-person team sought their own private office instead of a coworking environment, and The Clocktower Building’s eclectic loft space was a perfect match. The location also makes for an easy commute for Brooklyn-based staff who regularly bike and walk to work and is convenient for travel to client meetings with almost all of the city’s subway lines accessible within minutes.
Communicating Positive Stories
Ultravirgo develops branding, strategy, and visual design for visionary nonprofits, startups, and established corporations, with a particular focus on those working to improve health. The firm has worked with the National Parkinson Foundation for six years on fundraising campaigns, educational materials, and patient communications, and recently completed a project for the International Labour Organization to promote workplace safety. Outside of client work, Ultravirgo produces and distributes a print magazine called “For:” that highlights individuals who do good for others – their most recent issue features an interview with Representative Rashida Tlaib.
Inspiration in the Industry
Ultravirgo’s team appreciates the strength and diversity of the design ecosystem in Brooklyn and values the ability to easily engage with other creative professionals. Cofounder Patrick Durgin-Bruce was recently named Board President of Spark Design Professionals, a group of independent design business owners who meet to share knowledge and experience on business and creative issues. With Spark, Patrick has helped run events including office visits to studios in Dumbo and Greenpoint and virtual lunch sessions to swap best practices among New York City firms.
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