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Brian oversees creative strategy, design and artist development at The Basement. As a child, he was told his attention span was about the length of this paragraph. But after laborious years of watching Liquid Television and daydreaming, he now leads one of the Midwest's premiere digital design agencies. He has held adjunct faculty positions at IUPUI and Ball State and he frequently lectures for industry organizations around the nation. His speaking credits include the 2011 SIGGRAPH conference in Vancouver, AAF, AIGA and the Digital Non-Conference in Cincinnati. In 2010, Brian founded the MG Collective, a professional organization for animators and motion graphic artists, in an effort to cultivate Indiana's growing animation industry. Brian lives in Indianapolis with his wife and two young children.
Jacob established The Basement's operational groundwork and continues to oversee operations and business initiatives for the organization. His career highlights range from account management for several international brands, to navigating start-ups through venture capital and hyper growth. In 2007, he co-founded The Basement with Brian Phillips, their third successful private company launch. He has used his industry wisdom, marketing strategy and technical expertise to engineer solutions for hundreds of digital projects and campaigns, receiving client appreciation and industry awards in the process. Jacob volunteers through community organizations whenever he gets the chance. Jacob is happily married with three children.
As Creative Director, Noah spends his days identifying the strategic needs of clients and translating those needs into design that resonate with the audience. His unique mix of experience in brand development, environmental design, advertising and broadcasting bring a new perspective to The Basement. His past efforts for clients, including the NFL, NCAA and Chase, have been profiled by The New York Times, CBS, and Ad Age. Noah has served on the board of D.A.R.E. Indiana and as an advisor to numerous community organizations over the years. A native Hoosier, Noah lives in Indianapolis and enjoys spending free time with family and friends.
At the helm of the studio's client services team, Todd orchestrates strategic partnerships for The Basement. During the course of the day, he is most likely to be called Tom, Toby or Frank, but his genuine approach to client objectives and campaign strategy is unforgettable. Prior to joining The Basement, Todd served as Annual Fund Director for the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation. Under his direction, the Annual Fund set three consecutive records for total dollars raised. He stays active in the non-profit industry by speaking at conferences and by serving as a volunteer strategic advisor.
Lisa understands that the intended audience and user experience needs to be at the forefront of all creative and technological discussions. Lisa leads the account team at The Basement, overseeing the day-to-day interaction with clients and ensuring all projects are done on strategy, on time and on budget. She is an 8-year veteran of traditional advertising agencies and media companies. Her client roster has included the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, United States Hockey League, Marsh Supermarkets, McDonald’s and multiple lines of business with Chase. To coincide with her love of sports, Lisa is ready to compete for any marketing challenge that comes her way.
The Basement is a collection of experienced illustrators, animators, designers, developers & thinkers. We understand our people define The Basement’s ethos. Style. Culture. Process. We are a team of makers. We’ve flourished in the digital age, but remain students of theory and tradition. We not only get it—we build it.
The term “dweller” was coined shortly after the genesis of the studio. As our name represents the place and state-of-mind, the icon represents the people doing the work, like the “Isz” in Sam Kieth's The Maxx or a subterranean cave full of Fraggles. The Dweller is our sans-eared “Mouse” and represents our child-like curiosity and style.