North Kingdom : ‘Unfriended’

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Through their relationship with Google, North Kingdom was asked to help Universal Pictures build a conversation around their new movie, ‘Unfriended’, which is a docu-style cyber horror film that picked up an fast following. In order to tap into the fast-growing fanbase, North Kingdom brought to life a version of the ‘Never Have I Ever’ game that was central to the movie’s plot by crafting a version that brings online gameplay with friends to a whole new level for this Chrome experience via the use of webRTC and real-time game data. View site.

Roster company: North Kingdom

Brand: Universal Pictures

Templar : Coca-Cola

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Continuing Wieden + Kennedy’s outrageous series of ‘Ahh’ minisites for Coke, Templar created perhaps the world’s first adventure game staring a tongue. Guide our ‘Tongue Hero’ through multiple levels designed, animated and developed by Templar in your ‘Quest For the Ahh!’ View more. 

Roster company: Templar

Agency client: Wieden + Kennedy PDX

Brand: Coca-Cola

Welikesmall : Reebok

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Venables Bell & Partners chose Welikesmall to help them digitally introduce Reebok’s brand new “Be More Human” campaign to the world. And the world noticed. The lead video from the campaign garnered about 20 million views across all platforms in its first two weeks, and the “Human Score” online fitness test that WLS created as part of the website, boasts an 85 percent completion rate. Find out your Human Score and more today. View site.

Roster company: Welikesmall

Agency client: Venables Bell & Partners

Brand: Reebok

ACNE : Dignity Health

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ACNE partnered with Eleven to bring “The Heartbeat Symphony” integrated experience to life for Dignity Health. This stunning interactive symphony is created from the music in our own hearts. The more people that join in, the more the music grows. Add your heartbeat, and the site will find the perfect instrument for it in the orchestra using cutting-edge technology developed by MIT that detects pulse movement in a person’s skin through a webcam or phone camera. It’s that simple. Who knows, your heart could be the violin, the French horn, or even the marimba. ACNE not only designed and developed the tech behind the site, but also all of the content for the experience. View site.

Roster company: ACNE

Agency client: Eleven

Brand: Dignity Health

SilkTricky : Old Spice

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When nature calls, you should answer! No really, nature is literally calling your phone. Wieden+Kennedy enlisted SilkTricky for a one-of-a-kind OLA campaign giving users the ability to speak to a furry friend about Old Spice. Give it a shot for yourself, there’s no better way, short of being Dr. Dolittle, to enjoy a chat with a bear, a raccoon or a squirrel. View site.

Roster company: SilkTricky

Agency client: W+K PDX

Brand: Old Spice

Pet Gorilla : Pepsi

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The truth is out there! And Mekanism and Pet Gorilla helped Pepsi recreate that alien truth as an introduction to their Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show featuring Katy Perry. Through the use of gigantic Pepsi blue glowing balloons, projections and other digital mysteries, the Pet Gorilla team brought a digital OOH experience unlike any other to this year’s home of the Big Game. View more.

Roster company: Pet Gorilla

Agency client: Mekanism

Brand: Pepsi

Mr. Acne 2.0 Flying Drone

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The Idea

At the end of 2013 ACNE moved offices and naturally they wanted to throw a housewarming party for our friends and clients. But they also wanted to do invitations in a new and creative way so they came up with Mr. ACNE, or Mr. ACNE 1.0: Party Invite as they liked to call it. Mr. ACNE 1.0 was a clock that counted down days to their housewarming. It was a big success.

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W3 Silver Award

So, for this past Christmas (2014), as ACNE was brainstorming on the typical holiday gifts, it was natural for them to start with Mr. ACNE 1.0 as a jumping off platform. This time we needed to up the ante though. To do so, they sent Mr. ACNE 1.0 to flight school! There, he gained his wings and 2.0 status.

Just like last time, they modeled, 3D-printed, sanded and constructed each copter by hand. But this time we had to construct and figure out how to effectively build a fully controlled quadrocopter with an abnormal flight shape.

See the full case study here.

Mr. Acne Quadcopter Film from ACNE on Vimeo.

North Kingdom : Verizon

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Before the Patriots won, McGarryBowen and Verizon tapped North Kingdom to answer the biggest question on everyone’s lips – who’s going to win the Super Bowl? For this site experience users can choose their side by voting on a map of the US, and then can use Google Street View to customize their own home with their favorite team’s flags, banners and colors. Also during the week of the Super Bowl, a special light show was held in Phoenix, powered by the site’s tweets. So who’s gonna win? View site.

Roster company: North Kingdom

Agency client: McGarryBowen

Brand: Verizon

ACNE : Doritos

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ACNE carries on the Doritos Super Bowl tradition of giving everyone a chance to have their very own commercial appear during the big game. They collaborated with Goodby, Silverstein & Partners for the second year in a row to create this huge platform for amateur and pro directors alike. This year’s experience brought a brand new feature allowing users to use their webcam to ‘vote’ with their smiling faces. Tune in and find out who wins this Sunday. View site.

Roster company: ACNE

Agency client: Goodby Silverstein & Partners

Brand: Doritos

Driftlab : Chipotle

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If you love Chipotle and have ever wondered what your “Chipotle Name” would be, then rejoice! For Driftlab and GSD&M have answered your burrito-fueled dreams. Just construct your virtual order from the wide array of tasty choices that you’ve come to love at Chipotle and this responsive experience will bestow upon you a new delicious moniker based on your unique order for you to share out into the world. Enjoy, Ms. Guacalyn D’Adobo! View site.

Roster company: Driftlab

Agency client: GSD&M

Brand: Chipotle

Colorfield : Polk Audio

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Since Polk’s new Omni line of wireless audio components let’s you play music anywhere in your home, why not share it? Colorfield worked with DOJO to create a site allowing users the ability to create beautiful custom concert posters with a multitude of tools, resulting in a piece of art reflective of their own unique home concert experience. View site.

Roster company: Colorfield

Agency client: DOJO

Brand: Polk

North Kingdom Joins Aarra

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Digital Creative Industry Pioneers Align In Powerful New Partnership

STOCKHOLM, SE and NEW YORK, NY (September 29, 2014) – North Kingdom, the storied and craft-driven Swedish digital agency, today announced its newly-forged partnership with the long-established interactive management firm, Aarra. This alliance brings together two digital industry leaders and further amplifies North Kingdom’s presence and commitment to building its business in the U.S. Aarra will lead business development efforts in select North American markets for NK.

“As a company, we see ourselves as the sum of every unique individual in the team. That team is even stronger now, thanks to this new partnership with Aarra –arguably the highest level management firm in the business,” says Roger Stighall, CEO of North Kingdom’s U.S. operations. “This exciting new alliance will enable us to grow our new business efforts and further strengthen our existing ad agency and brand relationships in the U.S.”

“In the 10 years since it launched, North Kingdom has become one of the world’s most revered and respected digital design agencies – the industry’s platinum standard in terms of creativity and innovation,” says James O’Brien, Founder and Principal of Aarra. “We’re thrilled and honored to have them join the Aarra portfolio, and we’re looking forward to helping them grow and achieve further success”



A digital creative agency with 50 employees located in studios across Sweden and Los Angeles, North Kingdom helps to create emotional connections between people and brands by carefully telling their stories through rich and engaging digital experiences. Nimble and creatively disruptive, the agency has created many memorable and award-winning campaigns that evolve the idea of what’s possible in the digital space for clients including Google, Vodafone, Coca-Cola, Disney, adidas and Toyota. For more information, visit


Uncorked Studios : Bezos Family Foundation

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Uncorked Studios is proud to have worked closely with the Bezos Family Foundation and their agency partner, Johannes Leonardo, to create Daily Vroom: a mobile app to help parents transform everyday moments with their children into brain-building moments. It’s availabe for iOS and Android, so give it a spin! View more.

Roster company: Uncorked Studios

Agency client: Johannes Leonardo

Brand: Bezos Family Foundation

Transistor : Chipotle

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Transistor recently had the privilege of collaborating with their good friends at GSD&M and the talented Travis Millard in the creation of ‘Burrito Seed’. This animated promo celebrates Chipotle’s commitment to providing delicious food made from the finest ingredients, all of which are sourced from farmers and ranchers that believe in environmentally conscious and sustainable practices.

Roster company: Transistor Studios

Agency client: GSD&M

Brand: Chipotle