Villanelle is a collective of creative mercenaries. We’re freelancers and we have other groups that we work with: literary journals, tattoo parlors, rock bands. This is our strength. You don’t (often) get fierce, innovative solutions from a bunch of people that sit around with each other all day, every day. In cubicles, no less.
Being a collective of freelancers also makes it easy for us to pull in additional creative resources when the project calls for it. Meaning that we’re more “medium agnostic” than another shop our size. We’re not going to point to you to, say, a mobile app because we only do mobile apps. We’re going to find the best idea and the right folks to execute it, whether that’s us or someone else in our community.
There is a core creative group at Villanelle. Our bios are below:
The Core Team
Luke Finsas is the president and editor-in-chief of Revolver, the winner of both City Pages‘ and the Star Tribune‘s “Best of MN, 2014″ for its innovative events. He’s a web developer, print designer, interactive writer, event planner, and all-around idea guy. Before Revolver, he was a partner and Director of Operations—US at an IT start-up that grew from two guys (him and the owner) to 40 full-time employees and 90 contractors at global multinationals in China and the US. It was sold to iSoftStone (NYSE: ISS) in 2012. He and his teams worked with Apple, Rockwell Automation, General Mills, and many others. He’s been working on a novel for seven years, has a degree in philosophy, and his wife is a sugar beet farmer in the Red River Valley and runs a boarding school in Kenya. He stays pretty busy.
Joey Kantor is equal parts creative, producer, and strategic thinker. After receiving his MA on the relationship between creative industry, anthropology, and brand strategy at King’s College London, he’s been nestled firmly at the nexus of these disparate, yet interrelated, disciplines. Recent work includes writing and producing music for Target, Cadillac, ESPN, and more; researching and consulting for brands like Samsung and Target; and co-founding, designing, and launching Leav, a new mobile platform to view, share, and place digital content that is inextricably linked to, and interacts with, your surroundings.
Emilie Robinson has been making things since she was a wee lass growing up in Dublin, Ireland. An all-around fabricator and artist, she has directed design and execution of award-winning Revolver events, and has illustrated objects as disparate as children’s books and people’s bodies. (She’s a legally bonafide tattoo artist). She has an eye for brands, but always keeps a foot out of the door, too, searching for solutions in the uncanny, underground, and non-commercial world. In short, her passion for innovative design and visual solutions keeps her up at night. Her findings might keep you up, too.
Caleb Rotach is currently a Product Manager and Marketing Team Lead for the Minneapolis-based, recently acquired tech startup, the Table. His current focus is redesigning the Table’s user interface for modern web and mobile browsers. In his 3 years at the Table, he’s managed technical development projects executed by outsourced teams in India and Belarus; designed and conducted live webinar series, as well as marketing campaigns; and built partner relationships—all to support the Table’s exponential growth to well over 130k users. He currently lives in New York City.
If you know someone who would be a perfect fit for our services, give us your contact info and we’ll be in touch. If the referral pans out, there might be a little something in it for you.