Jim Wagner’s (GD ’04) Certainly Studio wins 2009 American Graphic Design Award

Certainly Studio takes honors in the 2009 American Graphic Design Awards

New York—September 21, 2009—Certainly Studio has been awarded a 2009 American Graphic


Design Award for the brand identity it created for acerno. The brand identity and stationery system were created for the ad network acerno by the New York based firm Certainly Studio in collaboration with Magnitude 9.6 and Mara Kurtz Studio. According to Certainly’s president Jim Wagner, the conceptual basis for the brand’s development is rooted in acerno’s proprietary offerings of adding more value for the client. “acerno was able to set itself apart from other ad networks by offering a true difference and a great return for its customers. That clear mission helped us create a powerful tagline that was not only memorable, but defining: ‘the add network.’ The logo shows the selection process as well as the idea of added value.”

Using anonymous consumer shopping data from product manufacturers, multichannel retailers, travel, and telecom websites, acerno’s powerful analytics predict who these consumers are and what products or services they are interested in buying. acerno then targets them accordingly with dynamic display advertising in real time and at scale across premium comScore 500 sites.

The acerno brand premiered in June 2008. Three months later, the company was sold to Akamai Technologies for approximately $95 million. According to Amy Deneson, Akamai’s Senior Marketing Manager who worked directly with the Certainly group, “Working with this team was so inspiring, interesting, and exceptional—that even though we are thrilled with our new identity—I wish we could re-brand all over again.”

The award is presented by Graphic Design USA magazine. Certainly’s work will appear in their December 2009 issue.

About Certainly Studio.
Since 2005, Certainly has created breakthrough corporate identity programs, editorial design, and advertising for clients such as Nielsen, ABC Television Network, KSL Media, Impact Marketing & Promotions, CBS News, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Bedlam Entertainment, and The Women’s Forum. Prior to launching Certainly, Jim Wagner spent more than 20 years as a brand manager and marketing strategist in television news and entertainment, first
at ABC’s Good Morning America, and then Universal Studios’ Worldwide Television unit. Given Certainly’s extensive experience in both media and design, the studio places great importance on content as well as image.

For more information, please contact: Jim Wagner at jwagner@certainlystudio.com or 212.725.9761.
Certainly Studio Inc 387 Park Avenue South 4th Floor New York, NY 10016 212.725.9761 www.certainlystudio.com


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  1. Joanne Dugan,

    beautiful work, Jim! A well-deserved award.