‘Tis the season. To be thankful, that is. We have some of the best clients, the most talented employees and projects that are incredibly fulfilling. Let’s look back on some of our favorite moments in November so far — and ahead to the rest of the year. Can you believe 2019 is almost over? There’s so much more to cover! Read on. 

Thankful for our DS team members. 

We have a handful of DSers doing some pretty awesome things here this fall. Our teams and talent are leaving yet another great conference feeling inspired and excited for the projects to come. We traveled to Nashville for the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development (TNECD) Governor’s Conference to meet with some of our clients and learn from some of the best in the industry. Of course, we had to line up a few more interviews for our Best Behavior Creative Club podcast while we were there. 

Our Director of Strategy, Josh Loebner, just returned from the TravelAbility Summit in San Francisco, where he spoke on the subject of advertising and accessible tourism. The summit brings together the travel industry and disability experts and innovators to close the accessibility knowledge gap. Josh serves as a member on its advisory board and also recently wrote a chapter in the Routledge Companion to Disability and Media, first edition. Congrats Josh!

We are always on-the-go! Next week our Director of Research, Chris Wise, will travel to Nashville for the Tennessee Electric Cooperative Association’s annual meeting to present findings from a statewide perceptual and communications study with consumer-members of Tennessee's electric co-operatives. 

Let’s give thanks to our creative (and hilarious) DSers that dressed up for our totally made-up, unofficial Halloween costume contest. They’re the best, and the next photo proves it.

Thankful for our clients. 

From South Carolina to the Tennessee Valley, we’re looking ahead to the Southeast Tourism Society’s Shining Example Awards in the spring and have nominated some of our tourism clients for top honors regionally in the industry. The nominations are officially in—fingers crossed for our partners! 

Our friends with the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park have been very busy since the grand opening of the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in North America, and they show no signs of slowing down. Earlier this month, they hosted dozens of eager locals for a SkyBridge Pumpkin Toss to benefit the Sevier County Food Ministries. With a $5 donation, participants were given the opportunity to drop their pumpkins off the record-breaking bridge attraction—measuring 140 feet above the ground at its highest point. Our mega-talented Senior Designer, Katie Marshall, designed an adorable sticker for the event. Check it out below!

There are more fun events coming soon to the Gatlinburg SkyLift Park, but you’ll have to tune into our next agency round-up for that.

Speaking of the gorgeous gateway to the Smokies, we have some big tourism news to share. We’ve just signed on to be the agency handling all digital and traditional media for the Gatlinburg Conventions & Visitors Bureau, and we’re thrilled to hit the ground running this month. 

Our Wildly Fun partnership with Zoo Knoxville continues, and we can't wait to help reveal and market all the exciting things coming in the next several years. Designsensory will continue to serve as Zoo Knoxville's Agency of Record (AOR), and we couldn't be more thrilled to support one of Tennessee’s leading attractions. Stay tuned!

Pizza makes for a great Thanksgiving dish, right? We recently designed and launched a new Brixx Wood Fired Pizza website with updated imagery and a light mode and dark mode, which changes over automatically at night. To truly capture and convey the experiences that blend fired up flavors, local communities and family, we brought together an ensemble team of researchers, photographers, designers and developers. Check out this delicious site at brixxpizza.com.