February at Designsensory was filled with even more travel, unforgettable experiences and a lot to celebrate. We have two new podcast projects in the mix, and trust us when we say, they are compelling. We just won an Emmy, the Addys are right around the corner and our clients took home some of the top prizes at the Southeast Tourism Society’s most recent awards ceremony. Seems this month has a theme? Read on. 

Last month, we teased a research trip to the National Sports Forum in Atlanta, GA, and this time around we have a little more to share. Our Designsensory Intelligence Team took our newest podcast, Fired Up, on the road. (You know we love podcasts here at DS...)

The podcast is a product of Ignite Fan Insights, a comprehensive fan and business insight offering for the sports industry. From the Minnesota Vikings and Anheuser-Busch to Churchill Downs and more, Fired Up takes listeners behind the scenes and inside the minds of the brightest in the sports industry. 

Just a few states away, a couple of our clients were winning big at the Southeast Tourism Society’s Shining Example Awards in Little Rock, AR. Gatlinburg SkyLift Park won “Escape To The Southeast Travel Attraction of the Year” and Caitlin Gouge with The Island in Pigeon Forge took home the “Rising Star Award.” Thrilled for them! Josh Loebner, our subject matter expert on diversity and inclusion and accessible tourism, and Mary Blair, our subject matter expert in tourism and destination marketing, celebrated alongside our friends as they were in town for the STS Connections Conference as well.

In the spirit of awards season, we have to pat ourselves on the back a little, too. Our work on STEM Scouts’ “Make the Future” Social Media Campaign won Excellence in Animation at the 34th Annual Emmy® Awards. “Make the Future” empowers today’s youth by emphasizing their future potential and motivating them to dream big. Shoutout to Joseph Nother, Taylor Walters and Ben Maxey for bringing this campaign to life. You guys make us proud! 

Brad Carpenter, Lindsay Miller and our production partners with PopFizz just returned from an inspiring event at the new Charles H. Coolidge National Medal of Honor Heritage Center in Chattanooga. During the grand opening weekend, Brad interviewed past Medal of Honor recipients for a new podcast titled ValorCast, building awareness for each person’s story and connecting to the MOH Character Development Program. Lindsay and our friends with PopFizz interviewed recipients on camera for the heritage center’s new immersive exhibits. 

In the last month at the office, we’ve juggled Academy Awards predictions (props to Kaleigh), Valentine’s Day Candy Guessing Games (...I won) and Chili Cookoffs (with gold going to Jenn). But most importantly, we were happy to celebrate longtime DSer – 12 years! – Josh Vittetoe and his fiance Lyndsey. 

See y’all next month with updates from other award entries, new work and more great moments spent with our team!