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Once upon a time, a ship engine failed. No one could fix it. Then they brought in a man with 40 yrs. on the job. He inspected the engine carefully, top to bottom. After looking things over, the guy reached into his bag and pulled out a small hammer. He gently tapped something. Instantly, the engine lurched into life. The engine was fixed! 7 Days later the owners got his bill for 10k. 'What?!' the owners said 'You hardly did anything. Send us an itemized bill. ” the reply simply said, "Tapping with a hammer...$2. Knowing where to tap...$9,998.

I can only recommend of a handful of like-minded marketing partners that consistently push the limits of smart, accessible design and innovation, and 86 the onions is certainly one of them.
— Simon Campbell, Target
86 the onions are a bunch of nutters that can translate the perennial unseen idiosyncrasies of every day living into simple yet really, really effective communication with us normal(ish) human beings. You’re guaranteed to leave their office saying to yourself, “Why didn’t I think of that?
— Don Brown, Etnies footwear and apparel
My first contact with Chad’s company was thru the 86 the onions website. The site was one of the best and most fun that I had ever visited. The text was sharp and funny and the interactive bits were hysterical. I knew that when it came time to work with a creative agency, these were the guys for me. Chad is a dream to work with. He and his company churned out a multitude of fantastic concepts and put together an amazing TV spot for us on a very modest budget. Chad is driven to be unique and uber out-of-the-box in his creative. That kind of talent does not grow on trees but if it did, Chad’s tree would be the best one by a long shot.
— Stacy Conde, Virgin Records
It’s a privilege to collaborate with Chad. Why? 1) He’s gifted (creatively and strategically); 2) He’s “been there, done that”, but recognizes that’s not enough; 3) He’s not afraid to rock the boat and then navigate it with success through uncharted waters.
— David Brody, North Venture Partners
86 the onions are at the top of my creative list. Not because companies that start with numbers naturally come first, but because their out-of-the-box thinking can be applied to everything from advertising to the concept, design, and branding of an entire 27-acre shopping village.
— Todd Putman, Westfield Corp.
Chad and his crew at 86 the onions are what the future of creative communications are all about: strategically-driven; idea-centric; creatively fresh; all media approach; truly collaborative; and as their name makes clear it’s about getting rid of all the layers and getting down to what matters - creating powerful ideas that connect with consumers and move brands. Of course it doesn’t hurt knowing that Chad’s experience comes from arguably the most elite and creatively hardcore agencies worldwide (i.e., Mother London and KesselsKramer Amsterdam). At the end of the day, I can’t guarantee that they’ll deliver for you. All I can say is that they delivered for me (on a Redscout project for a fortune 100 client). And that if you’re looking for fresh creative ideas, I’d definitely recommend trying them out - even if it’s just a small project. I think the potential upside is definitely worth the risk.
— Jeff Cha, Redscout
86 the onions helped us bring to life a difficult game concept. Not only did they continue to surprise us with the number and variety of creative approaches and solutions, they were extremely professional, reliable, and great to deal with. They were tenacious under pressure and obviously driven to satisfy us as a client.
— Allen Adler, Ubisoft Entertainment
86 the onions is one of the rare creative boutiques who know how to use both sides of their brain. More than any other agency I’ve worked with, they are incredibly creative with a solid understanding and appreciation for the marketing side of things. They always blow me away with their strategic and tactical ideas, and never once have they disappointed me.
— Jim Bloom, Radioactive Clown
We were looking for a fun, creative approach to consumer promotion, and 86 provided us with a unique concept that broke through the clutter. SOBE has always been about breaking down barriers and the adrenaline rush of doing new things, and 86 brought the creative to life in an innovative way.
— Mike Joyce, SOBE beverages / Pepsico
86 the onions showed tremendous versatility by looking at a market they knew little about. Their ideas were fresh and created buzz within a traditionally dry product space. In fact, our launch campaign was the talk of our last trade show, turning heads and getting people to stop and listen to what we had to say. The final production work was top-notch and polished. You cannot ask for a better combination of fun with professional results.
— Ruston Vickers, ITKO Software
Our company developed a totally new product and way of thinking about interior design. Within minutes, 86 completely understood who we were, where we should head and soon after developed product concepts and a tagline that summed up our essence perfectly. They blew us away. A brand new product and these guys got it right out of the gate. We wouldn’t trust our brand to any other firm.
— Scott Flora, blik
The skateboarding business is probably one of the hardest markets to infiltrate with advertising created by a source outside of the sport. That’s why almost all skateboard companies do their own ads. It is rare that someone somewhat professionally detached from the sport can create something that could just as well have come from a skateboarder. 86 the onions gets it. What more could you ask for?
— Christian Roth, Hessenmob skateboarding, Germany
As the rock star bad boys of the gaming industry, trying to find someone capable of pushing the limits of our advertising wasn’t easy. (Chad) not only helped capture id software’s true image but undoubtedly changed the face of game advertising in the process. I’ve kept him around ever since.
— Mike Wilson, Gamecock Media
Art Center College of Design continues to position itself at the emerging edge of art, design and media technology. 86 the onions understands this and helps communicate our message in ways that young students can relate to. 86 the onions continues to reach and draw qualified applicants to the school through their unique problem-solving capabilities.
— Mikio Osaki, Art Center College of Design
The beer business is highly competitive but completely stuck in a rut with regards to advertising and promoting. For our new brand, nude beer, we wanted to be unique, but also have it all fit together. 86 the onions’ concepts on developing brands is well disciplined. They have been able to deliver on what they promise.
— Don Havard, Nakedbrew, Inc.
What to expect? Usually it’s a bunch of agency guys in suits trying to show me how cool they are with their hotel resort campaigns. No thanks. It’s refreshing to work with a group that communicate the attitudes and lifestyles that my brands live in.
— Zach Luke, Rockford Corp.
Resfest is a worldwide event that appeals to a highly savvy creative audience. It is always a challenge to try to capture the diverse nature of what Resfest is and what sets it apart from other film festivals and events. 86 the onions was able to do just that in creating the keep it curious campaign for us. With the help of our various worldwide media partners we were able to distribute a series of messages that challenged our audience to dig deeper. Knowing that many of our audience are avid consumers of media, 86 designed different ads to run in each publication so it was very unlikely someone who encounter exactly the same ad twice but they would still recognize it.
— Jonathan Wells, Res Media Group
86 the onions combines a perfect mixture of fart joke humor, ivy league intelligence, and unconventional thinking into every project.
— Amir Fallah, Beautiful / Decay
Technicolor is a very conservative 90-year-old company that specializes in providing services to the entertainment industry. We recently faced the communication challenge of educating our employees about a competitive business issue that seriously impacted our work environment. Because most of our employees are under 30, and we really needed them to pay attention to this issue, we knew we had to try something a little out of the ordinary. After an agency review, the marcom department knew that 86 the onions was clearly the way to go. However, selling the idea to our senior management was a bit of a challenge. 86 the onions managed the difficult task of understanding our culture and our business issues, while still pushing the creative envelope. They came up with the big idea we were looking for, cool graphics and memorable taglines that clearly communicated about complex issues to a diverse employee base located in 30 countries around the world. And yes, our senior management liked it too. Phew.
— Kristen Larson, Technicolor
  1. 20TH CENTURY FOX

  2. 50 BlEU VODKA

  3. 55DSL

  4. ACTIVISION   

  5. Acura

  6. ADIDAS   

  7. ALMAXX   

  8. AMERICAN EXPRESS   

  9. AMERICAN STANDARD   

  10. AQUAFINA   

  11. ART CENTER COLLEGE OF DESIGN

  12. BACARDI   

  13. BEATS BY DR. DRE   

  14. BEAUTIFUL / DECAY   

  15. BEEFEATER RESTAURANTS   

  16. BEINGWELL   

  17. BEN / T-Mobile     

  18. ben & Jerry's

  19. BIG Magazine

  20. BIG FUTURE   

  21. BLIK wall graphics  

  22. BORDERS   

  23. BRAVO TV UK   

  24. BTC ELEMENTS   

  25. BUCA DI BEPPO   

  26. CALLAWAY GOLF   

  27. CLIMATE REALITY PROJECT   

  28. COCA-COLA   

  29. COLT 45   

  30. COMPAQ   

  31. CONTINENTAL AIRLINES   

  32. CORONA   

  33. CURRENT TV   

  34. D&AD   

  35. DAIHATSU   

  36. DAZED & CONFUSED   

  37. DIESEL   

  38. DO   

  39. DOCKERS   

  40. DODGE   

  41. DOVE   

  42. DR. MARTENS   

  43. DREAMWORKS INTERACTIVE   

  44. DRINKS THAT WORK  

  45. DUFFS   

  46. DUTCH Magazine   

  47. EAST SIDE MARIO’S   

  48. EIDOS ENTERTAINMENT   

  49. ESPN X GAMES   

  50. ESSENTIAL LIVING FOODS   

  51. ETHOS WATER   

  52. ETNIES   

  53. EVO.COM   

  54. EYEMASTERS   

  55. FOOTLOCKER   

  56. FUEL TV

  57. getty images

  58. G.O.D. GAMES   

  59. G4 TV

  60. GAMECOCK MEDIA   

  61. GLOBAL INHERITANCE   

  62. GOOGLE   

  63. GOTHAM GAMES   

  64. GU ENERGY GEL

  65. GT INTERACTIVE   

  66. HANS BRINKER BUDGET HOTEL   

  67. HARVEY NICHOLS   

  68. HESSENMOB SKATEBOARDING   

  69. HET PAROOL  

  70. HIGH WEST WHISKEY

  71. HOME DEPOT   

  72. HOUSE OF MARLEY   

  73. HUM MUSIC   

  74. HUMMER   

  75. ID SOFTWARE

  76. ION STORM   

  77. ITKO SOFTWARE   

  78. JEEP   

  79. KISS FM

  80. KPMG

  81. LAKE TRUST CREDIT UNION

  82. LEMISHINE

  83. LIGHTNING AUDIO

  84. LIVE EARTH   

  85. LULULEMON   

  86. MALIBU GRAND PRIX   

  87. MARMALADE   

  88. MERVYN'S

  89. MIDNIGHT OIL GROUP   

  90. MIDWAY GAMES   

  91. MITSUBISHI   

  92. MOPAR

  93. MOTEL 6   

  94. MOTOROLA   

  95. MOUNTAIN DEW   

  96. MSNBC  

  97. MTV UK

  98. MTV SWITCH.ORG

  99. MURATEC   

  100. DALLAS MAVERICKS   

  101. NEC JAPAN   

  102. NESTLE WATERS

  103. New Belgium Brewing

  104. NIKE   

  105. NINTENDO   

  106. NISSAN   

  107. NUDE BEER   

  108. OAKLEY   

  109. OMIDYAR NETWORK   

  110. OXFAM   

  111. OXYGEN INLINE SKATES   

  112. PARTNERSHIP FOR A DRUG-FREE AMERICA  

  113. PEPSI-CO   

  114. PIPERLIME.COM     

  115. PUTMAN REDESIGN   

  116. RADIOACTIVE CLOWN   

  117. RADIOSHACK   

  118. REMY COINTREAU    

  119. RES MEDIA GROUP   

  120. ROCKFORD FOSGATE   

  121. ROCKSTAR GAMES   

  122. ROLAND MUSIC INSTRUMENTS   

  123. ROYAL OPERA HOUSE   

  124. SAMSUNG   

  125. SCHLAFLY BEER   

  126. SCION   

  127. SEGA   

  128. SIERRA MIST   

  129. Silvercar

  130. SOAPNET   

  131. SOBE BEVERAGES   

  132. SPIKE TV  

  133. SPyDER   

  134. ST. LOUIS MICROBREW AND BLUES FESTIVAL   

  135. SEATTLE’S BEST COFFEE

  136. STARBUCKS   

  137. SYLVIE & J   

  138. T-POST   

  139. TACO BELL       

  140. TAKE 2 INTERACTIVE  

  141. TARGET   

  142. THE ALLIANCE FOR CLIMATE PROTECTION   

  143. THE BILL & MELINDA GATES FOUNDATION   

  144. TED BAKER   

  145. Tervis

  146. TONEEL GROEP AMSTERDAM    

  147. TONY CHACHERE'S FAMOUS CREOLE SEASONING   

  148. TOYOTA   

  149. TREBOR BASSETT MIGHTY MINTS   

  150. TRIUMPH MOTORCYCLES   

  151. TRUECAR   

  152. TURKCELL   

  153. UBISOFT ENTERTAINMENT   

  154. USA FILM FESTIVAL   

  155. VESTAS   

  156. VHI  

  157. VIRGIN INTERACTIVE   

  158. VIRGIN RECORDS   

  159. WESTFIELD CORPORATION   

  160. WHITBREAD BEER COMPANY   

  161. WHATABURGER

  162. WINCHESTER

  163. WIBV 1260