Getting Warmed Up: May 2019 Highlights

We’ve unveiled our rebrand, participated in conferences, hosted a Craft Meetup, launched new work, and continued to grow as a team!

We’ve unveiled our rebrand, participated in conferences, hosted a Craft Meetup, launched new work, and continued to grow as a team!


Working with Happy Cog — and why our rebrand is more than a logo

On April 16, we announced a number of updates, including a rebrand. For us, our rebrand didn’t start with a logo or visual identity, but by understanding how we work with clients, partners, and each other — and then amplifying our core values.

Some things never change. As we’ve looked inward to define a new visual identity, we’ve also focused on what makes our client and partnership relationships so special: beautifully crafted, meticulously executed, results-based solutions. Learn more.


Craft CMS NYC meetup

We hosted a Craft CMS NYC meetup with Brandon Kelly, the CEO of Craft CMS (Pixel & Tonic), at our new NYC office on May 9. Read more about the event.


Jeffrey Zeldman’s class at SVA IXD

Our Co-Founder and President of Technology and Development, Matt Weinberg, was a guest speaker at Web standards pioneer, Jeffrey Zeldman’s, class at SVA IXD. Happy Cog’s Creative Director, MJ Johnson, also spoke at one of Jeffrey’s classes back in February.

Peers Conference

We were proud to sponsor the Peers Conference for creative and technical professionals again this year with two of our very own, Matt Weinberg and Stuart Henry, in attendance.

Adobe Creative Jam

Our President of Design & Creative, Nick Spriggs, was a judge in the Adobe Creative Jam LIVE event. Watch all the judging in action here.


Observer Media

Our team was tasked with helping Observer Media pursue a new revenue stream by developing a paywall for Commercial Observer, its industry-leading commercial real estate publication. We implemented Piano into their WordPress site, introducing cross-interactivity between the two systems to work with all of their various content formats. We also built out a middleware system to integrate Piano, Sailthru, and WordPress, with the intention to expand it to other third-party platforms as needed by the client.

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Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College is a top liberal arts school in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. For the website redesign for Gettysburg College, our thinking and design system factored in a people-first approach to search functionality with the goal of making current and prospective Gettysburg students feel confident on their path toward choosing an area of study. Our concept adopted the design of Gettysburg’s mid-century printed materials and transformed it into a modern iteration and extension of their brand. It was wonderful to see them then take that framework and continue to adapt it to their needs and it’s been rewarding to watch that grow and expand.

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People First

Our team continues to grow and develop as we welcome new hires and congratulate those transitioning into new roles.

Ben Smith
President of Operations and Fulfillment
Ben Smith was promoted from Happy Cog’s Director of Technology to President of Operations and Fulfillment, and became a Partner at Happy Cog. In his new role he will oversee the delivery of our services across all departments ensuring strong collaboration and client satisfaction.

Meredith Rich
Digital Project Manager
Meredith is a resourceful Project Manager with a flair for creative problem-solving. She never met a spreadsheet she didn’t like.

MJ Johnson
Creative Director
Happy Cog welcomes back MJ who’s not only a Designer, Researcher, and Strategist, but also an avid reader and sometimes writer.

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