Having met in 1999 while working for BBC News in White City, London (Ian) Keltie and (Jason) Cochrane quickly formed a close bond sharing the same views on high-end creative illustration, interactive design and US culture.
In 2007 they hatched a plan, took a leap of faith, and headed back up North to set up shop in a small studio in Gateshead, initially specialising in illustration and Web & UI design aimed at both the UK and US market.
In January 2008, Keltie Cochrane began trading.
2008 was a whirlwind, with KC picking up new clients in both the UK and in the US and they soon made a name for themselves as the go to guys for creative artwork.
With roots firmly planted in Los Angeles, New York and Miami, 2009 saw KC build on an already solid client base in the US, winning a lucrative three-year contract with Lucasfilm to produce nine book covers for the upcoming Star Wars series.
KC was now an established agency and increased staff and floor space to accommodate the insane 50/50 workload split between the UK and US. Growing organically into a full service agency, KC delivered projects for BBC Bitesize and Sport, Entertainment Weekly and VW of America.
The year also saw KC work with Codeworks to stage the Gateshead Digital Summer Festival and deliver the identity, website and marketing materials to mark the launch of the biggest digital event in the North East aimed at the future generation. This included creating the identity and micro sites for the spin-off events Popcorn and Game Hero just for good measure.
It was time to say ‘adiós!’ to Gateshead and ’hola!’ to Newcastle as the team crossed the river Tyne and moved into the newly refurbished Toffee Factory studios in the Ouseburn, an area with an inspired creative scene.
Driving forward as a world class creative agency, KC were winning more business in the North East with highlights including a very successful campaign for Newcastle College, which ran across billboards, radio, digital and TV resonating with the target audience.
2012 saw the nation gripped with the London Olympics and KC were commissioned to create a series of infographics for BBC Sport and the Government’s Olympic Committee to show both events and economic stats.
The Drum bestowed upon KC the mighty accolade of Design Agency of the Year 2012.
We were honoured to work with the legendary Phil Jones from The Stodge working alongside Nokia and Getty to produce the 2013 social event and annual highlight for the digital creative sector in the North.
Aspers Casino took a gamble on us with their Christmas marketing campaign so we created a series of themed illustrations, strategically placed billboards and placed advertising throughout the casino – it proved a win-win for all.
KC continue to produce highly creative work for the TV and movie industry, working on exciting projects for several successful titles including The Simpsons, True Detective 2, Happy Days, Fargo, Focus, Nightcrawlers and Fantastic 4.
Back in the UK, a major web design and development commenced for Shepherd Group to create a cutting edge website offering.
KC continued to produce campaigns with new clients on a local level, forging long term relationships with some of the North East’s leading businesses.
The time was right for KC to rebrand and launch a fresh new identity and website showcasing the past seven years of hard graft and returning to their roots of illustration inspired creative and launching the long-awaited store selling exclusive artwork.
Work and play in the US is still an obsession and KC are jetting out to the States in the summer to hunt for a base in LA, and continue to build on their reputation on both sides of the pond.
For more info on any project or if you would like to discuss your ideas, get in touch.
North East Design Agency of The Year 2012
Key Art Awards 2013 - The Man With The Iron Fist - Gold
Award of Excellence - Making Money in Design 2007