We know who we are.
We’re a multi-faceted, multi-talented, multi-ethnic, multi-generational, multi-lingual team of talented individuals who specialize in the extraordinarily challenging but equally rewarding art, science, and craft of branding. In short, we’re a diverse group with a shared purpose: to make your brand stronger.
Meet Brent Scarcliff.
Brent has that very rare gift: the ability to think equally well both strategically and creatively. The combination of that talent and his unique background make him the ideal choice to serve as our creative strategy director. He first became interested in the intersection of culture and language as a Ph.D. student at UCLA, where he specialized in the Indo-European and Malayo-Polynesian language families. He earned his M.B.A. at Loyola Marymount University, where he wrote one of the world’s first branding dictionaries as his thesis project. After directing communications for a global publishing house, he co-founded our company in 1998 and hasn’t looked back.
- A native of Los Angeles, Brent grew up in the famous South Bay community of Manhattan Beach.
- In his spare time, he’s writing The Earthy Language Cycle, a series of epic novels set in Earth’s past, present, and future.
- He serves on the Gabrielino-Tongva Language Committee, a UCLA-affiliated Native American group working on the documentation and revitalization of L.A.’s indigenous Uto-Aztecan language.
- He’s ambidextrous.
Meet Joy Salvador.
Joy is one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. Everyone who meets her says so, or else. In her role as our managing director, she relishes the challenge of making sure our clients are satisfied with every aspect of our work, from a smooth start to a successful finish. In addition to coordinating each of our projects, Joy serves as our CFO and maintains our web presence – a never-ending task.
A native of Chicago, Joy grew up in Silicon Valley and graduated from the University of California at Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development, where she focused on early childhood language acquisition. Her linguistics background includes Ilocano, one of the principal languages of the Philippines, and the Romance languages.
- Joy has a huge family. We mean a really ginormous family. If you’re Ilokano, you’re probably related to her.
- She’s famous for her pancit. if you don’t know what pancit is, ask.
- She photographs everything. Thank goodness for digital cameras.
- She loves kids, including her own.
Meet the team.
Anthropologists. Animators. Artists. Attorneys. Biologists. Designers. Educators. Filmmakers. Researchers. Writers.
This what we believe.
We believe branding is an art, a science, and a craft.
The art is design. The science is anthropology. The craft is business.
We believe there is no substitute for experience.
Our clients range from the Global and Fortune 500 to the major motion picture, television, and gaming studios to start-ups whose only claim to fame is a cool idea. We work across the globe, from the Americas to Africa, Asia, Europe, and Oceania. The proof is in the portfolio.
We believe in the big picture.
Naming may be our speciality, but it doesn’t define us. Unlike many of our our competitors, we’re equally at home working upstream on your strategy and downstream on your story.
We believe in team play.
Branding is a team sport, with real winners and losers. If you choose us, we’re on your team, and we’ve got your back. If you don’t, and your competitor does, watch out! By the same token, if we’re on your team, we expect you to treat us like partners, not pawns.