Black Mercury

ABOUT

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A creative studio with 25+ years of experience in strategy, brand, user experience and design.

Black Mercury was founded on the idea that a “micro-agency” could serve the needs of clients better. Not only because of the deep range of skills we bring to the table, but because we are engaged at every step in the process. With our track record and a recipient of over 50 design awards, we can safely we’ve touched on practically every aspect of brand, digital and product design. The versatility of our experience is shown in the extensive range of work in our portfolio. We are passionate about solving complex challenges and our multidisciplinary process allows us to steward projects from design to development.

It's a fast paced world. The execution of a successful solution in even shorter time frames requires significant knowledge and experience. When failure is not an option, it's time to bring in experience.

We work obsessively at our craft and would love to talk to you about your next project.

GIVE US A CALL AT 202-580-8194, OR SHOOT US AN EMAIL AT HELLO@BLACKMERCURY.COM


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Max has engaged in a wide variety of high-profile projects for companies such as Rosetta Stone, National Geographic, BBC, Discovery Channel, AARP and AOL. He has been considered an industry innovator ever since his designs for the first consumer video-on-demand system burst onto the scene in the mid-90's. As one of the lead creative forces in a telco joint venture poised to change how consumers get video programming, he designed everything from the award-winning broadcast identity systems to the elegant on-screen user interfaces. Later, as the web began hatching new industries, he co-founded his own digital design agency, CO2 Media, which became one of the leading digital design agencies on the east coast. After several years, he realized he was spending much more time running a business than designing products, so he made the move back into hands-on design as Creative Director in AOL's Experience Prototyping lab. After five years of leading strategic design initiatives and iterative prototyping, visualized solutions that inspired the organization to innovate upon all aspects of the service, he struck back out on his own in 2008 and formed Black Mercury with John Stewart. At Black Mercury he serves as Design Director and Principal and continues to provide award winning brand strategy and interaction design. He’s loves to hike & camp, listen to a plethora of music, take photos and plan the next outdoor adventure when he’s not being a dad. 

MAX MCNEIL
PRINCIPAL, DESIGN DIRECTOR

www.maxmcneil.com
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AWARDS

42 ADDYS
4 Best of Shows
3 Gold ADDYS
2 Judges Awards
2 Silver ADDYS
Mead Top 60 Award of Excellence in Graphic Arts
Gold and Silver Award in Print National Casebooks

PUBLISHED

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Novum Graphik Magazine
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PUBLICATIONS

Graphis Interactive Design
Taking Print to The Web
In Your Face 2
The Web
Websites, The Creative WOW