News Blog - The Real Art news blog delivers everything you ever wanted to know about our projects and people. Plus up-to-the-minute announcements, accolades and anything fun that’s worth a mention.

News Blog - The Real Art news blog delivers everything you ever wanted to know about our projects and people. Plus up-to-the-minute announcements, accolades and anything fun that’s worth a mention.


Real Art Welcomes Nick Cooper


Real Art welcomes Nicholas Cooper as the newest addition to our team. Cooper is an Interactive Design Intern working out of Real Art’s Dayton headquarters. As an intern, he brings bright concepts and fresh ideas to the table while collaborating and learning as much as possible.

As a recent graduate from the University of Dayton in May 2014, Cooper received his Bachelors of Arts in Visual Communication Design and minored in Illustration. Throughout his college years, he has enjoyed transitioning from print to web and exploring the fascinating challenges of the web and interactive design.

Cooper has a passion for creating appealing designs that “WOW” the end-user. He loves working in a team and is always excited to try something new. With the ability to wear many different hats, Cooper continuously finds ways to become a better designer.

Originally from Knoxville Tennessee, Cooper has enjoyed living at the University of Dayton for the past 4 years. When he’s not learning about the web and interactive design, he enjoys illustration, getting outside, training for his second half marathon, and visiting his family and friends.

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Real Art Welcomes Darryl Robbins


Real Art welcomes Darryl Robbins as the newest addition to our team. Robbins is a junior Web Developer at our Dayton headquarters where he will be learning and working with a wide array of subjects.

Robbins has spent the last few years earning a Java programming certificate and learning a variety of languages and new technologies along the way. He loves code and is committed to absorbing and contributing as much as possible.

Robbins also has an extensive background as an audio engineer in both a live and studio setting and enjoys mixing older analog and newer digital technologies together for unique results. He’s recorded and mixed numerous projects over the years, including several for local troublemakers, Guided By Voices.

In his free time, Robbins is either playing music, listening to it, reading about it, or driving his wife insane with it. If you ever need someone to explain to you why Cheap Trick are great, drop him a line.

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Real Art welcomes Intern Nick Ciliak

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Real Art welcomes Nick Ciliak as the newest addition to our team. Nick is an Intern working out of Real Art’s Chicago office and will be helping out the team in the areas of design and development.

Ciliak is a Junior at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. He is currently pursuing a B.F.A. degree in Graphic Design.

Ciliak values any opportunity to learn more about design and is excited to be learning and working at Real Art. He is enthralled by the world of typography and enjoys exploring the power of beautiful type. Nick seeks out projects that will challenge him to think in new ways and ultimately become better at what he does.

When he isn’t bogged down with classwork and projects, Nick can be found singing with his A Cappella group at GVSU. He also works with the Frederik Meijer Honors College in ways ranging from Freshmen Mentor to Mentor Council Advisor.

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Weekly Curio

Weekly Curio: Techno Charmer


This week’s curio: NEX Band connected charm bracelet

The NEX Band is a modular wearable device targeted at young folk. Users customize their NEX by snapping-on and programming up to five “mods” able to track location, blink when they receive a text, or indicate proximity close to another NEX. The company behind the charm band foresees unique gaming and social applications based on the exchange and customization of users’ mods. There’s even the potential for brands, musicians, and movies to create their own compatible snap-ons.

This week’s question:
What other jewelry pieces should be reimagined as wearable devices?

The Weekly Curio is a small morsel of design to whet your curiosity and stimulate wonder. Inspired by the intellectually striking objects found in Enlightenment-era Wunderkammern, a new intriguing trinket or beguiling bibelot will be published each week paired with a thought-provoking question.

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Real Art Welcomes Cody Brown

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Real art welcomes Cody Brown as the newest addition to our team. He is a Videographer working out of Real Art’s Dayton headquarters. Brown will be working on video projects in a variety of capacities, ranging from cinematography to motion graphics.

In 2008, Brown earned his degree in TV and Film Production from Western Kentucky University. Since then he has worked for CMT in Nashville, TN, and as a freelancer on a variety of television shows, films, and commercial projects.

He is skilled in the art of motion graphics, animation, cinematography, and visual effects.  He approaches his work with passion and dedication and excels in the opportunity to “make things possible.”  Above all else, he considers himself to be an artist first and foremost. Whether his medium is paint, digital media, motion graphics, or capturing beautiful images with a camera, he approaches each task from an artistic perspective. He simply loves to create.

Brown loves taking on new challenges and wearing a lot of different hats. So he spends much of his spare time learning about his craft and exploring new vehicles for creativity.

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