About

Arkadia & Co. is devoted to good design across all media. We are a fitting room of sorts to explore how others see you. A place to shape an image, develop character, tell your story, press buttons that create momentum and form a collective buzz around a unique end. We are storytellers, designers, writers, strategists, filmmakers, technologists, and photographers. Our clients share an appreciation for good ideas, craftsmanship, and resourceful problem-solving.

Services

  • Brand Strategy
  • Design Research
  • Concept Development
  • Experience Design
  • Naming
  • Identity Design
  • Digital User Experience
  • Print
  • Packaging
  • Environments
  • Art Direction
  • Film & Video

Selected Clients

Partners

Tika Buchanan

Founding Partner and Creative Director

Fluent in all mediums — print, interactive, video, packaging and environments — Tika has always aimed at making her interests and career align. Recognized within the design industry, her work has been described as Stunning — because of the particular combination of her talents — an in-depth perception of the material she is given… and a rich use of what her imagination perceives in that material. As Creative Director and Co-Founder of Arkadia & Co, Tika strives to create an unforgettable body of work for a unique set of clients and creative partners who understand the power and potential of the unexpected and inspired.

Prior to Arkadia & Co., Tika was Design Director at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. There, she was responsible for launching more than ten product lines and designing several hundred packaging systems sold at Kmart stores across the nation, as well as product promotions, press events, advertising and signage. The Martha Stewart Everyday product/packaging line has been recognized with numerous design awards and is still considered a pioneer in the business of bringing “good design” to the masses.

Tika’s career also spans the world of high-end luxury goods, distinctive cultural organizations as well as work with some talented individuals. Some clients have included: MoMA,The American Craft Museum, Sleep No More, Sterling Sound, MTV, Simon & Schuster, Techonomy Media Inc., John Legend Ventures, Atlantic Records, The New Republic Magazine, Tai Ping Carpets, The Coca Cola Company, Stewart, Tabori & Chang, Taschen, Intérieurs, A&E Network, More North Gallery, and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

Tika’s work has been recognized by The New York Art Director’s Club, AIGA, Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, and The New York Times. She attended Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, CA.

Alberta M. Jarane

Founding Partner and Client Lead

As a founding partner of Arkadia & Co., Alberta serves as the lead for new business generation, client account management, and operations management. Her work has touched virtually every medium and can be seen in interactive experiences, brand campaigns, film projects, packaging, spaces, and publishing initiatives.

Alberta’s creativity, inspiration, global perspective and commercial instincts blend seamlessly; she is comfortable in both business and creative settings. She leads teams to act on their creative instincts while maintaining positive fiscal outcomes for Arkadia and its clients. Over the course of two decades, Alberta is known for her tough, witty, thoughtful, and inventive approach to building business and creative relationships.

Before co-founding Arkadia, Alberta worked as Managing Director for VSA Partners. There she led every client engagement and was instrumental in establishing the firm’s presence in New York. Prior to that she worked at Red Sky Interactive as Client Partner where she led large-scale, marketing engagements. She helped build Red Sky into the 400+ person agency acquired by Agency.com from its predecessors of smaller, boutique companies including Nuforia and Belk Mignogna Associates where she also worked in various capacities.

Over the course of her career, Alberta has received numerous industry awards and client recognition for her work. Clients included Manhattan Neighborhood Network, Techonomy Media, Inc., WeRecycle!, Sleep No More, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Slim Jim, Altoids, Steelcase, Nickelodeon, Dewar’s, American Express, The Apollo Theater Foundation, GE, GenNx360 Capital Partners, Johnson & Johnson, Dow Jones, Sony, and Time Warner. She attended the University of San Francisco and Georgetown University.

Hans Neubert

Founding Partner

Hans is a founding partner of Arkadia & Co. where he continues to be a friend to Arkadia and husband to Tika. He is currently the Chief Creative Officer at Frog Design.

& Co.

Lorenz Skeeter, Production Manager
Margaret Savage, Contributing Developer
Michael Grimm, Contributing DP
Jenni Keppler, Designer/Illustrator