Public Announcement is a brand consultancy and media company based in New York City

Our homepage is an edit of the web 1

The impulse to participate in internet culture is a big part of who we are. Our site is engineered to provide editors with the ability to publish links to our homepage automagically from the social web.

We make podcasts 3

We appreciate audio as a distinctly slow-culture medium. Broadcasting voices and ideas into ears is incredibly personal and powerful.

Talk to us about podcasting.


We help brands build, transform and communicate

Our work combines Product, Design and Content expertise to tackle the challenges of brand-building.

We connect creative efforts to the workaday reality of building and shipping digital work.4

The best product thinking unites diverse teams within an organization. Through a process of writing and design, a shared vision and strategy are formed. Goals and measures of success become clear. The roadmap revealed.

We see content as a critical part of every brand and product. We develop strategies and editorial for our clients, and work to activate and distribute content in the world. 5

People, culture and relationships are at the core of our approach to content, from its creation to how it gets shared, both IRL and across the social web. We’ve built a network of collaborators to bring content ideas to life, from images and words to video and podcasting.


Public Announcement Clients


Visual Identity

Art direction
Stills and Motion
Design Systems
UI, UX, Prototyping




Chris Black


Chris lives in New York City and Los Angeles. He’s the conduit between the worlds of luxury, the arts, entertainment, the media, and society. Chris got his start in the music business, managing a band and touring the globe. Today he works with J. Crew, Thom Browne, Stussy, Balenciaga, Reigning Champ, Banana Republic, Tracksmith, and New Balance. As a writer he has contributed to Vanity Fair, GQ, New York Magazine, Vogue, High Snobiety, and 032c. He hosts How Long Gone with Jason Stewart. Chris’ Twitter feed offers “high level cultural commentary” and is required reading for members of the publishing, photography, music, filmmaking, fashion, and consulting worlds. His connection to popular culture is constantly expanding and new collaborations, farther destinations, and greater inspirations always await.

James Ellis


James began working in design and digital media as a teenager. In 2004 he co-founded Athletics, a creative agency dedicated to brand-building in a newly webby world. At Athletics he led design and technology projects with Forbes, Condé Nast, 
The New York Times, Vice, Thought Catalog and Gimlet Media, and was a co-curator of the firm’s Cooper Union exhibition, Image of the Studio. With Public Announcement, James applies his skill-set to growing and transforming businesses through design and technology. Recent work includes global shoe brands, a command-line startup, a new consumer skincare brand, and a beloved Brooklyn music club. James produces music and plays drums in rock bands. He particularly enjoys editing images, text, dialogue and links.

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