bubbles always rise to the top

fiZz Agency

results-driven, effervescent communication

WORK

fiZz is a boutique marketing communication firm.
Visit our copywriting arm at Free Range Copy. View our illustration and surface design at MegaGlam.
Learn more about our content development, education projects and design events at kHyal + Karl.

 

WHO

kHyal_avatar2012kHyal is an award-winning designer, creative director, writer and marketing consultant. In 2007, she founded fiZz Agency, a boutique marketing and communication design firm.

kHyal has held the positions of Creative Director at Microtech International, an innovative manufacturer of Apple Computer peripherals, and Circle.com (now Havas Worldwide) where she developed interactive campaigns for UPS, GAP and BMW. kHyal was co-founder and VP of Marketing for SunStar Publishing, a consumer software publisher, and Blowtorch Studios, an interactive agency and software development company. Before founding fiZz, she spent five years working in educational publishing spearheading digital initiatives for Harcourt and McGraw-Hill. She also served as Interim Director of Marketing and Public Relations at Stamford Hospital. Her diverse background has built high expertise in the high-tech, education, healthcare, consumer products and fashion industries, including sustainable initiatives.

kHyal majored in Mass Communications at Emerson College in addition to studies at The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Art Institute of Boston; Boston Film and Video Foundation; Loyola Law School and Kodak’s Center for Creative Imaging. She completed the Sustainable Design Entrepreneur program at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in 2011.

kHyal has served on the MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City’s Marketing Committee; co-chaired the Fundraising Committee of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles; and was an active member of the Connecticut Technology Council’s Vice President of Marketing Forum. She was a juror for the London Interactive Advertising Awards and Westchester Ad Club’s Big W Awards, a judge for Hasbro’s 2011 Project Upcycle Design Awards, served as Communications Chair for the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) Metro-North Chapter from 2009–2010, and was invited to join the advisory board of GraphicDesign.com in 2012.

kHyal’s fine art and design have been exhibited in the American Visionary Art Museum, Pictoplasma–Berlin, New Britain Museum of American Art, la Gaîté Lyrique–Paris, Outsider Art Fair–New York, Housatonic Art Museum, City Museum–Washington–DC, Intuit–Chicago, EGGO Arte—Buenos Aires, Cooper Union, Aqua12 Miami, and galleries from New York to Los Angeles and London.

kHyal co-founded PUSH Workshops in 2007, PUSH Design Camp in 2010 and the Fairfield County Adobe Users Group in 2011. She is the creator of The Weather sKwirl™ and BlipWorld. kHyal designs one-of-kind upcycled apparel and accessories under the name kHyal Kouture and is a member of the Women’s Internet History Project. In early 2012, she launched MegaGlam to showcase her illustration, surface and character design — which includes a line of custom apparel and accessories. Her latest projects include Free Range Copy and kHyal + Karl.

kHyal has been a technology junkie since the 80s — beginning with a career in the high-end audio field with industry pioneer Mark Levinson — founder of Mark Levinson Audio Systems, Cello, Ltd., Red Rose Music and Daniel Hertz SA. During this time she consecutively created interactive artworks and installations including sound, light, animation and video projections. Before her first Mac, kHyal used an Amiga computer to create live MIDI music performances and video animation. She was a member of the Amiga Users Group at Yale University, and active in Silicon Alley in the 90s. Her first blog on kHyal.com featured the emerging technology scene in New York City in 1996.

Speaking engagements and workshops include: FleetBoston Financial’s Women Entrepreneurs’ Connection, Advertising Women of New York (AWNY) Annual Career Conference, Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), Sacred Heart University, Connecticut Art Directors Club (CADC) Student Conference, The Creative Circus–Atlanta, School of Visual Arts (SVA)–New York, The Grove–New Haven, HOW Design Live–Boston Creative Freelancers Conference, Hygienics Academy and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture at The Wadsworth Atheneum.

WHAT

We are fiZzicists!

We believe in the power of analytical data and effervescence — those tiny bubbles that tickle your nose and make your mouth tingle.

We partner, short or long-term, with you and your team to develop fresh, collaborative ideas and execute them with seamless results.

We’ve worked extensively in healthcare, luxury goods, publishing, technology, fashion, entertainment, education, consumer products and corporate communications.

We’re fast, fun, friendly, professional, creative, hardworking, motivated and accountable.

fiZz provides comprehensive solutions for startups and smaller companies — and, teams up with big agencies, large brands and Fortune 500 companies to provide selective expertise on key projects.

Our skill set includes, but is not limited to:

  • Digital + Traditional Marketing Strategy
  • Brand Messaging
  • Visual Identity
  • Naming
  • Creative Direction
  • Public Relations
  • Project Management
  • Communication Design
  • Website/Digital Design
  • Research/Content Development
  • Copywriting
  • Blogging
  • Social Media Planning, Training and Execution
  • Ideation and Creative Execution of Events and Trade Shows
  • Creative Economy and Economic Development Initiatives
  • Education, Workshops and Talks on all of the above

CLIENTS

C O R P O R A T E

  • Aetna
  • Agilix
  • Bankers Trust Manhattan
  • Black&Decker
  • Blue Buffalo Company
  • BMW
  • Cello, Ltd.
  • Datto
  • Diageo
  • GAP
  • General Electric
  • Geneva Watch Group
  • Hartford Steam Boiler
  • IBM
  • Iomega
  • Konica Minolta
  • Lexmark
  • Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy
  • Mackenzie Consultants
  • Media 100
  • Morgan Beaumont
  • Microtech International
  • Neurogen
  • OfficeMax
  • Pitney Bowes, USA, UK, Canada, Costa Rica
  • ProLabs
  • Red Rose Music, New York
  • Sharp Electronics
  • UPS
  • VML Restaurant Group
  • Warburg Dillon Read
  • Xerox

H E A L T H C A R E

  • American Lung Association
  • Connecticut Children’s Medical Center
  • Children’s Health and Wellness Center of Danbury Hospital
  • Danbury Hospital
  • Danbury Office of Physician Services
  • Eastern New York Medical Services
  • New Milford Hospital
  • Stamford Hospital
  • UCONN Health Center
  • Western Connecticut Health Network
  • Western Connecticut Medical Group
  • Women’s Center for Psychotherapy, Los Angeles

S T U D I O S / A G E N C I E S

  • Anita Soos Design
  • Barrotti Pictures
  • Bertoldi Design
  • CD Squared
  • Circle.com
  • creativeplacement
  • Epicure of Design
  • Euro RSCG, CT/NY
  • Free Range Copy
  • Group Four Design
  • Hagopian Ink, NY
  • Harrison Jenkins Design
  • Havas Worldwide
  • Mascola Advertising
  • MegaGlam
  • Metropolitan Interactive
  • Motion Camera, Los Angeles
  • Pappas MacDonnell
  • Prosek Partners
  • Silver Creative Group
  • Siegelvision
  • Tanen Direct
  • The Bananaland
  • WondriskaRusso Associates

E N T E R T A I N M E N T

  • MSNBC
  • MTV
  • Pseudo Programs, NY
  • Showtime Networks
N O N – P R O F I T

  • A Better World by Design Conference
  • The 12 Million Dog March
  • The Canadian Consulate, New York
  • The Connecticut Prison Association, Correctional Arts Program
  • The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven
  • The Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven
  • The MIT Enterprise Forum of New York City
  • The Riedel & Cody Fund
  • Tree Conservancy of Darien
  • Saint John’s Community Services, Washington, DC
  • Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, Los Angeles
  • YMCA

P U B L I S H I N G

  • Art/Life Limited Editions
  • Art New England
  • HarperCollins, New York
  • Lexicon Magazine, AU
  • Mondo 2000 Magazine
  • MacWorld Magazine
  • MacUser Magazine
  • MacWeek Magazine
  • NETS India
  • PC Magazine
  • Paper Magazine
  • The Daily Front Row
  • The Daily Swim
  • The Net Magazine
  • The Silicon Alley Reporter, New York

E D U C A T I O N

  • Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
  • Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)
  • The School of Visual Arts (SVA)
  • Fairfield County Adobe Users Group
  • PUSH Workshops
  • PUSH Design Camp
  • Kirchoff Wohlberg
  • NETS (Scholastic, McGraw-Hill, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, SRA, HarperCollins)
  • St. John’s College, Sante Fe–Annapolis
  • SunStar Publishing

A R T / D E S I G N

  • 305 Knowlton Street
  • 4Heads Governors Island Art Fair
  • Bert Stern, Photographer, New York
  • City of Norwalk, Department of Economic Development
  • City by the Sea Art Fair
  • Coffee House Records
  • Elm City Handmade Etsy Street Team
  • Elevator Music
  • Gallery 305K
  • Henry Boxer Gallery, London
  • International Festival of Arts and Ideas, New Haven, CT
  • Irreplaceable Artifacts, NY
  • New Haven Office of Cultural Affairs
  • Norwalk 2.0
  • Margaret Bodell, Curator
  • Melanie Eve Barocas, Photographer
  • Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • The Outsider Art Fair, NY
  • Pictoplasma
  • Project Storefronts
  • Real Art Ways
  • Sanford Smith Associates, NY
  • Solange Guez Arte Contemporaneo, Buenos Aires, AR
  • SoNo Spaces
  • SoNo Studios
  • The Bushnell
  • The Butterflies of Love
  • Umbrella Arts, NY
  • Vito Bonanno, Artist
  • Whitney Museum of American Art

T R A D E S H O W S

  • COAST Fashion Trade Exhibition, NY
  • Designers & Books, NY

EFFERVESCENT OUTCOMES

“kHyal is an outstanding find! It’s rare to find someone who is highly creative AND organised AND so personable — a pleasure to work with.”

Kate Southon
Pitney Bowes, United Kingdom

Pixel Smiley

“I chose to work with kHyal on several occasions over the past years and I’m sure I will choose to work with her in the future. She is an expert in her field from traditional marketing execution to digital design, SEO and integration. kHyal is masterful in developing strategies that work, along with execution that is flawless and timely. It is always a pleasure to work with kHyal.”

Judith Ward
Acosta Sales & Marketing/Hunter Straker

Pixel Cat

“kHyal is one of the most uniquely creative people I know in a very deep creative circle. Her expertise and knowledge spans a wide breadth of capabilities including illustration, copywriting, creative direction, branding, social media and more. KHyal is extremely active in the NYC/New England/global design community and stays current on all the latest trends, technology and industry standards. When we collaborated on copy development for my business she immediately exceeded expectations for deliverables and was a true collaborator. I look forward to working together again.”

Christina Hagopian
President, Creative Director, Hagopian Ink

Pixel Smiley

“I worked with kHyal when she consulted on many creative projects for The Riedel & Cody Fund. She was an integral part of building the marketing infrastructure during the early stages of the company. Her broad expertise and extremely creative approach made her a real asset to the team. kHyal was able to incorporate traditional and digital marketing to produce an outstanding product for each project. With an incredible attention to detail and time management, we could be confident that deadlines would always be met. As a team player, kHyal is very personable and is a master at dealing with many different personalities — a pleasure to work with!”

Michelle Margo
Executive Director, The Riedel & Cody Fund

Pixel Cat

“kHyal is a highly creative force who really listens to her clients and blends her unique talents with the client’s goals to achieve results. She has always produced exceptional work for me with high attention to detail and very timely completion. She has a special ability to bring clients out of their comfort zone to explore creative options that will set them apart in their own market or industry. If you are tired of your messaging and overall presentation themes, kHyal will bring a lot to the table to help you re-energize your efforts!”

Linda Miller Wiseman
Chief Growth Officer, Simione Healthcare Consultants

Pixel Smiley

“One aspect of good marketing is being able to come up with creative, refreshing ways to re invigorate a brand and the promise people come looking for. kHyal is the answer.”

Michelle Bambino
Director of Marketing, Western Connecticut Health Network

Pixel Cat

“When you want the best.”

James Craig
Vice President, Operations, NETS/NETS India

Pixel Smiley

“kHyal brings a fresh, contemporary perspective to everything she does. She makes her clients really stretch to discover great creative ideas and expressions. I’m a big fan!”

Monica Herrington
Account Group Director, Keiler Advertising

Pixel Smiley

“I have had the pleasure of knowing kHyal for many years, and my respect for her grows with every interaction. In the creative arena, she is what’s called a “double-threat” – she’s a talented art director and a skilled copywriter. She can work in any medium — print, digital — or she’ll make her own. (Her talents transcend words, graphics and pixels, and extend into sculpture, fashion design and photography among others.) Whenever I have brought her in as a service provider, I know she is going to deliver ground-breaking thinking and stunning design, usually with a dash of technology and pop-culture. And it’s not “creative for the sake of being creative.” She’s always rooted in strategy, and guided by the brief — but she doesn’t allow herself to be limited by it. kHyal tirelessly searches for another answer, a different approach, an innovative way to deliver. In fact, I know she has made me push myself harder, go deeper, think smarter.

Working with kHyal just makes you want to BE A BETTER CREATIVE.”

Kim Morton
Associate Creative Director, Ryan Partnership

Pixel Cat

“kHyal is a true professional. She has the attention to detail needed to successfully manage complex, high-level projects. I have worked with her on a near daily basis on specific projects and was always impressed by her professional and extremely creative approach to her work.”

Mary Ann Nepa
Creative Services, Pitney Bowes, USA

Pixel Smiley

“I worked with kHyal to develop my professional website and logo. I am extremely happy with the results. After only one brief initial conversation, she was able to translate my personality and company offer into a highly creative, yet professional, image. I continue to have compliments on both the beautiful logo and website. She is a very intuitive, communicative, competent, and inspiring person. A true pleasure to work with.”

Joanna MacKenzie
Founder, Mackenzie Consultants

Pixel Cat

“kHyal brings organization and business sense to the creative process. We have worked together on large, complex website projects spanning over two years, and smaller sites for brands and agencies. kHyal provides leadership, project management, creative direction and branding expertise to successfully deploy client initiatives on time and within budget perimeters. I highly recommend kHyal and look forward to working with her again.”

Melissa Evans
Founder, Zen Web Services | IT Programmer & Analyst, Pace University

Pixel Smiley

“I really enjoyed having kHyal on the team. She manages her time extremely well to stay a head of deadlines and thinks ahead to collaborate with the team to avoid pitfalls. She’s focused on delivering a good product and will take the extra step to make that happen. kHyal is very personable and gets along with everyone around her, a real asset when working on large projects. She’s extremely creative and I’m sure everyone has said that about her. One of her many strengths is with combining creativity and technology. I strongly recommend kHyal and look forward to working with her again.”

Brian Charlonis
Global Senior User Experience Consultant, Cognizant Technology Solutions

Pixel Cat

“kHyal has an “out-of-the-box” way of looking at projects culminating in creative and innovative solutions that capture viewers/readers/users attention. Brainstorming and conceptualizing campaigns with kHyal was always the most enjoyable part of any project.”

Fern Pessin
Founder, Charity Matchmaking

Pixel Smiley

TEAM

kHyal™

kHyal™

Head fiZzicist View Details
Tyler

Tyler

fiZz Lab Tech + Graphic Designer View Details
Scootie + Squeaks

Scootie + Squeaks

Super Models + Comic Relief View Details
kHyal™

kHyal™

Head fiZzicist

kHyal founded fiZz in 2007. You can read her complete bio in the WHO section.

Tyler

Tyler

fiZz Lab Tech + Graphic Designer

Tyler is in charge of all things tech — from keeping our network running smoothly — to video editing with Final Cut Pro and animation with Adobe After Effects. He also has a strong design eye and jumps in on projects with his visual expertise across all media. Tyler attended the School of Visual Arts in New York, in addition to training at Noble Desktop and The Type Studio. He also studied Network Security and Network Computing, and was among a select group accepted into the CT Film Industry Training Program, funded by a grant from the Film Division of the CT Commission on Culture and Tourism, where he earned a certificate in motion picture sound production.

Scootie + Squeaks

Scootie + Squeaks

Super Models + Comic Relief

No creative studio is complete without pets. Scootie and Squeaks are always on hand to brainstorm creative ideas and have been professional models for some of our clients. #sweet

3,2,1 ... CONTACT