February 2, 2015 — Context and Philadelphia-based branding agency Tabula Creative have joined forces to launch Eastern Standard, an integrated agency that merges their respective strategy, design, and technology solutions. This venture, which officially launched on July 1, 2014, leverages the talents, assets, and management resources of both teams to offer improved and expanded service offerings, including strategic marketing, creative services, and turnkey digital technology solutions.
“We knew that each of our companies were successful and well respected in our industries, but also that our growth would not have been possible without our strategic partnership,” says Tabula Principal Mark Gisi. “The consolidation of our firms will help to drive innovation, and create an integrated agency with a mix of talent unlike any other in the region that we’re aware of. This goes far beyond having web development capabilities in house, with Context recognized as the region’s premier and fastest-growing Drupal developer.”
Tabula and Context share a long history of successful collaboration on flagship projects and key accounts, including:
“As we grew, we realized that providing design and strategic marketing support services were central to solidifying relationships with our existing clients,” says Context Founder Jim Keller. “We provide technology services to many other firms in the region and beyond, but saw a symbiotic relationship with Tabula unlike we did with any other. Their expertise helped to make our projects better.”
Eastern Standard now resides in newly renovated loft-style office space in Center City's Biddle Building.