Joe Zeff Design

A boutique agency that blends software with storytelling, helping the world's largest companies tell stories more effectively.

JZD in a nutshell . . . 

Divine Inspiration: Our New Offices

Joe Zeff Design is now up and running in our new location, an 86-year-old church in Montclair, NJ, rebuilt from the inside out to accommodate our studio and 12 other companies. The former First Church of Christ, Scientist, has been reborn as Hillside Square, an eclectic mix of classic architecture and eco-friendly technology located about a half-hour from New York City. There's a charging station for electric cars, places to plug in iPads and iPhones, and plenty of outlets for creativity. We've blended the traditional details of the original church with state-of-the-art computer networks and teleconferencing gear to create a one-of-a-kind environment for producing next-generation iPad apps. Exposed trusses, a 16-foot-tall wooden archway, reupholstered pews and a lectern are all repurposed from the original church.

Herewith, a video tour, accompanied by Kanye West:

. . . and some snapshots:


On the other side of our archway is Fanbrandz, a division of Frederick and Froberg that has created brand identities for Major League Baseball and National Hockey League franchises. We look forward to collaborating with their team on sports-related apps and illustrations for years to come. The office is one block from Montclair's central business district, with easy access to some of the best restaurants in New Jersey.

Many thanks to the masterminds behind Hillside Square: developers Bob Silver and Jay Schweppe; Jack Finn & Company with a special thanks to Jack himself and Tom Minden; Sionas Architecture, PC and in particular Rick Jarzembowski; interior designer Rachael H. Grochowski of RHG A+D; Berman Home Systems; the Township of Montclair; the congregation of First Church of Christ, Scientist (which still occupies a smaller part of the building); and the hundreds of workers who made it all possible.

Invitations to come regarding our grand opening party. Meanwhile, we're open for business for app design, production and consulting; magazine covers; illustrations and animations and more. Same as before, 973-655-0501 and Looking forward to seeing you at the church!