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Nathan Anderson

Digital Creative Director

Nathan Anderson
Digital Creative Director

OMAHA, NE

Around the age of 11 or 12, my brother and I got involved with a fan site for Blizzard Entertainment – the makers of games like World of Warcraft. It was basically a blog where we would post about what was going on in the community or with the game. I maintained the site for about five years and was actually fairly well known in the niche community. It came as no surprise, then, when I later decided to go to college for computer science.

I was Clonk! and my brother was TinCan!

While I consider Omaha my hometown, I actually spent all of high school at the International School of Basel, Switzerland, due to my dad’s job. It completely changed my perspective on the world. I hadn’t been a very popular kid growing up, I’m a huge geek and kids were mean about that. In Switzerland, though, people accepted me for who I was, and I grew in confidence. It was also a huge experience in exposure; of my 24 classmates, there were only three other Americans. It’s difficult to articulate how much that influences you.

I took the tram to school every day and once spent a week hiking and camping the mountains of Nepal as a teenager.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – OMAHA

I knew I wanted to study computer science, but attending a European college meant English would not be the primary language. And while I understood German, it was still a barrier for me. The computer science programs at English-speaking European schools paled in comparison to what was available in the U.S. So because I have extended family here in Omaha, I decided to attend UNO.

I have a Bachelor of Science in computer science from UNO.

I wanted to be a programmer for Microsoft or Blizzard Entertainment.

I was your typical cocky college student and I nearly flunked out; not because I was partying, but just because I wanted to do other things. I actually spent four years on academic probation working for my eligibility to graduate. It was the first time I realized I couldn’t just coast like I had in the past.
 

ORAJEN – SERVER ADMINISTRATOR

My college roommate mentioned his brother’s web company needed help with their servers. I enjoyed working more than going to school. It felt practical, like I was doing things and getting stuff done. That’s part of the reason it took me seven years to finish college; I chose to go part time with credit hours so I could work here more.

One of the websites I built here was Krista’s Creations, a website for letter photo art. We gave the user the ability to build their own art, and we wanted what was on screen to look as close to the final product as possible. At the time, this was unprecedented. After launching, it received a ton of attention from the creative community and was featured on showcase sites as an example of cutting-edge web work. This gave the site a huge SEO boost, and for years they were riding on the coattails of the site’s success thanks to our design and technology.

I still look to the founders and my mentors as examples of good managers. They built my confidence by being understanding and respectful.

ORAJEN / BOZELL – WEB DEVELOPER

I had just had my two-year anniversary with Orajen when Bozell bought us. It was then that I really started to switch from server administration to web development, changing the course of my career.

Back in 2012, AMC started a reality TV show called “The Pitch.” The gist was a film crew followed two agencies as they worked through their process and pitch. Bozell was one of the agencies in the episode pitching JDRF – a type 1 diabetes research foundation. We wanted a redesign of bozell.com to coincide with the episode release, but time was running out to build it. Finally, two and a half weeks before the episode aired,  another designer and I moved offsite and started putting in 10-12 hour days to build the site. We pulled it off, and the night of the episode I watched as our site’s Google analytics boomed. But, it wasn’t our real site. That wasn’t set to go live for another 24 hours. For “The Pitch,” we redirected our site to a screen that basically said, “Hey, you shouldn’t be paying attention to us, you should be paying attention to the cause. Go visit JDRF and be the voice of one.” We “won” the business, and Bozell got some kudos for being selfless.

We lived off of Godfather’s meat pizzas. They had a two for one special going at the time.

BOZELL – DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Knowing and working on both sides has prepared me to manage my own talented team. I am most proud of growing their skills, confidence and seeing them be able to do their jobs more effectively and happily.
 

Words to live by: I don’t really have a motto, I just try to be a good a person and do what is required.

Nathan's story

OMAHA, NE

Around the age of 11 or 12, my brother and I got involved with a fan site for Blizzard Entertainment – the makers of games like World of Warcraft. It was basically a blog where we would post about what was going on in the community or with the game. I maintained the site for about five years and was actually fairly well known in the niche community. It came as no surprise, then, when I later decided to go to college for computer science.

I was Clonk! and my brother was TinCan!

While I consider Omaha my hometown, I actually spent all of high school at the International School of Basel, Switzerland, due to my dad’s job. It completely changed my perspective on the world. I hadn’t been a very popular kid growing up, I’m a huge geek and kids were mean about that. In Switzerland, though, people accepted me for who I was, and I grew in confidence. It was also a huge experience in exposure; of my 24 classmates, there were only three other Americans. It’s difficult to articulate how much that influences you.

I took the tram to school every day and once spent a week hiking and camping the mountains of Nepal as a teenager.

UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA – OMAHA

I knew I wanted to study computer science, but attending a European college meant English would not be the primary language. And while I understood German, it was still a barrier for me. The computer science programs at English-speaking European schools paled in comparison to what was available in the U.S. So because I have extended family here in Omaha, I decided to attend UNO.

I have a Bachelor of Science in computer science from UNO.

I wanted to be a programmer for Microsoft or Blizzard Entertainment.

I was your typical cocky college student and I nearly flunked out; not because I was partying, but just because I wanted to do other things. I actually spent four years on academic probation working for my eligibility to graduate. It was the first time I realized I couldn’t just coast like I had in the past.
 

ORAJEN – SERVER ADMINISTRATOR

My college roommate mentioned his brother’s web company needed help with their servers. I enjoyed working more than going to school. It felt practical, like I was doing things and getting stuff done. That’s part of the reason it took me seven years to finish college; I chose to go part time with credit hours so I could work here more.

One of the websites I built here was Krista’s Creations, a website for letter photo art. We gave the user the ability to build their own art, and we wanted what was on screen to look as close to the final product as possible. At the time, this was unprecedented. After launching, it received a ton of attention from the creative community and was featured on showcase sites as an example of cutting-edge web work. This gave the site a huge SEO boost, and for years they were riding on the coattails of the site’s success thanks to our design and technology.

I still look to the founders and my mentors as examples of good managers. They built my confidence by being understanding and respectful.

ORAJEN / BOZELL – WEB DEVELOPER

I had just had my two-year anniversary with Orajen when Bozell bought us. It was then that I really started to switch from server administration to web development, changing the course of my career.

Back in 2012, AMC started a reality TV show called “The Pitch.” The gist was a film crew followed two agencies as they worked through their process and pitch. Bozell was one of the agencies in the episode pitching JDRF – a type 1 diabetes research foundation. We wanted a redesign of bozell.com to coincide with the episode release, but time was running out to build it. Finally, two and a half weeks before the episode aired,  another designer and I moved offsite and started putting in 10-12 hour days to build the site. We pulled it off, and the night of the episode I watched as our site’s Google analytics boomed. But, it wasn’t our real site. That wasn’t set to go live for another 24 hours. For “The Pitch,” we redirected our site to a screen that basically said, “Hey, you shouldn’t be paying attention to us, you should be paying attention to the cause. Go visit JDRF and be the voice of one.” We “won” the business, and Bozell got some kudos for being selfless.

We lived off of Godfather’s meat pizzas. They had a two for one special going at the time.

BOZELL – DIGITAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Knowing and working on both sides has prepared me to manage my own talented team. I am most proud of growing their skills, confidence and seeing them be able to do their jobs more effectively and happily.
 

Words to live by: I don’t really have a motto, I just try to be a good a person and do what is required.

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years in industry

12 years

years at bozell

9 years

client experience

  • planitOmaha
  • Westlake Ace Hardware
  • First National Bank

Nathan's Hometown

Omaha, NE

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