Princeton-Based Local Wisdom Wins Five Awards from Art Directors Club of New Jersey

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Company's Mobile App, Weatherwise, Recognized in 48th Annual Awards Show

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The Weatherwise Mobile App Team (pictured from left) Tim Jaeger, Ryan Bailey, RJay Haluko, Chris Smith and Patrick Pierson

It's a true honor to be recognized by the NJ Art Directors Club, said Shawn Venkat, VP, Local Wisdom. To receive such distinction from industry peers is truly humbling.

Local Wisdom won five awards—two gold, two silver and one bronze—at the 48th Annual Art Directors Club of New Jersey Awards Show held Friday, May 20 at the Birchwood Manor in Whippany, N.J. The awards recognize Local Wisdom’s hand drawn illustrations and marketing website for its new weather app, Weatherwise.

Local Wisdom took home the gold in the Mobile App category for Weatherwise and and its associated weather themes. The app and themes also received two silver awards in the Miscellaneous Illustration category. A bronze award was bestowed in the Product/Service Promotion Website category for the Weatherwise website,

“It’s a true honor to be recognized by the NJ Art Directors Club,” said Shawn Venkat, VP, Local Wisdom. “To receive such distinction from industry peers is truly humbling. The competition this year was high. We saw excellent agencies and talented artists showcase compelling work. I am very proud of my team for being recognized not once, but five times.”

RJay Haluko, Creative Director, and Tim Jaeger, Sr. Information Architect, were recognized during Friday’s awards. RJay’s hand-drawn illustrations and Tim’s development expertise were key components in producing Weatherwise. Three interns from The College of New Jersey helped program the app including Ryan Bailey, Chris Smith and Patrick Pierson. Available for iPhone and Android, Weatherwise is a visually entertaining way to view the weather, encompassing animated landscapes and personas complements of the creative ingenuity of the Haluko/Jaeger team.

The Art Directors Club of New Jersey (ADCNJ) is a statewide, non-profit organization of art directors, graphic designers, illustrators, and other creative professionals. Founded in 1961, the ADCNJ provides an opportunity for stimulating ideas, discovering new talents, sources, and techniques and provides a forum for the promotion and advancement of the professional designer and artist. The awards show is an annual event touted as “the best creative show in New Jersey.”

Founded in 1999, Local Wisdom is a digital agency specializing in design, development and curation of Internet and Intranet sites, web applications and mobile apps. Delivering, custom digital solutions that drive business growth, Local Wisdom’s roster of clients include Johnson & Johnson, ELS Educational Services, Purdue Pharma L.P., Ortho-McNeil-Janssen, and other Fortune 500 companies. To learn more about Local Wisdom, visit


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