Kevin Balmer is the owner and creative director of Diggable Monkey - a story as crafty as his company's name.
A story-teller at heart, it was Kevin's interest in vibrant cities that led him into video production while a part-time graduate student in urban planning at Portland State University (2001-2006). A professional map data (GIS) analyst, Kevin further expanded his creative focus into video production while studying at the school's College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA). His senior thesis and documentary, Diggable City, chronicled a now widely referenced planning research project by the same name. Dig it up!
A proponent for the arts, Kevin's visual aesthetic is informed by a 10-year run leading "theme camps" down to the annual Burning Man festival between 2000 to 2008 and finally, in 2012. He's best known for his work in Monkey Puzzle, a finely curated team of creatives whose collective output slowly evolved into commercial event production. While the earliest event themes embraced the ever popular "monkey" moniker in their titles - Spectral Monkey (2004), Monkey Noir (2005) and Monkey Odyssey (2006) - Threshold's four-year run with an evolving Chinese New Year theme (2010-2013) drew even larger audiences in their hometown of Portland, Oregon.
Effectively using video as the communication bridge, Kevin's academic persuasion was deliberately merging with his creative one. When the time came to consider transforming his passion for video media into a recognizable and viable commercial brand, the name was really a no-brainer: "Diggable Monkey" was the obvious choice...