Who We Are

Column Five is a content marketing agency and the oldest of three brands in our larger ecosystem, which includes Visual News (a publication that curates the Internet’s best visualizations) and Visage (a design tool we built to empower non-designers to create beautiful and original visual content).

Our Mission & Values


We do good work with good people. Through trusting partnerships, we build and distribute powerful visual content that educates, engages, and inspires.


1 Do Good Work

We achieve success with our partners by working together to creatively solve complex challenges within any parameters.

2 Value Our Partners

We always work in their best interest because they enable us to do what we love each day.

3 Be Good to Each Other

We thrive in an environment built on transparency and mutual respect, constructively challenging each other to grow.

4 Be Humble

We can always improve.

5 Experiment Often

Try new things. Test. Fail. Tweak. Learn.

Our People

In 2008, Ross Crooks, Jason Lankow and Josh Ritchie founded Column Five in a now-defunct coffee shop in Costa Mesa, California. Today, our two-office team consists of about 50 intelligent, diverse and creative individuals who come together each day to produce beautiful and results-driven creative work.

From the jungles of the Congo to the mean streets of Philly, they are sailors, philosophers, karaoke masters, professional gamers, nomads, DJs, authors, yogis, culinary fanatics, sneakerheads, former anthropologists and future astronauts.