AE: Adventures in New Media


About this contract

In the words of AE:

AE is a Lansing-based design firm specializing in website development, print design, and video production. Led by former MSU Virtual University Producer John K. Addis, the core AE creative team has worked together for more than six years, ensuring consistency of design philosophy and ability. Our national award-winning designers and developers have launched over 250 custom websites for regional and national businesses, associations, and universities, including 30+ websites for MSU colleges and departments.

Although we’re passionate about the creative process, we’re also committed to measuring successful outcomes. A four-phased, goal-based approach to all projects guarantee our clients are always in-the-know and in control. In addition, our innovative time-tracking process pro-rates all work to the second, assuring unmatched transparency and accountability. We believe this combination of cutting-edge artistry and responsible project planning makes AE not just the fun choice, but the smart choice for an MSU department’s specific needs.

New clients are invited to reach out directly to Creative Director John K. Addis at (517) 489-2830, or email, for a free in-person consultation on potential projects.

Contracted services:

  • Concrete 5
  • Drupal

Site examples:

How to use this contract

AE is one of six web design and development suppliers that may be used by all MSU departments. The suppliers were selected through a competitive bid process and it is not necessary to bid your project again. However, it may be appropriate to bid projects of significant value. If you would like to conduct a formal bid, please contact the contract manager.

To begin work:

  1. Initiate a requisition in the Kuali Finance System (KFS) for any dollar amount.
  2. Attach the quote(s) provided from the supplier in the notes and attachments section of the requisition.
  3. Once the requisition is approved by your fiscal officer, the purchase order will be issued to the supplier—typically within one to three business days.


For a rate sheet, please contact the contract manager or request a quote from the supplier.

Contract term

Contracts will be approximately three to five years in length, beginning summer 2016.

Commodities:Web Design and Development

Contact Information

AE: Adventures in New Media
John Addis
(517) 489-2830

Michigan State University
Contract Manager
Susan House
(517) 884-6165