Our history creates our future

From an evolution in publishing

’85

Three friends at Harvard University teach themselves desktop publishing. They work out of their dorm rooms as creative talent.

’86

They turn their hobby into a DTP service bureau, called Laser Designs.

The original team
The original team

’87

The company transitions into staffing as MacTemps. More friends join.

Starting MacTemps
Starting MacTemps

To a revolution in staffing

’91

MacTemps expands across the US, and internationally to the United Kingdom.

’92

Within 5 years, it becomes the 12th fastest growing private company in America.

Inc. 500 magazine cover
Inc. 500 magazine cover

First national staffing firm to provide comprehensive medical and retirement benefits to temporary employees

’94

Introduced 110% money-back guarantee.

’95

Opened markets in France and Australia

’96

Expanded into Canada

Protagonist in a Harvard Business School case study

’97

Added markets in Japan and the Netherlands

’98

"If you want to chart the economy's future, look at where MacTemps is going." — Fast Company cover story

Fast Company magazine cover
Fast Company magazine cover

Nominated for a British Academy Award (BAFTA), Interactive E-zine category, for 1099 magazine

’99

Mactemps becomes Aquent

Change is our past

Aquent continues to adapt and thrive.

’03

Aquent launches RoboHead and MajorTom, what is now Aquent’s On Demand Division

’06

Aquent launches Aquent Studios

Advertising example
Advertising example

’12

Created Gymnasium making Aquent the first staffing company to offer free online courses for creative talent

Gymnasium advertisement
Gymnasium advertisement

’15

Our CEO, John, inspires others about the importance of a culture of innovation

John speaking
John speaking