We are an independent, boutique agency founded in 2004.
Our partners all bring decades of experience to each project, and a dedication to keeping our hands dirty, from napkin sketch to production files. We sweat the details, wear many hats, and answer our own phones.
We believe good design starts with a few simple rules:
- Tell true stories
- Make meaningful promises
- Keep good company
- Stay restless
What we do
- Brand Strategy
- Visual Identity
- Web and Digital
Partner / Founder
Shanan was raised by artists and entrepreneurs. Commerce and art, he was practically bred to start this little shop. He loves words. He does math in his head. He’s always had expensive pencils. The first couple months, it was just him and his dog. Since then, he’s attracted an incredible stable of brilliant designers to help bring thoughtful, carefully considered design to the world.
Father of three, putters on guitar, good with a chef’s knife, always up for exploring that one back road by bike.
Partner / Play-doh Expert
Manila-born and Chicago-raised, Yogie spent her childhood drawing and coloring while watching way too many episodes of The Brady Bunch. Despite her love for art throughout her school days, she went rogue in college and decided to be a copywriter. After working at a few Chicago ad agencies and marketing firms as a writer, she followed her heart back to making art and has enjoyed her life as a designer ever since.
Yogie will never turn down an opportunity to nap on a rainy day, cuddle with her two littles, or indulge in a John Hughes movie marathon.
Partner / Oldest Living Millennial
While he took a meandering path to becoming a designer, from a young age Eric always enjoyed the process and thought involved in making stuff. These days he’s most inspired working on projects for good people and causes, and tries to add little bits of delight to the world through his work.
He likes a good adventure — exploring new places, trying new recipes, and riding roller coasters. He equally likes curling up with a murder mystery and some sweet carbs.
We love good press. Over the years, we’ve been featured in some of our favorite publications, including:
- Communication Arts
- Fingerprint 2
- Studio on Fire: Iron Beasts Make Great Beauty
- IDSA IDEA Awards
- Grain Edit