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Confluence Brewing Company

Working with an existing logo, we developed a comprehensive brand for Confluence Brewing Company and helped them to successfully build awareness and a positive reputation within the marketplace.

Great Escape

A local bowling alley wanted to expand their business into an entertainment center called Great Escape, with an attached restaurant – Social Eats & Crafts.

Foster Group

818 provided the design for several environmental graphics within Foster Group’s new office space.

Sarah Brown Wessling

Sarah Brown Wessling, a teacher, public speaker and learning advocate, has stepped away from her former platforms in the classroom and on TV to create a brand where she can share her experiences, stories and her advice.

Creme

A logo and brand development for a cupcake and dessert lounge that would stand out against other dessert shop competitors with the warm yet punchy design.

EcoEngineers

Starting with a logo re-design, identity package and overview brochure, we created a fresh and modern brand for EcoEngineers, a progressive engineering company within the biofuel industry.

New American Brewing

Linocut logos give the New American Brewing Company brand a unique and hand-crafted look.

Wakonda Club

We built upon Wakonda's existing brand to update this brochure to appeal to the younger demographic of their program.

Principal Financial Group

Working with Principal Financial Group’s extensive visual identity system, we have created various print and digital design solutions.

Drake University

Various signage projects designed for Drake University Athletics.

Gusto Pizza Co.

As Gusto began planning the opening of their third restaurant location, they wanted to refine their brand image and determine how their brand is extended through their space.

Des Moines Beer Week

Des Moines Beer Week is a celebration of craft beer culture in the Des Moines metro. Craft beer and Des Moines are both near and dear to our hearts. When offered the opportunity in 2015 to take the lead on Des Moines Beer Week and grow it as an anticipated event into the future, it was a dream come true.
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We believe great graphic design is only great if it accomplishes the right goals, whether that’s evoking emotion, increasing brand equity, driving sales or building the brand within your building. We focus on harnessing the power of design to move our clients’ businesses forward.

We also believe working with a design team should be enjoyable, not something that feels like verbal wrestling. At 818 you’ll work with people who are high-talent and low-maintenance, keenly insightful and highly collaborative, devoted to good design and focused on clients.

818 is a tiny design empire that specializes in brand development for businesses, environmental graphic design for corporate and athletic spaces, and product labeling and branding for the brewing, restaurant and hospitality industries. Creativity is fun. Creativity is powerful. 818 puts both fun and power into every project we do. Let’s talk about working together today.

 

 

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Melissa

Partner/Designer

Melissa has the grand idea. She enjoys learning about an organization’s brand and brainstorming ways to take it to the next level. With an advertising background and an extensive knowledge of environmental graphics and signage, she has experience in a vast array of projects and is always ready to take on a challenge. She also has a love for biking, volleyball, sunshine, craft beer, art and her dog, Riley.

515.720.3895
melissa@818iowa.com


Rachel

Partner/Designer

Rachel listens to the client’s design needs and works hard to find the right solution, not the first solution, to any project. She has experience in corporate marketing, environmental graphics and signage projects, and helps create compelling brand extensions for companies of all sizes. She enjoys golfing, meeting people, quoting movies, drinking craft beer, collecting Coca-Cola memorabilia and taking road trips.

515.865.8665
rachel@818iowa.com


Paige

Designer

Paige has a passion for the details, the overall concept and working with her hands. She has knowledge and experience in branding, editorial design and illustration. Paige is involved in the local design community and currently serves as the AIGA Iowa Co-President and Membership Director. She enjoys printmaking, reading, photography, ampersands, traveling, Harry Potter, craft beer, avocados and coffee.

515.720.4953
paige@818iowa.com

Toni

Designer

Toni will help you tell your story. She’s passionate about the client’s unique qualities and thoughtfully turns those into a cohesive vision. She has experience ranging from local, non-profit marketing to global brand advertising with a focus on promotional materials, environmental graphics, brand expansion, and multi channel advertising. She enjoys camping, coffee, sketching, making new friends, weekend adventures, food trucks, craft beer and music festivals.

515.333.3700
toni@818iowa.com

Chandler

Designer

Chandler loves to visualize. She’s always eager to use her imagination in ways to create things that matter. Her design experience includes knowledge in the realms of illustration and typography, as well as editorial design & branding. She’s also passionate about social design & and loves how design can be used for the greater good. She enjoys being outdoors more than indoors (hiking, camping, biking, traveling, etc), and she also loves going to concerts, visiting antique stores, reading & drinking too much coffee.

712.299.5127
chandler@818iowa.com

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  • Testimonial CBC

    “Melissa Carlson and 818 have been involved with Confluence since January of 2012. Their insight, creativity, hard work and dedication to our mission has helped us feel confident with our brand image.  Melissa and her team have been instrumental in developing our graphic message in our beer branding, merchandise, glassware and signage, among MANY other things. They work to develop a consistent look and feel that pulls all of our elements together, relaying instant brand recognition to our customers. I will continue to use 818 for future projects and highly recommend their services.”

    JOHN MARTIN, OWNER/BREWER

    Confluence Brewing Company

    Brand expansion // Advertising // Packaging // Marketing Collateral // Wayfinding // Signage

  • Testimonial NAB

    “I have had the pleasure of working directly with Melissa and Rachel at 818 for over a year now, and they have designed and brought to life many projects for my brewery during that time. Their creativity and knowledge have been an incredible asset to my business as we have continued to grow. Not only is their design and branding work creative and inspiring, they have been incredibly easy to work with and are always available to answer any questions I might have and listen to my feedback.”

    DAVID BRYAN, OWNER/BREWER

    New American Brewing Company

    Brand expansion // Packaging // Marketing Collateral

  • Testimonial CCD

    “818 has taken Crème from an idea to a branded company. From the initial logo to branding the product and entire store, their creativity has allowed me to focus on what I do best while knowing that my branding completely relays the message of who Crème is. Their communication is impeccable with quick response times to a need. I also appreciate their willingness to coordinate with multiple printers to make sure we get the best deal and have it printed the way we need it. I can’t stress enough how valuable they are to Crème and our success.”

    CHRISTINA MOFFATT, OWNER

    Creme Cupcake + Dessert

    Brand development // Advertising // Packaging // Marketing Collateral // Environmental Graphics // Signage

  • Testimonial GRB

    I believe your expertise and talent significantly improved our communications with the community.  Our material was attractive, clear and well thought out. I would highly recommend the 818 firm to anyone needing assistance. Our school district is completely satisfied with every aspect.

    RICH POWERS, ED. D., SUPERINTENDENT

    Bondurant-Farrar Community School District

    Bond Referendum Collateral

  • Testimonial FCP

    “I originally decided to work with 818 because of their involvement in the Des Moines community. With the amount of work I see them produce around town, you’d never believe they are a studio of three people. As a partner in numerous businesses and events, I don’t have a lot of time to manage a creative team — I trust 818 to complete my projects on time with a high level of creativity and service. They give great high-fives too.”

    JEFF BRUNING, PARTNER

    Full Court Press

    Website Design // Brand Development

  • Testimonials HUX

    “Designers at 818 and my company have been partnering on creative projects for nearly a decade. Being a smaller company we rely on smart, innovative marketing concepts that stretch our budget and create lasting relationships with our member customers. 818 is an organization that makes it easy to do that.”

    MIKE LEEDS, SALES & MARKETING SPECIALIST

    Huxley Communications Cooperative

    Event Graphics // Direct Mail // Marketing Collateral

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301 East Court Avenue, Suite 105
Des Moines, IA 50309

Entrance located on south side of the building.

design@818iowa.com