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A Highly Collaborative Branding Studio

Meet the Team

We are fierce in our passionate pursuit of effective solutions through exceptional, purposeful design — while being adaptable and nimble to meet your goals. A high-quality client experience is paramount and we are dedicated to collaboration and clear communication at every turn.

Melissa enjoys learning about an organization’s brand and brainstorming ways to take it to the next level. She also has a love for bicycling, volleyball, traveling, plants, sunshine, coffee, art, craft beverages, and puppers.

Melissa Carlson


Rachel listens to the client’s design needs and works hard to find the right solution, not the first solution, to any project. She enjoys golfing, meeting people, quoting movies, drinking craft beer, learning to play piano, and road trips.

Rachel Abel


With a work smarter, not harder approach to creative problem solving, Megan brings brands to life in a no-nonsense manner. In her free time you can find Megan making a mess in the kitchen or on Google Maps planning her next trip. Megan has strong opinions on what can and cannot be considered a grilled cheese sandwich.

Megan Pralle

Creative Director

Sarah loves every aspect of designing & brings over 15 years of graphic design teaching & mentoring experience to 818. She’s also a letterpress printer and can be found slinging ink and cranking presses with the volume turned-up in her studio. She enjoys rock climbing, running and hiking.

Sarah McCoy

Design Director

Bree strives to create design solutions that elevate every aspect of the human experience. She is a hobbyist woodworker and dream pop enthusiast who loves game nights, sunny hikes, hoppy beer, serial television, and curling up with her cuddly pile of house cats.


Bree Glenn

Environmental Design Director

Kallie focuses on purpose and strives to keep design solutions simple but strong. She is intrigued by company branding, illustration, social media management & photography. She loves boating, being creative with her camera, and drinking an abnormal amount of Chai Lattes.

Kallie Beebe

Graphic Designer

Megan likes to approach every design with the same dedication to detail no matter the size of the project and believes the smallest details can have the largest impact. She enjoys taco Tuesdays, a Sunday drive, true crime documentaries, and live music.


Megan Thompson

Graphic Designer

Hannah is an impressive designer with all-around talents. She was recently awarded the Jan Fleming award from Drake University for her commitment to the promotion of fine arts in the community. Hannah is one of Billy Joel’s top Spotify fans, loves the outdoors, doodling or painting in her free time, and is into manatees.

Hannah Cohen

Graphic Designer

We love what we do.

Our squad of creative geniuses is caring, enthusiastic, and committed. We are truly dedicated to the success of our clients, and that comes out in the relationships we build with them. Listening to the pride in your voice as you talk about your goals, we vow to convey that pride in our work for you, and share many high-fives along the way.

Our Services

We offer a wide array of services to help bring your brand to life. While our skills are vast and our knowledge is deep, we also utilize a network of highly skilled artisans from a variety of disciplines to make sure we’ve constructed the best team possible for your needs.


Brand Strategy
Logo Design
Identity System
Brand Guidelines


Product Development


Web Design
Web Development
Social Media
Motion Graphics

A Proven Process

Design is at the center of everything we do, however we believe that if great design doesn’t solve a problem then it isn’t really a solution at all. Our creative process is rooted in research and strategy and steeped in collaboration from the very beginning.


We listen. A lot. Discovery allows us to establish the specific problems your organization faces and will inform and guide our design process.


Using a highly collaborative approach, we will present our findings, recommend solutions and develop an overall strategy.



We will give you a solid visual identity that matches a personality, and design materials to catch the eye of your target audience.


We deliver. Together, we will strategically launch into the world then get to work on brand management. After all, the end of this process is really only the beginning of the journey.

Through design, we make a difference.

Rooted in Des Moines, this community has sculpted who we are and what we do. We feel it is important to give back through the support of worthy causes. Here are a handful of local organizations we’ve helped along the way through monetary or design contributions.

Let’s work together and
create amazing things.


440 E. Grand Ave., Ste. E
Des Moines, IA 50309