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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

Partner

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

Partner

Megan works with clients to create, elevate, and maintain their brand integrity. She lives for Chicago sports, burritos, and coffee, and has strong opinions on what can and cannot be considered a grilled cheese sandwich.

Megan Pralle

Senior Designer

Bree creates design solutions that elevate every aspect of the human experience. She loves game nights, sketching, sunny hikes, craft beer, movies, thrifting, slathering bread with pesto, and convincing her cat to walk on a leash.

Bree Glenn

Designer

Dylan is a hands-on junkie with a strong passion for branding, packaging, and illustration. He enjoys being outdoors, basketball, spending time with family and friends, trying new beers, and eating everything in his sight.

Dylan Menke

Designer

Riley has a passion for treats, scratches, naps, sunglasses, and parading around the office with her infectious smile. Having served six years as 818’s Morale Officer, she has earned the reputation of being a very good girl.

Riley

Morale Officer

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.

Branding

Consulting
Brand Strategy
Messaging
Logo Design
Identity System
Naming
Brand Guidelines

Design

Packaging
Product Development
Illustration
Collateral
Environmental
Signage
Event

Web

Web Design
Web Development
E-Commerce
SEO
UI/UX
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.

DISCOVER

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

DEVELOP

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

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DESIGN

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

DELIVER

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.

LOCATE US

401 East Court Avenue, Suite 200
Des Moines, IA 50309
(Suite on south side of the building)

FOLLOW US
CONTACT US

design@818iowa.com
515-805-5239