Ken Rabe

Ken is listening to Van Halen 1. Again. He does his best, most beautiful work when “Runnin With the Devil” is up so loud it makes his desk shake. This is probably because as the youngest of four boys, he avoided beatings from his older brothers by disappearing into his bedroom, turning the stereo all the way up, and delving into the world of art and design. And for a long time, “art and design” meant drawing and redrawing Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, and Boston album covers. And the Van Halen logo, of course.

Drawn to beauty in the seen but often overlooked, Ken loves design that has a homegrown, hand-done quality. His portfolio landed him long-term, short-term, full-time and freelance gigs for over fifteen years at small studios, giant agencies, boutique shops, production companies, and everything in between. One day he looked back at all the work and realized he’d kind of created his own brand. As a designer of, well, brands.

From the mark for Tommy Hilfiger’s NYC flagship store to an internal division of Microsoft so complex that other divisions still aren’t too sure what they do… to our local bike shop’s window decals to print campaigns for high-end, high-tech firms on the West Coast and beyond… Ken’s helped countless businesses launch, re-launch or simply refresh their brand with beautiful, original, exciting new identities. Not to mention the consistent love he gives to pro-bono clients who need good design in order to make a difference. They’ve all decided Ken’s the man. Because simply put, Ken can.

His work has appeared in Comm Arts, Creativity, AdWeek, Rockport’s Logo Lounge 4 and Business Graphics, HOW’s Identity Solutions. He’s received a silver CLIO as well as merit awards from The One Show. Best of all, every once in a while, someone buys him a beer.

Tell Ken your favorite 80s metal band:

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Liz Birch

When you’re ready, Liz is ready. She’s calling you back or re-writing your copy or fixing your InDesign files or finding a team who can powerwash your logo into the grime on a city sidewalk and having it all done by, well, yesterday. You get the picture.

In her 10+ years of production, project management and creative resources experience, Liz worked at agencies like G2, Lowe, and Deutsch on accounts like KMart, Sharp, Stella Artois, and Johnson & Johnson. She also got an MFA in Creative Writing at The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, wrote copy for the Got Milk campaign and helped re-write the book on project management alongside some of the best creatives in the industry. A number of whom she beat at poker. Twice.

That’s just, well, Liz. Tell her your problems and she either makes them go away completely or she builds them into your next campaign as a strength. Give her an iPhone and an IPA and she’ll start solving problems you didn’t even know you had. With 20 minutes to spare. And an extra hundred in your pocket.

Bet Liz double or nothing:

Leigh Baumann

Leigh is the kind of person you just want to know. We certainly did. We’d see her around town and it seemed like she was always either working hard, or laughing harder, or passionately freaking out about something. We happened to know she was also a freelance designer, and we finally got up the courage to ask her over. A crazy crush of work was hitting all at once, and she jumped right in to get us through! But after the crush, we knew it was something more: true work-love! So we bought her a swivel chair and asked her to stay. She said “ummm. Okay!”

You will now find Leigh regularly running our office like a fine short-order cook. Effortless, beautiful design. Websites started and launched in a day. A client meeting-turned-photoshoot. Powerpoint raging. And then amazingly, Leigh will actually get everyone to leave her alone and put her feet up, kick back on her phone, and kick serious ass as our resident social media expert. Crazed or calm, we’re just so lucky this keep-it-all-moving maven boarded our 2-person ship. Not only can she steer, she’s setting our sails for new waters.

Ask Leigh how she feels about these pirate analogies: