photo: Jim Van Gundy Photography
principal and creative director
Thirty-some years ago, CK embarked on a career in graphic design only when it became increasingly evident that the NBA wasn’t going to call. It all worked out, though: instead of a has-been point guard with bad knees, CK has become one of the region’s foremost branding experts, leading a small and cohesive team of some of the most talented and creative thinkers in the northwest.
After more than three decades in the business of graphic design, marketing, media and public relations planning, brand management, and strategic development, Linda’s somehow been able to maintain an easygoing disposition. It’s a rare ability that, no doubt, results from the rigorous training to prepare her for her term as a princess in the Spokane Lilac Festival Royal Court.
associate and senior designer
When Shirlee’s in charge – which, let’s be honest, is most of the time – things just seem to get done. And done right. In addition to a formidable (not to mention wide-ranging) set of design skills, she has an uncanny ability to think through, and solve, every conceivable production problem before it ever arises. We’re just thankful she’s using her super powers for good.
Anyone can write. To write like Aaron, though, requires an ear for pitch and rhythm, a respect for the audience’s intelligence, and an ability to get inside a client’s head to understand the unique business and industry challenges they face. That and an insatiable, compulsive, annoying need to ensure that everyone around you knows the difference between its and it’s.
She’s a native of Fairbanks, Alaska, the daughter of a Fish & Wildlife bush pilot, and a woman who likes her coffee strong, black, and plentiful. A lesser creative firm might have been intimidated by Courtney. But given the breadth and depth of her talents – and the fact that she never stops expanding on and honing her skills – we figured we’d better throw caution to the wind.
tinkerer, doodler, designer
A designer by trade and an engineer by design, John’s the kind of guy who organizes his sock drawer according to the Pantone Matching System – which makes him perfect for the detail-driven work our 3D projects entail. Whether you’re talking custom product designs, display components, exhibits, or signage systems, John will conceive it, spec it, draw it, and – if you’re lucky – build it.
His bio reads like a triumph of eugenics: Disciplined and committed. Former Division I cross-country athlete with a 4:14 PR in the mile. Impressive pedigree includes a well-known and respected graphic designer for a father. But then, everything falls apart when you ask him his five favorite movies of all time: “Saw I–VII.” Not only is Steven’s taste in films questionable, his math skills are sorely lacking.