We could be the best creative team you’ve ever worked with.

Meet the leadership team.

Patrick Smith Bio

Patrick Smith

Founder, Creative Director

Patrick has been in the branding, digital, advertising, design, marketing or whatever people are calling this business these days for 20 years. That length of time in this profession would have broken most people’s spirits, and maybe even their will to live, but somehow Patrick carries on.

Chris Bodmann Bio

Chris Bodmann

Marketing Strategist

Chris has always been fascinated with storytelling. This led Chris into the world of brand strategy, and he’s been hooked ever since. Taking up the mantle of client champion, he found an agency home in account services, but his true passion is in strategic planning and brand identity work.

Morgan Semmelhack Bio

Morgan Semmelhack

Graphic Designer

Do you like tacos? You probably don’t like them as much as Morgan. You probably don’t like typography as much Morgan either.

Heather Acton Bio

Heather Acton

Technology Director

Heather grew up on the mean streets of Lindenhurst, IL. Like any kid with a passion for music and minimal parental supervision she learned how to pirate massive amounts of music. Turns out that deviant behavior was perfect training for today’s digital engineers.

Patrick Smith

Patrick Smith

Founder, Creative Director

Patrick has been in the branding, digital, advertising, design, marketing or whatever people are calling this business these days for 20 years. That length of time in this profession would have broken most people's spirits, and maybe even their will to live, but somehow Patrick carries on. Call it the luck of the Irish, or just a glutton for punishment, Patrick actually enjoys this business, the creative process and the people. Well, most of the people anyway. He’s thankful for the creative industrial complex because his options are limited; too short for the NBA, never quite mastered the Phrygian Dominant Scale on his guitar, and any opportunity to become Pope has already passed him by.

Chris Bodmann

Chris Bodmann

Marketing Strategist

Chris has always been fascinated with storytelling. He initially studied this through literature and creative writing, but quickly realized that storytelling was multi-faceted and communication happened across numerous mediums. Freed from looking only at words, Chris explored how images and even food combine into amazing expressions of meaning.

This led Chris into the world of brand strategy, and he’s been hooked ever since. Taking up the mantle of client champion, he found an agency home in account services, but his true passion is in strategic planning and brand identity work. He’s led full-scale marketing efforts across a plethora of industries and has run major product launches down to one-off social media promotions and everything in between - ever searching for stories to tell and unique ways to tell them.

Morgan Semmelhack

Morgan Semmelhack

Graphic Designer

Do you like tacos? You probably don’t like them as much as Morgan. You probably don’t like typography as much Morgan either.

Heather Acton

Heather Acton

Technology Director

Heather grew up on the mean streets of Lindenhurst, IL. Like any kid with a passion for music and minimal parental supervision she learned how to pirate massive amounts of music. She was the hit of the neighborhood but soon realized her talents should be applied to a more worthwhile cause.

With an interest in math and science Heather graduated from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. After college she was recruited to a Fortune 100 corporation where she gained the skills and experience to work through the most challenging business and technical issues.

Looking for a change Heather became fascinated with technology and website development. She left the comfort of a large company to follow her new passion and help people bring ideas to life through technology.

We work with brave clients to craft strategies and design meaningful brand experiences.

People at these companies like what we do for their brands.

Our guiding principals

We take the work seriously,
not ourselves.

We’d rather take a risk and fail
than do nothing and succeed.

The most impactful communications
are built on a single, memorable idea.

Discuss, daydream, doodle then create,
create, create, design, design, design.

Clarity comes through simplicity
(and simplicity can be hard).

It’s possible your brand could dominate the world if you call this number now.
312.852.0223

You can also email the studio.