Q Design & Communication Since 1981

Making the world a better place through the power of branding, design, and the web

About

A full-service design studio that has worked with local and global clients for over 30 years, Q creates brand strategies, visual identities, websites, and marketing materials that help your organization communicate and motivate. Our work is rooted in research, strategy, design thinking, and full stack web expertise. Our approach is holistic, multidisciplinary, and collaborative. Read latest Q News.

Work

A strong, authentic brand that reflects your organization, product, or service is a valuable asset. We work with clients of all sizes and have special expertise in education, health, technology, the arts, and the nonprofit sector. We work with people who share our passion for excellent design. See client list.

Services

We harness the power of graphic design, language, and technology to help companies and organizations find their voice, tell their story, and communicate with their audience. Our team’s objective is to help you succeed.

  • Brand Strategy
    Q helps organizations find their authentic voice and story. Through our process of workshops, one-on-one interviews, and related methodologies, we help organizations define their positioning. We distill key marketing messages and develop the visual expression of your brand.
  • Visual Identity
    Creating a new brand or refreshing an existing identity requires the right mix of analysis and intuition. After 30+ years of creating visual identities, Q knows what works. We balance current trends and a knowledge of design history. Our creative solutions are innovative, authentic, and valuable.
  • Web Design & Development
    You need web solutions that deliver customized experiences on all digital platforms. We ensure that your content is findable, accessible, and easy to manage and maintain, using development techniques such as HTML 5, CSS, and jQuery. Our creation process includes: research, strategy, information architecture, interface design, content management system implementation, development, and custom-coding.
  • Print Collateral
    Capability brochures, annual reports, journals, direct mail, posters, folders, stationery – the right combination of format, imagery, color, typography, copy, paper stock, and printing techniques still communicates professionalism in our digital world.
  • Marketing
    Our process helps clients identify their audience and determine the right approach to communicate with them. We begin with research and insight gathering, which can include surveys, focus groups, and user experience reviews. We provide objective marketing support to both B2B and B2C clients.
  • Advertising
    Q designers and writers create engaging print and digital advertising that effectively supports our clients' brand and marketing objectives.
  • Video/Animation
    Through the artful combination of content, imagery, design, and technology, we create stories that move. From product videos to interactive illustrations and infographics, we support your brand and communication needs.
  • Naming
    Q creates distinctive and compelling names – the first step in building an ownable, enduring brand. An effective name begins a conversation. It is the cornerstone for successful communication.
  • Content
    We provide content strategy as well as content development across media. We deliver compelling headlines, taglines, and messages to inform and motivate your audience.
  • Trade Shows/Exhibits
    We extend your brand into large-scale experiences: exhibit design, trade show graphics, banners, displays, interior and exterior signage, and wayfinding.
  • Merchandise
    We help select the best brand-promotion options. We pay attention to the right cut of t-shirt, the best style of mug, and make sure the final product reflects well on your company or organization.

Crew

  • Mike Bell

    Mike Bell

    Creative Director

    Mike Bell

    Creative Director

    A navigator who works in two major currents, traditional media and digital delivery, and melds them into a strong, stable, smooth course through 21st-century business turbulence. Message strategist and creative communicator who believes that good design deletes the extraneous. Seasoned expert in diverse disciplines: branding, packaging, web, broadcast, illustration, and print design. Client portfolio includes: Johnson & Johnson, DePuy, La-Z-Boy, United Way, and Owens-Corning, Newell-Rubbermaid, Calphalon, and Ohio Art. BFA: Bowling Green State University. PhD: The real world.

  • Jeff Callender

    Jeff Callender

    Managing Director

    Jeff Callender

    Managing Director

    Joined Q in 1985 after growing up on the east coast of Lake Michigan, earning a BFA in graphic design at Western Michigan University, and working in Chicago with influential designer Morton Goldsholl. Jeff has taught graphic design at the University of Michigan and lectured at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the SIGGRAPH Conference on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques. Jeff resides in Toronto, Ontario where he represents Q in Canada and the Northeast.

  • Katie Chang

    Katie Chang

    Designer

    Katie Chang

    Designer

    After growing up in Chicago, finding inspiration in visual communication during her study of architecture at the University of Michigan (BA), and working at Q part-time for 11 adventurous months, Katie joined the full-time staff in 2013. When she's not working with clients and solving design problems, she loves a good conversation with friends over lattes and pastries, and working with her local church's outreach to university students.

  • Ramsey Darling

    Ramsey Darling

    Web Developer

    Ramsey Darling

    Web Developer

    Highly experienced web developer who believes “beautiful code is like poetry”. A polyglot and open source advocate who has built high-quality, custom sites, themes, web apps, and e-commerce solutions for clients of all sizes. Loves good coffee, beer and wine. Husband and father of five awesome kids. Outside avocations include music, art, reading, camping, and skateboarding.

  • Christine Golus

    Christine Golus

    Managing Director

    Christine Golus

    Managing Director

    With Q since 1983 Christine received her BFA from the University of Michigan School of Art & Design. Avocations: modern dance, salsa, and all things nature. She has created brand identities, web sites, and print collateral pieces as well as managed web and communication projects for such clients as The Kresge Foundation, Yale University, Simon Fraser University, Flint Group, Chrysler Financial, Clark Hill Attorneys, Hollander's, University of Michigan Ross School of Business, the Annual SIGGRAPH conference, and others. She has taught graphic design at both Eastern Michigan University and Washtenaw Community College and lectured at the University of Michigan Penny Stamp School of Art & Design, where she serves as an industry advisor in design.

  • Patricia Greve

    Patricia Greve

    Office Manager

    Patricia Greve

    Office Manager

    Returned to Michigan, her native land, after receiving a BA in English literature from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. She still occasionally pines for the verdant northwest. Spelling bee champion. Adorer of thunderstorms, bridges, and cats. Connoisseur of chocolate chip cookies. Shameless Argentine tango addict.

  • Robin Johnson

    Robin Johnson

    Q Advisor

    Robin Johnson

    Q Advisor

    The accomplished oboist (Atlanta Ballet, Atlanta Opera, Phoenix Chamber Ensemble, Windsor Symphony) who keeps us organized. Grew up in Puyallup, Washington then studied music at Washington State and Michigan. With Q since 1989.

  • Paul Koch

    Paul Koch

    Creative Strategist

    Paul Koch

    Creative Strategist

    Veteran of more than 20 years in the wonderful world of advertising. Draws inspiration from the fact that there's always something new in this business. Worked at multiple agencies in Toledo, Ohio and Louisville, Kentucky. Journalism major with studies in marketing, graphic design and psychology. Original plan in life was to write for Rolling Stone magazine, until the ads became more intriguing. Enjoys discovering new music, microbrews, and economic phenomena. Resides in Ann Arbor with wife and two sons.

  • Peter Morville

    Peter Morville

    Strategic Advisor

    Peter Morville

    Strategic Advisor

    British soccer player and digital librarian who grew up to become a founding father of information architecture. Author of Ambient Findability, Search Patterns, Intertwingled (2014), and the "polar bear book." Collaborating with Q since 1995.

  • Lisa Marie Norton

    Lisa Marie Norton

    Senior Designer

    Lisa Marie Norton

    Senior Designer

    This graphic designer, illustrator, animal lover, pie baker, and Ashtanga yoga practitioner earned her BFA from the College for Creative Studies and has been in the creative field ever since. Past clients include Chevrolet, John Frieda, UDR Luxury Apartments, One Down Dog yoga studio, and Fido Does Ferndale. She joined Q in November 2014 and provides web design, branding, and graphic design services. As a side project, Lisa Marie creates “custom pet doodles” – hand-drawn portraits of people’s furry companions.

  • Matt Restorff

    Matthew Restorff

    Web Developer

    Matthew Restorff

    Web Developer

    Traversed Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to settle in Ypsilanti. A drummer and (obvious) pug lover. Matt got his start building sites for rock stars (Travis Barker of Blink 182, Green Day, Joshua Radin, Wide Spread Panic, Eminem, Mana). Now with a strong background in WordPress and other content management platforms, Matt believes clients should have control over their own content. Always pushing for a quality, easy to use CMS experience.

  • Tom Rieke

    Tom Rieke

    Founder

    Tom Rieke

    Founder

    Hawkeye expatriate who studied writing in Iowa City then practiced the profession in radio, PR, the Peace Corps (Barbados), and academia before co-founding Q in 1981.

  • Julia Slavsky

    Julia Slavsky

    Intern

    Julia Slavsky

    Intern

    In May, after completing her BA at the University of Michigan, where she studied design, psychology, and gender issues, Julia joined Q to begin real-world “training” in typography, layout, image processing, project management, client relations, and relentless deadlines. Beyond work, she’s a part-time dancer, coffee enthusiast, proud hamster mom, spirited traveler, and ardent guac-aholic.

  • Todd Szymanski

    Todd Szymanski

    Creative Director

    Todd Szymanski

    Creative Director

    BFA in graphic design. Joined Q in 1992. Four years later, emigrated to Los Angeles to open the West Coast office. Huge appreciation for natural beauty keeps him on the hiking trails. Fascination with mechanical beauty keeps him at the local newsstand, salivating over the latest unattainable automotive offerings from Italy and Germany.

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Q LTD is an independent design studio headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan USA. We also have team members in Palm Springs and Toronto. On international projects we collaborate with our design partners at Q GmbH in Wiesbaden, Germany. If you have a project you’d like to discuss, please send us a note. We look forward to hearing from you.

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ACM SIGGRAPH

For over 20 years, design and production of identities, digital communications, and printed materials for the annual SIGGRAPH conference on computer graphics and interactive techniques. Brand identity and new responsive web site for the professional association ACM SIGGRAPH.

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Identity Design, Responsive Web Design + Development, Content Strategy, Print Collateral, Tradeshow, Merchandise

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American Concrete Institute

Rebranding of the world’s leading resource for concrete standards and education. Developed new brand mark, tagline and responsive web site design. Collaboration with The Understanding Group (TUG) for website analysis and architecture. Read case study.

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Identity Design, Brand Positioning, Responsive Web Design + Development

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Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

New brand identity and a year-long 50th anniversary campaign for our local, community development foundation.

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Identity Design, Advertising, Print Collateral, Motion, Signage, Social Media Strategy

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applEcon

New graphic identity, brand strategy, web site, and promotional materials for one of North America's most respected economic and litigation consulting firms. Read case study.

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Brand Strategy, Identity Design, Web Design + Development, Content Strategy, Print Collateral, Signage

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The Ark

Since 2002, strategy and design for one of the world’s finest music clubs, and its annual Ann Arbor Folk Festival.

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Print Collateral, Advertising, Poster Design, Merchandise, Web Design + Development

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Hollander's

Rebranding plus design and development of a new e-commerce web site for one of the country’s largest sources of decorative papers and bookbinding supplies.

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Identity Design, E-Commerce Web Design + Development

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The Kresge Foundation

Ongoing collaboration with this $3.5 billion private, national foundation. Redesign of a new, mobile-friendly web site. Q partnered with the Kresge Communications team, The Understanding Group (information architecture), and Forum One (development) on the creation of a bold, contemporary site that highlights the Foundation’s work in America’s cities. In addition, Q provides print collateral, presentations, graphic design, and brand identity standards.

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Project Lead: Responsive Web Design, Print Collateral, Advertising, Brand Standards

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North Star Reach

Naming, branding, print materials, and a responsive web site for a non-profit organization (provisional member of the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman) offering summer camp experiences for children with chronic and life-threatening health challenges.

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Identity Design, Responsive Web Design + Development, Print Collateral

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NuStep

Branding, graphic identity, and a full range of brochures, tradeshow materials, video, and advertising to support consumer and business-to-business marketing efforts and new product launches through a long-term working partnership.

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Brand Strategy, Identity Design, Advertising, Print Collateral, Motion, Tradeshow, Signage

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One Pause Poetry

Design and development of a web site for a Michigan non-profit that focuses on the audible experience of poetry. The site offers an ever-expanding, media-rich library of poets and poetry, and a regional map of upcoming poetry events.

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Web Design + Development

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Retirement Income Solutions

Brand strategy, identity design, content strategy, and web site for this Ann Arbor based independent financial advisory firm. Provide ongoing marketing services. Read case study.

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Brand Strategy, Identity design, Content strategy, web design & development, advertising, print collateral

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SARC

Branding and responsive web design & development for this non-profit organization that fosters collaboration among researchers, investigators, pharmaceuticals, and biotech companies to achieve breakthroughs in sarcoma research. Go SARC!

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Brand Strategy, Identity design, content strategy, responsive web design & development, print collateral

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TAO Wellness

Collaboration with Q Wiesbaden. Brand positioning, identity development, responsive site design, tradeshow graphics, video and presentation materials for launch at CES 2014.

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Identity Design, Brand Positioning, Responsive Web Design, Motion, Tradeshow

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University of Michigan Human Resources

Responsive web design and development for University Human Resources at the University of Michigan. Q designers and developers partnered with The Understanding Group (TUG) on information architecture and worked closely with the university’s HR Communications team to design and build a site that improves user experience for U-M faculty and staff. Separate HR department websites were brought together into one unifying site, which allowed for better content organization, easier navigation, implementation of a single CMS (Drupal 7), and a cohesive visual design that reflects U-M brand standards. Read case study.

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Strategy, Research, Project Management, Responsive Web Design + Development

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Wayne State University Press

Design and development of new e-commerce site for Michigan’s “distinctive urban publisher” included all aspects of the project: information architecture, site design, and Drupal implementation.

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E-commerce Web Design + Development

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