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Design is more than just the sum of it's parts. Each element is considered and thoughtful to be aligned with pushing forward the central concept. We make sure the trellis of ideas is solid so that the vines and flowers of design can grow strong and reach for the sun.


Creation is only as good as the filter we pass the information through. That filter is the mind of the creator. That knowledge and trust in the varied experiences of our lives helps us be more effective creators, and is only distilled and refined through time and effort. We bring those years of experience to the table to give you the highest quality design.


We are always experimenting with new ideas. You don't stand out amongst the crowd if you look like everything else that's out there. In order to do that we need to tread new ground. Whether that's experimenting with new artistic mediums, inspiration sources, or life experiences. All this helps us bring new ideas to the table. Every project is unique and special and we make the visuals, vidoes, and reflect it's unique identity.

Pushed Boundaries

Any studio can churn out trends. We are not just any studio. If it helps support your ideas and communicate properly, pushed boundaries can help set you apart from the crowd. We aren't afraid to do something that challenges the norms if it helps support your businesses' ideals and message.

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Branding is essential for communicating the core values of your business. No opportunity should be overlooked to support those ideals, and nuance and attention to detail are essential. We thoroughly research every aspect of the brand design to make sure that color, form, iconography, typography, and more help build a solid foundation for which the message of your business stands.

Graphic Design

Shapes have a voice. Color has a voice. Typography has a voice. Any group can sing, but to truly make music you need someone who can make all the elements form a chorus. Our team works with you to take your ideas from concept to creation.

Video Development

Social media and easy access to tools of production and distribution started a communication revolution. However, this broad access does not guarantee a quality message, statement, or promotional video. We know that visual storytelling is similar to a language, and the understanding of all its possibilities is a requirement to create effective video productions. This goes beyond HD video cameras and editing software. We create videos for your company that effectively communicate a story that can truly make a difference. It starts by hiring the right professionals. In the end, people tell the stories, cameras just record them.

Companies We've Worked With

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We’re Awake, and ready to go!

Pemo Theodore


Pemo Theodore is a Media Publisher and a great people connector. She was Founder Silicon Valley TV which served the San Francisco Bay Area for 10 years! She has produced Silicon Valley Events for Investors & Startups for 10 years. Pemo loves to video interview venture capitalists & founders to engage the human behind the success stories.. She has been Executive Producer of FinTech Silicon Valley for 6 years, organizing twice monthly FinTech talks & panels in San Francisco & Palo Alto and audio podcasts. She believes in learning through a great discussion with experts in the domains. Pemo has a talent to bring the right people together and is an incredible networker. Pemo's events have been seen as supporting Venture Capitalists & Angels in sourcing great deal flow from startups who attend her events. Many founders have received funding through meeting investors at her events. Her favored medium is audio & visual media and she has built up a great body of work of videos of panels & interviews and podcasts in Silicon Valley startup ecosystem. She has lived & worked in Canada, Australia, Ireland, London, Northern Ireland, New Zealand & Silicon Valley. Bio
James Saturnio

James Saturnio

Art Director / Co Founder

In 2005 Steve Jobs gave a Commencement address at Stanford speaking about life and doing what you love. In it he relayed a short story regarding the connection between his decision to drop out of college and the series of events that led to Helvetica and other beautiful typography being a fundamental part of the personal computing world. He stated, “you can’t connect the dots going foward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” My experiences are varied and non-traditional, but they have served to develop my character in a way that is diverse, empathetic, and open in a way that serves my design style. This helps bring fresh ideas and perspectives to all I create.

I studied graphic design in college for several years and it has always stayed with me. I continue to do freelance jobs, and I have a bookshelf littered with books I have continued to pick up regarding typography, calligraphy, design, and history. It’s in my blood. My home is littered with letterforms that I have collected over the years.

I am meticulous. I worked for a proofreading company for several years and currently work with medical billing, where an eye for detail is mandatory. I was also (and to a certain degree still am) a professional organizer. My philosophy for organization (UX/UI) is based on working with people’s behaviors and integrating them into any new system that is created.

Paula Scher, in her TED talk in 2005, spoke about moments in her design career where she had no idea what she was doing and, without the limitations of everything that she had produced before, found new and exciting ways of creating visual identities. It has always inspired me to take new challenges head on and with seriousness even if I come to a situation where I have no prior experience. This is where great ideas are born, and fixing and improving things have always been a great source of inspiration for me.

James Saturnio


1st Place: Kingsley Student Art Competition 2004
Art Director for annual American River Review 2005 & 2006
Columbia Scholastic Press Association Awards: Gold Crown Award 2005 & 2006
Columbia Scholastic Press Association Collegiate Circle Awards:
2006: 2nd place for overall design, and for use of typography
Community College Humanities Association annual literary magazine contest:
2005: 2nd place PNWD 2006: 1st place Nationally
Art New Media department website production, coding, and implementation

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