A while back we hired a management consultant to help us determine, from our clients’ perspective, what made us valuable to them. The answer: “We get it.”

It took hours of interviews and documented feedback to get to an answer that was so simple, yet so complicated at the same time.

What does “we get it” mean? For one, it means that we listen. We wrap our arms around business problems and get into marketing strategy. We look at the big picture with a wide lens and determine how our graphic design & web design projects will support and enhance a clients immediate and long-range needs.

Sometimes, it means a unique marketing opportunity for a client has popped up and action needs to happen. We understand that businesses don’t always have the luxury of time and it’s our job to do what’s needed to turn an opportunity into a success.

It also means that we are very good at communicating the client’s brand. We seek to understand their core; that often hard to pinpoint attribute that makes them special in the marketplace, and tell the world about it. For some clients it is helping them define their brand…taking what they are truly about and putting it into visual formats that people can understand.

Finally, “We get it” is often just a plain old compliment. Many design firms tout their creativity. Well, you expect a graphic design firm to be creative. We get the fact that what businesses need is far beyond that. They need a partner that can speak their language, one that understands budgeting and scheduling, and one that brings them results. And that’s us.

Contact Studio2 for a no-obligation, no-pressure discussion about your organization.

Capabilities

Web Design

Desktop, Tablet & Mobile Devices

  • Website design & development
  • Modern HTML5 and CSS3 coding
  • Site redesigns
  • Content Management System integration
  • On-line advertisements
  • E-mail campaigns

Search Engine Optimization

  • Monthly, comprehensive Search Engine Optimization (SEO) packages
  • Monthly Search Engine Marketing (SEM) administration

Graphic Design

ADVERTISING, EVENT MATERIALS & MARKETING TOOLS

  • Print Advertising
  • Outdoor Advertising
  • Invitations; Event Guides
  • Catalogs; Brochures; Manuals; Infographics
  • Trade Show Booths; Backdrops
  • Retail and Office Environmental Graphics

DIRECT MAIL, IN-STORE MARKETING & PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS

  • Postcards; Booklets; Mailers
  • Point of Purchase; Posters
  • Signage; Displays
  • Wearables
  • Public Relations Media Kits
  • Copywriting and Editing

Packaging

PACKAGING DESIGN RELATED

  • Branding and Product Naming
  • Bottle Labels and Containers
  • Beverage Cans
  • Boxes, Cartons and Clamshells
  • Pallet Design Strategy
  • Family Product Strategy

OTHER PACKAGING DESIGN SERVICES

  • Vendor Coordination
  • Custom Illustration
  • Copywriting and Editing
  • Competitor Analysis
  • Demographic Analysis

Logos

LOGO BRAND MARK CREATION

  • Naming Strategy
  • Icon Creation
  • Redesign Speciality
  • Overall Brand Strategy
  • Mood Boards

OTHER LOGO DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS

  • Logo Usage Guide Creation
  • Color Palette Coordination
  • Trademark Advisement
  • Various Vendor-ready File Format Creation
  • Competitor Analysis

Leadership

Chris Opsahl

Owner & Creative Director

Chris is the founder of Studio2. He holds a B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with degrees in Studio Art and Business Administration. Chris has held management level marketing positions for firms in the Insurance/Financial Services industries and has received numerous national awards for his web, print and logo designs. He has been a speaker on graphic design for the Advertising Federation of Minnesota and is a partner at Cinch Web Services.

Emily Carrolman

Lead Graphic Designer

Emily hold a B.A. from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a degree in Graphic Design. With over 10 years under her belt creating award-winning designs for clients large and small, Emily has the skill and know-how to tackle any type of design project — from packaging to web design, branding to retail experience design. Her repertoire includes work for 3M, Phillips Distilling and HealthEast, to name a few.

Bryan Hoffman

Adjunct Digital Designer

Bryan has been part of the Studio2 team since 2005. He is an experienced web designer with excellent technical, creative and strategic skills. In the fall of 2007 Bryan relocated to Park City, Utah, but still plays an important role with a number of our web projects. Bryan is known nationally for his CMS and responsive design work. In Utah, Bryan runs Spigot Design and is a partner at Cinch Web Services.