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 leads the creative process at Studio2, working with clients to develop the strategy behind the design and carrying it through planning, creative development and production. He has honed his creative marketing approach over 19 years in the business, and his unique blend of left brain and right brain thinking is something clients value. Chris is a graduate of Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with degrees in Studio Art and Business Administration.

Laura Opsahl

VP, Marketing & Communications

Laura brings 25+ years of communications and marketing leadership to Studio2, with a mix of business acumen and relationship-driven creative vision. Her wide-ranging expertise includes leadership roles at Fortune 100 companies Target and 3M. Laura’s warm, inspirational approach helps connect the dots and uncover strategic and often unique solutions to clients’ needs. Laura graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN with degrees in Communications and Studio Art.

Emily Carrolman

Lead Graphic Designer

Emily Carrolman has a gift for color and typography, and the breadth of ability and creative depth to tackle any design challenge. Her 12 years of graphic design experience includes everything from web design to branding and retail, but if you ask her, she’d say her specialty is packaging, and she has the satisfied clients and awards to prove it. Emily holds a B.A. in Graphic Design from the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Nathan Anderson

Designer & Developer

Nate is both a designer and web developer – a brilliant combination that’s a huge benefit to clients, because his thoughtful, efficient design is always informed by his knowledge of what it will take to develop it. Nate’s career spans 19 years and multiple industries: he has made neurosurgeons’ lives easier by simplifying dictation software and helped launch the careers of singer/songwriters (including his own) by designing their beautiful yet hard-working websites..