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Twenty years of creative solutions
We believe that a successful design must be constructed to be visually engaging and perform flawlessly. For 20 years, we've enabled some of the most innovative Bay Area companies to stand out from the crowd — while reducing the cost and effort of complex creative projects. Over the past ten years, Afstudio has won three ADA Awards for "Design Excellence" for web design and seven American Graphic Design Awards for print and web design from Graphic Design USA Magazine.
Afstudio works within a broad network of professional designers, illustrators, and photographers, all of whom have collaborated together on many projects over many years. This allows us to quickly scale up or down to meet client demand, and to offer the quality design services typically associated with large agencies, yet at a more affordable cost for the client. Our studio is known for bringing forth collaborative efforts that merge a diverse blend of complementary skills to produce creative solutions.
Andrew Faulkner is the creative guru at Afstudio. He's a veteran of demanding design and production environments, and as senior designer for Macworld Magazine he gained his reputation for always displaying grace under pressure. Following his creative passions, Andrew launched Afstudio in 1993, and has built a solid reputation for making complicated projects look easy. When Andrew's not at the studio, he's probably hunting down rare vinyl at one of the Bay Area's vintage record stores (if you don't reach him at the studio, try Amoeba Records). Some of his clients include Adobe, Intuit, eBay, Oracle, and Deloitte.
Lauren Donohue hails from Portland Oregon, the land of suspenders, handle-bar mustaches and derby hats. In fact, this was how she presented herself when she applied for work at Afstudio (and we hired her on the spot). Lauren is both revered and feared for her mad production skills with the Adobe Creative suite. She is so fast that it is rumored that smoke rises from her keyboard when she is cranking on a project. Lauren’s design skills are as cutting edge as her fashion-sense and her super-power is the ability to kern type with her nose while doing a Lotus headstand yoga pose.
Jeff Brown cut his teeth at several top SF ad agencies before going on to start his own, Downtown Design. With offers of grandeur (unlimited espresso), Afstudio persuaded “Downtown Jeff Brown" to join forces with Afstudio. He is an an avid biker and has ridden most trails on Mount Tam (on a unicycle) and his special super-power is wine-tasting without opening the bottle (he can select a good wine purely based on the typography of the label). Jeff is also co-founder of one of the California Central Coast's up-and-coming wineries, Peloton Cellars
Denise Thompson brings her charm, management skills, and epic business acumen to Afstudio after years of experience in the solar industry. Denise knows her way around a boardroom (even though I’m sure there’s an App for that). Whether it’s keeping projects on track or reaching out for new business opportunities, Denise is constantly bringing something new to the table (may we have some sea salt with that creative brief?). When she’s not working at Afstudio or honing her super-power ability to create complex project spreadsheets while practicing qigong on her stand up paddle board, Denise is consulting bay area professionals in her successful coaching business, Entrepreneur Coaching Systems.
What our clients say
"Forget that creative director who does the whiteboard ads for UPS. You
haven't seen a masterful presentation until you've seen Andrew dress up in a banana costume just to help the client understand the complexities of a project. Seriously, Andrew really understands client needs and can deliver compelling solutions across media. I can give Andrew a project and not have to worry about a thing. He gets our brand, our culture, and is a true pleasure to work with."
"Andrew has true passion for providing the best quality work without compromising timeliness or budget. Af Studio has proven to me to be a go-to for all things Design in the SF Bay Area. I highly recommend Andrew and Staff to anyone requiring a highly detailed and personable designer for their project, you will not regret it.."
"Afstudio has been our go-to web graphics design firm for several years now. Andrew and his team are consistently professional, creative, fun to work with, and deliver results that work for us!"
"Andrew and his entire team are smart, fun and diligent. They create a great product every time. Andrew is personable, easy to work with and extremely creative."
"Afstudio has that hard-to-find combination of dependability, versatility, and a wonderful sense of humor that makes them an incredibly valuable design resource for adobe.com. We've worked together successfully for years."
Afstudio has been recognized as a leader in the design field for our work in print and web design. Graphic Design USA accepts thousands of entries in their yearly design competitions and Afstudio has won several awards from this etablished intitution. Of course, our main focus is to create new, fresh work that satisfies our client's needs, but it's always nice to be acknowledged for your efforts by the design community!