Find your magic. Start a fire. Swerve.We live to change. We design for soul. We work in brandplaces that are looking for love, that are questing for deep and unforgettable magnetism. And we make it happen. West Coast. East Coast. North. South. Europe. Asia. Been there. Doing that.
Design long and prosper: decades of living design practice means that we’re never done. We keep getting better.We work inside, climb higher, rappel deeper, go further. We do.
The GirvinistsThese are the people that make it.
Tim GIRVIN, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of GIRVIN, Inc., is recognized internationally as a designer, writer, illustrator, photographer and calligrapher. He has spoken all over the world on strategic planning, brand development and design integration, brand and story development for retail identity. His focus is fulfilling emotional and holistic sensory content in dimensional marketing to international audiences.
GIRVIN’s client attention is on captivation: strategy and personality, identity in retail and brand environments, entertainment design and integrated experience. Past and present clients include Apple, Ameristar Casinos, Boyd Resorts, Bloomingdale’s, Disney, Johnson & Johnson, Kerzner, Leviev, LG / Seoul, L’Oreal, MGM | Mirage, Microsoft, Millennium Retailing / Tokyo, Nordstrom, Paramount Studios, Procter & Gamble, Warner Brothers and Wynn.
He is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Design Management Institute, Japanese Graphic Design Association, Industrial Designers Society of America, Luxury Marketing Council, Society for Environmental Graphic Designers and the Type Directors Club | Tokyo.
GIRVIN’s education includes a degree from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with additional studies and explorations at New College, the Cooper Union College of Arts & Sciences, the Imperial College in London; but GIRVIN’s real learning focus is itinerant. He finds people to learn from and goes to meet with them, traveling worldwide. His original academic path was marine biology and natural history. GIRVIN’s lab notebooks were so elaborately designed, though, that a professor recommended he change his course of study.
This led to research in the history of art, the alphabet and architecture, type design and fine printing, calligraphy, literature and the book, and how these were culturally influenced through the millennia. Regardless of the name, in the history of the firm – Alphabet, Elements, Tim GIRVIN, Inc., GIRVIN Brands, Tim GIRVIN Design, Inc. or simply GIRVIN, he’s been at the heart of running this company for more than 30 years.
His business and design observations can be found at his blog at GIRVIN.com: http://blog.girvin.com. Tim’s link to the leadership and philosophy of GIRVIN, and what creative direction can mean for his personal life, can be explored at http://tim.girvin.com.
Chie Masuyama Sharp is the Executive Creative Director of GIRVIN | Seattle. She has been working as a strategically focused designer and team leader at GIRVIN for more than 15 years. The keys to her experience, in creative direction and project tactics, lie in her international awareness and expertise, having been involved in North American branding work as well as projects in Southeast Asia, China, Japan and Korea.
Her personal involvement has been in strategy, identity consulting, naming, typographic design systems, environmental applications, packaging, collateral and online applications – and is focused on a highly tuned sensitivity to business planning and visualizations. Her projects have been market specific or global. Her clients range from her involvement in the leadership of the Dentsu+GIRVIN Corporate Communications team | Tokyo, the Dai Nippon (DNP) | GIRVIN creative alliance, Diamond Foods, Hines, Microsoft, Paramount Studios, Procter & Gamble | Kobe, PRO Sports Club, Seattle Humane, Shiseido, Suntory, TV Asahi, Warner Brother Studios, and Wimmer Solutions.
She holds a B.A. degree in Law from Sophia University in Tokyo, a Master’s degree in educational leadership at Argosy University, as well as an AA degree in Visual Communications from the Art Institute in Seattle, where she is also an Instructor in Design. Chie is fluent in English and Japanese.
As Chief Marketing Officer at GIRVIN, Cathy Mack brings over 20 years experience in business development and account management working with Fortune 500 companies as well as brands in the beauty, fashion and luxury industries. She has managed brand development, marketing strategy, online and interactive experience and packaging design programs and new product launches with clients globally in order to ensure that all strategic and creative goals are met.
Cathy activates and manages ongoing and open lines of communication with clients throughout all steps in the project phases, with the client’s strategic goals always met or exceeded. She has led project management teams in Europe, Hong Kong, China and South America for packaging, print and eCommerce solutions for Cisco Systems, Ogilvy, HP, Microsoft, Apple, Wynn Las Vegas and Disney among many others. Cathy holds a BA in Marketing with a minor in Business from the University of St. Francis.
Alex Williams is the Executive Creative Director of GIRVIN | New York. Through equal amounts of left-brain / right-brain spark, Alex designs powerful brand stories – applying market analytics and creative visualizations throughout a broad range of marketing media. Alex is an agile, eloquent design leader with an impassioned, consumer-centric approach for the highest and most ubiquitous standards of strategically driven design.
He is a native of Massachusetts, a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts and the Design Management Institute. He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design, New York. He has created award-winning brand positioning, identity, packaging, concept and business development strategies for an impressive list of national and international partners, including: Capezio, Diageo, Elizabeth Arden, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Kerzner, Kraft Foods, PetsMart, Procter & Gamble and Spalding – to name but a few.
Cristina Espinosa is Managing Director of Girvin New York. With contagiously upbeat wit and years of multi–continent brand management experience, Cristina has established time–honored relationships with a diverse list of brand-partners — from foremost hospitality groups such as Fairmont Hotels, to leading consumer goods companies such as Kimberly-Clark and powerhouse food companies such as Kraft. It is her market expertise, intuition and sincere partner loyalty that build hero brand teams and memorable brand stories.
Cristina was born and raised in Mexico where she attended The Modern American School. She received a business degree from the Ecole Hôtèliere in Leysin, Switzerland and after a brief career in hotel management, she found her passion to be design and design management which brought her to New York City to continue her studies at the School of Visual Arts, The Cooper Union, Parsons School of Design and NYU. She is a member of the MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Glass House and a Friend of The Eames Foundation.
Kevin Henderson, Senior Designer at GIRVIN | Seattle, has been a part a part of the team at GIRVIN for over 14 years, working in everything from print and packaging design to exhibition and environmental graphic design, with a focus on name development and corporate identity. After receiving a BFA in Graphic Design from the University of Washington, Kevin worked for design and architectural firms in Chicago and Seattle prior to arriving at GIRVIN.
More polymath than specialist, Kevin’s design activities are supplemented and informed by his parallel interests in aviation and teaching, plus moderate obsessions with cycling, Sudoku and crossword.
Clients Kevin has worked with include Artisoft, Beau Rivage, Echelon, IBM, Independent Colleges of Washington, Intel, Microsoft Press, NAC | Architecture, Nintendo of America, Omega Institute, Paramount Pictures, Plum Creek, Procter & Gamble, PROSports Club, Saint Mary’s College of California, Warner Brothers and Wynn Resort.
Madeline Oldani, Senior Designer at GIRVIN | Seattle, has spent her career with design agencies working alongside marketing teams to create design that speaks with a powerful voice; inspiring her long-held philosophy: a design is only as good as how it communicates with its audience. Her aptitude for storytelling through design led her to find success in adaptive presentation design, traveling nationally to conferences for her skill-set.
With a design career in her sights from early on, she earned a B.A. in Graphic Design from Western Washington University, and supplemented her design foundation with relevant associated courses, earning minors in Psychology and Art History.
In 2013 she spent a year in Uganda, East Africa working with the local budding design culture in the capital city of Kampala. There, she worked in an art director role within a local design firm and subsequently taught design fundamentals, software, and strategy to young professionals. Her love of international cultures adds a unique perspective to her design approach.
Vince Gonska, Associate Senior Designer at GIRVIN, first became interested in design by falling in love with the packaging of various video game entertainment systems and movie posters in the 90’s. A lover of technology and learning, he makes it a point to study the many parts that design embodies such as; UX/UI, web development, illustration, and motion graphics. When not learning how to do something new, he loves working on screen print, digital painting, and creating political satire illustrations. Vince attended the Art Institute of Seattle where he received his BFA in Graphic Design.
Fabiola Reina, Senior Designer at GIRVIN, has had repeated success in combining strategy with creativity in everything from print and web design, experiential graphic design and architecture, interiors and furnishing, to brand development and identity. After receiving a BA in Architecture from Portland State University, Fabiola worked in graphic design, architecture, brand development and marketing. She considers herself a Renaissance designer, with a love for everything creative.
he has a passion for making a difference and loves to connect with the community through her design, art and photography. She has been involved with start-up companies as well as large well-established corporations, including Microsoft, Xbox, Windermere Real Estate, Goodwill, Diamond Food, Kettle Brand, Emerald Nuts, Consolidated Restaurants, Siren Song, and more.
Michael Kennedy, Associate Senior Designer | GIRVIN Seattle, was born and raised in Seattle and started as an intern at GIRVIN. He attended Pratt Institute in New York studying graphic design and graduated with a BFA in Communication Arts. Michael has a deep passion for and understanding of type design, especially hand crafted type styles, which started at an early age after being exposed to street art. From painting a mural, to branding a local non-profit organization, he is driven by the process of unique and one-of-a-kind creative designs. While at GIRVIN, Michael has worked for clients such as Densho, Kauri Investments, Curt Ligot, and Omeros. He is also an integral member of our Marketing Department and supports GIRVIN’s many marketing initiatives with beautifully poised graphic elements. Michael’s hobbies and interests all focus around creative design whether it’s hand drawn letters, traveling, or taking photos that inspire his creativity.
Eva Fredrickson, Assistant Designer at GIRVIN | Seattle, was a costume designer before transitioning into a career in graphic design. She began with a BA in Theatre Costume Design from Santa Clara University and then went on to study Film and Television Costume Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. For the next 6 years Eva worked primarily in television, lending her talents to such shows as Criminal Minds, How I Met Your Mother, Wizards of Waverly Place and America’s Best Dance Crew. She also did a brief stint with the circus, working on the Cirque du Soleil show, Amaluna.
A desire to return to the Northwest is what brought Eva back to Seattle, where she was born and raised. She went back to school, earning a Graphic Design Diploma from the Art Institute of Seattle, and while supplementing her education with design internships she landed herself at GIRVIN.
Eric Warner, Assistant Designer at GIRVIN | Seattle. Eric’s knowledge of online content has carried him from New York City, after graduating from Pratt Institute and working for several production companies, to Seattle where he has expanded his expertise in video, web production, branding and more. Since moving west, he has worked for companies including Amazon, PBS, Sundance Channel, Emerald Nuts and many more. His insatiable appetite for learning is a representation of his philosophy that specialization is where creativity goes to die, and that progress is best fostered through challenge.
Fletcher, Social Media Manager at Girvin | Seattle and a recent transplant to the Pacific Northwest, first developed his passion for social media while studying Anthropology at the University of Minnesota. Of particular interest was the way these new digital communities would influence business and technology in the years to come. Since then he’s managed social communities for brands like Clearwire, Sprint, and Best Buy. At Girvin he’s worked to develop comprehensive social marketing and community engagement strategies for Kettle Brand, Emerald Nuts, Fukuju Sake and Sound Transit.
“As a brand representative the best part of Social Media is being able to communicate directly with your consumer with no filters. Do they like your product, do they love it? You get a greater sense of the passion than you would through a simple survey and you get to have a conversation with them.”
As an Account Manager for GIRVIN, Laurel brings over 20 years of experience in project, account and creative services management in print and online projects. With an exceptional aptitude for organization and detail, Laurel is the liaison between the design team, vendors and clients. Laurel’s expertise encompasses the area of building solid, positive relationships with client and vendors to ensure successful projects. She is highly experienced in the area of quality control, proofreading, typography, vendor coordination, print-buying and project management.
Laurel has managed several creative teams throughout her career with emphasis in the areas of software documentation, marketing, sales and training materials, packaging, web and mobile projects. She has been responsible for multi million dollar printing budgets and accounts and has worked in the role of client and as well as agency project manager. While at GIRVIN, she has worked on a wide variety of projects including Kraft Foods, Nintendo, Bellagio and Diamond Foods.
Laurel Check is a graduate of Western Washington University and has Bachelor of Science degree in Technology-Graphic Arts & Design with a Minor in Fine Art. In addition to working in the graphic design field, Laurel is an artist and is active in several on line art communities as well as her local artist guild.
Deanna Carroll, Operations Director and Project Manager GIRVIN | Seattle, has been an active GIRVIN team member for over 23 years, providing leadership and support in the areas of built-space interior and exterior design, vendor and contractor coordination, account and project management, operations and planning, information technology and photography.
In addition to client project support, she has been responsible for events coordination for public and professional educational offerings and workshops, and provided video and photographic documentation. She has over 25 years of experience in the areas of planning, professional enhancement programs and operations management.
A graduate of Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts degree and a lifelong interest in art, complex project management and photography, her project supports at GIRVIN have included client links for Butter London, Calidora, Dannon, Diamond Foods, Experience | Premchit, Johnson & Johnson, Kirlin and the Seeds of Compassion project event, Mark Anthony Brands, Microsoft, Raikes Foundation, Seattle Humane, Procter & Gamble, See Your Impact, US Foods – Metro Deli and Wimmer Solutions.
Chris MoorheadChris Moorhead, I.T. Manager and Web Developer at GIRVIN, has worked alongside Tim in the Internet realm from the firm’s beginning explorations – coordinating and building team efforts of decades of online and interactive work. He has built sites in multiple languages and is a constant, hands-on, dig-in problem solver for code challenges, animation and motion work and planning.
Chris is an experienced web project manager, helping to bring brands to the web and blasted e-media.. The clients he has worked with include Crosslink Capital, G.R. Plume, Martens & Associates, Omeros and Seattle Humane. Chris also volunteers his time and talents to support non-profits with their internet endeavors.
As the Project Assistant at GIRVIN | Seattle, Lisa Coloma is responsible for partnering with the principal and agency to support strategic planning and business development. She works along side Tim GIRVIN and his project select team, on client projects as a facilitator and administrator of his creative leadership. She holds a business degree from the University of Portland and went on to study Graphic Design at the Art Institute of Portland.
As Girvin’s Director of Accounting, Margaret is responsible for the financial and business operations of the firm’s offices in Seattle as well as team accounting efforts in NY and California.
She has an extensive experience in design firm management and a background in retail design firm finance, accounting strategy, project planning and budgeting as well as Girvin corporate interface with client administration. Margaret has worked at Girvin in marketing development and planning, human resource coordination and organizational programming for Girvin creative teams.
She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds an MBA from the University of North Texas. Margaret has supported the fiscal and administrative side of projects with such clients as Diamond Foods, Emerald and Kettle Brands, Procter&Gamble, Silk Therapeutics as well as dozens of other brands, organizational planning efforts and creative projects.
Jill Wolfard, Corporate Accounting, has been working with the teams at GIRVIN for over 20 years. She has extensive knowledge of all the financial workings at GIRVIN’s stateside offices, in Seattle and NYC. In charge of all the day to day financial activities for the company, her contributions include client invoicing, payroll and accounts payable. Jill is also knowledgeable in dealing with the complicated world of health benefits, 401K and Section 125 procedures. She’s the bridge between all project teams, budgeting and management and the larger financial oversight in the day-to-day coordination of the firm’s accounting.
Gabrielle Girvin, Special Projects | Operations Assistant, focusing on administrative support, project research, and coordinating GIRVIN’s multiple-channeled social media — in response to, and in support of widely distributing blogs, notes, events and photography created by Tim GIRVIN and staff members. Gabrielle works on projects with her Dad, and oversees GIRVIN’s libraries and art assets, including Tim’s GIRVIN art for sale as well as the GIRVIN art collection. Gabrielle supports GIRVIN Marketing in the preparation of special, limited-edition print and binding runs for our business development and new client relationships.