We elevate brand & product experiences through the power of good design, business strategy & consumer understanding.

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To ascend is to move upward.


Ascend is a design studio founded in the Sierra Nevada mountains but our work transcends physical boundaries. We go out of bounds — or as we like to say, “off-piste” — to develop exciting new possibilities for our clients near and far. Our varied experience has given us a wealth of knowledge that we bring to every client partnership. We not only create beautiful and usable things, we help our clients solve real business problems, and rise up.

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Brand identity & website for an innovative housing startup


Branding, social & website for an artisan maker

Brand look & feel for a cloud computing startup


What clients are saying

Thank you! You helped bring our brand to life, kept us honest and pushed us to think bigger than we were. 

— Colin Frolich, CEO & Co-Founder, Landing
Our product looks effing amazing. We hear it from clients all the time. I attribute this 100% to Ashley. The quality of her work and her uncanny sense of tone, have not only helped us win over clients, it’s won over the rest of the leadership team to the power of good design. Thanks to Ashley, investing in design is no longer something we debate or doubt, it’s a given. It’s just something we do.
— Eli Holder, Head of Product, Streetlinx
Love waking up to design that is so fresh! I’m in LOVE.
— Jeanette Karthaus, Creative Director, Karthaus Collins

Let’s do some work together.

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