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
Love waking up to design that is so fresh!”
“I’m in LOVE. Thanks!!”
— Jeanette Karthaus, Creative Director, Karthaus Collins
Ashley is a forward-thinking, detail-oriented and fast-moving design leader. Her creative approach pushed the brand forward while moving customers and prospects along with it. Her work had a big, positive business impact and she delivered consistent, strong results across the marketing and product experience.
— Kira Wampler, VP of Product & Marketing, Lytro

Let’s do some work together.

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