engaging user experiences
for web apps

about ksd.

innovators. early adopters. late majority. attract them all with iconic identities, intuitive ux, engaging front ends, and ksd.

ksd. is a design studio, in Chicago, Illinois, that helps technology companies with their design, branding and marketing efforts. We provide user experience / user interface design, front end design+development, and creative direction for those looking to attract users gain traction, increase market share.

What we do

logo design
identity design
web design
front end design+development
ux/ui design
graphic design
marketing communications design
newsletter design
social media design
blog design
creative direction
content development
pitch decks

Who we help

digital startups
IT consultants
software engineers/saas
technology associations
technology non-profits
clean/green tech

So they can

attract users
get customers
gain traction
increase market share
build their brand presence
lure investors
rock out
make a difference
rule the world

ksd. portfolio

Design Crush: Dangerdust


Dangerdust is an “anonymous artist duo with a fondess for chalk dust”.

All Calls and Meetings Must Start and End on Time


Setting boundaries was a big theme for me in 4Q14, and after a 30-day journaling exercise back in October, I was inspired to finally write a business policies document. The first item that showed up: all calls and meetings must start and end on time.

Ouch, right? But here’s there deal: I’m a calm, cool, strategic designer… that happens to attract a lot of hot messes. The stakeholders, themselves, are very organized and orderly, but for whatever reason, they inherited this thing of a digital presence that went haywire, and look to me to perform a serious overhaul. Miracle, really.

With that comes an unspoken expectation that I maintain a buttoned down relationship with time (you can’t hunker down unless you button down, right?), and I’m okay with that, ’cause… like… I do.

Plus, I hate it when meetings run over, don’t you?

Until next time,

Guardian of Time by Alice Popkorn. Used with permission under a Creative Commons 2.0 license.

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year from ksd.

Tibetan “prayer flags are said to bring happiness, long life and prosperity to the flag planter and those in the vicinity.”

Flags 2010 010 001 by Mike Jack.
Modified and used with permission under a Creative Commons 2.0 (CC by 2.0) license.

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