Michael is equal parts strategy and creative. He has spent over a quarter century helping a wide variety of clients articulate compelling brands and align their marketing communications with business strategy. Prior to 2003 and the birth of id29, Michael spent over a decade at one of upstate NY’s largest ad agencies. He also did five years on the west coast in the music industry and was instrumental in growing a category-leading company from $100 million to nearly $1 billion in annual sales. Michael thinks he may have lost his soul during this time period. It’s ok, because he found it again. Outside of the studio, Michael enjoys riding bicycles, attempting to play guitar and wondering what to do with the free time that he doesn’t have. He has a wonderful family and lives in Niskayuna, NY.
Education: BS/Marketing & Management, Siena College
Doug is an art director and designer with over 25 years experience working with national and international clients. As Director of Design at MASS MoCA for 8+ years, Doug helped put the country’s largest arts center on the world’s cultural map by designing the museum's identity system, exhibition and wayfinding signage, print collateral, catalogs and web presence (with only the help of an occasional summer intern.) Doug left MASS MoCA in 2003 to co-found id29. Doug frequently lectures on design, and has written for design publications such as Speak Up and HOW Magazine. Doug is the former President of AIGA Upstate New York—the Professional Association for Design—whose mission is to build and promote the Upstate New York design community and advance design as a vital cultural force. In 2010, Doug was named by Graphic Design USA as one of the top 50 People to Watch. When Doug isn’t coaching youth soccer, or watching the U.S. Men's National Team pwn Mexico, he likes to play in the local over-30 men’s league and complain about muscle pulls to his wife and three junior soccer players at home.
Education: BFA/Graphic Design, SUNY New Paltz; MFA/2D Design, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Crafting brands that make you think, smile or tell a compelling story is Rafael’s trademark. He has spent the last twenty years between NYC and the Capitol Region leading high-visibility branding programs and designing for key industry categories. He has created highly-acclaimed work for clients such as Microsoft MSN, DuPont, KPMG, P&G, Fleet Bank, Jack Morton Worldwide and The City of Santo Domingo. While SVP Director of Design at Palio’s Design Experience Lab they experienced 20% annual growth over the following 8 consecutive years agency-wide (serving primarily Fortune 500 Healthcare clients). He enjoys having discussions aimed at uncovering “truths” and the emotional connection between a brand and its target segments. Born in Dominican Republic, Rafael currently resides in Saratoga Springs, NY, with his wife Susan and has been recently empty-nested: with his daughter Olivia an aspiring actress now in LA and son Kique attending Sage in Albany this Fall. You can find him in his down-time watching his son play soccer or a Yankee game, dancing merengue, golfing or in the TriCity Valley Cats dugout counseling and welcoming players (en Español) who are new to New York.
Education: BFA/Communications Design, Parsons School of Design
Jessica’s passion for brand storytelling has been cultivated over her 15 plus years’ experience leading brand marketing campaigns and communications across multi-million dollar healthcare and consumer industries. Jessica’s background in partnership development, communications and public relations enables her to initiate and maintain relationships with our clients with a keen eye to their sales and marketing goals by helping to innovate new ways of creating amazing content that's absurdly useful and effective.
When she’s not in the office Jess can be found jet setting to new travel destinations from Peru to the Cayman Islands with her husband and 2 little girls. Don’t let her fool you though, Jess is a diehard Disney lover and would be just as happy sipping a margarita while walking around the world at Epcot.
Education: BS/Castleton University
Jake is a multi-faceted graphic designer with over fifteen years of experience in applying his creativity—as well as lessons learned from a formal background in science—to craft thoughtful design solutions. The desire to constantly evolve his skill set, learn new subjects and translate the truth of the client into appropriate designs are paramount to his contributions as a member of the id29 family. Jake is especially proud of his work for Sterling Rope, Method Design, Union College and Bright Ideas Brewing.
Education: BS/Biology, Virginia Tech
Driven by curiosity and the pursuit of knowledge, Matt first found his way into marketing through design. What started as posters and other miscellaneous print pieces, soon became websites, banners, and emails. When he realized he could measure the effectiveness of his designs, he quickly became entrenched in the data and fell in love with identifying trends that influenced action and solved problems.
For the past 7 years, Matt has thrived at agencies in a digital strategy role. He has worked with a wide range of clients from multi-billion dollar corporations to small, local businesses creating, executing, measuring, and optimizing marketing campaigns across digital channels.
When he’s not at work, you can find Matt busy with his fiance and their 3 kids.
Education: A.A.S Business Administration
Bringing 25+ years of experience to the table, Kevin is an internet technology master. Kevin possesses the web development skills to help us deliver sites that are intelligent, beautiful and easy to maintain.
Education: BM/Performance & Songwriting, Berklee College of Music; also studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University