CREATIVE DESIGN SOLUTIONS
Exceptional design can be affordable, can exceed the highest and wildest of expectations, and can be painless. Our approach is refreshingly unorthodox: Listen, demystify the process, heighten design awareness, and deliver effective, creative, and engaging design that exceeds all expectations.
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ABOUT

Dlynn Design is a Minneapolis-based graphic design firm uniquely positioned to create creative design solutions for your next project.

No organization or project is too big, too small or impossible. We love it all – branding, direct mailers, annual reports, stationary, packaging, websites, print and web advertisements – to name only a few!

Variety inspires, yields fresh ideas, and our strength. We love a good challenge, finding solutions and making clients happy. Let’s start creating something beautiful today!

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OUR WORK

Umina Brothers
Great River Strategies
Downtown Council Brochure
Supportive Healthcare
KGSA
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OUR PROCESS

Hello
Email me and we’ll say hi back. We start each project with a discovery and strategy session that will help us gain a thorough understanding of your specific needs, objectives and desired outcome. We will ask a lot of questions about your business, product and goals, that will help us to turn your vision into a reality.
Make the Job Official
After our design consultation you’ll receive a detailed and easy to read project estimate. When you are ready we’ll complete the Design Contract. Based upon your needs, we will create a detailed timeline for your project.
Designing Begins
We start designing your masterpiece based upon our discovery session, take it back to the studio and translate what we learned into a design presentation. Often we nail it, right out of the gate and sometimes it takes a few revisions to get there. But we always get there.
Teamwork
I’ll send you proofs and we’ll talk about what you like and don’t like and work together to reach the best possible design solutions.
Design Rollout
For print projects we turn your final design into print-ready files and help facilitate any production needs. For website projects your final design is turned into functioning website to perform across different platforms and devices.
Finish
We will send you any files that you need or launch your new website. Then we’ll uncork the bubbly and celebrate your finished project.
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Work With Us

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TEAM

We believe in a diverse range of personel to bring creative skills, thoughts, and ideas to the table.

Deanna Stewart

Deanna Stewart

Founder, Lead Designer View Details
Steffi Sauer

Steffi Sauer

Branding / Web Designer View Details
John Schatz

John Schatz

Lead Web Strategist View Details
Matt Everhart

Matt Everhart

Lead Developer View Details
Deanna Stewart

Deanna Stewart

Founder, Lead Designer

Deanna belives that exceptional design can be affordable, can exceed the highest and wildest of expectations, and can be painless. Her approach is refreshingly unorthodox: Listen, demystify the process, heighten design awareness, and deliver effective,creative, and engaging design that exceeds all expectations — even her’s. Deanna graduated with a BFA from Kent State University and then worked for major publications and creative agencies before striking out on her own.

With a team of talented freelancers and Mylo (her fierce chihuahua) Dlynn Design is uniquely positioned to create creative design solutions to both small and large organizations.

Steffi Sauer

Steffi Sauer

Branding / Web Designer

With over 10 years of design experience, Steffi’s passion is to create branding and web solutions that make an emotional connection with the consumer and tell a story that is authentic and relevant. She establishes long-term relationships with her clients build on Integrity, honesty, clear communication, flexibility and partnership. Her client-centered approach allows her to collaborate with clients directly to achieve the best possible end results. To get the full story of her design journey continue reading below.

In 1999 Steffi left her native Germany and moved to the U.S to work as an Au Pair for a family located in a small town south of Cleveland. As chance would have it, her new home was close to Kent State University, so she decided to make the most of the situation and pick up a couple of design classes and transfer the credits to her future university in Germany. Even though Steffi’s English was pretty bad, and most of the projects she turned in were an inch too short because she was used to the metric system, she loved the program.

During her second semester, Steffi’s teacher suggested she apply for an art scholarship, which she did and won! Her parents agreed to fund this endeavor as long as she maintained the needed GPA and the scholarship that went along with it. The thought of failing (and having to return home with her tail between her legs) motivated Steffi to get over the hurdles and prevail!

As well as studying hard, Steffi was a fine student in beer sampling (still likes the German ones better, sorry!) and applied herself to the American dating scene. During her senior year she met her, now husband, David and agreed to move to NYC with him and be his “roommate”.

Fortunately, Steffi found a job right away as a graphic designer working for a large fashion company. The office was located right in Time Square on the 45th floor of a fancy skyscraper. Adapting her Ohio college style to this new, fashionable lifestyle took some doing, but after 5 years of working hard on her style and design skills, Steffi was ready for something new. Her next venture took her to a design studio in Midtown where she worked as their Senior Designer. But the recession hit a couple months later and, as last one in, Steffi’s future looked rather gloomy. Rather than wait for her pink slip to be handed to her, she bit the bullet and started her own business.

John Schatz

John Schatz

Lead Web Strategist

John is the consummate problem solver that thrives on empowering his clients on the web. Having built his first website in 1999, and his first application one year later, he quickly became a jack-of-all-trades Internet Consultant and Web Developer. Prior to working full-time in Web Development, John’s experiences in Market Research and Internet Advertising Sales help to give him the broad business experiences that enable him to work with wide-ranging clients to find the best solutions and avenues to help them exceed their online goals.

John’s web development and consulting reaches across an extensive list of industries, including significant work with a wide variety of small businesses, e-commerce sites and non-profits. John can work in a variety of platforms, but these days specializes in WordPress and WooCommerce as optimal platforms to help clients grow their businesses.

John graduated from Macalester College in St.Paul, MN and did graduate work at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland.

Matt Everhart

Matt Everhart

Lead Developer

Matt has spent the lat 10 years working in both the front and back end of a variety of web applications. Focusing initially on Java based enterprise solutions and PHP / WordPress installations in the more recent years, he specializes in custom functionality to meet any website need.

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BUZZ

  • “It looks fantastic! Nice work. And thank you for making the trip to the printer to approve the proof while I was stuck in a meeting. You were awesome to call me from the printer, to keep me posted and ease my concerns about the paper stock. I’m glad we discussed it so you could make the call. In short, you’re one of the most talented designers I’ve worked with in marketing and advertising. I appreciate your accuracy and speed. It’s a pleasure doing business with you!”

    Nancy M., Director of Sales and Marketing, Veterinary Hospitals Association
  • “Deanna Stewart never ceases to amaze me with her talent. I am continually impressed with her ability to take my basic, conceptual ideas and turn them into a finished piece that successfully accomplishes our goals. Not only is Deanna talented, but she is thorough and very responsive. There are many times in the nature of our business when we have extremely tight timelines, and Deanna always does whatever it takes to make our deadlines. She also works well with our printer to ensure projects are successful from start to finish. I cannot say enough positive things about Deanna and her work. You won’t be disappointed!”

    Amber T., Marketing Manager
  • “I (and we) totally agree: the Annual Report came out great. What’s a word even better than great? Not to knock the awesome work of the last few years, but this is my favorite one for sure. Thank you for being a kick-ass designer, artist, concept builder, extraordinaire. But just as importantly, thanks for being the best partner we could possible ask for. You are prompt, and crazy accurate, and put up with ALL our changes with humour and a sense of calm. I had a wonderful time working with you on this! And the final result just speaks for itself, AWESOME.”

    Jake L., Director of Digital Engagement
  • “Deanna Stewart is extraordinary. The level of sophistication and execution she brought to my projects is amazing. I am overjoyed with the results. Trusting someone to construct the foundation of your brand is no easy task. Rest assured, by giving the reins to Deanna you will be the benefactor of best in class results. The biggest takeaway from working with Deanna is her sincere desire to construct a product you’ll love.”

    Stephen M., Founder, Azilinah
  • “It looks fantastic! Nice work. And thank you for making the trip to the printer to approve the proof while I was stuck in a meeting. You were awesome to call me from the printer, to keep me posted and ease my concerns about the paper stock. I’m glad we discussed it so you could make the call. In short, you’re one of the most talented designers I’ve worked with in marketing and advertising. I appreciate your accuracy and speed. It’s a pleasure doing business with you!”

    Nancy M., Director of Sales and Marketing, Veterinary Hospitals Association
  • “Deanna Stewart never ceases to amaze me with her talent. I am continually impressed with her ability to take my basic, conceptual ideas and turn them into a finished piece that successfully accomplishes our goals. Not only is Deanna talented, but she is thorough and very responsive. There are many times in the nature of our business when we have extremely tight timelines, and Deanna always does whatever it takes to make our deadlines. She also works well with our printer to ensure projects are successful from start to finish. I cannot say enough positive things about Deanna and her work. You won’t be disappointed!”

    Amber T., Marketing Manager
  • “I (and we) totally agree: the Annual Report came out great. What’s a word even better than great? Not to knock the awesome work of the last few years, but this is my favorite one for sure. Thank you for being a kick-ass designer, artist, concept builder, extraordinaire. But just as importantly, thanks for being the best partner we could possible ask for. You are prompt, and crazy accurate, and put up with ALL our changes with humour and a sense of calm. I had a wonderful time working with you on this! And the final result just speaks for itself, AWESOME.”

    Jake L., Director of Digital Engagement
  • “Deanna Stewart is extraordinary. The level of sophistication and execution she brought to my projects is amazing. I am overjoyed with the results. Trusting someone to construct the foundation of your brand is no easy task. Rest assured, by giving the reins to Deanna you will be the benefactor of best in class results. The biggest takeaway from working with Deanna is her sincere desire to construct a product you’ll love.”

    Stephen M., Founder, Azilinah
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