Wearing Many Hats with Style
We work together on every project we touch, which is why you'll probably meet each of us over the course of working together. Lucky for you, we're all very charming.
Principal / Creative Director / Strategist
Gage sees everything as a design challenge. Whether it's designing new business strategies, designing to solve community problems, or designing your life to be more fulfilling. When on a long overseas trip, he saw wonderful people and beautiful countries mired in a sea of western trash…much of which had been designed by someone like him. This became his inspiration for his next challenge – to design a better world by building a responsible design studio that works with mission-driven brands and spreads sustainable design knowledge. When Gage isn’t trying to save the world with design, he’s probably sipping delicious craft beer with his wife Jen, wrestling with his taiwan dog Sparta, or experimenting in the kitchen.
She’s known as Colourful Carla for two reasons. The first being that she’s from Australia so she spells “color” funny. The second is that whenever Carla arrives, it’s like a rainbow of joy walked into the room. Lucky for us and our clients, she brings that joy to every project. Before joining the Species, Carla had worked with brands in industries from education to event management, and beauty to retail. When not designing Carla can be found making goo-goo faces at her adorable baby Hendrix, walking around West Seattle with her husband Todd and her malamute, Aurora, or dreaming of her next opportunity to surf (in warm waters).
Kellie is our ‘natural’. She possesses an innate understanding of branding and impeccable visual taste. After earning her degree in graphic design, Kellie spent the beginning of her career working in interactive design for the start-up scene, and taking every opportunity she could to dabble in print. Finally, her undying passion for sustainable design led her to Modern Species. When not cranking out stunning design solutions Kellie can be found playing with her corgi, Choko, or enjoying tasty craft beer while her husband, Daniel, sips fine whiskey.
Tracy comes to us well-steeped in the creative industry with experience in a range of client and office management roles, most recently serving as the Seattle Chapter Admin for AIGA, the professional association for design. While she feels right at home balancing books and creating spreadsheets, she truly comes alive when she's asked to find a solution to a problem — any problem. When she's not hunting down solutions, you'll probably find her drinking wine with friends, spending quality time with her teenage boys, or helping others live balanced and healthy lives through holistic wellbeing coaching.
Ursus M. Alis
His full name is Ursus Maritimus Alis, but call him Ursusy. We know it's passé to use a polar bear when talking about sustainability, but we've never been one to cave to pressure. Besides, our bear has wings. He doesn't just sit around and whine about his situation, he simply flies south and feasts on some of the slow moving humans warming his planet. We think that makes him an icon of sustainable design, because if we're going to improve our world, it's going to require some change, creativity and a good sense of humor.