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
Gage is our fearless, creative leader. After earning his BFA in design, Gage spent his formative years at boutique design studios in Colorado and North Carolina before heading out on a long overseas trip. There 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 was the inspiration for Modern Species, a sustainable design studio. When Gage isn’t busy trying to save the world through design, he’s either presiding as President of AIGA Seattle or sipping delicious craft beer. Occasionally both.
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 or bringing order to the chaos of our office, Carla can be found exploring Seattle with her husband, Todd, playing with her malamute, Aurora, or dreaming of her next opportunity to surf.
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.
Jen is in charge of keeping things running behind the scenes and in keeping the rest of us relatively presentable. She is an industry chameleon, having worked in everything from pharmaceuticals to outdoor recreation. Because of her years of management experience and geek level interest in sustainability, she joined her husband, Gage, shortly after starting Modern Species. When not acting as office field marshall, Jen can be found either with a warm beverage and a textbook or walking her feral dog, Sparta.
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.