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.
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.
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 or enjoying tasty craft beer while her husband sips fine whiskey.
Chloe is our resident “youth” that keeps Modern Species cool and hip. Don’t let her age fool you though. Contemplative, discerning, and compassionate by nature, she brings incredible thoughtfulness to every project, with killer design chops to boot. While in school, Chloe juggled several editorial design jobs and a tech internship in Silicon Valley, but her passion for sustainability ultimately led her to Modern Species. When not designing, you can find Chloe wrapped in a blanket burrito or roaming the streets of Seattle, audibly gasping in pure delight at every dog that she sees.
Jason is the eternal deep thinker, constantly conversing with the angels (and demons) on both sides of his brain. He's always attempting to grasp the meaning of life — or maybe just finding the best answers to life's daily riddles. When not designing, he's likely off in nature, shooting his next video edit, or writing his next attempt to help better himself or others...or all of the above. Jason has recently simplified his life footprint and delved deep into traveling, inspired to learn more about himself and his fellow humans around the world. Interestingly enough, this path is the result of a seed planted by his good friend and design comrade, Gage, over 12 years ago.
Josh is the man behind the curtain. He has an intrinsic curiosity for solving complex problems that helps him turn the intangible into the tangible. He is often found turning data into spreadsheets, deadlines into schedules, or looking for the next “life-changing” productivity app. Before Modern Species, Josh cultivated a diverse set of skills working with major brands in industries ranging from automotive to entertainment, and technology to non-profit. Born in Taiwan, raised in California, and now living in Seattle with his wife, Steph and their two pugs Flynn and Zorro, Josh's spare time is filled with training for his next marathon or enjoying craft beer.
Daniel is the resident hipster of the office. Born and raised in the PNW, he would live in the woods if he could making his own whiskey. His vision of the job is to be the glue of the office. Several years of being an office manager and bookkeeper, Daniel tries his best to keep the back end running smoothly so everyone else can work in peace.
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.
Wendy Allen is a word nerd. She finds joy in simple, well-crafted prose and in discovering the right words to make a brand’s story and values shine. She reads style guides for fun and is fascinated by the evolution of the English language—for better or worse. Her life’s mission: to wrestle the wily comma into submission. After a long week of reading, writing and deleting apostrophes, her perfect Friday evening consists of a deck chair, her dog, a good Scotch whisky, and a book.