TwoTone: A History
Founded in 2014, TwoTone Creative originally got our start making Christmas cards. But once the holiday season was over, we knew we had more to offer the world.
Thanks to many amazing relationships with local digital marketers, businesses, organizations, and friends, the TwoTone name began to spread like wildfire.
Though we’ve grown and expanded our service offerings over the years, our commitment to remarkable, relatable, and resourceful creativity has never wavered.
We work with a variety of clients big and small, helping them with strategy, design, marketing, business, websites, copywriting, branding, and social media.
The Faces You’ve Been Waiting For
The TwoTone Team
After studying visual communications at Truman State University, I always struggled with the idea of being called an “artist” or a “creative.” I wanted to create things that were visually compelling, but also useful and data-driven. I knew I could help those other spaghetti sauce companies.
With my degree, some agency experience, and a dream to create something of my very own to glorify God, TwoTone Creative was founded in 2014. We’ve grown rapidly and now work with organizations all over the United States and in a variety of industries.
I enjoy spending my days strategizing with clients new and old, caring for my team, and paving the way forward for our clients’ future – and our own. When I’m not in the office, you can find me spending time with my favorite human and husband, Jake, and our two daughters – Piper and Amelia.
Abby is originally from Okoboji and loves to spend her weekends in the summer at the lake with family. Abby also loves to cook (she even created her own cookbook), and especially loves trying new recipes. In her free time, you can find Abby biking around Des Moines with friends, or watching the Food Network while enjoying a glass of wine.
Originally from Pella, she is a native Iowan and now enjoys being part of the Des Moines area community. She lives with her husband and their labradoodle. In her free time, you can find Vanessa reading, working on house projects, and exploring the city.
Rick has always enjoyed being creative and active, so when he went to Central College in Pella, Iowa, he decided to study graphic design, psychology, and exercise science. Eventually, he realized his true passion was for design, and decided to focus on this area. In his free time, he enjoys staying active (through tennis, basketball, running, biking, etc.), hanging out with friends, visiting various breweries around Des Moines, and attending concerts.
Libby always knew she wanted to have a career that would allow her to be creative at all times, so she decided to give graphic design a try. She fell in love with it and ended up pursuing a degree in graphic design from the University of Northern Iowa. When she’s not designing, she enjoys cooking, photography, thrift shopping and exploring the Des Moines area.
The middle of 9 children, Grace loves spending time with all of her nieces and nephews and sharing her passion for chocolate milk with them. She loves travel, home improvement shows, and big cups of coffee in the morning.
Whether you need a snappy tagline, a compelling email message, or a social media post that keeps people coming back for more, she enjoys transforming ideas into stories that impact and inspire. She’s in her element when she gets to revitalize tired, old ideas into fresh, new content, and loves tackling writing projects covering any topic.
A lifelong Iowa native, Melanie graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in public relations. Outside of work, she enjoys reading (or writing) a good book, collecting vinyl records, and exploring downtown Des Moines.
With her go-getter attitude, Emily will transform existing social and digital ads and research different approaches to make a greater impact. She’s passionate about tailoring strategic ads to reach specific target audiences and thrives when she’s surrounded by like-minded team members who share her creative drive.
Emily graduated from the University of Iowa (go Hawks!) and holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. When Emily isn’t executing campaigns for our clients, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her baby daughter, and their two labradors. You might find her enjoying red wine and crime podcasts, trying out new recipes on her family and friends, or exploring new restaurants and breweries around Des Moines.
Chloe is passionate about taking the big ideas and goals of others and crafting a detailed plan to help them succeed. She thrives in fast-paced environments where she can collaborate with others, and she’ll be the first to help someone get organized or take initiative on whatever new project comes her way.
Chloe graduated from North Central University in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she majored in Business Administration and Pre-Law. When she’s not coordinating the everyday details of life at TwoTone, she loves going on hikes, listening to music, attending concerts, and exploring new coffee shops.
Since joining the TwoTone team, Lisa loves contributing to our collaborative atmosphere and team-oriented culture, and she’s always willing to jump in and help. While she is a detailed-oriented person with an administrative mind, Lisa’s favorite type of work involves when she gets to be creative and use her problem-solving skills to serve our clients. She thrives when she can both collaborate and work independently.
Lisa attended Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas, where she majored in business. When she’s not helping us complete critical projects, she enjoys taking walks, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Her collaborative approach, personable attitude, and desire to keep learning new things in her field make her a vital part of our energetic team. Serena most enjoys illustration, print design, and animation.
Serena graduated with a BFA from Iowa State University (go Cyclones!), and is originally from Van Meter, Iowa. Outside of work, Serena enjoys reading, watching movies, or spending time with friends. Fun fact: she loves singing and dancing, and has been involved in choir, ballet, and musical theater.
Connor brings a logical, detail-oriented approach to his creations, and enjoys working with our close-knit team of creative-minded individuals. He especially loves design projects that incorporate branding and identity for all kinds of organizations.
Connor is originally from small-town Iowa, and graduated from Simpson College with a degree in corporate communications. Outside of work, you might find Connor spending time with his wife, their two children, and their cat, playing music, listening to his favorite podcasts, or biking around town.
Joseph’s unbridled passion for creating and his 007 philosophy of work (optimistic and outgoing, 7 days a week) drive everything he does. From small, family-owned businesses to large companies, Joseph believes that every organization can make their mark on the world.
As part of the TwoTone team, Joseph provides cutting-edge design and marketing that helps emphasize the best parts of our clients’ brands and organizations. As he creates clean and concise websites, he makes clients feel heard and understood throughout the entire process. In addition to web design, Joseph loves to work in motion design and video production.
Joseph hails from Des Moines, Iowa, and graduated from Iowa State University with a degree in graphic design and an emphasis in computer science. When not jamming to his favorite work playlist, Joseph enjoys playing basketball, spending time with family and friends, having deep conversations, or grabbing a bite to eat around the Des Moines area.
As our resident social media expert, Sydney provides innovative perspectives to help organizations achieve their goals through various social media platforms. Her highly organized approach ensures clients get the strategy they need, at the exact moment they need it. A natural people person, Sydney loves bouncing ideas off others and brainstorming tactics to help brands connect with their audiences.
Originally from Adel, Iowa, Sydney attended Central College in Pella and graduated with a degree in communications (along with minors in sociology and Spanish). When not creating the next viral social campaign, Sydney enjoys traveling, hiking, and exploring, and is always down for a concert or trying new foods and coffee shops.
With sharp editing skills and writing experience in a variety of industries, she enjoys jumping into any project that allows her to express her creativity and research a diverse range of topics.
She is a recent transplant from northern Minnesota and a graduate from the University of Northwestern–St. Paul with a degree in writing. When she’s not at work, you can find her consuming true crime books, attempting to relive her choir days, and staying active on hikes with her dog and family.