leads the studio and through active client engagement, creative explorations, and develops the creative strategy and direction for our projects.
Then the team conducts visual research, mood boards, concept sketches (yes - even with a pencil) and a whole lot of passion for the program;
a passion that not only shows up in the creative solutions, but flows through the rest of the team and permeates the entire process.
is the keeper of a workflow process so iconic; it has its own name in the
industry: “The Ways” – This is John’s passion which he has translated into a design and
production process that gives clients and designers alike a clear picture of how a project
is progressing and a clear vision of where it will be next. He often heads up projects
with special challenges to assure their successful completion. John runs our innovative DC Connect
subsidiary which specializes in human scale digital technology.
Designer John Hughes
has a passion for all things experiential and focuses on strong research, conceptualization and design that helps tell a story. With an education in product design and having specialized in the development of experiential environments throughout his career, he uses his sketching and 3D visualization skills to create an impactful aesthetic that becomes a framework for the audience experience.
found her way into the world of experiential design through her belief that the people you meet and the experiences you create with them are what matters. She has developed understanding and love for color, form, light and texture from her diverse background in studio art, interior design and textiles. Blair's unstoppable energy streamlines communication, visual research, and project coordination.
Much of the "magic" in our visuals comes via the hand of Melinda Lee who brings a unique aesthetic
with her from Taiwan. Her special touches breathe life into the visuals, her graphics bring vibrancy
and color to the designs, and her command of media adds motion and energy to the experiences
she helps create.
A frequent contributor is our own mountain man, John Bertram, who after a decade of
work at our side, now lends us his special skills in modeling and detailing from
Montana. John is a bit like turbo on an engine – we can always rely on him when we
need a bit of a boost! And because he is time shifted two hours, he amazes all with overnight work
that pops up in our projects – well – overnight!
Our extended family includes skilled renderers, animators, writers, and designers that bring their specific skills to your projects and give us the flexibility to work with an expanding scope of work. People such as Warren Stiles, Christina Fremgen, Jason Courson, Ann Bartek, and many others each contribute their part to your success.
And supporting all of us is Mark who comes to Design Contact having survived 15
exciting years in live theatre, entertainment, and event production and management.
Now he brings his energy and wry humor to us – and keeps Design Contact moving
forward, playing a vital role in the company’s finances and managing operations.