About Us

Our Story

Everyone knows our current culture is unhealthy and unsustainable. Each of us may experience and articulate it differently, but nonetheless we all know it’s not good. What we can miss in these shifting times is You; You and the many other people, projects and organizations pursuing a path towards a more just and thriving world. That’s where we come in.

We make transformation irresistible.

Today we have the choice to chase what is living, what is growing, what is emerging. We are calling this Story 2.

We exist to center people, communities, and organizations that relentlessly pursue life, love and justice; people that recognize real issues with systems of the past, we who are innovating and nurturing a way for a better future.

Our Team

We’re a bunch of dedicated workers.

We’re a bunch of dedicated workers.

experience: I come to Story 2 with years of experience in the corporate world, bringing to the table the best tools and practices I’ve learned from Story 1. I have always found myself working with complex teams and processes, usually involving many moving parts. I am a total nerd for systems; I just love seeing projects move through a pipeline.  

In another past life, I also was a writer and producer for the screen and stage. I am so thrilled to see this part of me in my life here at Story 2 as a content strategist.

favorite part of the process:

Gah… just one? This is hard.

I know I always get life from data. One of my favorite parts of the process is testing and validating the hypothesis we create with real User data. I love seeing the looks on our client’s faces when we ask for Analytics. Most of them will tell us, Yes, I think we have those. But we have no clue what they mean. I really love then coming back with a digestible report and action plan of what the data has told us. I can literally see the light bulbs going off in people’s head and it’s just the best feeling for me. 🙂

your role in the company:

Currently I am the President and CFO of Story 2. But at the day to day level, I am a project manager and content strategist. As a project manager, I love making our clients feel at ease with clear communications around what we need and what’s coming up next. As a content strategist, I get to put on my empathy hat and try to get inside the lives of our client’s Users to craft compelling and effective websites.

 

what is your favorite bubble tea flavor:

Mango, hold the tapioca balls pls

Experience: I come to Story 2 with a background in Art and Design. I spent my time after college pursuing freelance gigs in video production before I landed a full-time position with a graphic design agency. I helped start Story Two because I wanted to work with organizations who had strong values. Deepening my technical skills around programming and coding is my main focus for growth and development in the org.

favorite part of the process: Puzzle solving! I like taking research from our User Experience studies and figuring out what our User’s problems are, what potential solutions exist that we can develop, and most of all the ‘a-ha’ moments that we reach with our clients when we uncover blind spots in User Experience & Interaction design.

your role in the company: I am Chief of Operations here at Story Two. Making sure that our team sticks to our process is integral to our business operations. I am also one of our key designers and spend most of my time examining our research and implementing design solutions.

what is your favorite bubble tea flavor: Sour Apple with Lychee bits

experience: I am a developer that has worked on projects both large and small. In my years of experiment and solving different problems I have realized my best strength is categorizing and abstracting real world problems into digital solutions.

favorite part of the process: My favorite part is probably the final client hand off when we get to reflect on our process and what went well. This is for two reasons. I love the sense of accomplishment and celebration that i feel good about each project and the completion  because what we produce we know is good work. The second reason is definitely because we get to reflect on the ways in which we have grown in our own problem solving.

your role in the company: I am the chief technical officer. But i play a lot of different roles from cleaning and helping to brainstorm to every once in a while project managing various jobs.

what is your favorite bubble tea flavor: Honey Jasmin

experience: I’m a self taught designer and strategist. In highschool I started my first company screen printing personal and political art. I grew up in organizing spaces, learning to run meetings, set goals, and navigate group dynamics. Early on I was enlivened by experiences at an arts based youth empowerment camp and took on creative facilitation, receiving a certificate from Partners in Youth Empowerment in their Heart of Facilitation program. In college I brought those skills with me, studying civic intelligence, starting two student clubs, co-running a community house and organizing hub, and crafting and shaping legislation on campus as the liaison to the school board of trustees for student government. Upon graduating I joined a core team of organizers in Seattle to confront fossil fuel projects and make direct action a more normative political tool, garnering national attention and building up the climate change movement in the region. After two years of resistance work I sought to take on an endauver that was generative and imaginative, welcoming the birth of Story 2 — a design firm dedicated to providing the creative muscle for people, projects and organizations walking a path towards a more just and thriving planet.      

favorite part of the process: sitting down with community and clients, unpacking what’s on the table, sussing out what success is and creating a clearing for possibility, inspiration and aha’s to take flight

your role in the company: Strategist, Designer, Facilitator, and Chief Outreach Officer

what is your favorite bubble tea flavor: Taro Milk Tea

experience: Before arriving at Story 2 I worked as as freelance designer and illustrator. My experience as a freelance designer included everything from book design to packaging design to branding and identity. I enjoyed the collaborative process of helping my clients develop visual identities that reflect their internal mission and values, but I missed collaborating with other creatives in my industry throughout the design process. I graduated from the Seattle Central Creative Academy with a degree in Graphic Design and my previous educational background is in the social sciences, language, and fine art. I’m motivated by storytelling and opportunities to make a positive social impact through design, and enjoy bringing my past experience into my process.

favorite part of the process: Aside from my romance with illustration, I decided to pursue Graphic Design because it introduces me to clients from different industries, with unfamiliar passions, experience and expertise. I enjoy the entire design process from research to delivery, and value the lasting relationships that we form with our clients.

your role in the company: Visual and UX Designer

what is your favorite bubble tea flavor: Strong coffee.

Roxanne Franck

Xio Lugo

Dante Garcia

Cooper Eaton

Gabe Young

And we add a bit of fun along the way!

And we add a bit of fun along the way!

Our Process

We are a PoC led, worker-owned design cooperative. We specialize in communications strategy, web design, development and graphic design. Our work is driven by a process of strategic thinking, deep collaboration and user-centered design.

We iterate. We listen, learn and create – applying our ingenuity and best practices to not just build websites, but tell stories that help achieve organizational goals.

If you’d like to see a more detailed outline of our process, please send a message to info@story2designs.com fo a PDF copy.