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We are a small human-centered design firm specializing in creating great design with purpose.
We empower our clients to explore, innovate and challenge how they see and use design to realize their goals.

Supporting small business in launching new products, services, strategy, interaction, and communications

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With over 20 years of knowledge and experience as communication designers we pride ourselves on creating memorable experiences. From concept to production, prototyping to implementation we offer actionable insight, leadership and a hands-on approach to producing solutions.

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A strategic approach that leverages design principles to solve persistent problems. Through systematic investigation, this approach facilitates understanding of root-causes and the culture in which they reside. Through empathy, analysis, visualization, and experimentation elegant solutions are realized.



You have an innovative product, process, or idea and need help with design, user experience, strategy and visualization. We are here to help.

  • Strategy
  • Strategy

    By mixing traditional road mapping with business strategy, a dash of agile, and a whole lot of design thinking you will get a cocktail of new opportunity.

    • Research & Analysis
    • Brand Culture & Definition
    • Messaging & Communicaiton
    • Brand Alignment/Positioning

  • Experience Design
  • Experience Design

    Building loyalty and relevance demand an ongoing dialogue with the customer. This requires well designed moments of impact throughout the customer journey.

    • Journey Mapping
    • Interaction Design
    • Touchpoint Analysis
    • User Ethnography

  • Digital
  • Digital

    The world is an ever increasingly connected place—seamless between platforms and applications. Our team takes pride in honoring the digital medium to develop effective campaigns and strategies for our clients.

    • Content Strategy
    • Social Campaigns
    • Front End Design
    • Information Architecture

  • Brand Identity
  • Brand Identity

    Through the power of informed design, we create, communicate and influence engagement with your brand. By far one of the most important strategic drivers for new business development.

    • Visual Design
    • Style Guides
    • Print Production
    • Presentation Planning

What Our Clients Are Saying

"We have had the distinct pleasure of working with Chris as a consultant on our branding project! He has kept us on task and given us challenging and creative feedback that has brought our project tremendous enlightenment. As a small non-profit his leadership and input has been a tremendous gift to our organization."

Jamie Caperton, Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of Teller County

“FickintheMud does fantastic work! They delivered an array of taylor-made visual and design expertise that encapsulated our current working goals and long-term development plans. From strategy creation to active project support, Chris’ multifaceted experience and keen interest in our vision helped Can’t Buy Me Gov develop an exciting visual and design plan. Chris really cares about his craft, and it shows.”

David Theiss, Can't Buy Me Gov.




We would love to talk about your next project and how FickintheMud Design can help support your organization.

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At the core of innovation and entrepreneurship is a desire to build something new and to deliver in the form of a constantly evolving relationship with customers.