The foundation of Design & Co.’s approach resides in the leadership of Timothy Downing, Founder and Design Principal. Since 2001, Tim has worked to create a branding and interactive design firm built on the rigors of quality design and high-level project execution.

Tim’s training and practice in the field of architecture has fostered a design process founded in thoughtful project exploration as a means to consistent, singular design solutions that are sophisticated and easily penetrable.

The work of Design & Co. includes all aspects of digital design and print media. The firm maintains a professional studio of brand strategy, design and technical talent committed to delivering the highest standard in design quality and client service.


Our Process

Before our creative process begins, we develop a thorough understanding of who our clients are, where they aspire to be, and how they should be positioned in the marketplace. We believe in a rigorous analytical process that partners with each client to discover their unique character and the essence of their product or service. We believe that growing a client from the inside out leads to design solutions that are on target and lasting.


Competitive analysis

Brand audit

Brand equities & attributes

Brand positioning & strategy

Employee Value Proposition (EVP)


Marketing collateral


Icon systems

Stationery systems


PowerPoint design

Apparel & environments


Art direction

Event design



Existing website audit & analytics


Security optimization

Paid search management

Project management

Site maintenance


Messaging & tagline development

Content development & workshops

Content audit


Tone & voice

Messaging integration across materials and platforms


Website design & development

Responsive design

Cross-platform compatibility

Mobile app design

Wireframe & prototyping

UI/UX expertise & testing

Content management systems (CMS)


Art direction

Photo styling

Architectural & landscape

Portraiture & candids

Food photography

Video/HD video

Drone photography/video



Logo design

Style & usage guidelines


Social audit & program strategy

Blog design & development

Social account customization

Email marketing


Timothy M. Downing Owner & Design Principal
Timothy M. Downing Owner & Design Principal Since founding Design & Co. in 2001, Tim has built a well-honed, multi-disciplinary team of design, business strategy, copy editing, photography and video, and technical talent for the task of creating industry leading brand expressions for its clients. To each project engagement, Tim brings uncommon candor, insight, and an unfailing loyalty to a client’s value proposition and future success. Tim received his formal design training in architecture, having received a Master of Architecture from Yale University in 1996 and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University in 1988. Prior to co-founding D&CO, Tim practiced architecture in Boston’s most reputable design firms. As Design Principal at D&CO, the firm has received 18 regional and two national communication awards from the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) and an American Graphic Design Award from Graphic Design/USA.
Scott Kirk Brand Strategist
Scott Kirk Brand Strategist Scott is a brand storyteller devoted to finding meaning that inspires better brand positions. He brings considerable experience, having recently served as Chief Brand Officer for PAVLOV Advertising, where he formed methods for insights gathering and brand development. He has crafted strategies for startups to global giants. He believes brands are about relationships on a human scale, and that they thrive on empathy for the customer. He began his career as an advertising copywriter at RadioShack, ultimately rising to director of corporate communications. He shifted to the ad agency scene, with decades of award-winning results in advertising, culture building, media relations, and marketing. He has written for all forms of media. Scott earned his BA in Marketing from TCU and is a frequent guest lecturer on branding for the MBA programs at Baylor University, Tulane University, and TCU.
Jennifer LaVin Senior Copy Writer
Jennifer LaVin Senior Copy Writer With more than 25 years’ experience in corporate communications, investor relations, public relations, and finance, Jennifer is a seasoned strategic communications professional skilled at storytelling and crafting core content that effectively reflects a company's personality, vision, and value proposition. Her core strengths lie in audience identification and message development to effectively reach specific targets, while ensuring consistency across all media. In addition to extensive consulting experience, Jennifer has served as head of communications at multiple life science companies, where she was responsible for all investor- and media-related strategy development and implementation, and as a sellside analyst at Merrill Lynch, where she followed the mid-cap and specialty pharmaceutical sector. Jennifer received a BA in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Columbia Business School, where she made Dean's List and was selected for membership in the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.
Genevieve de Manio Photographer
Genevieve de Manio Photographer Since the company’s founding, Gigi has created engaging and memorable portraits, lifestyle photographs, and architectural and food photographs for numerous D&CO clients. Noteworthy projects include food/product photography for Russo’s, Katsiroubas Produce, the Cottage Restaurant, and Perimeter Brand Packaging; architectural photography for Pembroke Real Estate and LStar Ventures; and lifestyle and portrait photography for Akebia Therapeutics, Adimab, Blueprint Medicines, Avitide, Pickard Chilton, ARC, and Amagma Therapeutics. When not taking photographs for D&CO, Gigi works as one of the nation’s preeminent wedding photographers, having photographed events throughout the country and internationally, including the Chelsea Clinton/Marc Mezvinsky and Nate Berkus/Jeremiah Brent weddings. Gigi received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA and is a graduate of the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA.
Gary Pikovsky Creative Director
Gary Pikovsky Creative Director A native of Kiev, Ukraine, Gary brings over 9 years of cross-media design experience to the D&CO team. Prior to joining Design & Co., Gary worked at a number of domestic and international studios, including Pentagram, Beam Interactive, The Partners and Weymouth Design. As a design leader and contributor, Gary has participate in projects that have won numerous design awards and honors, including those form Graphis, FWA Site of the Day, Awwwards Site of the Day, Print, Then BoNE Show, HOW International, and Art Directors Club. Gary received his Bachelor of Science in Design from the University of Cincinnati and a Master of Science in Design from North Carolina State University, When he is not problem solving or writing in third-person, Gary enjoys windsurfing, zoology, and semi-ripe nectarines.
Christina Van Vleck Senior Designer
Christina Van Vleck Senior Designer Christina has been a lead designer for Design & Co. since 2003. In addition to her superior skills as a graphic and web designer, Christina specializes in the communication of complex information. She has over 15 years of experience designing both print and digital collateral, including brand/identity systems, annual reports, brochures, books, conference materials, websites and infographics. Christina holds a MFA in Graphic Design from Boston University and a BA in International Affairs, Economics, and Environmental Studies from New York University.
Bridget Stone Senior Designer
Bridget Stone Senior Designer Bridget is a professional graphic designer with over 10 years of experience and specializes in brand identities, print design, and web design. She is an expert in print production and coordination, having completed many successful projects incorporating unique formats, fine papers, and custom processes such as embossing and dielines. Prior to joining D&CO in 2013, Bridget was the Senior Graphic Designer at NEMO Equipment, an outdoor equipment company with an intense focus on specialized product design. Under Bridget’s lead, NEMO’s visual brand was elevated and refined, cementing the company’s street cred in the innovative gear market and increasing brand recognition both domestically and internationally. Bridget is also an experienced freelance designer, with clients including MIT and its Sloan School of Management, Mass Eye & Ear, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and Providence Country Day School. She is a graduate of Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Colgate University.
Mark James Creative Director
Mark James Creative Director Mark joined D&CO in 2019, bringing over 20 years of experience as a creative director and brand strategist. Mark’s work in brand development, identity design, digital design, and print collateral has been recognized nationally and internationally by The American Institute of Graphic Arts, The Type Director’s Club, Graphis, and others. His client engagements have included design, branding and digital work for Harvard Business School, Solidworks Corporation, American Express, MetLife, Verizon, Physicians for Human Rights, and many technology start-ups. Prior to joining the D&CO team, Mark held in-house creative director roles at CVS Health, Mass Mutual Financial, and the Harvard Innovation Labs. Mark also serves as a consulting creative director to Santa Fe Workshops in New Mexico. Passionate about design education, he has taught visual design and design thinking at The University of the Arts, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and currently is an adjunct professor at Lesley University’s College of Art and Design in Cambridge, MA where he teaches a two-semester class of visual communication. Mark is an accomplished photographer, shooting mainly editorial and portrait assignments, and is never without a camera. When it’s time to break from design and image-making, he is often on his road or mountain bike, or on skis in the winter. The pile of half-read books on his nightstand seems to be growing taller but he swears he is making progress!
Christina Glover Designer
Christina Glover Designer Since joining D&CO in 2015, Christina has contributed her signature bold design style to important D&CO projects, including Sea-Dar Construction’s new website, Fractyl's website, and numerous projects for Akebia Therapeutics. Christina received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Massachusetts College of Art in 2015.


We are always looking for creative talent for our studio. Do you have a passion
for design? Are you a critical thinker seeking a professional
environment that will nurture your creativity? D&CO may be the place for you!
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