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Our Team


Rob pours creativity into each project while keeping the message purposeful and clear. For Rob, design is about communication, not decoration. This approach has led to awards for his work from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, HOW Magazine, and the Advertising Club of Washington, D.C.. He's also been published in the prestigious design annuals Graphis Poster and Graphis Logo Design 7, as well as featured in the Design Activist's Handbook. Rob’s work has also been accepted into the permanent design collections of the United States Library of Congress and the Museum für Kunst und Gwerbe in Hamburg, Germany. He also has led seminars for Green America on getting the most out of a relationship with a design firm. Rob holds a BFA in design from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and studied graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland.

Rob’s passion for great design is only rivaled by his commitment to sustainability issues, and he is intensely committed to creating a dialogue between designers, clients and producers so that all can incorporate the tenets of sustainability into their processes and methods. When Rob is not making his clients happy, he’s out on Lake Michigan in a kayak, or expanding his creativity by making culinary masterpieces in the kitchen.

ALLISON MANLEY — Owner Emeritus

A former owner and designer with Rogue Element, Allison is now only involved as bookkeeper and accounts payable. However, as spouse to Rob, she is sure to be roped in for an occasional proofreading session, or asked to give an opinion here and there. She may even offer an opinion when not formally asked. Wives are known to do that.

Allison’s designs have been recognized by Graphis, HOW Magazine, the Advertising Club of Washington, D.C., The Publicity Club of Chicago, and The Washington Book Publishers. Allison’s involvement in green issues has made her a virtual renewable resource on sustainability, and an excellent person to ask for green living advice. She's also been published in the prestigious design annual Graphis Logo Design 7, as well as featured in the Design Activist's Handbook. Allison received her BFA in graphic design from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.

Because living and working in Chicago doesn’t expose her to enough cold weather conditions, Allison can be found in her spare time training on the ice rink as a competitive figure skater in the adult ranks. She also combines her computer skills with skating by producing a monthly skating podcast called The Manleywoman SkateCast, where she interviews famous and influential people in the skating world. As a result of her skating career, she has a deep appreciation for quality spandex and well-positioned sequins.

. . . AND MORE

We have several fantastic contractors and vendors we've used for years that do fantastic work for us. Whether it's interactive development, design and strategy, illustration, or print production, we have the relationships at the ready to get the projects done.