About The Studio

Strategic Design.
Business Outcomes.

YYES is a boutique design and communications firm. We develop strategic work focused on building our clients’ businesses.

We built YYES on the premise that smart design is best accomplished by a small, hard-working group of designers equipped with apt resources and in close collaboration with clients. Co-founded by Ron Fleming and Brent Stickels in 2000 in Los Angeles, we added a Minneapolis office in 2008 to leverage the city’s access to clients on both coasts as well as its design community. 

Since our founding, we have used a process of discovery, design, and delivery. It establishes a roadmap for our work that ensures well-reasoned, effective, appropriate outcomes that meet business objectives—not just well-decorated artifacts.


Invitation package for opening night of the Hollywood Bowl 2016 season featuring jazz rock legends Steely Dan.

The People Who Work Here

Team & Resources

Our team leads, manages, and produces projects for clients locally, nationally, and internationally.

A partner of the firm leads each project team and remains your primary point of contact throughout. We use collaborative tools to manage projects, share ideas, and keep the Los Angeles and Minneapolis studios closely connected.

When the project calls for it, we also work with top freelance talent, printers, web and app developers, illustrators, and photographers. By scaling the firm as needed, we deliver quality results without the expense associated with large agencies.

Ron Fleming
(Los Angeles)

Ron has a deep background in design and design systems. He has overseen branding work for myriad companies and was recognized as one of Pacific Design Center’s “Stars of Design” in 2010.

Brent Stickels

Brent is a writer and designer with a background in advertising and film. In addition to his work at YYES, he is the AIGA Minnesota liaison to the Walker Art Center

Matt Ludvigson
Senior Designer

Matt is an award-winning designer with a serious love for beautiful and functional solutions to big challenges. He brings print, digital, and Wisconsin know-how YYES, and is the Vice President of the AIGA Minnesota chapter.

Mara Harris
(Los Angeles)

Mara studied neuroscience and communication design at the University of Southern California. She brings print design knowledge and illustration skill to the team.

Series of transaction announcements for Beverly Hills private equity firm Platinum Equity.

The People We’ve Worked With

Client Experience

We treat our clients’ businesses as if they were our own, and the work we deliver impacts their bottom line. It leads to long-term relationships, some as long as we’ve been in business.

Financial Services & Investing
Marquette Asset Management
Marquette Capital Partners
The Niru Group
Platinum Equity
Platinum Capital Partners
SCI Capital Group

Axium International
ECG Staffing

Health & Medicine
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Data Sciences International
Sickday Medical House Calls

The Salk Institute
Stanford University
University of California, 
San Diego
University of California, 
Los Angeles
University of Minnesota
University of Southern California

Real Estate Investing
Alpha Investing
BKM Capital Partners
Cushman Wakefield Northmarq
Meridian Land Company
Phoenix Realty Group
Robertson Properties Group
SCI Real Estate Investments
Waypoint Residential

Beta Petrol
Amy Devers
Dave Sardy
Elias Arts
El Ten Eleven
The Hollywood Bowl
The Los Angeles Philharmonic
Morricone Youth
Paradigm Talent Agency
Ringside Creative

Gingko Press
Kill Your Idols

El Cholo Restaurants
Five Crowns
Lawry’s Restaurants
The Tam O’Shanter

Not-for-Profit Organizations
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
The Gelt Foundation
The Los Angeles Conservancy
The Trust for Public Land

Consumer Goods
Atlantic Records
British American Tobacco
Johnson Worldwide Associates
Ketel One
No Fear
Red Bull
Virgin Megastore

Our Work

Case Studies