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
Co-Founder
(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
Co-Founder
(Minneapolis)

Brent is a writer and designer with a background in advertising and film. In addition to his work at YYES, he directs See Change, an annual conference on visual communication, and is AIGA’s liaison to the Walker Art Center

Alysse Strandjord
Senior Designer
(Minneapolis)

Alysse studied fine art and design, then joined YYES immediately out of school in 2009. She brings a keen sense of brand concepts and design systems, as well as a precise eye for detail.

Graham Hauser
Designer
(Los Angeles)

Graham studied design at Taylor University in Indiana. He joined YYES in 2014 and specializes in design systems, typography, and image processing.

Michael Moffett
Designer
(Minneapolis)

Michael studied journalism at The George Washington University. He joined YYES in 2015 after moving to Minneapolis and is involved in our content, strategy, interactive, video, and design projects.

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

Business-to-Business
Axium International
ECG Staffing
Solutions2Go

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

Institutions
Ferrazi-Greenlight
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
Benedict Canyon Equities
BKM Capital Partners
Cushman Wakefield Northmarq
KBS
Meridian Land Company
Phoenix Realty Group
Robertson Properties Group
SCI Real Estate Investments

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

Publishing
Gingko Press
Kill Your Idols

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

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

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

Our Work

Case Studies