Everything we do is driven by the needs and dreams of real people. Some agencies might call them clients. We like to think of them as people. We position brands and architect communication plans with someone in mind — a young student overwhelmed by her college options, or an arts enthusiast seeking alternatives to mainstream society's definitions of beauty. It takes more than great design to make a design agency successful. It takes a stubborn desire to do justice to your cause.
Since 2000, DISTINC_ has attracted bright, engaged, restless individuals. It takes an unconventional team to deliver unconventional work.
Executive Creative Director
Jean-Marc has an idealistic approach to branding and marketing. He has a strong belief that design not only plays an integral part in today’s business but also an important role in society. He is convinced that good design can change behavior and has contributed his expertise to numerous organizations in education, medical research, culture, and the arts. Jean-Marc loves getting immersed in an institution’s unique context and has an impeccable track record at capturing the essence of their brands, strategically positioning them, and architecting game-changing marketing campaigns to raise awareness, raise funds, and create lasting impact.
Associate Creative Director
As Associate Creative Director at DISTINC_ Stephanie brings focus, relevance, and substance to the agency’s assignments. She frequently leads the DISTINC_ team through the immersive conversations and interviews taking place at the beginning of our inquiry process. Stephanie is equally strategic as she is creative. She frequently teams up with Jean-Marc to lead strategies, create content and author game-changing campaigns for clients such as , The Broad Stage, Caltech, Otis College of Art & Design, St John’s College, Scripps College, Grand Performances, Arts for All, and LA Stage Alliance.
Associate Creative Director
Joe pairs creative thinking with joyful formmaking to craft work that resonates with audiences both intellectually and emotionally. As Associate Creative Director at DISTINC_, he guides the development of brands and awareness campaigns for a variety of our cause-based clients. Joe’s work was recognized with awards from the University and College Designers Association (UCDA) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Joseph holds a BFA in Film from the University of Southern California and an MFA in Graphic Design from CalArts.
Mastering typography, photography, 3D modeling, print and web design, Daniel's skillset mirrors DISTINC's integrated approach to branding. Over the years, Daniel helped shape brands and campaigns for The Broad Stage, Skirball Cultural Center, and LA Stage Alliance. Schludi studied in Germany and Switzerland, which lead to work in Portugal for Experimenta Design, as well as the Graphic Design Festival Chaumont in France. Daniel’s talent in the fields of graphic design and photography has been featured in "PS I Love Art" in Shanghai as well as the Science and Art Fair at Flux Factory in New York. His work has been published in Helmut Schuster Neue Bilder, New York Times Magazine, and Niggli's Yearbook of Type I.
Armando's contributions to DISTINC_ merge concept development with informed research. His work balances exploration, playfulness, and surprise. He has helped guide many of our clients including Santa Fe Waldorf School, Drucker Institute, Scripps College, USC Center on Philanthropy & Public Policy, Historic Resources Group, and CalArts. Armando grew up just south of the Mexican border before attending the graphic design program at the California Institute of the Arts. In addition to his tenure at DISTINC_ Armando teaches graphic design history and has lectured on branding at USC Marshall School of Business. He was published in IDEA magazine and his work was featured in Society of Typographic Arts' 100 Best Projects in 2016.
Brooke combines engaging form-making with thoughtful, research-based work. This manifests in a variety of formats, including: typography and layout, identity systems, web and user interface design, publication design (print and screen), event coordination, teaching and self-initiated projects developed from concept to completion. Her contribution to DISTINC_ work to date has included branding for the Lycée International of Los Angeles, UCLA Lab School, Cedars-Sinai, Drucker Institute and Consequent. When not busy at the studio, she might be enjoying a hike, a road trip, cooking, reading poetry, or discovering new ways to think and explore.