Forget trying to predict the future. Let's create it.

Brand advisory and design studio for the companies building tomorrow.

We help founders, investors and operators define their vision for the future, tap into their unique strengths, and create the most effective path to long-term business growth.

ABOUT US

Future forward.

Our unique portfolio of services helps you innovate, grow and manage risk with confidence.

Strategic solutions.

We deliver strategic vision and resources to fix the roadblocks that are preventing your growth.

Creative partners.

The creative leadership and execution from branding and digital to spaces and places.

B2B, B2C, startups and established brands.

How we
how we
help
help
brands
brands
01
Launch

From research and concept to creation and launch for new companies, products or services

02
Grow

Lead with your unique advantages and a strong foundation for differentiation and impact.

03
Lead

Expand your marketing capacity with executive brand management and creative direction.  

04
Refresh

Bring your brand and design up to date, refresh your look, glow up, and evolve to meet changes in audience or economy.

05
Re-brand

Transform message and aesthetics to match your new vision, new goals, to integrate an acquisition, or to support M&A.

06
Create

Meet the moments that matter in your customers’ journey. Deliver consistently great experiences across all touchpoints.

Fearless creativity + intelligent strategy.

EXPERTISE
EXPERTISE

Executive brand services, strategy and design.

01

Decode

MARKET ANALYSIS & ASSESSMENT / COMPETITOR BENCHMARKING / PRODUCT TESTING & RESEARCH / CUSTOMER RESEARCH & SEGMENTATION / USER JOURNEY MAPPING & TESTING  / TREND SPOTTING ANALYSIS / BRAND ARCHITECTURE 

02

Define

BRAND STRATEGY / MARKETING STRATEGY / GO-TO-MARKET PLANNING / INNOVATION SPRINTS / COMMUNICATIONS PLANNING / NAMING / BRAND MESSAGE / BRAND GUIDELINES

03

Design

BRAND IDENTITY / LOGO / PRINT & PACKAGING / WEBSITES / SIGNAGE & WAYFINDING / SALES & MARKETING COLLATERAL / GRAPHICS & ADS / PITCH DECKS & INVESTOR PACKAGES

04

Deploy

FRACTIONAL CHIEF BRAND OFFICER / BRAND-MARKETING MANAGEMENT & DEMAND CREAION / ANALYSIS, REPORTING & OPTIMIZATION / TRAINING AND COACHING / TEAM BUILDING / PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT / CREATIVE DIRECTION / WORKSHOPS 

Looking to build more gravitas, credibility and impact for your brand? You’re in the right place.

50

Clients served

15

Years experience

300

Projects completed

50M

Raised by clients

How we operate.

What is a "Fractional CBO" ?

Who are your services for?

What do you help with?

Wait... you do design?

What are your rates?

We have multiple models of operation: We can embed fully into your team, take small engagements, or almost anything in between.

Don't take our word for it...

"Before working with Nico, I didn't have a clear direction to my brand. It didn't have a consistent feel and look. When I hired him I initially thought okay, I'm gonna get a logo and some typography, but he absolutely blew my expectations out of the water with what he delivered… We delved deep into strategy and the meaning behind my brand and vision... I highly recommend working with Nico. He is absolutely top notch, so if you actually want to build a brand and not just a following, he is your guy. I cannot recommend him enough.”

Dakota Robertson
Founder, GrowthGhost

"Nico has been instrumental in the growth and sustainability of our company. He executed a complete rebranding of everything from our company name, graphic design, and website to the core values we demonstrate every day when providing our services and look for when making hires. His team managed our social media presence, where we have seen exponential growth in engagement, brand awareness and, ultimately, leads. We gained more brand awareness and positive social engagement in one year than in the previous ten ears combined!! I recommend Nico to anyone looking for a creative, professional and personable approach to branding and marketing management. Thank you for everything you do!"

Dave Fraser
General Manager, Birchwood Landscapes

"When I purchased my small business, I knew I had to put a lot of work into branding and advertising/social media to bring the business back to life. I purchased a local Fitness Facility that was on the decline (to word it nicely).The gym was stuck in the 90's and I knew I had what it took to bring it back but Ialso knew it would take time. The only thing I was missing personally was the skills for proper branding, marketing and web design to help the gym get noticed. I reached out to Nico for help with all this. Within a couple of months I noticed a dramatic difference in eyeballs looking at the business and people beginning to spread the word. Nico created an entire brand ecosystem that was bringing the business forward and making it relevant again. I can't say enough good things about his customer service and the professionalism. If you are looking to improve your business, call him."

Adam Fedoriuk
Owner, Total Fitness

"I started this company without any knowledge of how marketing works. The industry is competitive, so I knew I needed a strong start and to stand our ground against companies that have been around for 50 years or longer.Nico over-delivered on those results, far beyond expectations. He built an entire brand system and showed us how to position against bigger companies without directly competing with them, which solved a lot problems for us before they even surfaced. The website is exactly what we need at this stage - clean, simple, gets the job done and looks exactly how we wanted. Absolutely love all the work he did, and it's made sales so much easier."

Tyler Philips
Founder, DevonWest Sheetmetal

"Working with Nico was a smart choice for us. He understood our goals, vision and what we were trying to accomplish.Then helped create it from the ground up by develping all ofthe stratgies, design systems and assets we need. The artistry, strategy and flow that Nico brought to the table measurably improved our business. He's been an incredible partner in our journey."

Troy Meuser
Creator, The Paralord

"Nico and his team are exceptional to work with. They brought our vision from concept to reality."

Tyler Mosher
Chief Business Development, Kinloch

"Absolutely has the best process for developing the look, feel, and character of your brand. Nico's process makes you deep dive into the heart and soul of what your brand is all about and helps you communicate that to your target audience. You will be left with comprehensive brand guidelines and design that accurately reflect your goals, mission, and target audience. If you want to build a brand with meaning, then working with Nico is a must."

Julie Magruder
Founder, Corsiva / Stash Cashmere

"We love working with Nico and his team because they are responsive and listen, but ultimately steer the right course for the brand story and marketing platforms. Nico brings a refined visual appeal to the creative output. We continue to use his talent and look forward to the next project."

Stephanie Ostrander
Sales Director, Flow Scientific

"We have been working with Nico for all our marketing and desion needs since 2015. and his studio since 2020. He and his team consitently do great work, and deliver on time. Communication is #1 to us and this is why we continue towork with Nico. We can't recommend him enough. Heshould be your top choice of strategic growth partners for design, marketing and brand development."

Jason Smith
CEO, The Dogwood Group

"Nico doesn't just create designs for likes and impressions.His work is focused on purpose and positioning. He did agreat job of building us a well-versed brand that's createdreal results and made us money, without the extra fluff othermarketing companies produce. We found him to be timely,professional, and pleasure to work with. We highly recommend going with Nico for brand building and product

Jennifer Smiley
Creative Director, Embellished Design

"I worked with 3 brand consultants before Nico. None of which were that helpful. I was reluctant at first, but Nico blew my expectation away. His actionable approach to branding combined with his ability to understand my brand better than I ever could has made my rebrand take only 30 days and cost half as much."

Taylin Simmonds
Founder, Ghostlii

"Valiance has been a life saver from day one. We have clear view of how to make our brand and design help sales and improve the customers experience."

Andy Yung
Founder, DRM Tactical
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