№1We are storytellers

There is magic in a narrative. Everything we create ties back to a meaningful story — otherwise, it’s just frosting on the beater.

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WE ARE Group-15Group-2180
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№2We are one. We are many.

Our collective experiences create magic. We are multidiscipline storytellers from the beginning to the end, building whole worlds out of an idea.

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WE ARE ((ONE))
WE star ARE MANY

№3We are imagineers

We are strategic doers of creativity. Our hands are not limited by our imaginations. We have the skills, equipment and desire to create.

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№4we crave our craft

Sometimes the best creative comes after being put through the fire of repetition, discipline and recreation.

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WE CRAVE
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№5We birth brands

We believe in the power of our own entrepreneurship and will create our own future.

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WE BIRTH
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№6we are partners

We believe in the visions of our clients and will give our last creative strand to make sure they succeed. We believe in no divide between business and creative.

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WE ARE flower
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№7We are casually intense

We’re intent on creating work that grows our clients’ business. We do it with an empathetic smile, a well-told story and music that adds new dimensions.

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№8we are creators. We are creations.

We believe that great creative has a face. And a voice. And a hand you can shake or high five or simply hold tight to. And that great creative begets good brands. And good brands have a heart. So they can love you back.

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№9We take care of us

Our clients and co-workers are our creative fuel. We take care of each other. We nurture each other’s creative passion. With respect, fondness and, at times, a wry remark.

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WE TAKE CARE
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№10We are curious

We approach everything with a degree of child-like wonder — call it natural, blissful ignorance. We take nothing for granted. We expect the unexpected. We revere and reject convention.

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Our story —

Tether was born in Seattle, 2008, back when Lil Wayne was topping the charts and gladiator sandals were having a moment. We gave ourselves a name to reflect the enduring emotional connection we were determined to forge between brands and people, then set out to build our own creative playground, selling products we made, showing art we curated and hosting all kinds of community events and concerts.

A lot has changed since those early days. We’ve grown, whittled back a bit and grown again, moving a few times, all within the same Seattle block. Throughout it all, we’ve remained steadfastly independent and wholly committed to being the kind of place we always wanted to work and the kind of creative partner we always wanted to work with.

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We built the kind of studio we always wanted to work in – filled with music, art, computers and coffee.

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Tether, verb—
to create enduring connections between brands and the people who come to love them.

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Stanley Hainsworth

Chief Creative Officer

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Stanley Hainsworth

Chief Creative Officer

Left-brained† revolutionary embarks on madcap mission‡ to redefine how design gets done.

† Left-brainers are known for extricating astounding creative solutions from chaotic office environments.

‡ Most lucrative madcap missions involve a memorable logo, a proven hydration beverage, and a clairvoyant gnome.

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Steve Barrett

Executive Creative Director

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Executive Creative Director
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Steve Barrett

Executive Creative Director

Masterful mentor† enlightens with poetic perceptions and big-picture bravura‡.

† Effective mentorship requires the ability to provide advice that can be construed as both sagacious and cryptic.

‡ In certain contexts, “bravura” may be misinterpreted as “adult ADD.”

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Group Account Director

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Group Account Director
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Julia Fiorito

Group Account Director

Sassy Saxon† with a knack for tackling complexity steers projects to first position‡.

† Wenn ich das übersetzen muss, du schuldest mir ein Bier.

‡ Be warned, should she volunteer to drive: this former Autocrosser still chases the checkered flag.

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Nancy Urner

Operations Director

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Operations Director
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Nancy Urner

Operations Director

Efflorescent† executor magically manages the machinations of an emerging empire‡.

† Efflorescent individuals are often enamored by punctuation’s potential for self-expression!!!!!

‡ All empires have lifecycles. We’re looking forward to the decadent decline, when it’s all champagne and supermodels.

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Neil Webster

Creative Director

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Neil Webster

Creative Director

Tactical jargonaut† summons verbalistic prowess to craft new legends, new worlds, new rituals‡.

† Jargonauts differ from liars in that they enjoy gainful compensation and a generous 401k plan.

‡ Rituals include, but are not limited to, falcon husbandry, competitive gurning and Kirkpinar oil wrestling.

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James Halada

Creative Director

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James Halada

Creative Director

Alphabetic alchemist† transmutes lexical mettle into marketing gold. ‡

† Early alchemists attempted to transmute strips of leather into bacon, thus accidentally inventing beef jerky.

‡ You should see this guy on the drums, pounding out the hits from the golden age of hair metal. That’s pure gold.

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Daniel Petrzelka

Group Creative Director

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Daniel Petrzelka

Group Creative Director

Curious concoctor† nimbly shifts gears and focus, inspiring a propitious panoply‡ of profferings.

† Should anyone tempt you with a “brand-new concoction”, insist they take the first sip.

‡ When confronted by a propitious panoply, we advise that you assume a fetal position and yodel until it retreats.

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Dave Schlesinger

Creative Director - Industrial Design

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Creative Director - Industrial Design

Spatial savant† formulates 3D serendipity in an unkempt and off-kilter‡ world.

† It requires first-hand experience and a trained eye to distinguish between a spatial savant and your average felon.

‡ A term that originated with the rampant deskirting of Scotsmen during the 1513 Battle of Flodden Field.

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Creative Director

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Creative Director
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Björn Soneson

Creative Director

Globetrotting graphics hit man executes† deliverables with a Swiss-army skillset. ‡

† Let’s be clear, all this talk of execution is purely metaphorical … or is it?

‡ Skillset includes tracking, kerning, and throwing frisbees far.

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Minos Spyridakis

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Hellenic† water baby swims‡ in spreadsheets, quantifies the creatives and choreographs our fiscal fitness.

† If the vowels and consonants in his name wasn’t clear enough, our Minos’s DNA was imported from Greece.

‡ He doesn’t appear to have gills, but Minos loves swimming so much he claims to be a reincarnated fish.

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Madeleine Waite

Account Director

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Account Director
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Madeleine Waite

Account Director

Green Mountain mama follows family tradition† granting client wishes with poise & precision. ‡

† With a dad in ads, is it a coincidence that “Madeleine” sounds a lot like “Mad Men”?

‡ Two qualities she honed in lacrosse, effortlessly connecting balls to defender’s noses nets.

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Bronson Folz-Edwards

Associate Creative Director

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Associate Creative Director
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Bronson Folz-Edwards

Associate Creative Director

Graphite-wielding† graphic designer finds beauty in abecedarian forms, alley-oops and fiery food.‡

† 2H to 6B, his penchant for pencils is downright Escher-esque.

‡ Whether cooking up concepts or chowing down, he brings the heat.

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Bo Gilliland

Associate Creative Director

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Associate Creative Director
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Bo Gilliland

Associate Creative Director

Salty scribe navigates lyrical seas†, crafting siren songs with style‡ and soul.

† Making sweet, sweet music—with bands and brands—floats this salt’s 38-foot Kettenburg.

‡ Three-time winner of Seamen Digest’s Sartorial Sailors & Natty Naval-Gazers.

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Jon Graeff

Associate Creative Director

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Associate Creative Director
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Jon Graeff

Associate Creative Director

Homebrewing hiker† gets up with the birds‡ to build emotion-filled brand anthems.

† From rainforest trails to volcanic summits, his boots are made for walking.

‡ I.e., earlier than you, slacker.

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James Lafuente

Associate Creative Director

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James Lafuente

Associate Creative Director

Pixel wiz reigns as king of the hill† when it comes to inky‡ scripts, creating comps wild enough to rival his pony hair loafers.

† This former flamethrower traded fastballs for even faster design chops.

‡ His passion for pigment led him straight to the hard stuff—13 tats in one year.

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Kat Rooney

Associate Creative Director

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Associate Creative Director
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Kat Rooney

Associate Creative Director

Strategy-minded design maven brings megapixel passion to aged Parmesan, fresh tunes†and outdoor exploits‡.

† Need recs? She keeps a spreadsheet of new albums and how she ranks them.

‡ Whether hiking, bikepacking, camping or canoeing, this nature girl is all about it.

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Danielle Buffa

Senior Creative

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Senior Creative
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Danielle Buffa

Senior Creative

Pixel-perfect† branding buff bags peaks, bleeds Maize and Blue and boasts a soft spot for serial killers‡.

† This creative lives for smart design, from UI and UX to packaging and identity.

‡ She’s all about true crime podcasts, psychology and what makes people tick.

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Matt Lider

Senior Creative

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Senior Creative
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Matt Lider

Senior Creative

Inquisitive† tinkerer engineers ergonomic and aesthetic excellence of Brobdingnagian‡ proportions.

† This “Investigator” shares an Enneagram type with none other than Einstein.

‡ Towering at 6’4,” he’s got the altitude to elevate any project.

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Senior Project Manager

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Operationally OCD organizer† greases the lanes, helping projects strike the pocket‡ with perfect precision.

† Tina’s juvie rap sheet includes several counts of aggravated calendaring.

‡ Ever the tweener, Tina delivers with equal parts power and finesse.

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Libby Snow

Senior Account Manager

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Senior Account Manager
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Libby Snow

Senior Account Manager

Superpowered† account conductor fights mediocrity‡ and defeats disorganization with augmented aplomb.

† Our hero’s origin story begins on San Juan Island, a mysterious land rising out of the Salish Sea.

‡ In civilian life, Libby is a meticulous plant mom whose little green babies grow up strong and proud.

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Josh Stough

Senior Creative

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Senior Creative
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Josh Stough

Senior Creative

Vehement velocipedist† shifts the prototypal paradigm up a gear with celeritous‡ skill.

† He’s the proud proprietor of nine wheels—eight of ’em on bikes. We’ll let you noodle on the ninth.

‡ Frameworking at full-throttle is a given with an almost-pro RC racecar driver.

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McKenna Burton

Project Manager

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Project Manager
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McKenna Burton

Project Manager

Perennially positive, detail-minded PM gets passionate about pet projects ranging from sneakers†and podcasts to, well, pets‡.

† She’s got a collection of kicks that’s already in double digits — and ever-growing.

‡ Her mini-menagerie boasts black and tabby cats and a German Shorthaired Pointer.

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Daria Diukar

Account Manager

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Daria Diukar

Account Manager

Cosmopolitan† account captain moonlights as comic raconteur, karaoke gangster & idea hamster. ‡

† Who’s got two thumbs and hitchhiked through 10 countries? This one!

‡ Daria logs miles on the mental exercise wheel spinning up new ways to make our work amazing.

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Calvin Ouyang

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Calvin Ouyang

Creative

History-minded maker is always building—on his outdoor avidity†, podcast proclivity and obsessive tendency to tinker‡.

† From snowboarding to mountain biking and hiking, if it’s en plein air, he’s all in.

‡ “Frankenbinding” snowboard parts and drafting a custom bike frame are just the start.

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Ethel Recinos

Creative Proposal Writer / Manager

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Creative Proposal Writer / Manager
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Ethel Recinos

Creative Proposal Writer / Manager

Plainspoken† proposal poet plants‡ seeds and nurtures new business.

† A consummate communicator, Ethel loves to keep it real and clear, making her instantly popular with the writers.

‡ Ethel’s favorite social exchange currency is house plants (for bonus points, pick monstera).

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Jordan Eng

Associate Creative

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Jordan Eng

Associate Creative

Chromaphilic creative unpacks puzzles,† deciphers the details and indulges in occasional iconoclasticisms.‡

† Her problem-solving proclivity makes her a must-have for every escape room team.

‡ To wit, she holds that milk should be poured before cereal. Discuss.

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Sarah White

Associate Creative

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Sarah White

Associate Creative

Inveterate thingmaker† goes all in on the slopes, on her bike and on and on and on with her feline fanaticism‡.

† She likes making things so much she takes existing things apart just to put them back together again.

‡ Did someone ask about her cat, Manchester? That’s OK — she’ll happily share pics anyway.

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