The Team.

Our experience and close-knit team mean cohesive design work and brand development that’s uniquely you. We’re speedy and solution-driven, but our process is never brief: We work hard to create successful brands and campaigns, and involve our clients in every step along the way.

Our Process.

We are graphic designers, web developers, content creators, and marketing specialists.

Our small, carefully chosen team of creative thinkers develops an intimate understanding of your thoughts, ideas, and aspirations. Through market research and actionable data, we deliver solutions and provide insight into the why behind them, helping you reach your business goals even faster.

Our Skills.

BRANDING + POSITIONING

Graphic design / Brand Building / Logo Development 

WEBSITE DESIGN + MAINTENANCE

Content Management / E-Commerce / Design

MARKETING + STRATEGY

Ideation / Content Creation / Analytics

Jesse Tyree

PRINCIPAL

Art direction, campaign vision + strategy, 5:30am espresso refills, networking, internal pep rallies, and client relationships…… Jesse started BLK DOG in his twenties after working as a graphic designer for Verizon and Lee Enterprises where he was managing both internal and external client advertising campaigns. Seeing a need for a clear-cut solution for businesses looking for unique branding and marketing, BLK DOG has steadily grown into one of the top agencies in the Upstate NY area, serving local, national, and international clients. With a customer-centric, push-all-limits focus, he and his team have developed countless brands and campaigns that resonate with consumers and the B2B market. Jesse’s main drive at BLK DOG is to put out quality creative work that creates success for the agency’s clients, and staff. He lives in South Glens Falls with his wife, two daughters, two dogs, and elusive gato “Sonny.”

Lyssa Howard

LEAD WEB DEVELOPMENT

Lyssa has been leading website development projects at BLK DOG since she joined in 2013. Developing professionally branded sites combined with top-line functionality involves the writing of custom code (using multiple methods such as PHP, CSS, and HTML) to tailor sites towards individual client needs. Lyssa lives locally with her spouse and dog Moose. Her awards include: 6th in the Nation for Graphic Design Competition – Skills USA. 3rd in the State for Photography Competition – Skills USA. Career & Technical Education Staff Award – WSWHE BOCES.

Chris Coughlan

MARKETING / ACCOUNT MANAGER

Since joining BLK DOG, Chris has become the “go-to guy” for project management, client relations, and ensuring all the dominoes are in line for successful campaign execution. An experienced marketer managing both creative and campaign planning, he’s a master networker whose attention to detail shines through on every project he manages. His passion for results, new ideas, and client success are powerful tools during every campaign. Chris spends his focus crafting plans of action for clients and providing his team with the resources they need to create unique compelling work.

Lauren Occhiogrosso

GRAPHIC DESIGNER / BRAND DEVELOPMENT

Lauren O builds brand identities. Her insane ability to read conceptual project briefs and create authentic, visually clean, and thoughtful brands are the backbone of her skill set. She’s a versatile and adaptive designer who leads the art direction of client campaigns, working in both print and digital mediums. She strives to develop unique and impactful brand aesthetics, always content-centered and concept-driven. Lauren is responsible for the packaging design of many of the tasty elixirs you enjoy on Friday night. She has won multiple ADDY awards and is an encyclopedia of music knowledge.

Alexis Shippee

SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Alexis worked in newsrooms, on corporate marketing campaigns, for a toy magazine, and as a copy editor before coming to BLK DOG. She is all about consistency, especially when it comes to the Oxford Comma. Even out of the office, Alexis is always looking for weird typefaces or word choices in the wild. She spends her free time hanging with her family, thinking about Halloween, and running a local non-profit art project.

Michelle Khafif Levy

COPYWRITER / BRAND STRATEGY

Born and raised in Panamá city in Central America, Michelle moved to the US in 2008, spending her early 20’s amidst the creative, innovative & ‘keep it local’ vibe of Austin, TX, where she obtained a BS degree in Advertising from The University Of Texas. She is a keynote speaker on subjects such as consumer trends, business innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship, as well as a board member of the Panamanian Fashion Association.

Julia Scipione

DESIGNER

Julia is a graphic designer who received her BFA from Russell Sage College. She believes that design is a powerful tool to communicate ideas and inspire action. She enjoys exploring different styles and mediums in her work. In her free time she can be found spending time with friends, scrolling through Pinterest, or enjoying the outdoors.

Tristan Marler

PHOTOGRAPHER / DESIGNER

Tristan has been part of the BLK DOG team in one way or another since he interned with us in 2019. His design, photography, and animation work speak volumes, and we’re always stoked when we’re able to include him in a project. 

Kerry Mason

ACCOUNTING & BILLING

Kerry has been a part of the BLK DOG team since its inception. She’s an expert at all things organization: managing internal processes; bringing clients into our accounting system; providing estimates, account history, and billing updates; and ensuring our team is paid, supported, and taking vacation time.

Giancarlo Bruno

DESIGNER

For over a decade, Giancarlo has worked as an Art Director and Communication Strategist for global brands. His portfolio includes creating integrated marketing campaigns for Colgate-Palmolive, as well as strategic planning at P4 Ogilvy Panama, where he developed brand strategies for the Panama Metro, Grupo Novey and Cochez, Smithsonian, Claro Panamá, BAC Credomatic among others. In 2017 he launched his design studio, and has won several international awards for his work. 

Julia Howard

DESIGNER

Julia is a visual designer who is passionate about expanding the human experience through art and design. Although a traditionally trained graphic designer, she finds her stride in maximalist compositions and brutalist design experimentations. Enthusiastically, she believes the combination of research, writing, and design can change the world into a friendlier all-inclusive place (even if it’s only one pixel at a time). When not designing, find her brewing extra strong coffee and dancing to darkwave.

Avery Gilman

MARKETING COORDINATOR

Say what you will about “kids these days,” and Avery will prove you wrong. He may be young, but he has a strong sense of emerging platforms, trends, and tools, and a work ethic that could rival any more seasoned individual. Avery manages day-to-day operations and scheduling, implements much of our marketing initiatives and keeps the team in tune with the changing landscapes of all things digital. In his free time, Avery enjoys practicing handstands, studying Italian, and playing with his German Shepherd, Zero.

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