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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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.
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.
A copywriter by day, digital illustrator by night, and nature enthusiast in the time between. Born and raised on the sandy beaches of Fort Myers, Hannah followed her passion for psychology and design and moved to Orlando to study advertising/public relations at the University of Central Florida.
Before moving to upstate New York and joining the BLK DOG team, Hannah worked as a copywriter, social media manager and graphic designer for a diverse collection of companies, including a legal nonprofit, a major metropolitan courthouse, a chicken hatchery, a music booking + promotion agency and a door repair service. When she’s not writing kick-butt copy, working on her aunt’s warmblood sport horse farm or helping her dad renovate houses, she can be found hiking, painting or reading.
"Starting a business is not an easy task, requiring a great attention to detail and many decisions can be difficult to make. When it came to creating a new company logo, Black Dog Designs made it feel effortless. We submitted an actual photo to Black Dog to create our logo, and in less than 48hrs we had multiple proofs to choose from! We asked a couple of questions and had new layouts moments later. We are IN LOVE with our logo and HIGHLY RECOMMEND black dog DESIGNS!"
"Black Dog Designs has played an instrumental role in developing multiple brands for Northway Brewing in addition to other NYS Breweries. Their role and experience in label and packaging design has helped us create solid foundations for which to market upon. Black Dog has helped us with a variety of marketing initiatives, from website design, email blasts, and apparel concepts which have been top quality and very successful. Highly recommended!"
"I highly recommend Black Dog Design to help with any marketing/branding project that your company has planned. Working with the Black Dog Design Team is such a pleasure. They are very knowledgeable and have helped our company with everything from our apparel designs, designing of our vehicle wraps & promotional items, as well as optimizing our website & how to utilize social media more effectively. Black Dog Design are amazing at what they do!"
"Black Dog Designs was more than just a marketing firm for our business at a time of incredible growth. 2016 was a chaotic time where Moore and Company had purchased one hotel (The Queensbury Hotel in Glens Falls) and had several impending meetings regarding a future development (Fairfield Inn and Suites). Black Dog has been an invaluable collaborator never allowing any tension on who is to take credit for what but rather fostering a true sense of Team. It is without hesitation that I recommend Black Dog design to anyone who wants to grow their business."
"BlackDog designs has been a trusted partner of the NYSBA for a number of years. Often under the pressure of tight deadlines and conflicting direction, BlackDog is unwavering in their ability to create high quality work. Their positive, assertive, forward-thinking style makes them the type of people with whom we really enjoy working."