Welcome to a little slice of my studio here at Allison Dowlen Creative. I'm so glad you've stopped by, and I sure hope we meet soon.
Who I Am and What I do
I'm a brand strategist, designer, and toddler wrangler (to two wild boys) specializing in identity development, print + surface design, and strategic communication. After a career as a Marketing Director and Designer, I stepped out on my own to build the kind of company I've always dreamed of--one that is fueled by long-term client relationships, thrives on elevating other people's businesses, and that quenches my never-ending thirst for bringing beauty and order to the world around me.
So, is it Just You?
My process for brand development and strategic communication is extremely hands-on. It's my great joy to work directly with my clients to ensure their success. I do, however, know my limits. When a project calls for the work of a specialist (i.e: a web developer or SEO expert), I'll be the first to recommend we bring in one of my trusted vendor partners to join the project. By not maintaining staff on the rolls at all times, I'm able to better control costs and offer my clients the highest quality of services at the most competitive rate possible.
Though on paper you would call me an independent contractor, in practice I'm a professional third wheel. I know no other way to do my job than to dive head-first into truly knowing my clients, investigating their opportunities and challenges, and becoming so immersed in their day-to-day worlds that I become part of the team, no matter the length of our engagement. I especially love getting my hands dirty on startup projects, helping to form the very ethos of budding brands and setting scalable strategies for growth. With a genuine curiosity of all things business and branding, I enjoy the opportunity to work with clients representing a wide range of market sectors. I've worked in fields such as real estate, tech startups, healthcare, higher ed, financial services, non-profits, church and para-church organizations, global consultancies, real estate development, and even beer retail. No matter the field, my proven method for developing and supporting successful brands can be applied seamlessly.
Allison in the Wild // For me, creating is not just a job--it's a lifestyle. Whether it's playing make-believe with my boys, polishing up on new design skills, or whipping up a concoction in the kitchen, I'm game. In my spare time, I love to explore the city on foot with my husband and our little guys, indulge my inner interior designer on my never-ending quest to complete our home, dabble in crafty hobbies, and attempt to stay active.