This Is Us
“Derek” and “Tessa” flank the ampersand in and out of the office. But frankly, the office is what matters to you. Taking on distinct and complimentary roles allows us to bring more to our clients and do more for our clients. The idea behind Sussner Design Company is also the fact within Sussner Design Company — we are partners. First and foremost, we actively partner with our clients. And to make that first and foremost partnership the best it can be, we partner with a heroic collection of very talented people. No matter how a project is configured, we are the people responsible, accountable and always available. C’mon people, let’s do something great.
Derek SussnerProud Owner Guy
Sure, he’s a guy you’d like to have a brewed beverage with, but can he deliver the design, marketing, customer-compelling results you need? Unquestionably, “yes.” Underneath that tidy, easy-going exterior is a tidy, easy-going man of integrity and powerful talent. Derek believes (cheeky monkey that he is) that great things happen when people work with passion, purpose and the occasional punch line. The sweet mojo at SDCo is the direct and determined doing of The Sussner Himself. (Disclaimer: I write frequently for Derek and Company. I know stuff and it’s all good. Call Jeff at 612-823-6645 and I’ll happily elaborate.)
- Works side-by-side with wife Tessa and they remain very happily married. Tessa is an absolutely indispensable (they know because they tried without her) part of the SDCo success.
- Takes “Dad” job very seriously and it shows.
- Has a peculiar fascination with golf.
- Has a peculiar fascination with primates (especially golfing primates).
Tessa SussnerWoman of the year, every year since 2002
It’s time to testify. Ms. Sussner is at various times a designer, an art director, a traffic/client/office manager, a production coordinator and apparently a superior life-form from a distant planet. T. Sussner brings a highly-machined order and inordinate amount of good-nature (and yes, some occasional sarcasm) to the SDCo operation. The lucky few have actually witnessed her move objects with her mind.
- Works extremely well with others, including and improbably Mr. Sussner.
- Possesses many “World’s Greatest Mom” coffee mugs, halter-top and finger paintings to prove her prowess in that realm also.
- Her brothers call her “Ted” (of course they do).
- Believes that fun is an excellent idea.
Ben AlpertThe visual voice of a generation
Been Jamin’ Alpert was designed to be a designer (or anything wildly creative and mildly dangerous). Ben is a Tao vs. Dada, fiber vs. cyber, creamy vs. chunky contradiction and juxtaposition of artistic styles. Good for us. Ben Alpert is a guy who loves design for its mash-up of art and reason, who loves being on a team (or in a band) for its camaraderie and loves cheese for its, cheese. He digs manipulating reality (and his voice) for all to see (and hear). From alt mags to hearing aids, from pulp creations to cyber sensations, Ben is a hybrid of artistry, humility and absurdity. Just how we like him.
- Designer at SDCo since spring 2011. Has a DNA that plays well with others, attends successfully to the miniscule-ness of this biz and frequently blows our minds with stellar work.
- Has driven across the country (USofA) for no apparent reason.
- Seeking a really good night’s sleep.
- Enjoys the Metal genre of music (which is NOT the only reason Derek hired him).
Tanya NaylorThis is what she said
Some bios write themselves (which is crazy weird). Tanya, or Ton, as her verbally lazy friends call her, has a long history in the arts. One of her first jobs was that of a prominent west coast Sandwich Artiste. Amazingly, she has managed to excel far beyond Bread & Cheese Master to highly regarded graphic designer on Team Sussner. Tanya arrived from Portland after school, various design positions and freelance work at the PSU Graphic Design Center. Ms. Naylor is a thoroughly modern design pro with bonus, old school pen-&-paper skills. We are extremely thrilled that she has locked herself to one of our desks. And that’s what we said.
- Tanya Naylor has been delivering the graphic goodness and good humor day-in-and-day-out since the winter of 2011.
- Possesses a get-er-done work ethic that started at a faux Dairy Queen at the age of 11.
- Cheese curds? Yes, please. State Fair Cheese Curds? Get the hell out of my way!
- Post SDCo plans: Ocean-based Treasure Hunter (Hey Ton, isn’t that a pirate?)
Emily BrownsonMaking the greater good greater
When asked what five inanimate objects she would grab if her place were on fire, Emily cleverly listed nine items (and convinced us it was cool). This is what Emily Louise does; she gets more out of everything and everyone around her. Her design skills are spot-on. Her aesthetic ranges from the silly to the sublime and she’s not above a high-minded concept wrapped in a dim-witted joke. Sporting a major in graphic design and a minor in Spanish from UW-Stout, Emily has worked in both academia and ad agency mania. Design offers her the opportunity to do great things and positively affect people… it’s worked on us.
- Ms. Brownson has been making the SussnerWorld a better place since the fall of 2012.
- Holds the title of Only Vegetarian To Remain Vegetarian Since Working At SDCo (The OVTRVSWAS Award). It’s a meaty environment.
- Insisted on more plants in the office (quiet, but forceful) and got ‘em. Thx ELB.
- Recurring life theme: Chocolate.