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Way back in 2017 two optimistic educators had an idea: what if we combined our creative forces to do something entirely new? As colleagues working side by side at the Kansas City Art Institute, we knew we made a good team. We also knew that art and design were often surrounded by mystification and confusing artspeak. A mission was born: a collective in pursuit of understanding.

Together we took on a name that playfully sums up our rejection of argot (more popularly known as jargon). Prounounced like argonauts, our shared identity reflects our search. Rather than chasing a golden fleece, however, our quest is a little less tangible — though perhaps more meaningful — as we not only pursue great design but also empower others with what we learn along the way.

Through a year-long studio residency at the Charlotte Street Foundation we explored video and multimedia installation, tongue-in-cheek photography and a set of billboards inscribed with our manifesto-like motto: let’s talk. We began to see that the roots of our shared practice — humor, language, and a passion for telling stories — also happened to be exactly what we loved most about design (and teaching, for that matter). So, a mission was revised: a collective in pursuit of understanding and like-minded partners passionate about telling their stories.

Today, we’re a small team with a whole lot of heart — call us a boutique agency, perhaps — that creates bold brand systems for cutting edge companies. To make sure everyone we work with gets our best white glove service, we prefer to partner with just a few clients at a time. We believe in building relationships by building trust — understanding always starts with listening, after all. 

Whether you’re creating the foundation for a young business, breathing new life into a legacy brand, or have a particular set of design needs, we’d love to meet and find out if we’re the right fit for a great collaboration.


Logan Hamilton
Acton

Co-founder & Principal

Logan is driven by an insatiable curiosity and commitment to craft. His experience as an artist, educator, creative director and human have confirmed his belief that the best design comes from working with your head, your hands, and your heart. Logan earned his Masters in Aesthetic Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art — popularly known as ‘the cradle of mid-century modernism.’

Meghan
Skevington

Co-founder & Principal

Meghan is an inveterate optimist and empath. With a background in college instruction, magazine editorial and experience design, she is as sincere as she is aesthetically astute. The heart and soul of our team, she ensures every client and collaborator stays connected with the highest level of care. Meghan graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a double major in Photography and Art History.




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