KenCreative is an integrated marketing and design firm located in Emeryville, California. We have spent our careers honing our skills in the creative arts and customer service disciplines. With over 30 years of success, KenCreative has established enduring client relationships based on our ability to go “above and beyond” each design and business need, effectively serving as an extension of our clients’ teams.
Our commitment to creating brand-focused solutions has led us to staff our team with senior marketers and designers that add real business value. Our senior level management is involved in each project and their design expertise is reflected in each product we create. Our studio comprises a talented and dedicated staff that works together in a proactive and creative manner.
Our approach is brand-focused, results-driven, and collaborative. We are adept at learning new categories and businesses quickly. Plus, we are fun to work with! The key to our success lies in the creation and execution of strategically intelligent and compelling design solutions that deliver brand building benefits and short-term sales successes. Our strategy for every project is to develop a differentiating creative idea before flawlessly executing all elements of the project. A simple premise — but it requires talent and focus, as well as a seasoned team with a dedication to excellence. The repeat business we enjoy from our client partners is a testimony to our proven track record—a fact that makes us proud.
KenCreative is led by Ken Monnens, an award-winning expert who has enjoyed 30 successful years in the graphic design industry. He has assembled other senior marketers and designers as well as some of the best young talent in the industry today. With diverse professional backgrounds gained from a vast pool of clients and categories, each member brings something unique to our team. In the spirit of the phrase “quality over quantity,” we have remained a small team by choice. As a result, we have become a tightly knit group that truly enjoys working together.
Founder, Executive Creative Director
Ken is the founding principal and Executive Creative Director, overseeing all creative work. Ken graduated with highest honors with a B.S. in Fine Art from UC Davis having studied with many of California’s leading contemporary artists, including Wayne Thiebaud, Roland Peterson, and Manuel Neri. He then studied design at CCA and simultaneously began his career as a designer for Cato Johnson, a design subsidiary of Young and Rubicam. While working full-time, Ken attended evening classes and received his law degree in the spring of 1983.
In the fall of 1983, Ken founded what is now KenCreative with a portfolio of clients that included The Clorox Company, Atari Home Computers, and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream. Ken’s 30-year career in design spans all categories and industries. He has provided design solutions and account services to America’s top companies. His design sense is strategic, brand-focused, and award winning.
Ken spends much of his personal time with philanthropic work. He serves on the boards of the Manetti-Shrem Museum of Art at UC Davis, the Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation, and the Advisory Board of The Taylor Family Foundation, which provides weeklong camp experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses. Ken enjoys life on his farm in Napa Valley.
Erin continues to be an integral member of our team since her onboarding in 2006. The superior client service and communication skills she gained in the health care industry have enabled her to expertly cultivate and sustain our new and existing client relationships. She graduated from UC Davis in 2003 with a B.S. in Community and Regional Development with an emphasis in Sociology.
Erin’s knowledge, client-first mentality, attention to detail, and keen design sense add insight to our service-based clients like Episcopal Senior Communities, Shutterfly, and Oxbow Public Market. She is one of our primary client account leaders and oversees client projects with an eye for value, creativity, and accuracy.
Nicole Krup Oest
Account Executive, Copy Development
After interning with KenCreative, Nicole returned to our studio in 2016 to support in managing projects with our partners at Blue Diamond, The RealReal, Oilseeds International, and Episcopal Senior Communities. Nicole brings to the team her international experience in business development and a strong background in writing. She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in 2009 and her M.A. from the University of Zurich in 2012.
Assistant Account Executive
Craig studied Art History and American Literature in Italy before graduating from San Francisco State University with a B.A. in English Creative Writing. After teaching English in Thailand, Craig joined the KenCreative team in 2017. As an Assistant Account Executive, Craig assists Ken with project management and copywriting while supporting the studio with production assignments.
Sandra and Ken attended art school together at UC Davis, worked together early in their careers, and continue to collaborate today. Sandy’s deep experience in packaging and brand identity is concentrated in the food and beverage industry. Her contributions to our team have resulted in many successful consumer packages, including our work for the Sunshine Advanced line of garden soils.
Abel received a double B.A. in Fine Art in Graphic Design and Drawing and Painting from CSU Long Beach in 2007. He went on to receive a M.A. in Painting and Printmaking from Yale University in 2010. Abel has been with KenCreative since 2011 and, among many other responsibilities, oversees the countless collateral pieces for The RealReal.
Danica has been with KenCreative since 2008 and has proven herself a valuable team player. After completing her studies in Graphic Design, Danica graduated with honors from Santa Rosa Junior College. She designs websites, logos, brochures, and reports for many of our clients.
Sandy keeps our business and financial affairs current and complete. Her attention to detail is unparalleled and the consistent quality of her efforts allow the account and design teams to stay focused on finding strategic and creative solutions for our clients.
Business & Accounting
Sima works with Sandy in handling our accounting and personnel needs. She has worked with Ken for over 10 years and has a thorough understanding of the state and federal regulations guiding our profession.