KenCreative is an integrated marketing and design firm located in Emeryville, California. We have spent our careers in the disciplines of creative arts and customer service. With over 30 years of success, KenCreative has established client relationships that are ongoing as we aim to go “above and beyond” each design and business need and serve as an extension of our clients’ team.
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.
We have extensive experience in:
Our approach is brand focused, results driven and collaborative. We are adept at learning new categories and businesses quickly. And, we are fun to work with! The key to our success lies in the creation and execution of strategically smart and compelling design solutions that deliver brand building benefits and short-term sales success. Our strategy for every project is to develop a differentiating creative idea and then flawlessly execute all elements of the project. A simple premise — but it requires talent, focus, and dedication to excellence, and a well honed team effort. We are proud of our proven track record, exemplified by the repeat business we enjoy from our client partners.
KenCreative is lead by Ken Monnens who has enjoyed 30 very 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. Each member brings something unique to our team with backgrounds, learning and experiences amassed from many clients across a multitude of categories. By choice, we are a small team — a tightly knit group that 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 BS in Fine Art from UC Davis having studied with many of California’s leading contemporary artists including Wayne Thiebaud, Roland Peterson and Manual Neri. He then studied design at CCAC and simultaneously began his career as a designer for Cato Johnson, a design subsidiary of Young & 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. Ken has provided design solutions and account service 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 American Foundation for Tibetan Cultural Preservation” and “The Edward E. Hills Fund” — both of which support educational programs in Northern California (among other programs). He also serves on the Advisory Board of “The Taylor Family Foundation” which provides week-long camp experiences for children with life-threatening illnesses. Ken enjoys living on a farm in Napa Valley where he raises fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs and flowers.
Erin continues to be an integral member of our team since her hire in 2006. She brings superior skills in client service and communication from her previous experience in the health care industry that cultivates and nourishes our existing and future 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 focus, 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 in 2009, Nicole returned to our studio 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.
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 work is concentrated in the food and beverage industry. Her contributions to our team has resulted in many successful consumer packages including our recent work for the Sunshine Advanced line of garden soils.
Abel received a double Bachelor’s degree of Fine Art in Graphic Design and Drawing and Painting from CSU Long Beach in 2007. He also received a Master’s degree in Painting and Printmaking in 2010 from Yale University. Abel has been with KenCreative since 2011 and oversees the countless collateral pieces for The RealReal.
Danica has been with KenCreative since 2008 and has proven herself a valuable team player. She graduated with Honors from Santa Rosa Junior College in Graphic Design. Danica designs websites for many of our clients, as well as many brochures and reports. She has also produced many illustrations and digital art for our work in the garden category.
Sandy keeps our business and financial affairs “current” and complete. Her attention to detail is paramount and her quality efforts allow the account and design teams to stay focused on our Clients’ strategic and creative solutions.
Business & Accounting
Sima works with Sandy handling our accounting and personnel needs. She has worked with Ken for 10+ years and has a thorough understanding of the state and federal regulations guiding our profession.