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​What we do:

Branding & Identity


Art Direction
Concept Development
Content Development
Design System
Website Design

Product Design

Small Agency, Big Vision


For over two decades David Nelson Design has built a reputation of providing unparalleled branding and packaging design services, for businesses and organizations of every size, industry, and vision. Our combination of diverse experience, competitive rates, keen creative eye, and proven instincts, has made us one of the most trusted and sought-after independent agencies in the Chicago area. We pride ourselves in designing brilliant graphics and effective identity branding that connects emotionally and gets you sales. In addition to target branding and custom packaging designs, we also offer a full spectrum of marketing promotions and website services to keep your image consistent, visible and evolving. Over the years, many companies have come to appreciate the speed and flexibility that working with smaller, more agile design firms like ours offer. Our clientele includes numerous esteemed family-owned companies, like Solo Foods and Majestic Drug, as well as multinational corporations including Kraft, Borden, Ty, Kellogg's and PepsiCo. Additionally, we've worked with some of the most respected creative firms in the country, including packaging and design work for Ogilvy, JWT, Rhea & Kaiser, The Source, Davidson Marketing, and a diverse list of others.



Our Unique Creative Philosophy


When entrusted with your design or creative project, we consider the absolutely unique position and needs of those we serve. We study current and past designs. We evaluate the competition. We ask "why?" and then ask "why not?" Once we've embraced your core needs and realistic sales expectations, we tailor design solutions that bring your brand to life. 


Our fine-tuned creative instincts are paramount in capturing the true essence of your image, in order to convey strong, competitive, and highly-visible placement and emotional connection.  From initial concept design to project completion, we've made it our life's work to create precisely-focused materials for visceral appeal and maximum success, all while working within budgets and strict timelines.


When your image and brand identity are at the forefront of your success, utilizing our decades of creative experience and proven insight is a surefire way to achieve the highest visibility and brand awareness.

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About David Nelson


With over 25 years of professional design experience, David has worked with some of the most respected companies in the country, in addition to holding both staff and consultant positions at some of the industry's leading advertising agencies and design firms. After finding that life in the corporate design world leaves little forgiveness for home life, he opened his agency as an alternative for those seeking superior, more expedited work at competitive rates. 

David is a trained painter and sculptor… both, qualities which lend to the creative vision he imparts in every project. He has been married for 24 years, and he and his wife have two children. When he's not busy designing, conceptualizing or working with clients, David is an avid sailor who enjoys spending time on the challenging waters of Lake Michigan.




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