Reverb is an independent creative firm founded on excellence, discipline and truth. We breathe it, speak it, live it, drive it.
We’re no frills and no nonsense. Partners engage us when they want a creative puzzle solved once, on time and on budget.
You’re not hiring designers, copywriters or storytellers. We’re artists, thinkers, and doers. We’re poets and pragmatists. We’re outsiders with experience, insight, and intellect, defined by our integrity and unmatched work ethic.
Our team uses human-centered techniques to creatively and innovatively solve problems. Whether Digital, Print, Environmental, or Type, we will work with you to craft from the ground up and manage the entire process from concept to implementation.
Come to us when you need help crafting an elegant solution to a complex problem. We help you say the right thing, at the right time, in the right way to the right audience. Our team will help you find the words to express the heart, mission, and focus of your project.
For complex projects that require insight and planning, our team will help unpack the appropriate questions so that we can get things right the first time. We’ll incorporate an entire visual and messaging suite that can be deployed either by us or by you, and in a way that both captures and holds your intended audience.
Big ideas require the know how to maneuver the abstract into the tangible. We work hand in hand to design systems, curate the visual and written narrative, and execute awareness across digital, print, and media landscapes.
Uncompromising; Unconventional; Resilient
Michelle holds a deep rooted belief that the status quo is meant to be challenged, and that thoughtful design can help drive communities forward. She has committed her life to uplifting the work of womxn through leadership initiatives, educational outreach and creative, youth-driven projects.
She is an artist by nature, creative strategist by profession, and advocate for equitable outcomes by necessity. She believes that kindness and fairness should be placed above all else—that all people deserve a true shot at living dignified lives. And that is why she has chosen to leverage her career upon the axis of human-centered design. Michelle’s understanding of design is such that it is not separate from the social world. Rather, consciously crafted design impacts and moves people to act as engaged consumers and active community stakeholders.
Michelle holds an MFA in 2D Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she studied design as a component of community outreach. She also has degrees in Integrative Arts and Marketing. Michelle currently serves on the board of The Carnegie, as a juror for the Ohio Arts Council and as a member of the Contemporary Art Center’s Exhibition committee, the Cincinnati Pride planning committee and Cincinnati Compass Community Partners.
Leo D'Cruz is an experienced community organizer and communications strategist based in Cincinnati, Ohio. As Chief Strategic Officer and a Founding Partner at Reverb Art + Design, Leo heads up communications—both on the written page and through public engagement.
His rich background in policy and academics uniquely positions him to work closely with government officials, business professionals and community leaders. He’s adept at earning the trust of stakeholders—and their buy-in—to achieve sustainable project outcomes. Leo is actively involved in civic work, specifically focused on economic, racial, gender and sexuality inclusion. He has served on multiple boards and task forces, from the United Way Poverty Task Force to LULAC National Civil Rights Committee, and Vice Chair of Cincinnati's Citizen Complaint Authority.
Boundary Crosser; Troublemaker; Spirited
Adam lives by a three point motto—be curious, get lost, and when in doubt, turn left. As he put it, “Although turning left may not get you to your destination, it will at least lead you to something new along the way”.
Adam is an activist by nature, a strategist by trade, and an urban transplant by choice. He is unapologetic in his passion for weaving equity into the social, legal, and cultural fabric of the communities in which he is embedded. With over a decades’ worth of experience in grassroots mobilization and organizing, Adam believes that public good work should be intentional, intersectional, and collaborative. Adam is an interdisciplinary scholar and author whose work is centered around critical placemaking, storytelling, affect, performance, and aesthetics. Adam’s current writings is focused on queer Appalachian diasporas and is featured in the recent anthology Storytelling in Queer Appalachia: Imagining and Writing the Unspeakable Other.
Adam joined Reverb in 2018 bringing with him his zeal for social innovation. His approach to creative strategy is to upturn every stone and investigate the disorganized minutiae underneath. When curating pathways forward, Adam is driven by two questions—what is the intention and what impact will it have? Adam believes in getting uncomfortable and finds that discomfort ignites imagination. As his grandmother always told him, comfort leads to boredom and if you’re bored, you ain’t living right.
Adam holds a BA from Eastern Kentucky University in French Language, a MA from the University of Cincinnati in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and is currently completing his MFA in Design Thinking from Radford University.
Optimist; Enthusiast; Pragmatist
Born and bred in Cincinnati, Stephanie has a passion for community support, social engagement + equity, and visual storytelling. Stephanie is an advocate for always trying to use warm yellow in, like, everything, and will do her best to make you smile. Her mantra is, quite simply, to “be kind.” She believes there is a lot of good in the world, we just have to have compassion and work to find it. Stephanie thrives when she's doing projects that are socially impactful, and has found her niche in creating for the benefit of others. She works with two objectives in mind: make something that people will like, and make something that has an impact. The latter is much more important.
Stephanie's design experience is rooted in support of socially-driven organizations, creating human-centered work for service projects, local fundraisers, mental health support, and community engagement initiatives. Supporting people through their struggles, be they monetary, social, or personal traumas is the most human thing we can do. She's super excited to be a part of Reverb's team, and to be focused on projects based in Cincinnati. “It lights a fire under you, when you see that the work you're doing creates positive change, especially in the community you grew up in.”
Stephanie wholeheartedly believes that the personal is political. She is most inspired to do work that uplifts women, LQBTQ+ folx, and people of underrepresented identities, and believes that to practice human-centered design, being intersectional and inclusive is the best path. Stephanie holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Bowling Green State University.
Loyal; Handsome; Hungry
Doc Hudson was born for the position of Studio Mascot. Since his early puppy days, he's been earning the affection and attention of partners and clients with his floppy ears and brown, Beagle eyes. Now, he provides ample security for the studio, sniffing in all bags to make sure there’s no suspicious food or material entering the workspace—if there is, he’ll find it.
At 14 years old, Hudson is an established member of the Reverb team. He supports content development, strategy, and design teams by laying under desks—providing reassurance and warmth in stressful times. When necessary, he commands attention by loudly banging his food bowl (hey, no one said he was subtle).
Hudson is relaxed, easy-going, and a great judge of character, so know that if he lets you pet him, you’re doing something right!