KLI grounds design creativity in critical thinking and a proven collaborative process. [ Question. Assess. Develop. Execute. ]
From our first conversation with a client, we dig deep to achieve clarity about brand and project goals, encouraging dialog at every step to make sure each detail is realized just as planned. A mix of experience, insight and technical skill yields images, narratives and environments that are rewarding in every sense of the word.
Together we do great things.
Meet the team.
People make the difference. At KLI, talented people work in a spirit of mutual respect and friendship, balancing discipline and diligence with weekly Happy Hours and annual retreats near and far—experiences that spark creativity and strengthen bonds. Together with our clients, we accomplish great things.
Deanna Kuhlmann-LeavittPrincipal // Lead Designer
In 2001, Deanna established KLI and set out to build a multi-disciplinary studio with a talented core team. The studio remains small by intention, allowing Deanna to focus on the creative process and to be selective about the projects she pursues and accepts.
Adept at brand strategy and placemaking, Deanna leads projects at every scale for public and private entities across the U.S. and abroad. She has been recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Society of Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD), Communication Arts, The One Show, Applied Arts, New York Type Directors Club and Art Directors Clubs from New York to Los Angeles. Deanna has served on both the local and national boards for AIGA. She is often invited to speak at design conferences and in 2014, was asked to give a talk at TEDx Gateway Arch where she spoke to the benefits of re-imagining things with a past to give them a future.
Deanna completed design studies at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, but spent formative years in St. Louis, which may explain a strong Midwest work ethic and gift for lasting partnerships with clients, vendors and staff.
I’ve never specialized in any one industry, discipline or region. We work with clients anywhere in the world who want to work with a team of talented people who are genuinely passionate about design.