About Us

We build brands through effective design, working together to unleash your confidence through image and voice. Our team at Bark works with you, from strategy through deployment, to discover solutions that distinguish your brand and deliver your message.

what we do


You’re already doing great work. Design is the catalyst that will get you noticed. At Bark, we create your unique voice—your “bark”—to help you lead the pack. From creating your brand to print to web, we work together to make the difference.


  • Brand strategy and positioning
  • Brand development
  • Leadership and team brand  workshops
  • Campaign design
  • Logo / identity development
  • Naming
  • Tagline
  • Stationery systems
  • Brand audits


  • Communication strategy
  • Campaign messaging and development
  • Mission and vision development
  • Message design and development
  • Content marketing strategy
  • Copywriting and editing
  • Social media strategy and implementation


  • Annual reports
  • Collateral
  • Book design
  • Editorial
  • Packaging
  • Invitations
  • Manuals
  • Toolkits
  • Strategic Plans
  • More…


  • Website design and development
  • UI / UX design
  • Information architecture
  • Content Management System (CMS) development
  • Mobile app design
  • Email campaigns
  • Intranet design and development
  • Digital presentations
  • Video


  • Product design and development
  • Environmental signage
  • Custom photography
  • Data visualization
  • Information graphics
  • Variable data reports
  • Apparel
  • Your need here!

how we do it


Our process begins with discovery, where we gain a clear understanding of your objectives. As we weave through our proprietary process, we continuously uncover the unexpected that leads to extraordinary results.


Our Clients


At Bark, we believe in our clients and the limitless promise of design. We’re fortunate to work with amazing people and organizations—some of whom we’ve been working with for almost 20 years. Our clients span a wide spectrum of industries including museums, education, technology, the arts, and healthcare, to name a few. These are the clients that make coming to work fun »

  • A Better Chicago
  • Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)
  • After School Matters
  • AJENDA Interactive Media
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Association Pediatric Dentistry
  • American Dental Association
  • American Osteopathic Association
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Bottom Line
  • Build Healthy Places Network
  • Canadian Music Centre
  • Cedille Records
  • Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
  • ChiCrossCup
  • Chicago History Museum
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Chicago Youth Centers
  • City of Chicago Mayor’s Office
  • Columbia College Chicago
  • Elgin Community College
  • Field Museum
  • Forest Preserves of Cook County
  • Francis Parker School
  • Genesys Works
  • Great Life Music
  • Hired Pen
  • Hive Chicago
  • Illinois Cycling Association
  • Illinois Medical District
  • Infant Welfare Society of Chicago
  • Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation
  • Kennedy Mann Architecture
  • Larry Brilliant
  • Latin School of Chicago
  • Leapfrog Online
  • Logan Square Neighborhood Association
  • Longford Construction
  • Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • March of Dimes
  • MHA Labs
  • New Age Logistics
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Nomadic Pictures
  • One Million Degrees
  • Pillars Fund
  • Randall Architects
  • Resurrection University
  • Rush University Prevention Center
  • Science & Entrepreneurship Exchange
  • Site Design Group
  • Spinforce
  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
  • Third Coast Percussion
  • Tre Kronor Restaurant
  • University of Chicago Graham School
  • UChicago Medicine
  • Vidar Law Group
  • Wavecrest Films

“Design is everything and Bark is everything MHA Labs. Bark’s design capabilities have the single largest contributing force to the spread and scale of our skill-building innovations. Our initial tool, a simple yet perfectly designed skills keychain, has been an instrumental force in skill-building with over 50,000 youth. We consider the Bark team not only part of our company but part of our family.”

Leslie Beller, Founder & CEO at MHA Labs

Our Team


We all have a similar mindset—do great work and have fun. We’re passionate about what we do and we bring that passion to every project we undertake to produce work we’re proud of, that delivers results, and brings clients back to us time and time again.

Atticus Creative Catalyst

John Bistolfo Founder, Design Strategist

Edwin Carter Designer / Developer

Johnny Welcoming Coordinator

Shaun Rowe Partner, Lead Developer

Steve Shanabruch Designer

Birdie Head of Security

Jon Skaggs Partner, Lead Designer

Melissa Szwan Designer

Otto Snack Monitor