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BIO

I grew up in Aledo, a small farm town in the plains of northwestern Illinois, son of a John Deere dealer and stay at home mom. Blessed to have an art teacher in high school who felt I had artistic talent, I applied, and was accepted to, the College of Fine & Applied Arts–University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design in May of 1990.

My early professional career took me to Houston, Texas where I had the privilege of honing my skills with nationally recognized designers Lowell Williams (Lowell Williams Design) and Lana Rigsby (Rigsby Hull).

I married my college sweetheart Diane during this time and the birth of our first child brought us back to the midwest, closer to our roots. Arriving in the Fall of 1996, I landed a job at the satellite office of Los Angeles based Douglas Oliver Design Office. For a rewarding 7 1/2 years I had the pleasure of working under the direction of talented and gracious Art Director Deanna Kuhlmann (now President of Kuhlmann Leavitt, Inc.).

If there is such a thing as a seven year itch, I felt it around this time and decided to make the leap out on my own to sink or swim, opening the doors of Michael Thede Design in April 2004.

Established now for over 14 years, my life’s focus is on the clients I have the privilege to design for and the joy of married life with Diane (my wife of 26+ years) raising our two children (Emma and William), now both in College.

Client Experience

During a 28+ year career as a
practicing, professional graphic designer
Michael Thede has designed visual  communications for a wide range of  companies, institutions, & individuals. Prior to founding MTD in 2004, Michael cut his teeth working for professional design firms based in
Houston, Los Angeles, and St. Louis.

AGRICULTURE

Hertz Farm Management

Animal Services

Pet Impact!

ARTS

Master Watercolorist Daven Anderson

Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis

Foundry Art Centre

Photographer Geof Kern

Education

Academy of the Sacred Heart

California Institute of Technology

Lindenwood University

McKendree University

Villa Duchesne Oak Hill School

Washington Univ. Olin School of Business

Energy

StraightUp Solar

Entertainment

Bloodstone Pictures

Hettenhausen Center for the Arts

Stages St. Louis

Environmental

Element Markets

Environmental Restoration

Great Rivers Greenway

EXECUTIVE COACHING & LEADERSHIP

Imprensia

Fashion

Lori Coulter TrueMeasure

Menagerie Models

Triflare

FINANCIAL

BAM Advisor Services

Enterprise Bank & Trust

JML Capital

“Most of my clients are not Fortune 500 companies, however with the designs I create for them, they can compete like one.”

Gaming

Ameristar Casinos

Healthcare

BJC Goldfarb School of Nursing

SSM Health Care

Hospitality

LEGAL

Kovar Law

Niedner Law

Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal

MANUFACTURING

Alpha Packaging

Formica Corporation

Fox River Papers

Mead Coated Papers

NewPage Corporation

PASCO Robotics

SMART Papers

NON-PROFIT

Arts & Education Council of St. Louis

Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles

The Alliance for Children’s Rights

PHARMACEUTICAL

Rx Systems

RETAIL

Eddie Bauer

Maison Cookies

Mister Ice Cream

TECHNOLOGY

Blue Planet

Digital Dimensions

Purkinje

Viasystems

Westar Display Technologies

TRANSPORTATION

AutoArt

Lizgistics

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