Designed by Monkeys is a diversely skilled illustration and design studio based in Santa Rosa, California. We specialize in packaging, illustration, and branding for companies small and large, along with the individual specialties our main monkeys bring:
Michael Houghton’s design career began with illustrated posters and flyers for local punk rock bands and shows. His multidisciplinary studies span from sculpture and printmaking to architectural drafting. As the owner and creative director of Section M magazine he was instrumental in the North Bay music scene and founded Nostalgia Fest at the Phoenix Theatre. This led to creating branding, illustrations, and packaging for the distinguished list of clients you see at right.
Justine Mendoza’s experience has ranged from nudging vector points and kerning at a digital type foundry to completely rebranding and directing the marketing strategy of a quickly growing eco-friendly company. Working for smaller businesses has brought a broad spectrum of skills to her fingertips ranging from social marketing and advertising to customizing and populating e-commerce platforms.
We also employ a network of creative monkeys with more expertise from watercolor to film and web development.
JUPITER BREWING CO.
GREEN DAY INC.
TRIPLE ROCK BREWING
KRJF COMMUNITY RADIO
DRAKE’S BREWING CO.
DR. PICNIC’S MAGIC ELIXER
FLYING FROG ACADEMY
SILVER SPROCKET PRESS