What Makes Us Different

Once upon a time we all worked at design and marketing agencies – places like Hornall Anderson, PopCap Games and Phinney Bischoff. We met creative people (including each other), worked on cool projects and had an all-around good time. But we shared a belief that it could be even better. We felt we could be more efficient and more creative without the overhead and process of a big agency. At some point, we looked around the table (probably a happy hour table) and saw a potent blend of experience, talent and complementary skill sets. Plus, we all liked each other a lot.

Tiny Whale was born.

We are nimble

Having a smaller group means we can scale up and down as needed on a per-task basis. This helps us tackle projects in a more efficient manner and keeps budgets down.

There’s no middle man

There won’t be a project manager or anyone else relaying information between us and you. We enjoy working directly with our clients and building relationships. This allows us to provide the best service possible.

We can do it all

Okay, maybe we can’t do everything.  We do, however, consider ourselves a unique one-stop shop that can provide everything a business needs to successfully market themselves. Whether it’s a website, brand identity, content strategy, videos or photographs, we’re in.

We love what we do

We are in this industry because we love it and are passionate about what we do. The highest compliment we could receive is that our pride shows in our work.

Design & Development

Lorie Ransom

Lorie is a designer and front-end developer with over 15 years experience working with clients in a variety of industries, including gaming, hospitality and professional services. While her focus is on web design and development, she wields her secret powers of illustration when duty calls.

Strategy & Writing

Zak Menkel

Over the last 8 years, Zak has worked extensively in marketing and digital media as a writer, information architect and strategic consultant. Zak believes that great content is genuinely valuable, absolutely authentic, and preferably, fun as hell.

Design & Development

Emi Matsumoto

Emi is a graphic and interactive designer who has worked for leading marketing agencies and, most recently, as an in-house designer for Seattle’s own PopCap Games. In addition to her design skills, Emi is also a talented illustrator and slings some mean front-end code.

Video & Motion Graphics

Chris Freed

Chris is a graphic and interactive designer with 20 years experience working at leading Seattle agencies for Fortune 100 clients, small startups, and everything in between. His latest passion is welding and building custom steel framed bicycles.


Jenn Repp

Jenn boasts over 10 years experience as a corporate, wedding and lifestyle photographer. Her style is influenced by her classical training and her experience in journalism.

Face-Licks & Butt Sniffs


Olly has 28 dog-years experience going for walks, getting belly rubs, and eating things. Her life is tough.