More design, less drama

Once upon a time we worked at big firms and on big marketing teams. We met creative people, 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 like each other a lot… Tiny Whale was born.

Our Team


Emi Matsumoto

Design Lead & Development

Emi is Tiny Whale’s lead designer. She loves working through user experience scenarios then bringing them to life in design. She’s always looking for ways to incorporate illustration into her design work to make it truly unique to each client.


Lorie Ransom

Development Lead & Design

Lorie is Tiny Whale’s front-end developer and art director. With extensive experience in branding, print design, web design, and web development, she brings a breadth of skill to our team. She is also a talented illustrator with a syndicated comic strip!

To Tiny Whale, or not to Tiny Whale?

Let’s be honest. There are a lot of design firms in the Seattle area. Many of them offer the same basic services we do, and most of them are capable of doing great work. Successful relationships are all about finding the right fit, so we want to make sure our clients know who we are.


We don’t do everything, but we do a lot for a small team. We’ll be the first to tell you when something is outside our wheelhouse, and we’re always happy to refer you to our broad network of freelancers and other firms, or to rope them in as collaborators.


Being small makes us nimble and highly collaborative. Our size and agility also make us a great partner for other agencies and in-house marketing teams that need project-specific or ongoing support.


We didn’t structure Tiny Whale to be the cheapest, but we did structure it to be more efficient than traditional agencies. We allocate less of your budget to project management and minimize our overhead by working remotely and relying on word-of-mouth (hint hint!) for new business.


We all have to work, so we might as well make it fun. We’ve learned that the difference between working and loving what we do mostly comes down to the people we surround ourselves with—both colleagues and clients. We tend to click with people who are engaged in what they are doing, inspired by great design, open to change, and allergic to drama.

What We Do


Web Design & Development
UX Design
Video & Motion Graphics
Social Media Assets


Graphic Design
Event Collateral
Logo/Identity Design



Content Strategy