Who We Are and What We Do.


Dan Gilbert

Principal Designer

As a formally trained artist, photographer and designer with an extensive background in a multitude of media Dan brings his rich skill-set to the development of identity, websites, packaging, collateral and the critical needs of small business.

Gilbert is a creative visual artist who has worked across numerous industries since the late 1970s. Together with wife and partner Terri Miller, they founded Miller/Gilbert Publishing, designing commemorative posters for business and institutions, distributing them to galleries worldwide. Pursuing his love of nature, many of his clients were wildlife institutions like The National Wildlife Federation, African Wildlife Foundation, San Diego Zoo, the National Aquarium in Baltimore and others. This immersion in the wildlife and museum market and it's thirst for additional gift shop merchandise led to the next phase of Gilbert's design endeavors.

In the late1980s Dan redirected his business focus from publishing design to graphic design and product development. The Dan Gilbert Art Group grew to a dozen artists and staff by the mid 1990s, producing works for corporate communications and collateral while expanding a growing catalog of proprietary product designs. Dan's award-winning puzzle series Triazzle® became a multimillion-dollar industry and led to dozens of licenses with companies like Ravensburger Games, Activision, Imperial Wallcoverings, Manual Weavers, University Games and Hallmark. His product designs include numerous puzzles and games, stationery, wall coverings, apparel, woven jacquard, kitchen and bath accessories and more.

With a degree in printmaking, Dan's design sensibilities have always reflected the bold simplicity of his woodcut background. His colorful styles are sometimes delightfully whimsical, other times reflective of Japanese prints, and still other work harkens to the vintage fruit crate labels of the early 1900s. As an experienced printmaker, Gilbert's lithographic poster work is an example of artist-meets-commercial. Unlike the normal 4-color process used to print most posters, Dan worked directly on-press, often times printing as many as 16 individual inks and using techniques normally reserved for art studios - thus producing prints with outstanding vibrancy and quality.

Dan now makes his home in the agricultural county of Sonoma in Northern California, the heart of wine country and the historical home of the California apple industry. Since 2007 he has designed the marketing graphics and posters for the Gravenstein Apple Fair and created a following of collectors. The posters are based on the style of vintage fruit crate labels, the popular, nostalgic motif that is now a feature of the Dan Gilbert Art Group's Event Graphics programs.


Andrew DesChenes

Lead Developer

Andrew has more than 20 years of experience in enterprise software development, web application development, mentoring, process development, and IT project management. Andrew's work experience includes academic environments like Michigan State University; large corporate environments like Motorola, Computer Sciences Corp., General Dynamics, and General Motors; small fast-paced startup environments; and independent contracting. Andrew is keenly aware of the importance of how a project is conducted. He has developed his own methodology as a response to observing where popular methodologies, such as waterfall and agile, fail to meet the needs of software developers, designers, and ultimately clients. He believes that a finely honed process produces extraordinary results. His education includes a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Eastern Religious Studies from Michigan State University. As an accomplished musician he also holds a Masters in Music Production and Technology from the Berkley School of Music.


Cordelia Holst

Project Manager

Cordelia Holst has extensive client service experience from top advertising agencies in San Francisco and in Europe. Growing up in apple country in Northern California gave her a love of the agricultural community and small town traditions. Cordelia manages our graphic projects listening to our clients wishes to see how to make those ideas come to life and guiding our clients through the process, each step of the way. Over 17 years managing budgets and timelines, Cordelia keeps our projects on our agreed to budgets and helps our clients hold the timeline so delivery is just as planned. Cordelia looks forward to working with your team!


Products & Services

Website

Website Design & Development
Responsive & Mobile Design
Content Management Systems
Web Banner Advertising

ORGANIZATION WEBSITE SYSTEM

Powerful, proprietary template full of custom features

GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE (GUI)

Smartphone App Design
Web App Design

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Posters
Illustration & Photo-illustration
Print Advertising
Brochures, Mailers & Rack Cards

BRANDING

Logos and Stationary
Name Generation
Print Collateral
Signage

PRODUCT

Product Design
T-shirt Design & Illustration
Packaging & Labeling
Trade Show Booth Design
CD Covers & Inserts

PHOTOGRAPHY

Digital Photography
Photoshop Retouching & Illustration

EVENT GRAPHICS

Event Posters, Advertising, Marketing
Product Design & Production

CANNABIS INDUSTRY

Websites, Branding, Packaging, Photography
Advertising & Collateral


Wayback Machine

Dan working at Miller/Gilbert Publishing in the South-of-Market studio in the early 1980s.
The Art Group was a regular featured participant in San Rafael's Italian Street Painting Festival.
Dan working at Miller/Gilbert Publishing in the South-of-Market studio in the early 1980s.
The Art Group was a regular featured participant in San Rafael's Italian Street Painting Festival.
Dan Gilbert and Fred Damert with the multi-award-winning Triazzle puzzle series.
Gilbert, who holds a degree in printmaking worked closely on-press to produce his posters.
Dan Gilbert and Fred Damert with the multi-award-winning Triazzle puzzle series.
Gilbert, who holds a degree in printmaking worked closely on-press to produce his posters.
Dan Gilbert Clothing Company premiered at the Magic Apparel Show in las Vegas.
The Healdsburg Center For the Arts featured a retrospective of Dan's game and puzzle designs.
Dan Gilbert Clothing Company premiered at the Magic Apparel Show in las Vegas.
The Healdsburg Center For the Arts featured a retrospective of Dan's game and puzzle designs.