We are a passionate team of designers and thinkers. We create beautiful, smart and meaningful design for great clients. And we have fun doing it. Read below to find out more.
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Founder / Principal Emeritus
David Ashton has been a significant part of the Baltimore design community since 1962. Starting his design career at Barton Gillette, David helped establish the foundation of graphic design in Baltimore and the many area firms to follow.
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Design influences everything, and if it is done well you won’t even notice.
— DAVID ASHTON
Founded in 1985, Ashton Design is a multidisciplinary design firm with an international reputation for design leadership in the practice of experience design for settings ranging from sports arenas and school campuses to public spaces, residential and retail development.
We work with corporations, business owners, developers, non-profits, sports teams, colleges and secondary schools, retail planners, associations and city governments. We partner with a variety of consultants ranging from strategists, writers, architects and landscape designers to urban planners to help shape the experience of places and spaces in a collaborative spirit.
We apply the same basic principle to each project, big or small: we bring together a team of highly creative minds, listen to the client, pay attention to detail and tell the story through identity development, print and digital communications and physical environments.
The firm’s 35+ year history in Baltimore is marked by a devotion to this city and admiration for its identity, culture and qualities. While our projects take us all over the country and world, we have a soft spot for working in our own hometown.
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