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Telling the right story can change everything.

We are a multidisciplinary agency that designs and builds powerful communication tools.

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We are a group of talented strategists, writers, designers, fabricators, and developers who love making great stuff.

Talie Smith

Talie Smith

Partner, Creative Director

Talie’s background in visual design, literature, and nonprofit work means she brings a well-rounded set of experience and skills to Smith & Connors. She crafts powerful storytelling through her work that can reach diverse audiences. From creating striking brands, to elegant websites and print materials, Talie brings more than visual beauty to projects. Her strategic approach to her work, and boundless enthusiasm for design (and life!) make her a great partner in any project.

Becca Connors

Becca Connors

Partner, Technology Director

Becca brings a wide spectrum of experience and standards to Smith & Connors from her 9 years as software engineer at Sun Microsystems, where she architected, managed, and implemented complex projects. Her meticulous approach to technology sets the bar high for our projects. Becca’s deep experience in software engineering, website development, and project management—coupled with her resourcefulness and creativity—is integral to making great things happen at Smith & Connors. Her logical mind keeps us rooted in reality, while her creativity challenges us to push for new solutions.

Scott Smith

Scott Smith

Partner, Strategy Director

Scott has crafted compelling content and user experiences for well-known brands, universities, and cultural institutions. He aligns and synthesizes content and messaging with creative concepts to communicate with multiple audiences across media channels.

Sara Magness

Sara Magness

Producer

Sara's background is in independent film production and commercial post production. She loves to organize and corral the elements of any project into its beautiful conclusion. That satisfying moment when art and technology come together to make something meaningful is the moment she's addicted to. Sara comes to Smith & Connors eager to be a part of a company where passion and integrity are real and brings her love of visual storytelling and organization to every project.

Maria Janosko

Maria Janosko

Art Director

Maria has a background in fine arts and graphic design, rooting her in a strong visual practice. She enjoys creating meaningful connections between brands and consumers. Partnering with brave clients to understand their challenges fuels her drive to develop fresh creative platforms. Maria brings a conceptual approach, curiosity, and love for storytelling to all projects at Smith & Connors.

Rebecca Collins

Rebecca Collins

Designer

Rebecca studied studio art and graphic design and is passionate about visual communication. Having grown up around a family of engineers, she’s developed a strong sense of curiosity and tenacity in figuring out a way to make something work. She came to Smith & Connors to work with others who are deeply thoughtful and genuinely care about what they do. Rebecca enjoys collaborating and arriving at design solutions that are truly impactful.

Hannah Cantrell

Hannah Cantrell

Production Assistant

Hannah’s background in social media and marketing allows her to see production in an exceptionally visual and dynamic way. As a photographer, she understands the importance of detail in the moment and in post-production. She enjoys how production combines both creativity and organization into one fast-paced occupation. This is especially true in an agency like Smith & Connors where there’s always the excitement of having multiple projects happening at once! When Hannah isn’t organizing spreadsheets, she is a student at Portland State University studying communications, advertising, and design.

Nils Hellberg

Nils Hellberg

Senior Developer

Nils is a web and games developer with a background in anthropology, giving him a unique perspective on user experience and usability. He is passionate about interactive technologies with a fierce attention to detail and extensive set of skills, spanning both front- and back- end aspects of a project. He is also currently serving as Director at the Bristol Games Hub and was previously CTO at VODO, working with independent media distribution. Outside of work, Nils holds an Anthropology and Political Science degree from Stockholm University and was a member of the now-disbanded think tank Piratbyrån (The Bureau of Piracy).

Jeff Whitfield

Jeff Whitfield

Senior Developer

Jeff has extensive experience building cutting-edge, custom websites using emerging standards, modern design, and the latest development techniques. His endless curiosity for technology and technique often guide us toward solutions that are interesting and delightful. He has a keen eye for space, color, and design, making him an amazing collaborator in building beautiful digital experiences. Jeff’s skills include UI/UX design, responsive design techniques, CMS implementation, HTML5, CSS3, and JavaScript development.

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