What do you get when you put together smart, creative people with a range of backgrounds? A team of experts ready to help clients with any marketing challenge. Benefit from our 20+ years of experience: Our designers, developers, and copywriters provide valuable advice and solutions to improve the way you communicate with your target audiences.
Matt Scott, President, is an expert at taking difficult concepts, breaking them down, and explaining them in a way that anyone can understand. He manages complex design, messaging, and development projects for industry-leading technology clients, nonprofits, and small businesses. Matt has built a reputation over the past 20 years for outstanding customer service and efficient delivery of award-winning work. He uses a common-sense marketing approach to help clients improve their online communications, using responsive web and email design, clear and powerful writing, search engine optimization, and best practices. Matt serves as an Advisory Board Member at UC Santa Cruz Camp Kesem and is a Board Member of the Monterey Bay Stanford Club. Matt has degrees in International Relations and Education from Stanford University.
Kirsti Scott, Creative Director and founder, leads the award-winning design team at Scott Design, ensuring high-quality work on web, interactive, and integrated marketing campaigns. She began her career as a software engineer, was an art director at a Silicon Valley agency, and founded Scott Design in 1993. Since then she has led the design team, creating award-winning web, interactive, and integrated marketing campaigns for industry leaders in technology, small- and mid-sized companies, and nonprofit organizations. Kirsti is past president of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, was a co-founder of 100 Women Who Care Santa Cruz and TEDxSantaCruz, and publishes the bi-monthly magazine, Beachcombing. Kirsti has degrees in Economics from Stanford University and Graphic Design from Rhode Island School of Design.
Bill Merikallio, Art Director and resident web standards expert, makes sure our digital communications are as functional as they are visually compelling. Bill started his career as a fine furniture maker, creating pieces that combined his artistic aesthetic with the incredible patience necessary for fine craftsmanship. Bill brings this same attention to detail to the websites, emails, and apps he designs and codes to ensure that they are not only beautiful, but also thoroughly tested and optimized for functionality. Bill has extensive experience creating WordPress websites, in-depth knowledge of CSS, SEO expertise, and experience in user-centered design for websites and emails. Bill attended Johns Hopkins University and the Sorbonne, completing his college degree in Europe. He returned to the United States and studied furniture design at the College of the Redwoods.
Rhonda van Dyk is the Production Manager for Scott Design and is involved in every web and print project at Scott Design from start to finish. Rhonda was an educator before joining Scott Design. Her experience running county-wide math and science fairs, coordinating summer programs — not to mention keeping track of a classroom of elementary students — more than prepared her for the complex projects she manages at Scott Design. Rhonda makes sure that the Scott Design team delivers solutions that go above and beyond expectations. She uses her experience, knowledge, and exceptional project management skills to ensure high-quality work without hassles. Rhonda is a graduate cum laude of California State University, Fresno, with a degree in Liberal Studies.
Stephanie (“Steph”) Acosta Mohammadi is a lead designer with over 20 years of experience. She began her career as a designer in the Bay Area and currently resides in Orange County, California. Steph has a true passion for design and is experienced in both print and digital design, delivering creative work at Scott Design that exceeds client’s expectations. Over the years, Steph has delivered visually, inspiring designs for high-end clients such as Adobe, Intuit, Disney, Caesars Ent., Hyatt, and Royal Caribbean. Steph has also volunteered her time as a graphic designer, helping various non-profit organizations. Steph has a BS in Industrial Arts with an emphasis in Industrial Design from San Francisco State University. When not working, she loves watching her kids play sports, enjoys working out, BBQ’s with friends, and has a LOVE for soccer.
Ben Scott is a copywriter and video editor, creating high-quality videos as well as ensuring clean, concise, and persuasive copy for Scott Design’s clients. His storytelling skills allow Scott Design to help clients create impactful emails, videos, social media animations, and more. Ben has over a decade of video-editing experience, starting with student films at university and building up to extensive video work for corporate clients, including Adobe, Autodesk, Intuit, Merck, and eQuest. Previously, Ben wrote and produced videos for Beachcombing magazine, he worked as a newspaper journalist, and he helped create a curriculum and video content for a youth non-profit organization. Ben has degrees in Cinema Studies and Screenwriting from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, and currently lives in Los Angeles.