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About Creative Distillery

When clients first contact us, they have the list of marketing projects we offer: branding, design, web, social, and content. But after meeting with us, they understand our core truths: we care and branding can help.

Every time something is distilled it's boiled down to a purer, more potent form until its maximum essence is revealed. Creative Distillery will work until we find your real, core truth, and design a solution that feels fresh and authentic all at the same time.

We'd love to help. Contact us to talk about your work.

Darren Schwindaman Principal

Darren SchwindamanDarren Schwindaman is a graphic and web designer who oversees brand strategy for Creative Distillery. He studied graphic design at Loyola University New Orleans and returned to Jackson after Hurricane Katrina. Darren values building relationships with his clients and making the world a better place through design. He is a rare breed of left-brained artist, and he believes that good design comes from equal parts creativity, strategy and coffee. Darren enjoys Atlanta Braves baseball, Saints football, and gritty FX dramas.

Taylor Lesser Marketing Director

Taylor LesserTaylor Lesser has a mind for marketing, studying business at Ole Miss and earning her MBA at Millsaps College. She enjoys brand strategy and business development for the opportunity to find the potential in businesses and organizations. Taylor grew up in Los Angeles and Dallas, and did a stint in the New York City fashion world between degrees. She'll take any opportunity to travel, whether by car or plane, domestic or international. She hasn't been everywhere, but it's on her list.

Sierra Mannie Marketing Content Writer

Sierra MannieSierra Mannie is a graduate of the University of Mississippi, where she studied Classics and English with emphases in Latin and Creative Writing. Sierra is a nationally-published freelance journalist and a stickler for fact-checking who enjoys writing that joins intelligence and context in warm, friendly matrimony. She is an undiscerning fan of nothing but Beyoncé and cartoons, and is popular with babies.

Andrew Welch Visual Content Creator

Andrew WelchAndrew Welch enjoys all things creative and tasteful. You will naturally find him wandering and traveling abroad with his family, with a Hasselblad around his shoulder. He enjoys helping people create and preserve their brand through imagery and storytelling. His favorite things involve books, film, grilling food, neat whiskey, time with friends and family.

Kaiyla Barber Graphic Designer

Kaiyla BarberKaiyla Barber is a graphic designer with the drive to make any idea become reality. Before joining the Creative Distillery team, she studied graphic design at Mississippi State University and worked as an intern for the MSU Women's Athletics Department. When she is away from the office, you can find her watching a great movie, listening to Corinne Bailey Rae, or enjoying a delightful strawberry cheesecake.

Natalie Thomas Graphic Designer

Natalie ThomasNatalie Thomas is an honors graduate of Mississippi University for Women where she fostered a love for design and tech while serving on the newspaper layout staff and working weekends in a computer lab. Consequently, making order from chaos is her favorite part of her job. When not at a computer screen Natalie enjoys dystopian novels, quilting, and chasing after her dog.

Vanessa Wainwright Art Director

Vanessa WainwrightVanessa Wainwright is an art director with a passion for bringing brands to life in both web and print design. Her ideal projects are akin to a 1,000 piece puzzle because she enjoys solving complex problems with out-of-the-box creative thinking. When she's not creating meaningful designs, she can be found strumming a mountain dulcimer, or playing some other obscure instrument.

Will Hawks Web Developer

Will HawksWill Hawks is all about taking a concept and turning it into something real and useful. He loves to take a problem and find a solution that really improves people’s lives or makes them happy. That can be done lots of ways, but for Will it’s mainly writing, woodworking, and web development. He also enjoys exploring new places with his wife Anna and playing music.

Contact us to talk about your project.