About Us

Dschwen is a design studio that partners with brands and agencies around the world.

Good design starts conversations. Our work gets people talking about brands with a message that’s delivered as simply as possible. We whittle concepts down to their essence and invite imagination in, empowering audiences to propel the meaning beyond the confines of the medium.

Capabilities:
  • Branding
  • Strategy
  • Social Media
  • Concepting
  • Art Direction
  • Stop-Motion
  • Illustration
David<br>Schwen

David
Schwen

Creative Director, Founder

David has 15 years of experience working at agencies big and small, in-house, and independently. He pushes brands forward with design that takes on business challenges by activating audiences.

Jessica<br>Ekstrand

Jessica
Ekstrand

Production Manager, Partner

Jess is the super glue that holds the studio together. Whether it’s lending her photography expertise to shoots or coordinating collaborations with our friends in the business, she’s got it covered.

Patrick<br>Murphy

Patrick
Murphy

Copywriter

Patrick is a words and strategy specialist who pairs sociological understanding with pinpoint execution to drive meaningful action. He’s also uncomfortable writing about himself in the third-person.

Bringing Design to the People

Speaking Engagements:
  • Intelligent Nutrients
    Minneapolis, 2017
  • HP Influencer Panel
    San Diego, 2017
  • Minnesota State University
    Mankato, 2017
  • Behance Review
    New Delhi, India 2016
  • 99u: Balancing Work & Play
    Albuquerque, 2015
  • AIGA: Embracing Boredom
    Minneapolis, 2015
  • Dallas Society of Visual Communications
    Dallas, 2015
  • MN Artists: Upload, Then What?
    Walker Art Center, 2015
  • Adfed: Going After What You Love
    Minneapolis, 2015
  • 10khrs: Aesthetic
    Podcast, 2015
  • Creative Mornings: Taking a Chance
    Minneapolis, 2014
  • Design Chat: Interview
    Podcast, 2012
  • Threadless: It’s Cold, So We Draw A Lot
    Chicago, 2011
  • HOW Conference
    Denver, 2010
Commissioned Design Events:
  • Cannes Creativity Festival
    Cannes, France 2016
  • Twitter: Appy Hour
    San Francisco, 2016
  • Twitter: Live Canvas Event
    Detroit, 2016
  • Twitter: Video Now Event
    New York, 2015
  • CES
    Las Vegas, 2015
  • Cannes Creativity Festival
    Cannes, France 2015