We are a unique blend of philosophers, artists, educators, musicians, scientists, and poets

We live, eat, and breathe strategy, UX, and creative thinking. We don’t simply make creative things; we are compelling storytellers. We have that unique talent to leverage emerging technologies to build a connection. So no matter what challenge you give us, we’ll take ownership of it, and we don’t give up. We call this our “warrior spirit,” one of three core values.

We have pets named:
Elly, Lila, Leroy, Jack, Ruthie, Lucille, Hank, Norman, Riley, Fritzi, Spike, Sugar, Missy Elliecat, Louie, Bailey, Mia, Crixus and Ziggy.

Certified Women's Business Enterprise

Our mission is to do good work for good people, and our 3 core values guide us every step of the way

warrior spirit

/1/ Warrior Spirit

When we commit, we persevere. And we've taken on some seriously complex challenges. 

be curious

/2/ Be Curious

Our lifelong learners have conducted 3,400+ hours of UX research, and all Sandstormers get $1,000/year to pursue their own passions.

have fun!

/3/ Have Fun!

The joy we derive from what we do is contagious, and it's one of the reasons why our clients love working with us. 

Sandstormers bring a range of interests, personality traits, and life experiences to the office, our clients, and our work

We asked our team, "What is one goal you’d like to accomplish in your lifetime?" Roll over our photos to see what they said!

Sandy Marsico
founder & CEO
Go on a safari
Mike Marsico
Director of Finance
Live in another country
Alma Meshes
Executive Assistant
My concert venue bucket list.
Janna Fiester
Vice President of UX and Brand Innovation
Live in Spain
Costume Contest
On Halloween we dress up and get a half day off
Nick Meshes
Director of Technology & Analytics
Create a successful blog about technology and the future
Andy Cullen
Senior Engineer & Team Lead
Go peacock bass fishing in Brazil
Amanda Heberg
VP, Business Development
Visit Greece
Nathan Haas
User Interface Art DIrector
Patent something
Senior Director of Client Delivery
A year where I remember and celebrate all of my friends' birthdays
be curious
sharing our knowledge
featured on the #BETAIN podcast Sandstormers love sharing our expertise
Jeff Umbricht
Sr. Developer
Hike part of the Appalachian trail
warrior spirit
volunteering in the community
Sandstormers give their time to help at the neighborhood food pantry.
Joe Ruel, Senior Developer at Sandstorm Design
Senior Developer
I'd like to become a more accomplished traveller.
Eric Savage, JavaScript Developer, Sandstorm®
JavaScript Developer
Travel anywhere more exotic than Canada
Laura Chaparro
Account Director
creating a new product
Anne Lentino
Product Owner
Play some version of Queen Elizabeth I
having fun
birthday lunch, you rocks and random happy hours
Product Owner
Brew my own beer
Scrum Master
Live in Berlin
UX Manager
Make my own clothes
Emily Robinson
Account Coordinator
Visit every country
Technical Support Engineer
Visit Japan
Web Developer
Create a livable passive income stream
Technology Director
Run a marathon (super reach goal would be Boston!)
warrior spirit
supporting our community
Sandstorm partnered with the Night Ministry to make sack lunches for those in need
Product Owner
Buy a boat
Cameron Panice
Client Delivery Coordinator
Learning to surf
Harvey Morris
Content Strategist
publish my second cookbook
Sandie Starr
Jr. UX Researcher
Travel the world while sprinkling some Sandie Joy everywhere I go.
Syd Hunsinger
Project Manager

Honors and recognition that humble us

Inner City Top 100
Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
Hermes Creative Award

Thanks to our incredible clients, we get to build amazing digital brand experiences every day