Careers at Nemo Design

Why work for us

Nemo Design is a brand design agency and creative workshop based in Portland, Oregon, in the United States. The company was established by Jeff Bartel, renowned snowboarding photographer Trevor Graves, and Chris Hotz in 1999. It and offers a variety of services, specializing in active lifestyle and culture brands. Nemo calls their positioning methodology "Corizontal", a term they trademarked. Nemo Design is a brand design agency and creative workshop based in Portland, Oregon, offering a variety of services and specializing in active lifestyle and culture brands. The company was established by Jeff Bartel, renowned snowboarding photographer Trevor Graves, and Chris Hotz in 1999, after they were laid off at Morrow Snowboards following its acquisition by K2 Skis. Bartel, formerly Morrows art director, is a longtime graphic designer for snowboards. The trio named the company "Nemo", which means "no one" in Latin, because they wanted a more collective culture and thought using their surnames would give the unwanted impression of a law firm. According to Transworld Skateboarding, "[Nemos] curiosity and desire to create has pushed them to bridge the gap between print, product graphics, consulting, packaging, motion graphics, photography, and web design." The company has been located at 1875 Southeast Belmont Street, in Portlands Buckman neighborhood, since c. 2004. In 2008, the agency brought on Mark Lewman as a partner and creative director. Hotz left Nemo in the early 2010s, leaving Bartel, Graves, and Lewman as the three principals. Bartel and Graves continue to serve as executive art director and president, respectively. By August 2015, the agency had 38 employees.