Launch of Web Site for Seattle Jazz Artist, Dina Blade


It’s been a real pleasure to work with Seattle Jazz Artist Dina Blade, on a new branding and web design project to promote her unique style and talent. If you appreciate authentic, smooth and classic Jazz, you’ll want to check out Dina’s 5 albums. Also, from the web site you can link to her facebook and twitter pages to follow her.

An Open Letter of Appreciation to Our Clients of Ten Years


A decade ago this month, the opportunity presented its self to invest my previous 20 years of agency, corporate and freelance experience into a new, independent venture … MLi Design. Initially the acronym for the company name began with my initials, but the concept was solidified when it was discovered it could double for the brand tag-line, “making lasting impressions.” Far more than a marketing cliché, the tag-line perfectly represented a key element I wanted to drive my design decisions for the company … a strong desire to create marketing that made people stop, notice and above all, remember! I’m writing to you today because you have been part of making this dream venture and ten years of consistent business possible. I owe you my most sincere appreciation and gratitude, and thank you from my whole heart!


Mike Inks  /

Branding and Web Development of New Client: AdSeek

Just launched the newly branded, designed and developed Web site for MLi’s newest client from Seattle, AdSeek Media Group.

The production team included: Content Strategist – Daniel Brockley, Web Developer – Thor Simpson and Creative Director – Mike Inks.

Visit the new AdSeek Web site at:


New Seattle Publication & Web Site… Seattle Wise

Every once in a while a new client or project comes along that is an absolute perfect fit. The last time that happened was when MLi was awarded the contract for branding and designing the national marketing campaign of Ben Stein’s documentary “Expelled.” Everything about Creative Director Michael Inks’ resume and life experiences, had prepared him for that client and that subject matter…another story for another time, perhaps.

This time the product is a publication… a print and web publication focused and targeted to the 50+ residents of Seattle and surrounding Puget Sound area. Founded by long time Seattle resident Max Wells, “Seattle Wise” is a savvy and sophisticated, yet laid back, fun, inspiring and enlightening publication… a perfect reflection of the spirit of the city.
“Anyone who’s ever visited or lived in Seattle, clearly identifies with the uniqueness of the waterfront area… One is left in spell-like awe, from the earthy/seaside yet somehow sophisticated and enchanting charm… This is the key inspiration we want to draw from for branding elements of the Seattle Wise brand.” —Mike Inks / Creative Director MLi Design
Above is a comp design for the initial Web site. MLi is also currently working on the first print issue of the publication that is scheduled for release June 2011.