The official bomb logo for Tickyboom in all blue.
Hella Bomb, so Hella Hella that Bomb Unicorns Will fly in the air with smiles ok ok ok ok??

Think, Design, Smile.

Equipping small businesses with clarity & hella bomb visual design.

Our design services are the tools we use to help you create authentic connections.

Strategy

We will develop a brand strategy that finds and articulates your Why. We will build out your mission statement, audience, and other aspects of your core based on your why.

Our Services: Brand Strategy, Audience, Core Values, Brand Persona, Neighbor Research, Archetype, Styleguide, Clarity

Branding

We will develop a logo identity & create some bomb brand creative to help you connect with your audience in a deeper way, helping excel your business.

Our Services: Brand Identity, Logo, Style guide, Collateral + Print, Web, Illustration, Business Cards, Letterhead, Social Media

Illustration

We will help you develop unique illustrations that will communicate your brand with heaping amounts of awesomeness.

Our Services: Print and Ads, Merch, Posters, Icons, Web Illustrations, Brand Development, Brand Identity Language, Scenes, Invitations, Social Media

Web Design

We will help you by designing + building your all-encompassing brand ambassador and sales-generating website. We are an exclusive partner with Webflow!

Our Services: Design, Illustrations, Web Dev with Webflow(or WordPress), Animation, Interaction, E-Commerce, Multi Page Websites, One-Pagers, Portfolios, Blog, Web Hosting + Maintenance.

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What I like best about Tickyboom is that they were committed to getting it right. They delivered on their promise and on my vision. I’m confident they will deliver for you and your project as well.
Matt Lisle

Professional Baseball Coach, coachlisle.com

Our Approach

Before pencil hits paper, we deep dive into your existing business + brand. Our discovery session is essential here, plus the questions we ask and the answers you give. Then, before we move on creative, we develop a creative strategy + get sign off from you. It is super important to the integrity of the project that we define a clear scope to design with confidence.

With a clear scope + strategy in hand, we get to designing. We set a schedule to help you know what milestones to expect. We then go into our design lab + get to work. This phase is enjoyable. Bringing all those answered questions + our carefully crafted strategy to life.

Once we finalize the design, we prep the final deliverables. Next, we create a style guide tailored to your project. In this style guide, you can access any deliverables, brand strategy, and visual guidelines. This style guide will be your new best friend. After the style guide is delivered, we have a quick debrief with you to discuss how the project went. Then, you rule your market!

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A photo of half a boat and half ocean.
Photo of Milo slam dunking a car, not a basketball.
A close up photo with narrow depth of field used for the Style guide Design tab

Tickyboom

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Tickyboom is the combination of the names Tim and Nicky, the husband + wife design team that run Tickyboom. We started out telling people's love stories through invitation design, and now we do that through brand design.

We believe every business and brand should be equipped with clarity and excellent design so they can excel at doing their work and communicating their values. 

We bridge gaps between businesses + their audience.

We believe we have a responsibility to use our skills + expertise to make the world a better place. That is why we do the work of equipping purpose driven companies with clarity, direction, and excellent design.

We are quirky, cheeky & whimsical. We are also refined, professional, bold, and detail oriented.

We love giving back by sharing our skills, insights, and we use part of our earnings to help initiatives we believe in.

Tim Preut

Co-Creator, photographed all BART stations for a personal passion project.

I have been in the creative arts for a while now and started out making electronic music.

More specifically, with a Monome and playing the piano. Falling in love with graphic design from album covers and posters was a gradual process. That love led me to go to a trade school to study and get a graphic design degree.

After getting trained in design, this led me to work at a small studio in Point Richmond. During this time, I got to work on more prominent brands, such as Toys 'R' Us, where I was the lead designer on their responsive web design project. The experiences at this tiny studio helped shape my design eye and taught me how to level up professionalism and deliver at a high level.

I also utilized video and photography skills to help add to the designs. Custom photography and video were used to tell a more emotional story for brands. Thinking in photography and video helped me grow a lot as well. Plus, it was just darn fun! The next step in my design journey was working at a design agency in San Francisco. This experience again helped me level up my design eye and thinking. Plus, the experience of working in SF is like no other. Sometimes, you do photo walks during lunch breaks or looking at all the designs on signs and stores. While at this agency, I met some awesome co-workers that remain friends to this day.

While working in San Francisco, Nicky and I decided to be crazy dreamers and opened up Tickyboom Design. I quit my job and took the 'freelance' leap. It has been a slow road, but it is challenging fun, and an exciting adventure.

Daily I strive to learn something new, practice a skill, or think of crazy things to design. My mentality is the 'Mastery' path. It is slow, long, and has the intended end goal of doing lasting and good work.

Nicky Preut

Co-Creator, used to get in trouble as a kid for stealing & using up all the kleenex & scotch tape

I have been steeped in art since I was a tiny human.

I would do anything I could that involved the use of my hands to make art. "Making" is something innate for me. This love for art eventually led me to attend Cal Poly, where I earned my BFA in Graphic Design. Along the way, I tagged on a minor to give myself a deeper understanding of print applications. I couldn't just let my work stay digital— I had to understand where it would end up. What can I say? I'm a touchy-feely kinda person.

While in college, I got the rare opportunity to study abroad on a ship. There's nothing like learning out on the open ocean, traversing the South Pacific. I got to experience a new part of the world and made many friends along the way. This experience helped me broaden my outlook on life, which continually helps me think outside the box with design. Plus, I have a memory bank of art and design worldwide to help me draw inspiration.

One summer break, I asked for a job at a print shop in Berkeley, where they specialized in handmade letterpress wedding invitation suites. I learned how to run the letterpress and soak in the process from client meetings, proofing, printing, assembly, and even my job to ship the orders out. It was a dream come true as I am constantly yearning to use my hands and inject the analog into the digital world we live in. This experience helped me learn a high-level printing process, which I carry over to Tickyboom.

My next step after graduation was to work for a non-profit ministry here in the Bay Area. I designed shirts, flyers, and any collateral to further their brand and communications. It was super fun, and I had more freedom to manage my projects and creative output, which was very life giving. I also functioned in a leadership capacity outside of design, which made it such an incredible experience.

Tim and I started Tickyboom after we did a bunch of our friends' wedding invitations. It was enjoyable as I got to flex my hands-on print and paper skills and make some fantastic wedding invitation suites. Running Tickyboom has been a fun and challenging adventure.

I am always trying new projects that involve me using my hands. I play with clay, sculpt, paper, watercolor, and build with wood. And there's nothing quite like a pandemic to make me learn how to sew a quilt for my son. I love learning new techniques and skills online and hope never to stop learning new art forms.

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