About Us

We help businesses grow and be more innovative by championing user-centric design.

How? We focus on solving marketing challenges with strategy, intuition and hard work.

We help our clients forge deep relationships with their customers. Relationships that escape the ordinary and yield unforgettable brand experiences.

We believe clever ideas, smart storytelling and brilliant design give brands a competitive advantage in the world of business and lead to remarkable results. Results that delight customers and inspire loyal tribes.

Since 1999, we’ve helped companies like Fox Sports, Disney, Universal Pictures, NBC and Nike brand themselves better by producing breakthrough, award-winning creative work.

Unlike larger agencies, our clients talk directly with our top people who are the ones actually doing the work, receiving personalized service and attention. There are no bait-and-switch tactics found at some bigger firms. Because of our size, we’re able to be nimble and pivot quickly to meet our clients’ needs and seize upon opportunities in the marketplace.

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Our Clients

Zookeeper works with companies that need strong strategic ideas and exceptional creative. We look to form relationships with select clients that believe in the power of branding and are willing to take smart chances creatively to achieve superior results.

NBC Universal. Fox Sports. Disney. Nike. Entertainment businesses. Movie production companies. Fashion brands. Leading ad agencies. Top design firms. They’ve all confidently hired us over the years.

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Our Team

Dave Waite

Brand Strategist + Creative Director

A champion of strong, conceptual design, Dave founded Zookeeper in 1999 to passionately build brands that stand out from the pack, tell their story and emotionally connect with customers.

A graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, Dave worked previously at ESPN on SportsCenter and as a creative writer in Nike’s retail design department. Read more on LinkedIn.

Isaac Holk

Lead Designer + Illustrator

A true craftsman, Isaac is driven by a passion for creating breakthrough, award-winning design work from scratch. From motion designs to digital experiences, he creates worlds of wonder with innovative brand identity systems, imaginative illustrations, custom typography and cutting-edge websites.

He’s been an integral member of the Zookeeper team since 2006, leading projects for corporate clients like NBC, Fox Sports and The Recording Connection.

    Dusty Gridley

    Lead Motion Designer

    With an engineering mind and a creative flair, Dusty thrives on figuring out complex problems, putting them together and designing a compelling visual story. Since 2012, he’s crafted branded entertainment projects at Zookeeper, designing motion graphics for NBC Universal, Fox Sports, Korn/Ferry and other Fortune 500 companies.

    With a photography and filmmaking background, Dusty is highly skilled at animating logos, designing movie and television titles, and setting websites in motion with the latest technologies.


      • “Dave Waite and his Zookeeper team are the best I have worked with. Elegant designs, professional execution, on time and hard working. I’ve worked with many firms in the past, but I have found my home with Zookeeper.”

        –Brian Kraft, The Recording Connection

      • “Gorgeous. Wonderful. So happy I found you. You guys have an amazing attitude, are talented, and perceptive to my needs. I can see the care and thought and precision that you’ve put into this, and I really appreciate that. Showed the logo to a few more peeps today. They all say the same thing: ‘Wow’ and ‘gorgeous.’ You guys have really done a beautiful job. The still logo is PERFECT.  And that slow-motion rippling graphics logo is breathtaking. I’m grateful. I love what you guys have done. I’m so happy. You guys are rockstars. Thank you!!”

        –Krystal White, HummingDream Productions

      • “Dave, this looks great. I just want to say thank you again… We really are super excited about the new brand identity you’ve shaped for/with us. I am beyond pleased at how everything turned out.”

        –Bill Bahrenburg, The LifeBalance Program

      • “My website needed a complete overhaul, so I handed over the reigns to Dave and Dusty to see where they could take it. I simply let them know who my site needed to reach, what I needed to showcase, and then just let them do their thing. The result is a very dynamic website that I’m extremely proud to show off. It’s an accurate representation of my work, my attitude, and what I can bring to the table. I’m confident the website helped in securing new agents and even closing the deal on certain gigs that I’ll mention by name as soon as the NDA is clear. I can’t recommend the crew at Zookeeper enough. Really creative, great job all around.”

        –Mike Vaughn, Actor

      • “I have had the pleasure of working with Dave and company at Zookeeper over the course of a few projects now. I’ve tapped into a number of their service offerings to include naming, logo design, branding and website design. All of resultant artifacts came out wonderfully and at a great value. I have and will continue to recommend Dave and his team for anyone seeking some killer work in the creative space.”

        –Matt Bader, The Train Station

      • “Smart. Capable. Creative. Engaging. Strategic. Dave is all of those and a very strong business manager as well. I recommend him highly for any company looking for an agency to lead their creative strategic direction.”

        –Steve Potestio, Owner, Mathys-Potestio

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