Here at the Creative Good Auction, our creative spotlight is a semi-monthly feature we run to showcase certain individuals in the Boise, Idaho design community to educate the community about the skills and services they offer. Today, we would like to introduce you to Frank Balluff of Franklin Studios who has done award-winning work for clients big and small throughout the U.S.
“Franklin Studios is a Branding & Web Design studio based in Boise, Idaho. We make brands look better.”Frank BalluffFranklin Studios
Hi Frank! Tell us a little bit about your background and what got you into branding and web design.
I was born and raised in Michigan. I was always creative and enjoyed high school art classes but never thought that I could make a career out of it. When I began at Olivet College as a graphic design student, I still wasn’t very confident in making a career out of design — So I decided to double major and add on a business degree with a concentration in marketing. At the time I really didn’t even realize how synergistic the two fields were.
Towards the latter half of my college career, I slowly started picking up random logo and branding projects for friends and family. By the time I reached my senior year I had a design internship under my belt, was picking up freelance projects for clients I had never met, and was more involved in the College art program. That same year I won a competitive RFP process for a sculpture concept and was commissioned to build a permanent downtown sculpture. The project was way over my head but it all worked out which gave me a huge confidence boost and brought out a lot of my creativity.
After College, I moved to Idaho to be with family, friends, and mountains. The last two years I worked in a marketing team as a graphic designer and also picked up web design.
What you are currently doing or working on?
Two months ago, I quit my job and started my own business: Franklin Studios — a branding and web design studio. Our primary graphic design focus is geared towards logos, brand identity, and packaging. On the web design side we’re focusing on building really fun and creative websites with interactive user experiences.
We want to focus on industries that have endless room for creativity and bring out our teams greatest potential. So far we have found a lot of creative freedom in the music industry as well as CBD and craft beer markets.
What are some of your thoughts on the Boise design/creative scene and your goals professionally?
I love Boise and everything that it has to offer. Everywhere you go you see art and there are always new projects popping up around town. The city puts a lot of effort into the art scene and it shows. I feel lucky to be a part of it. The other aspect that makes this city so great is the artist community and push to always improve and do good — the creative good auction is a great example of that!