Andrew Bolton

Principal

Andrew founded Murmur Creative in 2007. Having just graduated from Portland State University’s design program, he quickly forged lasting relationships with local Portland businesses and began growing Murmur Creative to the full-service creative agency that it is today.

Andrew’s expertise spans many styles and mediums, from web design and mobile apps to packaging and print design. Andrew specializes in brand identity and loves elevating businesses by giving form and function to their aesthetic personalities.

Andrew also believes in supporting sustainable business practices and ‘green design.’

In his free time, Andrew is a loving father, avid fisherman, bicycle enthusiast, and a founding member of the folk rock ensemble, ‘Nervous & the Kid’.

Andrew Bolton

What’s your favorite tv show?

Silicon Valley

What’s your hidden talent?

Hand-boning

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

Tacos

What are you easily swayed by?

Donuts

What has been your favorite recent live show?

Alialujah Choir at Revolution Hall

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Ray Liotta

Chris Bolton

Digital Strategist

Chris has been working in online marketing and leading digital initiatives for 7+ years. He is a professional blogger and technology enthusiast. Chris has worked in-house and freelance as an SEO & PPC manager, and is well-versed in search marketing strategy, web analytics, social media, and local and technical SEO. (He also writes bullet-proof ad copy and attention-stealing taglines.)

Chris’ favorite writer is a quirky Swiss-German fellow named Robert Walser. He’s also a founding member of the folk-rock band ‘Nervous & the Kid.’

Chris Bolton

What’s your favorite tv show?

Deadwood

What’s your hidden talent?

It wouldn’t be hidden if I revealed it.

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

Spicy Black Bean burger - Burgerville

What are you easily swayed by?

Critical thinking

What has been your favorite recent live show?

Friends forever playing in my driveway with pyrotechnics

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Steven Colbert

Mary Nichols

Account Director

Mary has extensive marketing background, having worked with both major brands and small businesses across the country. Mary has also managed many successful social media campaigns for brands like Laughing Planet, Farmers Ending Hunger, and Portland’s current Mayor, Charlie Hales.

Once you’ve met Mary, you’ll quickly learn that her enthusiasm and positivity are simply infectious. Mary is truly passionate about crafting stellar brand experiences and helping businesses grow.

When Mary’s not obsessing over clients and marketing campaigns, you can find her volunteering for Street Roots (a newspaper that creates income opportunities for those in poverty), promoting Portland’s emerging fashion industry, serving on the board of the Portland Social Media Club, and keeping fit by trying to stay at least one step ahead of her six (!) children.

Mary Nichols

What’s your favorite tv show?

Mad Men

What’s your hidden talent?

I can vibrate my eyeballs

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

I only eat slow food

What are you easily swayed by?

The wind

What has been your favorite recent live show?

Trip Shakespeare in Lawrence, KS.

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Mahatma Gandhi

Zipporah Vannata

Designer

Zipporah is an amazing designer with an eye for type treatments and a talent for mastering diverse illustration styles. She graduated from Portland State University with a graphic design major and advertising management minor.

Zipporah is the fourth Zipporah in her family. So, as you might imagine, she has a few nicknames including (but not limited to) Zip, Zippy, Notorious Z.I.P., and Busted Zipper. Zipporah hails from the hot and humid Fresno Valley of California.

Zipporah has been known to keep the good ship Murmur afloat on occasions when Andrew, succumbing to office stress, has gone on one of his infamous “coconut water” binges. (It’s not pretty. Thank you Zip!)

Zipporah Vannata

What’s your favorite tv show?

Family Feud

What’s your hidden talent?

Amatuer Hype Girl

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

Cheeseburger Basket - Burgerville

What are you easily swayed by?

Humor & Chocolate

What has been your favorite recent live show?

Ellie Goulding - Arlene Schnitzer Hall

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Zach Galifanakis

Tijani Stewart

Designer

Also a graduate of Portland State’s prestigious design program, Tijani is originally from Boston, Ma. where he earned a degree in psychology and environmental studies at Boston College. Tijani loves and excels in all aspects of digital and physical design. He has experience in everything from branding and logo design to screen printing and woodworking. His ability to bring fresh ideas and unique design approaches to every Murmur project is invaluable.

In his free time, Tijani enjoys snowboarding, bike riding, camping, craft beers, dirty blues, but spends most of his time cleaning and organizing his home.

Tijani Stewart

What’s your favorite tv show?

Game of Thrones

What’s your hidden talent?

Darts

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

3 x 3 Meal - In n’ Out Burger

What are you easily swayed by?

Pizza, burritos & a good joke

What has been your favorite recent live show?

The Barr Brothers - Doug fir

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Alison Brie

Tim Acock

Photographer

Over the past two decades Tim has worked in all aspects of the photography industry. Tim is obsessively detail oriented and uses every photo project as an opportunity to push the boundaries of accepted techniques in search of perfection. Tim has experience with all digital and film cameras. (Yup. All of them).

He is also is a photoshop and lightroom specialist. If Tim doesn’t get it right the first time, he’ll keep trying until he is dead (It’s our job to make sure he eats and drinks water between photographs).

Tim also has a stunning wife, two photogenic children, and plays a mean bass guitar.

Tim Acock

What’s your favorite tv show?

X-files

What’s your hidden talent?

I can make a lot of weird sounds

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

Bacon Cheeseburger - Burgerville

What are you easily swayed by?

My Children

What has been your favorite recent live show?

The Greenhorns At Dantes

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Justin Timberlake

Tristan MacInnes

Web Developer

All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
All play and no work makes Jack a mere toy.

Tristan will be the first to tell you, he’s pretty chill. What he will undoubtedly fail to mention is that he’s a programming wizard whose strict adherence to current coding standards and keen eye for design and usability means he builds some of the best and most reliable websites this side of the mississippi.

With 7+ years experience in web design and development, Tristan prides himself on his ability to maintain the highest standards of quality in the sites he builds. Tristan was not trained in Design at Portland State but he did study type, form, unity, balance, and more. Tristan is always seeking out new knowledge and technology to enhance Murmur’s abilities and offerings. Oh yeah, and he is pretty chill.

Tristan MacInnes

What’s your favorite tv show?

Rick and Morty

What’s your hidden talent?

Blacksmithing

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

Employees Choice - Big City Burrito

What are you easily swayed by?

Logos & wordplay

What has been your favorite recent live show?

Devotchka

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Milana Vayntrub

Jarrett Lenox

Web Developer

Jarrett studied computer science at UAH and has been building websites for over 15 years. In addition to being an excellent programmer, Jarrett is our inhouse tech support. Whether it be troubleshooting our wi-fi router or teaching clients how easy it is to manage their websites with WordPress, Jarrett is a patient teacher and a great asset.

In his freetime, Jarrett likes drinking craft beers, doing woodwork in his shop, and rebuilding bicycles.

 

Jarrett Lenox

What’s your favorite tv show?

Cops

What’s your hidden talent?

Baking Bread

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

2 or 3 single patty cheeseburgers

What are you easily swayed by?

10+ Year Old Whisky

What has been your favorite recent live show?

Lee Fields & the Expressions

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Gillian Anderson

Kylie McMinn

Community Manager

Kylie is an expert social media manager and brand builder. She has a keen knowledge of the web, and is always quick to learn new things. Kylie grew up in Connecticut and studied fine arts at St. Johns University in New York City and photography at the School of the International Center of Photography (also in NYC). Inspired by a friend who had recently moved to Portland, Kylie moved here in 2012 and fell in love with the city. She loves going hiking in the Columbia gorge, visiting galleries, and binge watching Netflix on rainy winter days.

Kylie McMinn

What’s your favorite tv show?

Game of Thrones

What’s your hidden talent?

Book-making

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

Anything from Taco Bell

What are you easily swayed by?

Champagne

What has been your favorite recent live show?

Opening night at Rev Hall was pretty awesome

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Jimmy Fallon

Fernando Cornelius

Studio Pup

Weighing in at 8.5 pounds, Fernando is a spirited lap dog with years of experience inspiring creatives, licking palms, and gnawing on various mouth-sized objects. Fernando has a nose for detail, and is quick to make friends. He’ll win you over with his precious face, warm eyes, and one floppy ear.

When he’s not at Murmur Creative, Fernando pursues his passion for nature. Fernando loves trees and shrubs (and anything that somewhat resembles a tree or shrub).

To see more of Fernando, follow him on Instagram @thats_so_fernando

Fernando Cornelius

What’s your favorite tv show?

Deadwood

What’s your hidden talent?

Doing the Bunny Hop

What’s your go-to fast-food order?

Doggy Cones - Dairy Queen

What are you easily swayed by?

Large expanses of grass

What has been your favorite recent live show?

Bahama Men

Who’s your celebrity crush?

Lassie