At Stout, our mission is to continually push the boundaries of creative thought, expand the definition of design, and find balance between what is beautiful and what works.

Our approach is deliberate, yet intuitive. We’re willing to take creative risks, but we like to do things smart. We’re experienced, yet always learning. We do not create work to win awards, but we still manage to win them. Some might say that we are fraught with contradictions. We prefer to think of it as giving our clients the best of all worlds.

About Us

Stout is a newly formed studio led by Brian Gunderson and Ryan Meis. Visual thinkers from design and illustration backgrounds, they applied their craft in leading advertising agencies, learning the art of story from some of the best people in the business.

Whether it’s through art direction, design or illustration, they both aspire to create work that is distinctive and compelling. This common thread has brought them together and now propels them forward.

Brian Gunderson

Brian began his career at Templin Brink Design in San Francisco where he played an integral role in setting the tone of this influential studio. While there, he created work for a very diverse clientele including Oracle, Target, and Apple. He then moved to Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, directing creative and heading up design for Hewlett Packard, Netflix & Haagen Dazs to name a few. More recently, Brian was a founding creative of Mullen San Francisco, helping it grow while working on Google, JetBlue, and Grey Goose. Outside the studio, you’ll find Brian spending time with his family or on a road bike somewhere in the Marin Headlands.

Ryan Meis

Ryan began his career at Hatch Design in San Francisco, working with clients such as Coca-Cola, Starbucks, and Apple. He then became an Art Director at Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and for 2 years lead the design efforts for Hewlett Packard. In 2007, he and his wife Sarah founded Lab Partners, an illustration studio based in Oakland. For the past six years they have created work for a wide range of national and international clients. Born in Japan, Ryan spent his childhood traveling all around the world, living in places like The Netherlands, Germany, and Hawaii. To this day he remains passionate about traveling, and during his downtime you might find he and his wife exploring a new locale or hanging out at home with their three cats.


Our ideal client relationship: Listen, collaborate, play fair and do amazing work.

When you work with Stout, we’ve got your back. We have the chops to manage clients both large and small. Our experience is broad. And our portfolio is full of projects that got results.

We think the best work comes from a close client partnership, and a strong basis of trust. And while our work is unconventional, our process is refreshingly uncomplicated.

Grounded in thoughtfulness, craft and humanity, we produce creative that connects on a personal level. Creating that elusive something that causes a brand to cast all others in its shadow.


Stout is ready, willing and extremely able to tackle projects ranging in scope from boutique-style packaging to massive multi-media blitzes. Our client experience is vast and varied, and includes small upstarts, large corporations and ad agencies.

  • Acura
  • Adidas
  • Apple
  • BBDO
  • California Milk Processor Board
  • Chevrolet
  • Coca-Cola
  • Comcast
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia
  • Dell
  • Discover Card
  • Dreyers
  • Evolution Bureau
  • Facebook
  • Goodby, Silverstein & Partners
  • Google
  • Grey Goose
  • Häagen-Dazs
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Ingrid & Isabel
  • JetBlue
  • Mullen
  • Netflix
  • Pepsi Co.
  • Revl
  • Starbucks
  • SquareTrade
  • Target
  • Virgin America
  • Williams-Sonoma


New Business

Enough about us. Now we’d like to hear all about you. Please contact us at and let us know how we can help.


Do you love design more than cupcakes? If so, we’d love to see your work. Stout is always on the lookout for talented people who are as passionate about creating great work as we are. Send us your resume and portfolio to