WHO WE ARE

More than thirty years ago, Jane Tilka imagined a studio with designers who shared a passion for the creative possibilities of graphic design. Not much has changed. Tilka Design, a communication design firm focused on developing branded identity systems, serves its client by leading brand research and analysis then creating branded visual identity systems that engage and motivate. Our clients are often long-lasting relationships, and as a result, brand potential is realized.


Find Tilka Design’s studio space in the second floor of a parking garage (no kidding) at the corner of Tenth and Marquette, downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. A visit to the studio is an ideal way to imagine working with us. Daily, our designers enjoy a light-filled workspace where clients discuss strategy, make plans, and critique concepts. At Tilka Design art and business share the same space.

OUR STUDIO


 

SELECT CLIENTS: PAST & PRESENT

American Diabetes Association
American Institute of Architects Minnesota
American Nature Photography Workshops
American Swedish Institute
Animal Humane Society
Best & Flanagan
Best Buy
Blake School
Borgert Products
Breck School
Brookfield Properties
Chamber Music Society of Minnesota
St. Catherine's University
Community Reinvestment Fund, USA
Crown Bank
First Advantage Bank
Franklin Partners, Inc.
Free Spirit Publishing
Gold Medal Park
Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota
Greene Espel
Hazelden
HGA
IDS Center

Imation
Interest for Others Foundation
Jungle Theatre
LFE Capital
Lucia's Restaurant
Lurie
MB Artists
MacPhail Center for Music
May River Capital
Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy
Minneapolis Crisis Nursery
Minnesota Department of Health & Human Services
Minnesota Historical Society
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Minnesota Opera
Minnesota Women's Economic Roundtable
MSP Communications
Northern Pacific Group
ReedTech
Ryan Companies
Sawmill Private Management, Inc.

St. Paul Area Council of Churches
St. Thomas Academy
Scholarship America
Science Museum of Minnesota
Select Comfort
Smead
Target
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
– Center for Bioethics
– Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
– Law School
University of Minnesota, Morris
U.S. Bank
U.S. Trust
Werc Werk Works
Whitebox Advisors
Wold Architects and Engineers
YA Architecture

 

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

Communication Arts
"Six Secrets of Highly Effective Graphic Design Marketers," 2015

Advertising Federation of Minnesota “The Show”, 1991

American Corporate Identity
7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 18, 19

AIGA Graphic Design USA: 14, 1992

AIGA “One-Color and Two-Color” Competition, 1992 

AIGA Minnesota Design Show of Excellence  1992, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2004 (Green Leaf Award), 2008, 2010, 2014

AXIOM Business Book Awards, 2010

DESI 16 Awards, 1993

College of Visual Arts Leaders of Design Series WOMN: Women in Minnesota Design, 2011

Folio Awards
Best magazine marketing materials, 2011


 

Graphis
“Letterhead 5”, 2001

HarperCollins
“The Big Book of New Design Ideas”, 2003

Hearst Books International
“Letterheads Gone Digital”, 1998
“The Big Book of Corporate Identity Design”, 2001


HOW Magazine’s International Design Competition 1992, 1996, 1998

HOW’s Self-Promotion Annual, 1995

International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) 

International Engraved Graphics Association  2000, 2007

NAIOP Award
“Best Overall Campaign”, 1994

North Light Books
“How to Break into Product Design”, 1998

 



 

MINNESOTA MAGAZINE
& PUBLICATIONS ASSOCIATION

2009—Gold: Best Media Kit Best Table of Contents, Best Technical Article; Silver: Overall Excellence

2010—Gold: Best Feature Article, Best Regular Column; Silver: Best Single Cover; Bronze: Overall Excellence

2011—Gold: Best Editor's Note, Best Cover Design, Best Single Topic Issue;
Silver: Overall Excellence

2012—Gold: Best How to Article, Overall Design; Overall Excellence

2013—Gold: Overall Design;
Bronze: Overall Excellence

2014—Gold: Profile Article, Cover Design, Overall Design; Bronze: Overall Excellence

2015—Gold: Cover Design, Overall Design; Silver: Profile Article, Overall Excellence

Print Magazine
“Best Letterhead & Business Cards 3”, 1994
"Best T-Shirt Promotions", 1992
"Best T-Shirt Promotions 2", 1995


 

Print Magazine’s Hand Drawn Illustration Competition, 2010

Print Magazine’s Regional Design Annual
1989, 1991, 1994, 2005

Printing Industries of America Inc. 
1999 (National Gold Award)

Rockport Publishers
“1000 Bags, Tags, and Labels”, 2006
“Best of Business Card Design 2”, 1996
“Great T-Shirt Graphics”, 1993
“Letterhead & Logo Design 9”, 2005
“Shopping Bag Design”, 1994
“The Best of Brochure Design II”, 1994


University of Chicago Press
“Fashion and its Social Agendas”, 2000

University of Minnesota Press
“Here by Design”, 2001

Women in Communications (WIC)