Where have we been? What have we done?

NowDesign was started over 10 years ago as a way to stay sane while working for someone else. In 2007 we decided to start working for ourselves, and have been busy since. Today the company focuses on print, packaging, and identity work. We are lucky to have many clients in the wine industry, higher education, as well as the non-profit and general business sectors.

  • Some Clients

    Arborbrook Winery
    Archery Summit
    Artisan Custom Homes
    Bella Vida Vineyards
    Coeur de Terre Vineyards
    Crush Creative Packaging
    Dobbes Family Estate

  • Domaine Drouhin
    East Fork Winery
    Glockenspiel Restaurant
    Grant Construction
    Lefty’s Blues Club
    Mt. Angel Abbey
    Oregon State University
    Salem Art Association
  • Salem Gastroenterology
    Salem Hospital
    Salem Hospital Foundation
    Stayton Pharmacy
    Stoller Vineyard
    Trinity Vineyards
    Wine By Joe
    Willamette University

Biography / Resumé

NowDesign Creative Services was formed over 10 years ago as a way to provide high quality design services to clients without the need for a middle-man. Big studios and agencies have, by necessity, a staff of people to manage projects, and another team of people to provide the creative. At NowDesign, those people are all wrapped up into one nice neat package with a bow. That’s because NowDesign is owned, operated, and managed by one person… Chris Noud.

In 1992, Chris graduated from Oregon State University with a BFA and a desire to take over the world with the persuasive powers of graphic design. Realizing, he didn’t know enough to succeed in that endeavor right off the bat, he worked for various design studios in Corvallis, Portland and Salem. Chris ended up spending several years as the Creative Director for Willamette University, a private Tier One Liberal Arts college located in Salem, Oregon.

After working for others for 15 years, and seeing how studios run – some run well, some run poorly – Chris decided he could run a design business as poorly as the next guy, so he jumped ship and has remained self sufficient for 3 full years.

NowDesign has had the good fortune to make some great alliances over the years, and Chris has found himself working in the Great Oregon Wine Industry more and more. He didn’t initially set his sites on this particular industry, that would have required forethought and solid planning! No, instead, by the grace of good friends, an unnatural work ethic and solid referrals, Chris and NowDesign have found their niche.