We are a unique blend of philosophers, artists, educators, musicians, scientists, and poets

We live, eat, and breathe UX, technology, analytics and marketing. Creativity and strategy is not squeezed from us, but rather it pours out of us (e.g. some of our pets are named Elly Jelly Belly, Lila, Leroy, Jack, Fritzi, Missy Elliecat, Mia, Crixus, Lulu, Chuppie, Snowy, Stormy, Daddy Cat and Daisy). We don’t simply make creative things; we are creative people and compelling storytellers. We have that unique talent to spark a conversation and build a connection. So no matter what challenge you give us, we’ll take ownership of it, and we don’t give up. We call this our “warrior spirit,” one of three core values.

Curious where the name Sandstorm came from? (It was Sandy’s nickname in college) 

We have pets named:
Elly, Lila, Leroy, Jack, Ruthie, Lucille, Hank, Norman, Riley, Fritzi, Spike, Sugar, Missy Elliecat, Louie, Bailey, Mia, Crixus and Ziggy.

Our mission is to do good work for good people, and our 3 core values guide us every step of the way

/1/ Warrior Spirit

We are chronic problem-solvers, collaborators, and champions of one another. We persevere. We are architects of client success stories that begin with the words "yes, and..." We’re on a never-ending crusade to bring great ideas to fruition by bringing out the best in each other. Here respect is not just a philosophy — it’s a lifestyle.

/2/ Learning and Sharing

We pride ourselves on being lifelong learners with insatiable appetites for new perspectives and sharing ideas. Active listeners whose curiosities are never in short supply, we believe you don’t have to be bad to get better! Sandstormers spend 500+ hours each year learning and exploring new technologies, best practices in usability, and digital marketing trends.

/3/ Have Fun!

There’s no getting around it. We take fun pretty seriously here. We take laughter with our morning coffee, and we know that some of the best ideas come from giving our inner-selves a place to explore and play. The joy we derive from what we do is contagious, and it's one of the reasons why our clients love working with us so much. 

Sandstormers bring a range of interests, personality traits, and life experiences to the office, our clients, and our work

We asked our team, "If you woke up tomorrow as an animal, what animal would you want to be?" Roll over our photos to see what they said!

Sandy Marsico
Sandy
founder & CEO
unicorn
Mike Marsico
Mike
Director of Finance
Eagle
Alma Meshes
Alma
Executive Assistant
Llama
Janna Fiester
Janna
Vice President of UX and Brand Innovation
A cat. I would be able to do anything when I want and how I want with an I do not care attitude.
Costume Contest
On Halloween we dress up and get a half day off
Sue Mino
Sue
CFO
Stingray
Nick Meshes
Nick
Director of Analytics & Technology
Tardigrade - I'd be effectively immortal.
Amanda Heberg
Amanda
Director, Business Integration
Elephant
Andy Cullen
Andy
Senior Engineer & Team Lead
Eagle
Karen Bartuch
Karen
Director, Strategy and Research
Some kind of bird so I can fly.
Andrea Wood
Andrea
Managing Director
Lightning bug
Nathan Haas
Nathan
User Interface Art DIrector
Giraffe
Jason Dabrowski
Jason
Production Designer
a housecat
Emily
Web Strategy Director
Otter
Alicia Newland
Alicia
Account Director
A dolphin
Sean Fuller
Sean
Technology Director
Dolphin
Jeff Umbricht
Jeff
Sr. Developer
Cat
Joe Ruel, Front End Developer at Sandstorm Design
Joe
Front End Developer
It would be cool to be a blue whale and literally not worry about anything because of how big I would be.
guac off
annual guacamole contest
the winner takes the coveted "el champion" award
Patrick Schreiber Full Stack Engineer, Sandstorm®
Patrick
Full Stack Engineer
A crow or a gibbon monkey
Eric Savage, JavaScript Developer, Sandstorm®
Eric
JavaScript Developer
A Narwhal
Bill Kurland, Copywriter
Bill
Copywriter
My cat Norm, just to see why he's so upset all the time.
Terribeth
QA Analyst
Eagle - so I could fly and soar above the mountains
Cindy
UX Architect
A pink dolphin
Nick
.NET Developer
A dog or a cat. At least there would be a chance I could still live in a house...
Abbey
Digital Strategist
A dog, and specifically my family dog. He has quite the pampered life.
Have Fun
We're on a boat!
Tracie
Senior Digital Strategist
Black Panther
warrior spirit
volunteering in the community
Awa
Senior Brand Strategist
A frog. They are way underrated, but they are not afraid to take a leap and always lend on their feet.
Mel
Digital Strategist & Support Lead
Cat
James Wynne
James
UX Director
Yellow Lab

Honors and recognition that humble us

Inner City Top 100
Chicago's 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For
Top 50 Chicago Gen Y Employer

Thanks to our incredible (and inspiring) clients, we get to build amazing user experiences every single day.