August Creative is women-owned &Ā operated.

MeetĀ longtime creative partners Mychal Handley & Danielle Ruse.

Mychal Handley


As co-founder and Creative Director for August's web and graphic design projects, Mychal loves using design to break down complex ideas and processes into accessible images and experiences. She is passionate about sharing information and resources and is constantly seeking out creative ways to present ideas to diverse audiences.

Mychal's favorite projects include partnering with mission-based, Black and POC led organizations and businesses who work to impact their communities for the better. She has more recently set her focus on accessibility and is working to incorporate accessible design into every new project. Her fresh eye and playful aesthetic can be channeled in a multitude of directions and have aided her in the creation of dozens of websites and designs for small businesses, community organizations, service providers and government agencies throughout Washington state.

Photo by Giselle Gabrielle Garcia

Danielle Ruse


Danielle is a communications advisor in the greater South Puget Sound and a longtime resident and arts advocate in Olympia, WA. Currently Danielle chairs the City of Olympia PBIA downtown business advisory board, is treasurer of Window Seat Media, a nonprofit that works to amplify community stories on the margin, and serves on the Board for the Olympia Artspace Alliance.

Danielle is passionate about Public Policy and citizen engagement, and is a 2020 candidate for her Masters in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College. She'll work closely with your organization during your project in scheduling your annual communications, putting together wireframes and content architecture, and keeping your project on time and on track.

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