August Creative is women-owned & operated.

Meet longtime creative partners Mychal Handley & Danielle Ruse.

Mychal Handley, Creative Director

(she/her)

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, MPA, Project Manager

(she/her)

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 received 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, focusing on your capacity building goals, and keeping your project on time and on track.

Reid Corzatt, Content Strategy

(he/him)

A skilled writer, copyeditor and developmental editor, Reid works as an independent contractor for our nonprofit and government projects.

Reid is dedicated to accessible content design and capacity building for our clients. He'll work closely with your organization from your discovery session to final revision, developing high-performing content through storytelling and competitive market research.

Reid is also a life-long reader and former bookseller that loves language and etymology. He holds an advanced editing certificate from the University of Chicago–ask him about his unique passion for Hungarian literature and translation and his developmental editing work.

Photo by Giselle Gabrielle Garcia

Trevor Plate, Quality Assurance

(he/him)

Trevor is a detail-oriented task-manager and quality assurance tester that makes our work sparkle. Trevor acts behind the scenes on each of our projects, running through an arduous checklist of accessibility requirements and combing through our work with a fine-toothed comb.

Trevor's is a highly skilled tester that centers his work in storytelling and clear communication.

Passionate about community engagement and financial literacy, Trevor provides financial training and education for migrants in King County through a non-profit organization. He is also an inspired creator and poet, and regularly shares his work in the Puget Sound.

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