About Us

Athena Design collaborates with a group of trusted programming and creative experts to bring together the perfect team for each project.

Athena Design is a boutique creative design and digital agency, opened in 2009 and based in Sebastopol, California. We work with both agencies and clients direct.

We creat identity and branding systems, websites, packaging, publication designs, and environmental graphics for a wide range of clients. Known for creating beautifully crafted, thoughtfully designed websites and graphics, we also value working with good people for good causes.

Grammy/The Recording Academy

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Alumni Voting Member

Art Center College of DesignArt Center College of Design
Alumni Council


What our clients say

Creating the visual design of a new website for the Music Academy of the West presented many challenges, including attending and responding to the individual aesthetic tastes of seven managers, expressing the character of our campus and the distinguished history of this institution, and anticipating the preferences of various user groups. It seems that you succeeded on all counts. The site is beautiful and dignified (but certainly not stuffy). It is a pleasure to look at and use. Furthermore, you were wonderful to work with: calm, attentive, creative, flexible, and generous. Thank you for both for a successful product and an enjoyable process.

Susan Gwynne
Vice President for Marketing & Communications
Music Academy of the West

Performing Arts Center and School

Website Design and UX

We were seeking a brand new website on a very short deadline, and Ginny Laughlin delivered excellent results on all fronts. She carefully listened to our ideas and was able to incorporate all of our needs and wishes into a beautiful and dynamic site. Ginny's attention to detail is evident in her highly polished and well thought-out concepts. Even with very compressed timelines, Ginny provided us with an attractive and user-friendly website, and spent time teaching our team how to modify and maintain the site. We are very appreciative of Ginny's hard work, creativity, responsiveness, and her wonderful demeanor. It was a pleasure doing business with Athena Design.

Ryan Ernst
Direct of Marketing
Green Music Center

Performing Arts Center

Website Design and UX

2012-2014 Seasons 
Marketing Communications

Environmental Signage

We cannot thank you enough for your brilliant design work and web development work. We have gotten countless compliments for the clean and concise design of the website – how easy it is to maneuver around, how well things are laid out, and just flat out–how nice the website looks. We at The Nature Conservancy thank you for working so closely with us as we entered content and had questions and last minute changes.

Sally Liu
Conservation Scientist
The Nature Conservancy

Environmental Conservation

Website Design and UX

We truly don’t know what we’d do without Athena Design. We depend on them for all of our online marketing needs, from designing and maintaining our Web site, to designing our eNewsletter and eAppeals, to advising us on online trends, and more — and we are always pleased with the technical expertise, creativity, business savvy and follow through.


Sheri Cardo
Director of Communications
Sonoma Land Trust

Land Conservation


Environmental Signage

Website Design

Over the last year Ginny shaped the design environment for The Language Flagship, a vanguard government program. The design for our new website is professional, forward moving, and sleek. We consistently receive compliments! Ginny excels at taking a vision and executing it in a creative, compelling way. When I think of Ginny, I think of quality. She is committed to delivering the very best.

Stacia Falat
Program Officer
National Security Education Program

Language Training for Global Professionals

Website Design and UX


Marketing Communications

Ginny Laughlin’s excellent eye, appealing design sense, and responsive communication are an asset to any project team. Having worked with Ginny on several projects, I can honestly say that each effort turned out better than expected thanks to her involvement. While she was always open to client feedback, Ginny tactfully guided our design choices based on her years of experience in marketing and visual communication.

Aimee Crawford
Project Manager
Prunuske Chatham Environmental Consulting

Environmental Consulting

Website Design and UX