DSC_1111Ron Tinsley is a brand consultant, graphic designer and professor with 20+ years of experience in visual communications. He has a BFA in Graphic Design from The University of the Arts and a MA in Urban Studies from Eastern University. But would you also believe he grew up dodging bullets in North Philadelphia? Well, he did not. But still even under the harshest conditions, Ron developed his artistic skills through drawing on the street. He also loved to tell stories, some true and some fabricated. With the help of a local church and his mother’s example, he was the first in his family to graduate from college.

Fascinated with how people respond to narratives, he eventually realized the power of his own. As Ron has traveled the world as an ambassador and creative professional, he has seen first-hand the art of storytelling in diverse cultures: The Oromo in Ethiopia, the Dinka of Sudan, The Luo in Kenya, grandmothers in South Korea and even African American culture. Capturing imaginations through words and images is powerful.

Ron has lectured and taught undergraduate/graduate classes at Eastern University, Temple University and Camden Community College.

Using branding and design principles, Ron helps nonprofits, social enterprises and those brave enough to believe in change to find the stories that resonate with their audience. Research and design bring these stories to life. View one of his case studies.

So, how does branding and design intersect with life?

For the last 25 years, Ron has used the principles in branding and design to helping urban youth uncover the important truths in their own stories. Nonprofits call on him to function in advisory and teaching roles for small businesses, teachers, youth and youthworkers. Visit his blog to see what he is up to. For lighter fare, check out his biographical cartoon series based on his childhood and life experiences.

Our Consultants

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Krista Wieder has been a leader in the fields of education and community and economic development for over 15 years. She is a partner in the Kairos Development Group, a global consulting and business solutions firm that uses innovative, purposeful development strategies merging real estate development, project management, fundraising and impact investing with a focus on creating capacity and cultivating relationships. 

Krista holds a B.S. in Geography, with a focus in Urban and Regional Development from Pennsylvania State University and an MBA in Urban Economic Development from Eastern University. 

Consultants

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Rachel Stout is a skilled copywriter and editor with more than 9 years of professional experience. Rachel has worked with a wide variety of non-profit and for-profit organizations providing brand strategy consultation, creating and refining content for various industries and audiences.

Rachel’s areas of expertise include copywriting, content marketing, brand strategy and management, web content creation, advertising, and social media management. 

Rachel holds a B.A. in English from Grove City College and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from Westminster Theological Seminary.