Sandbox Studio is a swift and exacting operation specializing in branding, strategy, design, and development, breaking ground in all conceivable mediums. We seek collaborative relationships with other like-minded thinkers and innovators. If this sounds like you, let’s have a chat and find a way to effect change for the better.


  • Brand Strategy
  • Content Strategy
  • Information Architecture
  • User Experience
  • Animation
  • Identity Systems
  • Illustration
  • Information Visualization
  • Photography
  • Back-End Development
  • Front-End Development
  • Interface Design
  • Responsive & Mobile Design
    Print Media
  • Branded Materials
  • Environments
  • Marketing Collateral
  • Publications

Partial client list

  • Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron
  • Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
  • ITER Organization
  • U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science
  • Elmhurst College
  • Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology
  • University of Chicago
  • Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
  • Bobolink Foundation
  • See Chicago Dance
  • Women’s Global Education Project
  • River North Dance Chicago
  • Advanced Photon Source at Argonne
  • Chicago Innovation Exchange
  • Optio Labs
  • Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation

In the Studio

Michael Branigan, partner

Never hesitant to get his hands dirty, Michael will dig into resource materials, learning from every detail. From there, he runs. Michael leads the way in the search for projects, manages design and production, and is responsible for the creative avenue taken. Michael has been heavily involved in science communication for over a decade and is frequently commissioned by research institutions and science organizations around the world.

Matt Stone, partner

A strategist, problem solver, and technical cartographer. Matt finds his way through his projects via meticulous attention to each element in play. Focused primarily on interactive projects for colleges and other institutions of learning, Matt is responsible for the planning, creative direction, and management of Sandbox’s interactive arm. With two decades of experience working and collaborating within educational communication strategy, Matt is adept at finding solutions that harmoniously integrate within existing infrastructures.

Brad Nagle

Brad excels in the building of new systems and finding the best technical solution. He’s also the calm after the storm. A creative technician, Brad brings clarity, coherence, and consistency to Sandbox’s identity creation, branding, and design.

Aaron Grant

A pillar of Sandbox for over a decade, Aaron is the problem solvers’ Bodhi tree, the solution generator, the humble expert who ensures the highest levels of quality. With technical and artistic skills that will forever compete for supremacy, Aaron maintains a leadership role in all things Sandbox.

Sandy Sadler

In the high-design realm of Sandbox, having a professional who can manage the finances and solve administrative problems is a necessity beyond comparison. With a background in textile design, Sandy has become the studio’s ballast, dependable to the end.

A team of

  • Strategists
  • Graphic Designers
  • Content Strategists
  • Information Architects
  • Front-End Developers
  • Wordpress Developers
  • Drupal Developers
  • Copy Writers
  • Illustrators
  • Project Managers