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The Team

Your creative agency partners believe in you.

Upswept Creative is a small-but-fierce branding and website design agency born in the heart of Portland, Oregon. Our chief weapons are brand and web design, backed up by wicked smart social media management—and we use these tools to help you discover the brand confidence you’ve been missing.

Our passion? Creating honest, authentic, and awesome design that fits you like a glove.

Team Upswept is based in Portland, and we strongly believe in working with and nurturing local talent. We’re ready to make our special kind of Portland brand design magic happen for you.

Sarah Giffrow - Creative Director + Benevolent Overlord Sarah Giffrow - Creative Director + Benevolent Overlord

Sarah Giffrow

Creative Director + Benevolent Overlord

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Sarah Giffrow

Creative Director + Benevolent Overlord

Sarah is the founder, creative director, and driving force behind Upswept Creative. If you’re working with us for any part of your brand or small business website design, her expertise will steer the process.

Favorite Sandwich: the one I’m eating RIGHT NOW. (or: grilled cheese and tomato with pesto.)
Dream Job When You Were 8 Years Old: Space ballerina scientist–it changed on a near-daily basis, so why not smash a bunch of jobs together?
Go-To Album/Playlist: The “Black Women to Listen To Instead of Kanye” playlist, OR the ultimate in cheesy 80’s tunes: Danger Zone radio.
Thing(s) You’ll Talk About Forever Even When Nobody Gets It: Roller derby, baking recipe hacks, why Michelle Yeoh is the queen of the universe, and just about anything Star Trek.
Thing(s) You Crave When You Feel Blah: Mac ‘n’ cheese. And not even the good kind–we’re talking the powdered-cheese, blue-box variety with cartoon pasta shapes.
(Not-so-)Secret Shame: I make up songs about my cat on the fly.
Arch-Nemesis: Comic Papyrus.

Emily Einolander - Project Manager Emily Einolander - Project Manager

Emily Einolander

Project Manager

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Emily Einolander

Project Manager

Emily has her finger on the pulse of what’s happening with our projects. She’ll be there to help you get on board with Upswept, make sure your questions go to the right people, and keep you up-to-date on whats happening with your project from start to finish.

Favorite Sandwich: anything with thick crusty bread, heavily pickled vegetables, and cured meats

Dream Job When You Were 8 Years Old: homesteader, paleontologist, or award-winning screenwriter, depending on the day

Go-To Album/Playlist: Early 2000s dance rock and the music of pretty much anyone considered a “diva”

Thing(s) You’ll Talk About Forever Even When Nobody Gets It: horror movies, astrology, the social dangers of grammar pedantry, and the importance of high-pass filters in sound editing

Thing(s) You Crave When You Feel Blah: creating a literal nest of pillows and blankets and watching one-star rated found-footage movies with my dog 

(Not-so-)Secret Shame: Rewatching Vine compilations

Arch-Nemesis: overuse of ellipses (and comma ellipses now??)

Anna Antic - Social Media Maven Anna Antic - Social Media Maven

Anna Antic

Social Media Maven

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Anna Antic

Social Media Maven

Anna’s here to make sense of your social media marketing. She’ll form a whip-smart plan, keep your newsletters fresh and your website humming, so you don’t have to waste your work day poking at Facebook. (… Unless you want to, that is.)

Favorite Sandwich: falafel for the open-minded; tempeh/lettuce/avocado/tomato on sourdough for the traditionalists
Dream Job When You Were 8 Years Old: a punk rock Dazzler moonlighting as a roller derby star
Go-To Album/Playlist: a tie between my Get Stoked workout playlist (featuring the likes of Kendrick Lamar, RuPaul, Andrew WK, and Dame D.O.L.L.A.) and the hopefully self-explanatory “No Van Hagar” playlist
Thing(s) You’ll Talk About Forever Even When Nobody Gets It: arcane basketball trivia and statistics (including my case for Damian Lillard for mayor of Portland), the neuroscience of yoga and meditation, my dogs
Thing(s) You Crave When You Feel Blah: uninterrupted reading time with my dogs napping on my lap
(Not-so-)Secret Shame: ’70s TV crime dramas
Arch-Nemesis: Reggie Miller




Trusted Co-Conspirators

Kelley Gardiner - Copywriter and Editor Kelley Gardiner - Copywriter and Editor

Kelley Gardiner

Copywriter and Editor

Lover of snappy CTAs, manatees, and good vegetarian dining.

Rebekah Markillie - Copywriter and Editor Rebekah Markillie - Copywriter and Editor

Rebekah Markillie

Copywriter and Editor

A zine enthusiast with strong opinions about gaming.

Zergling - Dapper Kitty Familiar Zergling - Dapper Kitty Familiar

Zergling

Dapper Kitty Familiar

Always hungry, never poorly dressed.




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