Hello There

I’m steve mahn, art director and designer, living in Brooklyn and working at Firstborn. I pride myself on my ability to craft stories and digital experiences for brands large and small. My approach to solving problems is deeply-rooted in strategy and collaboration. I believe the best work centers on a big idea, but without meticulous execution it will always fall short. I'm a slave to the details.

At the heart of it, I'm a classically trained graphic designer, a product of the Maryville University graphic design program and a proud midwesterner (born and raised). I like to think that a talented designer can work across any medium. One of my favorite things to do is get away from the computer and create things with my hands. I do my best to constantly learn and strive for more. I don't sleep as much as I should. When I do, I wake up and get to do what I love. Not a lot of people have the chance to say that, and I am very thankful.
I take free time very seriously. I love wandering aimlessly, taking photos with my girlfriend, Jess. She's one of the most creative people I've ever met and she pushes me to be better everyday. I play soccer a couple times a week. Many weekend mornings I can be found cheering on Arsenal Football Club and I'm also die hard Blues fan. This could be our year (fingers crossed). I'm an expert at setting off our smoke alarm. I enjoy a good couch nap. I fancy a nice scotch every once and while and I'm about to take a crack at brewing my first batch of beer. I'll let you know how it goes.
I love getting my hands dirty and I'm always up for freelance work. Reach out if you'd like to collaborate on something.

Photo Credit: Brandon Voges – Bruton Stroube