What We Do


Our inspirations range from strategic research to pop culture to the world outside our windows.


We write things the way we’d want to read them, and say a lot with just a few words.


We believe that design is its own language, and we make sure ours speaks to everyone.

Who We Are

  • Michael Lee
    Michael Lee President/Owner

    He’s not bossy, he’s just the boss.

    Started this agency 36 years ago. Never looked back. Turned impressive fine art skills into a booming design business that thrives on the demands of Fortune 500 companies. Likes transforming complex products into simple, arresting design. Resident expert on typography, cartel biographies, and how to make great pesto. Loves our clients, and they love him back—enough to even invite him to their weddings.

  • Lana Lee
    Lana Lee Chief Creative Officer

    Mover. Shaker. Creative Motivator.

    Raised on the mean streets of Hinsdale. Schooled on the fancy streets of Paris. Spent 15 years developing next-level design skills in the capital of global fashion. Now delivering a fresh perspective to the world of digital design. Left brain/right brain balanced, partial to Skittles and generally tasting the rainbow. Execution-focused and solution-oriented—that’s business-ese for gets the job done and makes your job easier.

  • Josiah Hazel
    Josiah Hazel Senior Designer

    Wielder of design magic.

    First started designing with Legos. Basically hasn’t stopped since. Launched his design career at a number of tech startups, then brought that spirit of innovation to ML+A. Once worked as a marketer, so he REALLY gets strategy. Once worked as an ironworker and was given the nickname “Sweet Pea.” Started a band called Settling Houses, so you can rock to his tunes while he rocks your layout.

  • Maria Piller
    Maria Piller Senior Copywriter

    Grammar fan, Oxford comma agnostic.

    First gig was writing Internet quizzes. Moved to ad copy when it was time for a real job. Wrote for agencies small, medium and large, but not until ML+A did she find one just right. Idea conceptor, detailed editor, latte addict. Author of a children’s book called “Marvin the Fat Horse.” While she waits for it to become a bestseller, she’s publishing great works for our clients.

  • Betty Knox
    Betty Knox Bookkeeper

    Captain of our financial ship.

    Has kept our finances looking shipshape since day one. Detail stickler, numbers wizard, currency confidant. Insists on the books balancing perfectly—not a dime off. Gets our bills paid on time, our paychecks cut, and handles the fun stuff like insurance and the IRS. Makes time to travel the globe from Antarctica to Iceland, but always returns to help us stay on course.

    Who We Do It For