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ML+A is a Chicago-based design agency where design drives everything we do. From simple logos to national campaigns, we channel the twin powers of form and function to inspire love at first sight between consumers and companies.   

Our small, dedicated team represents a wide array of experience from across the creative spectrum. And since every one of us lives and breathes design, we know just how to use it to breathe new life into your brand.

Our Recent Works

Ruby Bridges

Town Hall Event

World Card

One World. One Card.
Onboarding toolkit for T Mobile accounts payable


Onboarding Toolkit

Book Cover Design

Say something about books

Discover Card Collections

A new approach for an old problem.


Booth Display and Marketing

Survive and Thrive

A Guide for Restaurateurs
Show card for the new formations exhibition at the Catherine Edelman gallery

New Formations

Catherine Edelmen Gallery

About Us

We’ve specialized in designing for the financial sector for more than 35 years, working within every segment of the industry.

Extensive industry knowledge: Our experience runs the gamut from consumer banking, investment firms and venture capital groups to corporate and consumer credit cards. Fortune 500 Clients: Our client roster includes Citibank, Fidelity, Diners Club and Discover. Our cross-media campaigns have yielded profitable results for all of them. Global Campaign Experience: We’ve created communications for markets in Asia, Europe and Latin America, so we’re adept at designing for multiple languages and cultural viewpoints.

The images we craft connect with viewers in an instant. Each word we write speaks to every reader. Simply put, we deliver communications that evoke emotion and motivate action.

Consulting: Expertise that gets results.


Concept Generation: No more blank canvases.


Copy Writing: Our words paint a thousand pictures.

Design + Layout: Visuals that attract the eye and the audience.

Art Direction: Creative decisions with total precision.

Digital Production: Build a website, construct an email, dominate the Internet.

We apply our design touch across all of these touch points. Don’t see what you need on the list? Let’s talk about how to make it happen.

Branding: Identity | Logos | Icons | Style Guides


Collateral: Brochures | Sell Sheets | Statement Inserts |
Direct Mail/Self-Mailers



Digital: Email Campaigns | Social Media Ads + Posts | Websites | Web Banners


Print: Print Advertising | Posters | Trade Show +
Conference Banners

Our People


Michael Lee


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


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.


Maria Piller


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.

Our Clients

Michael Lee & Associates

1011 N. Winchester

Chicago, IL 60622


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