Our Story

Dowitcher Designs, Inc. was established by Amber Wallace and Jill Kingdon in Santa Barbara, California in 2006.

Our clients include small businesses, large national and international corporations and non-profits. Our team has a combined 45+ years in the web, software and communications industries, with both solid educational foundations and practical, real-world experience. Our experience spans branding strategy, teaching, web and graphic design, programming, marketing, search engine optimization, social media, usability and more. We find solutions best suited for each client, and can use the latest technology to provide the best possible foundation for success.

Dowitcher Designs is accredited by the Better Business Bureau with a score of “A+”.

Our Philosophy

Dowitcher Designs is a proud advocate for the environment. The name of the company is inspired by the owners’ love of nature—particularly California’s beaches and shorebirds. We use 100% recycled paper for all printed marketing materials and office prints. We encourage the use of high-quality recycled materials, double-sided printing, and provide and support sustainable options for all of our clients. We also provide web hosting powered by servers using renewable energy.

We have built strong relationships throughout the community, and our team provides services to and volunteers with a number of local non-profits. We provide a non-profit discount, and enjoy participating in the growth and witnessing the success of organizations that help our communities.

We value open communication, both with our clients and our team. We can work with clients through any step of our process, including Strategy, Design, Development, Marketing, and Analysis. If we cannot help you, we are happy to refer you to someone who can. We value building long-lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with our clients.

Meet the Team

Amber Wallace, CEO

Amber Wallace, CEO, has a degree in Creative Studies and a background in written and visual communications. She works with clients on strategic web planning and development to create an effective, on-brand web presence and complimentary marketing materials. She is co-editor of AfroGEEKS: Beyond the Digital Divide and is the PR and Marketing Chair of the National Association of Women Business Owners, Santa Barbara. She also serves as the head of Social Media and Web Marketing for the Santa Barbara Women’s Festivals, is on the Advisory Board for Santa Barbara City College’s Media Arts and Technology (MAT) program, is on the Executive Committee for the Santa Barbara Equality Project, and teaches Web Marketing Applications and Search Engine Marketing through UCSB Extension.

kingdon-headshot-web2Jill Kingdon, COO

Jill Kingdon, COO, graduated with a degree in art (with honors) from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she fused painting and digital media to create elaborate artwork from large format digital print to paintings and custom vinyl cuts. She was awarded ‘Best in Show’ at the University Art Museum undergraduate show. With a background as a pre-production manager at a Santa Barbara print shop and a lead designer at a telecommunications company, she has an in-depth understanding of the printing and design worlds. She uses these skills to create and manage design and branding solutions suitable for web and print. Jill is a graduate of the Women’s Economic Ventures SET program, and runs the day-to-day operations of Dowitcher Designs.

Lyn Peyok, Lead Creative

With a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts at Michigan State University, a background in marketing, skills in copywriting, and experience in web design and front-end development, Lyn Peyok enjoys wearing many hats. One of her favorite parts of her job is writing CSS styles for the websites she builds with her teammates at Dowitcher Designs.

hp-head-shotHanna Lopez Petrini, Graphic Designer

Originally from Sweden, Hanna decided to leave the north about 3 years ago to study Graphic Design here in California. Hanna graduated from Santa Barbara City College in the Spring of 2014 with certificates in Media Arts and Graphic Design. Hanna loves living in Santa Barbara and enjoys spending time in nature, drawing and doodling, and all the amazing food local restaurants have to offer.

po-head-shot-150Pernilla Ojergren, Graphic Designer

Pernilla moved to Santa Barbara in the spring of 2010 from Sweden to attend school. She recently graduated with degrees in Graphic Design and Multimedia Arts from Santa Barbara City College. Her favorite part of design is combining a variety typography, textures and colors to create a unique style tailored to each client. In her downtime she loves to flip through books or Pinterest in search of things that might inspire her.

so-head-shotSara Ovadia, Digital Marketing Strategist

A Santa Barbara native, Sara attended Columbia University where she majored in Philosophy and 20th century American History. After graduating Sara pursued her dream of becoming a professional golfer, competing for 3 years on the Symetra Tour. Currently, she is working towards a professional marketing certification at UCSB Extension while conducting online marketing research and writing social media content for Dowitcher Designs.

… and others!

We maintain a core team of marketing professionals, designers, and programmers, as well as a larger flexible team in and around the Santa Barbara area. While we can work virtually, all of our team members are available to meet on-site at our office in Santa Barbara.