Designing Monsters is now No Little Plans and based in New York City.

Designing Monsters

A small creative shop based in the beautiful Great Lakes State of Michigan. We build responsive websites and bring creative ideas to life.

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Current Endeavors

The Great Discontent

The Great Discontent — A journal on creativity, risk, and what connects us as artists.

Hipster Animals project

Hipster Animals — Tina’s currently drawing her way through the alphabet.

Recent Client Projects

Food Sense — branding + design + code

Crush + Lovely — design + front-end code — design + front-end code (w/ Dan Rubin)

Additional projects can be found at

The Team


Ryan Essmaker — Designer and front-end developer with a soft spot for good typography, responsive design, and well–written markup. In my spare time you can find me with camera in hand or strumming on the ole 6-string making sweet, sweet melodies. / Twitter


Tina Essmaker — Artist, writer, treasure hunter, and coffee hound. Buy me espresso and I’ll wield my copywriting skills to make you sound killer (as in, “Oh my god, everyone loves me now!”). Visit my personal site to read my blog and see my drawings. / Twitter

Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes youcome alive and go do it.Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. – H. Thurman