Marc has worked in a variety of markets including consumer goods, B2B, not-for-profit, finance and technology. As a veteran Creative Director, he has worked on brands such as 3M, Anaren, Blizzard Entertainment, Bristol-Meyers Squibb, Dummies Brand, EMS Technologies, Food Bank of Central New York, Ingersoll Rand, Saab-Sensis, The Salvation Army, Welch Allyn and Würth to name a few.

In addition to developing thoughtful solutions for brand identity, digital and print communications, Marc has designed solutions for mobile applications, email marketing, social media and digital interactive software. His experience includes more than two decades managing a design firm collaborating with clients and creative teams on multi-tiered campaigns with budgets ranging from thousands to millions of dollars.

He has been named as a person to watch by Graphic Design USA and garnered industry attention throughout his career from AIGA, American Advertising Federation, American Corporate Identity, Behance, HOW, Print, Graphis, LogoLounge, Rebrand, Rockport Publishers, The Big Book Of Logos, UCDA and many others.

As a public speaker on design and branding at the intersection of business, he has spoken at AIGA events, creative conferences, as well as business conferences, universities and design schools around the country.

A classically trained design thinker, Marc has studied design, advertising and photography, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from State University of New York at Fredonia. Marc is also a Professor of Practice of Communications Design at Syracuse University School Of Design.

Outside of work, he enjoys family, cars, making cocktails, cooking and the outdoors. He rides a vintage Honda motorcycle that's perfect for touring around the Finger Lakes.


Marc has recieved certifications as a Design Thinking practioner. As an active contributor on Enterprise Design Thinking engagements. He helps bring real-world user outcomes to life by growing collaboration skills and finding opportunities to lead teams to functional solutions.


Marc Stress

Managing Partner, Creative Director


Addy Awards 6X
AIGA Centennial
American Design Award 2X
Behance Logo
CASE Silver
GDUSA People To Watch
GDUSA Award 12x
Graphis Branding
Graphis Poster
Logo Lounge 3X
Print Regional Winner
Rebrand 100
WordPress Showcase