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As Bring’s founding partners, and multi-skilled hands-on designers, Jan and Jef work seamlessly to develop strategic solutions in visual communications for corporations, schools, foundations and museums in the Midwest and across the U.S.A.

Their careers have included long-term relationships and significant assignments for Fortune 100 corporations and major cultural institutions, working with clients like Allstate, Boeing, PepsiCo, Tenneco, Shedd Aquarium, Chicago Botanic Garden, Freedom Museum, Chicago Public Schools and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Their work has earned accolades from Graphis, Print, Communication Arts, Triad, Nicholson, LACP (League of American Communications Professionals) and ARC (MerComm Annual Report Competition). Before teaming up to form Bring in 2009, Jan and Jef served for two decades as principals of Chicago’s Meta4 Design, Inc.

Jan Gerdin, Principal

Jan Gulley Gerdin
Principal and Co-founder

Jef Heidekat, Principal

Jef Heidekat
Principal and Co-founder

Education/Recognition/Community

  • University of Illinois, BFA in graphic design
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, painting program
  • Member of AIGA, the national professional association for design

Education/Recognition/Community

  • Carnegie Mellon University, BFA in graphic design
  • Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, painting and drawing
  • Member of AIGA, the national professional association for design