After graduating from UW-Madison with a double major in Communication Arts and Journalism, owner Tara Ingalls was excited to have landed an Account Executive position at a local advertising agency named Pike & Company. While gaining experience and learning more about the industry, Tara found herself making coffee, getting print quotes and running errands. She quickly realized she was drawn to graphic design team and soon after left the firm.
While waiting to start design classes through Madison College, she took a temp job with Epic Life Insurance Company as an insurance underwriter. There she found herself redesigning the company's letterhead, forms, fax sheets, business cards, etc. which eventually landed her a position in the Corporate Communications department of their parent company, WPS Health Insurance.
Deciding to forgo a formal education, she worked diligently for three years to master page layout, illustration and photography manipulation "on the job." She was nicknamed "Speedy Tara" because of her unrivaled turnaround.
When she married in 2000, her email changed from "thallam" to "tingalls" and she began using this creative new name combined with "dzyn" to freelance while still working full time. Initial clients included the Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce, Cherokee Country Club and AARP Wisconsin.
Through networking and word of mouth, the client roster grew as did her desire to devote more time to her thriving and exciting freelance business. She began marketing to start-ups, small businesses and non-profits in Dane County area and in no time at all, Tara's "little" freelance business wasn't so little anymore.
In the Spring of 2003, she moved the business into a small office and hired her first employee shortly thereafter. It was a great space but when she was forced to convert a storage closet into an office to accommodate her growing team, she knew it was time to expand the "nest."
Today, the Tingalls Team has grown considerably and consists of several talents including strategic planning, logo design, print collateral, custom illustration, website design, copywriting, and more. The company has hit huge milestones including their 1,000th client in 2018, and recently been recognized for their website products with a Silver Addy for B2B Website Design, and InBusiness Magazine's Executive Choice Award for Best Website Developer four consecutive years 2015 through 2018. Tingalls was also recently given the Dane County Small Business Award in 2016 which focuses on not only financial success but the firm's commitment to community through pro-bono design work and also its incredible company culture.
In short, Tingalls is sweetly positioned as your next creative design partner offering high-end, professional design services with an incredible five day turnaround.