about us


After graduating from the prestigious Massachusetts College of Art, Michelle Burke launched Mad Dog Design in early 1997. She spent the early days of Mad Dog Design focused on building relationships with her clients and doing what she does best – creating terrific design work catered to her clients’ needs. As Mad Dog grew, Michelle realized that her attention to detail and her creative talent were what made her business flourish so she makes sure to this day, that she manages every small detail to her clients’ satisfaction above all else. 

Hands-on service and precision to detail have made Mad Dog the design studio of choice for a growing, diverse client base of high-tech to no-tech companies, from large corporations to small businesses. These businesses know a good thing when they see it, so they rely on Mad Dog’s creativity and design expertise for any size project, including but not limited to: logos and branding packages, any type of print collateral, infographics, tradeshow and event graphics, Power Point presentations, websites, email blasts, and web banners.

In addition to the human staff, our furry employees have always added to the energy behind Mad Dog: Barkley, CFO (Chief Fetch Officer), always on the lookout for two spaces after periods (that is officially wrong) or troublesome package delivery people. He is always busy critiquing the projects – we just ignore his input on color palettes. Manson and Charlie, Mad Dog’s namesakes both crossed the Rainbow Bridge some time ago. Their sweet demeanors are greatly missed but fondly remembered.

 Mad Dog Design Inc. is always looking for experienced freelance graphic designers, illustrators, copywriters and HTML5/Javascript/PHP experts. All interested parties should send a resume with pdfs or urls of sample work and salary/hourly requirements to design@maddogdesign.com. Emails without all three items will not be considered.

 No phone calls/recruiters please. Reposting of this information is not allowed. EOE.



 Michelle and I have collaborated on numerous projects over the years. We have created high-impact, customer-focused eBooks, infographics, customer presentations, and other compelling marketing materials. As the lead writer, I often pass to Michelle final content and brand guidelines. With a simple input call, she is able to work her design magic. She works quickly and efficiently across a variety of applications to create visually-rich designs that are brand-compliant and support the main message/objectives of the project. She accepts creative direction well and is a delight to work with.

 Ruth B., Writer Consultant, Leap Frog Consulting


My company hired Michelle to do the design work on a refresh of our marketing collateral. Michelle was a joy to work with. She brought us several design concepts and helped us choose the elements from each that were the best fit for our brand and the most effective at communicating our message to our customers. She always hit her deadlines and communicated well, and we were delighted with the final product. We look forward to work with Michelle on additional projects in the future.

Rob B., Co-Founder/COO, Ensemble Energy 


Michelle Burke is one of the most creative marketing people I’ve had the pleasure to work with.Her designs are always aesthetically-pleasing and because she is so easy to work with, she can cater her designs to fit exactly what you need on a per-project basis.

She is the consummate professional and takes your design suggestions or changes in stride. In a non-profit, you always have to figure out ways to stretch your dollar and Michelle very easily comes up with different variations on projects based on what our budget is at the moment so she definitely gets an “A” for resourcefulness too. Our director loves her design style and she asks specifically for Mad Dog Design Inc., Michelle’s company, when we need something incredibly creative and unique to our organization.  

Evelyn B., Program Director, Alameda County at Connected Horse
(Formerly Immigration Outreach Specialist, CET-ICP)


I have worked with Michelle for over 5 years on a variety of projects including infographic design, whitepaper layouts, trade show graphics, website design/programming, and logo/stationery design. She never fails to deliver creative and practical solutions based on the requirements of a particular project. Highly recommended! 

Debra C., Owner/Founder, Motochic


It was a pleasure to work with Michelle Burke at Mad Dog Design. Even though her quote came in above most of the others, her first message thoughtfully laid out options for our initial description of the work. Because of the unique character of the job and all the reviewers involved, Michelle was amazingly responsive and produced excellent work. I highly recommend her. 

Tracey G., Founding Principal, Next Curve Strategy
(Formerly Vice President, Bay Area Council Economic Institute)


Working with Mad Dog Design was a pleasure. Michelle’s creativity encouraged me to think outside the box. I am most pleased with the result and would not hesitate to recommend her services. As an added bonus, she made the experience quite enjoyable! 

Cheryl W., Owner, Cheryl Ward Design