We focus on creating custom visual communications solutions for our customers combining graphic design, illustration and photography in effective ways.



Kris Kathmann
With C&D since 1997


Jon Smith
With C&D since 1984


Becky Wagner
Office Manager
With C&D since 1985


Mankato State graduate Jeff Irish founded Concept & Design in 1979, in Nicollet, Minnesota after seeing the need for the area’s first full-service graphic design and advertising agency. Since its founding, Concept & Design has maintained its position as one of the area’s premier design studios.

Concept & Design was the first in the area to fully employ computerization in the preparation of printed materials, and has continually embraced new technology as a means to higher quality, faster turnaround and lower production cost. Concept & Design continues this tradition with attention to new and emerging technologies in the 3D rendering and product photography fields.

Jeff Irish retired in January 2015. At that time, Concept & Design formed a partnership between longtime employees Kris Kathmann, Jon Smith and Becky Wagner to take ownership of the firm.

Product Photography

View our product photography portfolio at mankatoproductphotography.com.

Connect Business Magazine

Concept & Design has published Connect Business Magazine since 1994. Learn more at connectbiz.com.