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specimen: interaction + motion + identity + print + code



Dave Granvold is the founder and creative director of Specimen, a small creative multimedia and interactive design studio operating in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1996. Prior to 1996, he studied graphic and interactive design in the BA program at the California College of the Arts (CCA) in San Francisco. He then went on to teach senior level graphic design students at CCA. Prior to that he was a software engineer, software development manager and senior software analyst for various companies in the I.T. and financial industries.

He has designed and built web sites from small brochure type HTML sites to rich interactive sites to large scale database driven sites. He has created motion based / video presentations for companies and organizations on a variety of media (DVD, video tape, CD-ROM, computer and online) and has created many identity, branding and print collateral design campaigns.

His clients include architecture, construction, real estate and engineering firms as well as marketing agencies, creative firms and I.T. companies. He has done pro-bono work for several organizations including First Graduate, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Sweet Chairity.

He draws upon a pool of talent including graphic designers, animators, motion graphic designers, sound engineers, music composers and the best in design engineering.


His work has been featured in many design publications and books including ID Magazine's Interactive Des gin Annual, HOW Magazine's Interactive Design Competition, Print's Interaction Design Annual, Publish Magazine's Design Annual, Web Design Now (book), IMG SRC 100 (book) and Hot Sites (book.)

He has won many awards including the ID Magazine's Interactive Annual Gold Award, WADC Bronze Medal Award, HOW Magazine's Interactive Design Competition, Print Magazine's Interaction Design Annual and Publish Magazine's 10th Annual Design Awards 1st Prize.

In collaboration with the graphic designer Martin Venezky, his work on the Speak Magazine website is housed in the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's New Media Permanent Collection.