Long before it was popular to combine strategy with design thinking, we launched LOWERCASE to do just that. Co-founded by a University of Chicago MBA/consultant and an internationally recognized designer, we specialize in brand and digital strategies that blend analytical with creative, quantitative with qualitative, and vision with implementation that verges on art.


Stacy Chyla Bruce

As Business Design Director, Stacy specializes in a people-centered approach to innovation that combines business strategy and design thinking to create new forms of competitive advantage.

Stacy blends an instinct for field research with an empathy for customers and an affinity for data analysis — leading to actionable strategies that transform the customer experience. She shapes digital strategy and has developed solutions, writing in 4 programming languages to build 22 custom sites.

Stacy has worked at top management consulting firms including the Worldwide Technology Headquarters at Accenture (formerly Andersen Consulting) and sales and marketing strategy consulting firms.

She earned an MBA with Honors from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS in Finance with Highest Honors from the College of Business at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she also received Bronze Tablet University Honors for ranking in the top 1% of university graduates.

Tim Bruce designer

Tim develops brand strategies and designs systems and connected experiences that build competitive advantage and fuse artful originality across print, digital, artifacts, environments, and spaces.

As Creative Director, Tim’s work has been honored by every major national and international design competition and is included in the permanent collections of several museums in Europe and the United States. He is a judge for design competitions and speaks at universities, conferences and events on the value of design-thinking in business. Tim teaches design and typography in the Visual Communications Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He also served for three years as President of AIGA Chicago.

Prior to co-founding Lowercase, Tim worked as a designer with top design firms in London, England and VSA Partners in Chicago. Tim studied Graphic Design at the University of Northumbria at Newcastle upon Tyne, England and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned a BFA in Graphic Design and received Bronze Tablet University Honors for ranking in the top 1% of university graduates.

Tim is a collector of Intuitive and Outsider Art and serves on the Board of Directors of Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art. He is also an artist, having created a body of sculptural work that recently exhibited at the South Shore Arts Center and at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.