ZEBRADOGS

Mark Schmitz

Mark Schmitz

Visual Therapist - Principal

Mark formed the ZEBRADOG IDEA over 20 years ago upon realizing he couldn't handle the engineering part of becoming an Architect and only girls became "Interior designers". So... with an aptitude for graphic design, fashion and bartending, Mark began to form a hybrid design consortium where integrated disciplines blended together to create special human spaces. Today ZEBRADOG employs Architects, Graphic Designers, Producers, Programmers, Media Designers, Project Managers, Interior Designers and most of all... Passionate Thinkers. Mark continues to be a featured speaker throughout the country delivering inspirational messaging on the Passion of Dynamic Environments. At 51 his golf handicap continues to rise along with his blood pressure but bashing the back bowls in Colorado still feels like home.


  • Amanda Berg

    Just a small town girl, living in this creative world... born and raised in the land of Leinenkugel's and brought to Madtown chasing a 12" yellow ball. Amanda found herself in Madison playing softball for the Wisconsin Badgers and then ended up studying numbers, many numbers. She could count her beers faster than anyone else and always found a way to save a dollar at the bar! Wishes she could draw or paint or even find Adobe Illustrator on her Mac Dock. Amanda always stays in the lines while coloring when using Microsoft Excel. She loves the big screen that her Mac has to offer. Her dream is to be a Rock Star, but until then she is a struggling musician who can be found singing at the local karaoke bar. Her favorite songs to torture are "Making Love Out of Nothing at All" and "Copacabana". Amanda joined the ZD Staff in hopes of making a name for herself in the design business, but only until her music career takes off, then she will utilize the other way more-talented Zebradogs to design her web-site and cd covers!

  • Amy Beyler

    It all started twenty-five years ago when growing up in the little city of Portage...

    Amy started using language that not many understood. Her mother and father quickly responded and sent her away to the club... There they nurtured her and taught her the appropriate times to yell and act-out her feverish energy.

    After twenty years of suppressing her secret she has now come clean and goes to the club voluntarily. Whoa, whoa, whooa whoooa, huurrry, hurry, harder!! Yes, Amy is back in the hack and is loving her favorite sport of curling. Many of you may not understand Amy's passion to sweep and yell - however she doesn't care - and she is happy when she rocks the house!

  • Caroline Altfeather

    They say you can take the girl out of the country but you can't take the country out of the girl. As a kid growing up on a Wisconsin dairy farm, Caroline's urban experience was limited to the annual trips to the "big" city to get new clothes for each school year. During those annual trips to the city as a child Caroline's wide eyes scrambled to absorb the stark contrasts between the natural beauty of the county and the magnificence of the built environment. The physical experience of moving between these environments was the catalyst to Caroline's appreciation for design and understanding how ones surroundings can impact one's quality of life. Caroline continued studying design beyond her bachelor's degree and eventually became a lecturer herself in the School of Human Ecology at UW-Madison. Since attending college she has been working in the interior design field reshaping the environments around her one by one. As for that country thing, she just hasn't shaken that yet! In her free time, Caroline still puts in hours of hard work on the family farm feeding calves and driving tractors. Don't be fooled. Hiding behind Caroline's quiet demeanor is a fierce competitor. Caroline completed the Ironman triathlon in 2009!

  • Chris Moore

    A love story. Old wine in a new bottle, but still. In college, boy meets girl. Her name: 1979 Yamaha 250 single-cylinder. She's beautiful. Predictably, boy falls in love. Boy neglects to buy license. Doesn't care. Love. Girl is stolen away by bad men. Boy is heartbroken, but moves on. Years pass. Boy turns to man. Man finds new love. Her name: Janine. Storybook. One day, serendipity. Yamaha is found. Feelings flood. New girl understands, kind of. Raises eyebrow. Says, Chris? Man is torn, but not dumb. Man trades (trades!) Yamaha for 1974 Wurlitzer Electric Piano. He doesn't play the piano. At all. Not because he doesn't want to, because he doesn't know how. Janine is happy. Man is . . . happy. Somewhere: Fonda, Hopper, and Nicholson weep.

  • Devon Hofman-Schrieber

    Devon is a small town girl with a big city personality. Raised in the Horicon Marsh, "Devo" hit the road towards Madison with a love for all things design– art, fashion, photography and, of course, fancy chocolates. After getting her Associate Degree in Commercial Art from MATC, Devon's need to stay busy and be surrounded by creatives brought her to Zebradog's door in 2005. Since then she's been making sure the studio runs like a well oiled machine, owing her success to taking deep breaths (often), always remaining calm and a strong belief that chocolate has healing properties. With a husband and two kids at home, free time is hard to come by. But she manages to squeeze in a little photography, kickboxing, and a good glass of wine every now and then. And there's nothing quite like busting out a few moves and an impromptu dance party with the kids to celebrate a good day.

  • Eric Marty

    The Pride of Darlington, "Marty" - as he's known around these parts - survives on a steady diet of production chops, construction specs and press checks. He's our Man-on-the-Ground for all things built, measured, printed and installed. Although a devout Bears fan, we let Marty use his diverse background in Commercial Art and production for good, not evil. Not afraid to mosh a little and never shy to turn it up to 11. "On budget and on time" - his sacred mantra.

  • Erik Gannon

    Born and raised in Madison's easy-going neighborhoods, Erik, or "Gannon" as he's known here, is like the little brother we never had. After studying Industrial Design at University of Wisconsin–Stout, Gannon decided to try his luck in the Windy City. But, being a romantic at heart, after two years of bleeding Green & Gold in the heart of Bears' country, Erik returned to Madison for the love of a girl. Now that he's back in town, Gannon amazes us with his 3D modeling mastery, kick ass industrial designs and quick wit.

  • Heidi Tune

    It was clear that Heidi was destined for a career in design at age six, when her daily routine included rearranging her bedroom furniture every morning. Coming from a long line of Badgers, this Middleton native pursued her passion of interior design at UW-Madison in 2011 before hitting the road to explore the Southwest. By 2013, the desert roads and cacti had taken their toll and Heidi packed her bags for home, in search of some good Midwest fresh air. Back in town, she landed on the ZD doorstep with a passion for organization and functional design that blew us away. Outside the dog house, Heidi is a proud hockey mom of two, who lives for road trips, country music and those summer days at the lake with a good book and a margarita in hand.

  • Kathryn Kloehn

    "Kat" didn't know she wanted to be a graphic designer at such a unique studio. In fact, she thought she wanted to be a high school English teacher. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Kat received her BA in English Literature and Creative Writing in Portland, OR. She spent six months teaching English to elementary school students in Siena, Italy (cementing her love of red wine) and was all set to embark on a teaching career, when fate decided to whisk her in a different direction and plopped her down in a snowy Madison, WI. A little confused and very cold, she wandered into Madison College and stumbled upon a new passion. A few years later, Kat had her Associate Degree in Graphic Design & Illustration and a certificate in Web Design. After another whirlwind dance with fate, she very happily landed at an open desk at 1249 Williamson Street. Since then, things have calmed down for Kat… sort of. When she's not playing at the "Dog House," Kat splits her time cooking, printmaking, exploring the state parks and teaching part-time at Madison College.

  • Kenneth Casper

    In the 8th grade, Kenneth sought to cheat the system by reading just one book for his annual literacy requirement instead of dozens. The book was Crime & Punishment, which he began and completed in the final week before summer vacation. It was through this experience that he developed a taste for burnt diner coffee, classical literature, and an interest in psychology. And, so began his ritual of reading through the night at George Webb's diners with a bottomless cup of coffee while befriending the night's most interesting characters.

    After digesting some texts by Jack Kerouac and Herman Hesse, Kenneth set out on a year of adventures - which mostly amounted to reading and drinking watered down coffee from vending machines at Greyhound stations across North America. On the road, in dim lit cafes, on sun drenched boardwalks, and on mountain paths Kenneth heard many great stories. When he wasn't reading a story or listening to one, he was telling one of his own - or just flat making one up. Beware the shaggy dog!

    Kenneth now tells stories for a living as an interactive exhibit designer at a company which never lets his coffee cup go dry, and where he can befriend the world's most interesting characters.

  • Louis Colescott

    If there's such a thing as kismet, as a true destiny, it has to be the life of Louis Colescott. Born the son of an artist and printmaker right here in Madison, Louis has always had more than a little ink in his blood. But being an artist in every way, and always preferring the non-linear, it just took him some time and more than a few zigzags to get back here. Starting out at the, gasp, U. of Minnesota, Louis crisscrossed the states from art school in LA to a high-profile job in NYC before the pastoral pull of the Midwest dragged him back. Trading in his subway pass for a not-so-trusty Volvo wagon and a picturesque hour commute from Baraboo, LC couldn't be happier. So Happy Hill is where you'll find him now, and happy too is the Colescott brood which now includes: one wife, two kids, one dog, three cats and a kick-ass donkey named Chester.

  • Mark Schmitz

    Mark formed the ZEBRADOG IDEA over 20 years ago upon realizing he couldn't handle the engineering part of becoming an Architect and only girls became "Interior designers". So... with an aptitude for graphic design, fashion and bartending, Mark began to form a hybrid design consortium where integrated disciplines blended together to create special human spaces. Today ZEBRADOG employs Architects, Graphic Designers, Producers, Programmers, Media Designers, Project Managers, Interior Designers and most of all... Passionate Thinkers. Mark continues to be a featured speaker throughout the country delivering inspirational messaging on the Passion of Dynamic Environments. At 51 his golf handicap continues to rise along with his blood pressure but bashing the back bowls in Colorado still feels like home.

  • Matt Cook

    Matt is a classically trained computer nerd by trade. It's all science you wouldn't understand. Though, he's not the programmer he thought he was at school. Sometimes he misses coding so much, he misses the life. So Mark tagged \"Developer\" on his title. Still, there's plenty of meetings to attend. Every Monday, it's zero hour, nine a.m.

    Matt was born in Madison and recently returned to enjoy the downtown bachelor life. Wisconsin ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it's cold as hell. And he thinks it's gonna be a long, long time till touchdown brings him round to find: he's not the man he thought he was at home. Zebradog is great, but it's just his job five days a week. He's really... a rocket man, a rocket man.

  • Kyle Stangel

    Sheboygan born, Milwaukee grown. It takes a certain hybrid animal to pull this kid from the city he loves. From the beer to the brats, from the Packers to the Brewers, Kyle is homegrown Wisconsin. Wisconsin also provided the roads where he found his passion for running. After a collegiate career and completing a few marathons, Kyle continues to find refuge in running. Do not be fooled though. He may seem like he only has sports on his mind, but deep down he is a nerd and embraces it. Fun to him is programming at his desk and listening to the latest jam while exploring the endless possibilities of the digital world. However, not content to be confined to the borders of his state and desk, you can often find him dreaming about the newest adventure or traveling. From the medinas of Morocco to the Alaskan wilderness, Kyle believes life is about seeking adventures and acquiring stories to share along the way.