Behind images of some of the world's biggest brands — Apple, Benefit Cosmetics, Burger King, Coca-Cola, Hilton, Lee Jeans, Levi Strauss & Co., New Belgium Brewery, Reebok, Starbucks, Target and Williams-Sonoma, just some on the long list — is Joel Templin, one of the most sought-after designers in the country.

After earning an art degree from UW-Stout in 1991, Joel worked for influential design firms and went on to launch two of his own. His most recent, founded in 2007 with Katie Jain, is San Francisco-based Hatch Design. Hatch Design's work has been recognized for excellence in major branding and design competitions around the world. Graphis named the company one of the "Top 60 Branding Agencies in the U.S." Graphic Design America calls it one of "The 35 Most Sought-After Firms in America."

Joel continues to amaze the branding industry. In January 2013, Graphic Design USA named him one of the most influential graphic designers working today.

"I credit a lot of my success to the wonderful, dedicated instructors I had at UW-Stout, many of whom I still keep in touch with today."

Examples of his work are displayed at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Denver Art Museum, and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

Hatch Design also "hatches" its own brands, including JAQK Cellars, a premium wine brand from Napa dedicated to play.

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