About Us

Donoughe Design was founded in 2005 and continues to offer big agency experience with the personalized service of a small studio. Our clients include small businesses, nonprofits, high education and enterprise clients. Our work is primarily web site design and development but we also deliver print and identity solutions, we often create a new logo/brand for the site prior to starting the site redesign process.

We have worked on higher education content management system projects for small colleges and universities including Stanford, Santa Clara University, Mills College, University of Arkansas, Nicolet College, Otero Junior College, Ferris State University, and more.

Our clientele also ranges from high profile companies such as Adobe, Cisco, Disney, Safeway, Intel, Sprint and Microsoft to small businesses needing a new logo, brand identity and an updated web presence.

Don Donoughe Creative Director

Founder and Creative Director Don Donoughe, has specialized in web design since Netscape 1.0 in 1995. Prior to this, Don was a partner and creative director at Maus Haus for more than 10 years. While at Maus Haus, he worked on hundreds of interactive projects across a wide variety of engagements, from higher education (Mills College and Santa Clara University) to consumer such as (Robert Mondavi and Disney), to high-tech clients (Microsoft, Sprint, Sun, Cisco, Adobe and Intel). Don joined Maus Haus as a partner after 5 years with CKS, where as senior art director he lead the creative team on the Apple account. While at CKS, Don worked on many corporate identity and brand programs - including redesigns for United Airlines and Norwegian Cruise Lines, and various interactive multimedia projects. Prior to CKS, Don was a designer at Esprit and NeXT Computer, where he worked with founder Steve Jobs on several projects.

With degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and California College of Arts, Don's background encompasses fine arts and graphic design. He has served as a judge for New Media Magazine's Invision Awards and has shared his expertise with aspiring interactive designers as an instructor in San Francisco State University's Multimedia Studies Program.

Don founded Donoughe Design with the goal of creating a small business where he could be "hands-on," working directly with decision makers on rewarding projects.

Personal Profile:
Don enjoys spending time with his two boys, Dylan & Logan, his lovely wife, Beth, and his dog, Maggie. He lives in Burlingame within walking distance of his office.

More Facts:
Don is an identical twin. His twin brother Ron is also an artist. He paints in the plein aire style of landscape painting. Ron is currently working on his third book, "90 Neighborhoods of Pittsburgh".

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Malinda Lai Chief Technologist

Malinda has been working with Don since 2000 at Maus Haus. While at Maus Haus, Malinda worked on a variety of web related projects including website redesign, integrated ecommerce systems, creation of intranet and extranet sites, sales lead generation systems and conference registration modules. She has created and implemented content management solutions for Alien Technology, Aspect Communications, Microsoft Office Live Meeting (formerly Placeware), Santa Clara University and Mills College.

When Don started Donoughe Design in 2005, Malinda came on board as the technical counterpart, bringing 20 years of site development experience. She has the unique ability of communicating complex technology issues to our clients, whether it is the marketing or technology team.

She has experience working with Adobe Contribute, WordPress, CommonSpot, OU Campus and Sitecore. Her database experience includes Informix, Ingres, SQL Server, MySQL and Oracle. She has worked on both the Windows and Unix/Linux development environments. She is comfortable working within any client's technology standards and practice.

Malinda is graduate of the University of California, Berkeley.

Sofia Valko Production Artist

While she prefers a solo approach to some art forms, Sofia loves to collaborate in graphic design. Donoughe Design provides a nourishing environment where she has been contributing her skills as a production artist and designer since 2007. Sofia earned an MA degree from the prestigious Saint Petersburg (Russia) Art and Industry Academy and has continued her education at the College of San Mateo winning multiple awards at the 2006 Media Arts Competition.


Armed with a BS in Art Education from Indiana University of PA, I figured out quickly that being an art teacher was not going to be a my career path. After teaching elementary art for one year, I found myself at Gimbels department store working in the Visual Merchandising department – designing signage and silk-screening graphics for all of the seven stores.

After moving to the Bay Area of California (following my wife Beth to the west coast), I managed an art store and worked in a print shop then enrolled in the Graphic Design program at California College of the Arts. I had the good fortune to study with some amazing instructors (Michael Vanderbyl, Lucille Tenazas, Steve Tolleson & many more), graduating with a BFA in Graphic Design.

This led to a variety of positions, first at NeXT Computer working for Steve Jobs, then on to Esprit, a clothing company in San Francisco. CKS was the next stop where I worked on a wide variety of branding projects, including United Airlines redesign, Norwegian Cruise Line and Apple. While at CKS, I rose to the position of Creative Lead in the Interactive department, winning awards for work on the in-store demos of the Macintosh Power Mac line for Apple.

Following a lifelong dream to own a business, I partnered with Bob Slote and fellow CKS employee Mark Comiso. After Bob departed, Mark and I formed Maus Haus Inc. Five years later the company joined Mixed Media, led by Malcolm Guthrie. Maus Haus enjoyed much success in its 12 years, serving clients such as Adobe, Cisco, Sprint, Intel, Stanford, Disney, Santa Clara University, Mills College, Safeway and Robert Mondavi.

Maus Haus Inc was closed in spring of 2005 and later that year Donoughe Design opened for business. This website highlights work done since Donoughe Design was formed. I would like to thank all of customers who have supported us over the years. We have many clients to thank, many of whom are now close friends.

Early Work

NeXT Computer Inc.

This small booklet was created on a NeXT computer, using a buggy version of FrameMaker software.

CKS Partners

This interactive in-store demo was done for Performa line of Macintosh computers. Below is the United Airlines livery design that I worked on while at CKS Partners. This high profile project was a crash course in creating identity systems.

Maus Haus Inc

Sprint was one our largest clients in the early days, this was an interactive CD which was shown on an kiosk in Sprint stores. Below is a screen shot of the Live Meeting website, we worked on a many aspects of this product launch.