Protist Designby Brannan McGill

A Portland design studio with a strong sense of craft and wonder.


Protist is a multidisciplinary design studio by me, Brannan McGill. With over 10 years of experience, I strive to delight through original, user-centric, and highly-crafted product design.


  • Product design
  • Identity
  • Visual design
  • Creative
  • Wireframing
  • User experience

Pride in process

Step one


At the beginning of every project, my first objective is to obtain a concrete understanding of what will be most effective for your audience. Through user research, personas, and a competitive analysis, I ensure that every pixel works toward ensuring your project is a success.

Step two

Design & implementation

With an understanding of what it takes to make your project uniquely successful, I begin executing on the outlined strategy. Depending on the specific needs of the project, this may involve wireframing, prototyping, component library design, and responsive development.

Step three


At the end of each project, I ensure that you're happy with the final results and discuss what worked and what still could be improved. This helps to inform next steps for you as well as helping me continually improve the quality of my work.