about us

Pop Design is the team of Chad Planner and Katie Lauer — design professionals with more than 40 years of combined industry experience. Since Pop’s founding in 1999, the agency has worked with global companies such as Procter & Gamble, Atari, Meritor and Worldpay and brands including Sunny Delight®, Veryfine®, Dawn®, and Fruit2o®. We are also extremely proud of the work we have done locally with The Banks Public Partnership, Uptown Consortium, and Harriet Beecher Stowe House — helping to make Cincinnati the fantastic city it is.

We continue to make it a priority to dedicate time and resources to community efforts including The Art of Giving, Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition, LIFE Food Pantry, and Green Umbrella to give back to the community that has been such a wonderful place to run a business for more than two decades. Our offices are located in the historical Over-the-Rhine district in downtown Cincinnati, nestled between Findlay Market and Music Hall and a block east of FC Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium.

As a small agency we have always been motivated by the connections we make through our work. The connections between brands and their customers; our personal connections with our clients; and our relationship with our community all inspire us to work creatively and diligently to make their lives a little better.


Chad Planner

Chad is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Science in Visual Communication. After gaining work experience at a variety of advertising agencies and publishing companies including Freedman Gibson & White, LPK and F&W Publications, Chad founded Pop in 1999. He and his wife Donna live in Loveland where they have raised their two daughters (and two dogs). Outside of the office, Chad is a volunteer and board member at LIFE Food Pantry, Loveland High School Volleyball announcer, and Goalkeeping Director at Cincy Elite Football Club.

Katie Lauer

Katie is dedicated to helping brands thrive by portraying their identity across print and digital platforms. She combines design and function while developing, analyzing and optimizing websites, email marketing, print production and everything in-between.  

Katie broadens her expertise whenever she has the opportunity which has allowed her to provide clients with effective recommendations on layout, programming and strategy. Katie is proud to be a part of a small creative agency that focuses on client needs and personal relationships to efficiently produce great work.
Katie is a graduate of Miami University with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Graphic Design. After studying abroad and gaining work experience primarily with website and UX design, Katie joined Pop in 2005. She volunteers with the Bellevue Neighborhood Association and enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband Ben and their three kiddos. 

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