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Sebastian Ibel

Founder & President

Known to finish the food off of his friends’ plates. #hangry

Sebastian Ibel

Mariah Kick

Graphic Designer

My hobbies are: breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Mariah Kick

Charlie Powell

Senior Web Developer

“Master of Trickery”

Charlie Powell

Leigh Pittner

Web Developer

Likes coding because it’s like playing with Legos.

Leigh Pittner

Amy Barnhart

Office Administrator

Has been drinking out of the same Jim Thome Indians cup every day for the past 20 years. #goTribe

Amy Barnhart

Sebastian Ibel

Founder & President


Ecole Des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France
Diplome (Bachelor of Fine Arts) in Visual Communication

Tell us about a favorite project you’ve worked on.

Our next.

What skills do you bring to the team?

Leadership, Creative Direction, Client Relationships, Management, Problem Solving and Strategic Direction.

What interests you about working in a small agency environment?

Versatility and flexibility.

Who is your favorite designer or idol?

David Ogilvy. He was one of the most influential characters in modern advertising. He was smart, witty and complex, understanding all aspects of marketing, consumer behavior, and very intelligent in translating all this in smart and unique campaigns.

Why do you love what you do?

I have a passion for people, psychology, and design.

Where are you from?

Hamburg, Germany. One of my most unique experiences from there is hitchhiking across Europe when I was 17.

Mariah Kick

Graphic Designer


Mount Vernon Nazarene University
Graduated 2018


Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, Minor in Marketing

Tell us about a favorite project you’ve worked on.

One of my favorite projects I've worked on was a children's book that I wrote and illustrated for a design class back in college. We had to design an 8-page book that appealed to the ages of two and three while also remaining gender neutral. It was to be a self-authored short story with handmade illustrations. It was fun because I was able to take a lot of creative liberty and create something for someone outside of my typical audience.

What interests you about working in a small agency environment?

I love working in a small agency environment because you are not just seen as another person in the crowd; it's a great way to deepen relationships and really learn about the people you work alongside and it creates space for collaboration and aligning goals.

Why did you get into design?

When I was in middle school, I discovered from one of my aunts (also a graphic designer) that I could use my artistic skills and passion to become a graphic designer and was instantly sold. There is too much creativity that flows through my mind on a daily basis for me to do anything else.

Why do you love what you do?

I love what I do because I love a challenge of starting with nothing/a blank screen and making someone's ideas come to life and seeing their reaction to the end result(s).

What is your favorite way to get physical / exercise? Why?

I absolutely fell in love with weightlifting about 4 years ago. I find it to be a great way to push my limits and a time focus on improving myself and my abilities. It is something I have a huge passion for because I love the challenge it gives me and I love being able to see the results of my hard work in a tangible way.

What’s your favorite office snack? (When you snack on it? Where do you get it from?)

Freeze-dried cinnamon apple slices and I get them from Target (or any kind of pretzels).

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.

I recently got a cat! A friend had to re-home their cat and the timing was perfect so I was able to adopt him. His name is Dawson and he is the super cuddly and absolutely loves attention.

What’s your favorite quote? or a quote you live by?

One of my favorite quotes is: "Promote what you love instead of bashing what you hate."

Where can we find you on the weekends? What are you doing there?

On the weekends you can find me trying new brunch spots around Columbus, having cookouts with friends when the weather is nice, thrift shopping, going on walks or runs, or at the gym.

Charlie Powell

Senior Web Developer


Graduated 2006
Computer Networking Systems (Cisco Speciality)

What professor or class had a major influence on you? How?

Computer networking 101; the instructor was not knowledgeable in the field at all, so I got my first opportunity to teach others about networking basics. Sadly the school did not pay me for my time.

Tell us about a favorite project you’ve worked on.

My main “side” project is a web-based framework designed to rapidly create mobile-friendly web applications and content sites with an emphasis on developer-centric concepts, best practice development standards, high speed performance, and security in mind.

What area of your job are you most passionate about?

Addressing and implementing solutions to complex problems that business owners and managers face.

What interests you about working in a small agency environment?

Less corporate “red tape”.

What are you most excited to work on/learn about/gain skills on as you grow in your position?

Having a better eye for design and colors.

What is your favorite part of the development process?

Seeing a solution that took weeks of effort to create get deployed to production.

Who is your favorite designer or idol in your field? Why?

Linus Torvalds. He created an open source clone of AT&T’s Unix kernel “just because” with no expectations of it ultimately being used in 52% of the phones in the US, more than 96% of the million most popular web sites, and nearly all enterprise-grade networking devices.

Why did you get into development?

It was originally a hobby, until I learned that people pay for the service.

Essential Movie Friday choices:

Fridays are for writing code, maybe while watching an anime show on the secondary monitor.

What’s your favorite office snack?

Coffee. There is no other appropriate office snack than coffee. (I guess espresso would be acceptable too.)

What’s your favorite app on your phone? Tell us about it.

UniFi device manager – it assists with management of UniFi network devices.

Leigh Pittner

Web Developer


The Ohio State University
Graduated 2014
Major in English Literature, East Asian Script

Columbus State Community College
Expected Graduation: 2019
Major in Website Development

What are your long-term career goals?

I have several goals. I want to continue to make mobile apps like I’m doing now. I would like to do AWS engineering or become a .NET Core MVC web developer and be able to work remotely so that I can travel, do my apps, or whatever else I end up wanting to do. I’m also really into writing, fashion and marketing.

What is your favorite part of the development process?

In general, I love the deep focus that coding demands. I like to start working and hours later, have an interactive piece that works together with other parts to create a virtual mechanism. Coders are the modern-day machinists. It’s like playing with Legos.

What is your biggest source of inspiration?

I get a lot of inspiration when I’m out walking or hiking. Sometimes when I see really good work like art or music, that someone else has done, I get extra energy to work harder on my own projects.

Why do you love what you do?

I think programming is fun and I like how instant the results are. I like that we can do anything now as programmers. Depending on what you’re doing, you can make a game, or start a business, or run a whole marketing campaign, right at your fingertips, all by writing one app. You can tell stories, which as a writer is my favorite thing about coding.

What is the most fascinating thing you’ve ever done? Details please!

A lot of people may not realize that I used to be a high fashion runway model when I was younger. I used to model for American and Dutch teen magazines, and I did Vogue, and I was in a Samsung ad. I was with Elite for seven years, then came to school back in Columbus after I decided I wanted to study there instead of in New York.

What is your favorite place in the world?

I love Norway because I love the black, dark mountains and vast outdoors, and because I think it's the prettiest place on Earth! I also like Seoul, South Korea and Tokyo. The way these cities use spaces – versus somewhere broad and sweeping like NYC or Washington DC – and the way the city just naturally exists makes it such an exciting and organic place to be.

Do you have any pets? Tell us about them.

I have an orange dog name Kitsune who is part husky, part Pomeranian. She looks like a fox, and everyone asks me if she’s a real dog. She was even on TV. I’ve trained her to do all sorts of things and she is really good and receptive, so I take her everywhere with me, including restaurants, stores, etc.

What’s your favorite app on your phone?

I’m a little biased, but my favorite app is the alpha project of my own app that I’m making. My favorite thing I’m doing right now is a mobile game that lets the user make his/her own choices, following a story, and is a simulation.

Amy Barnhart

Office Administrator


University of Cincinnati
Graduated 1994


Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs

What class had a major influence on you?

International Crisis Decision Making. I learned that different organizations/countries vary in structure and that one never “really” knows who makes the actual decisions.

What interests you about working in a small agency environment?

The fact that every individual not only has the opportunity, but is expected to make an impact. Every contribution, small or major, is significant.

Where are you from?

Fairport Harbor, Ohio. A small town northeast of Cleveland that sits on Lake Erie.

What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

I was an exchange student in college and studied in Kharkov, Ukraine for a quarter. I lived with a family and studied Russian at the University every day. We did take time away to visit the Black Sea, Moscow and St. Petersburg.

What’s your favorite office snack?

Anything sweet.

Do you have any pets?

2 dogs – Pius and Becca.

What was your first concert?

Stevie Wonder – he put on a great show!

Where can we find you on the weekends?

Watching my kids compete in swim meets or soccer tournaments. When our schedule allows, we go camping (in our camper which has full plumbing, electric, and cable).

What’s your favorite app on your phone?

Powerschool – I can stalk my kids’ grades before they even get home from school.

Join the Team

Web/Graphic Designer

We are hiring!

Ibel Agency is a full-service design agency located in Columbus, Ohio with a focus on clean, effective visual communication. We are looking for a creative and organized Web and Graphic Designer to join our team. We offer a flexible workplace with great benefits and a generous vacation package. This is an in-person position.

We are a small firm where our employees have the opportunity to grow and learn quickly and play an important role in our agency. You will work closely alongside our Designer and Web Developers to create innovative print and digital communications in a fast-paced collaborative environment.

Please send your resume and digital portfolio to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!

Skills & Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in graphic design, communications or marketing
  • Proven 3-5 years of experience in digital/web design, graphic design and project management
  • This position will involve digital/web design, print design, branding, website content maintenance & updates, client relationships, project management, and budgeting & timelines.
  • Expert knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign)
  • Expert knowledge of WordPress
  • Strong skills in typography, design hierarchy, visual storytelling and communication
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and meet set deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in communicating directly with clients and team members
  • Detail-oriented, organized and the ability to adapt to shifting needs
  • Positive team player that enjoys working in a collaborative environment
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, and other front-end markup languages is a bonus
  • Experience with SEO and paid advertising is a bonus
  • Portfolio is required for consideration

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Born and raised in Hamburg, Germany and educated in visual communication at the Union Centrale des Arts Decoratifs in Paris, France, Sebastian moved in 1986 to New York City to start his career as an Art Director for Arnell & Bickford where he worked on the Donna Karen, DKNY, and Christian Lacroix accounts. In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Sebastian returned to Hamburg and joined the agency Springer & Jacoby to work as an Art Director on their Mercedes Benz account.



In 1991, Sebastian moved with the Ayer Network to found the first satellite office in Germany’s future capital, Berlin. After teaming up with some talented East-German designers under the name of YPS Art, Sebastian co-founded Röttjer Schütz & Ibel in 1993. The agency was one of the first true east/west German agencies. This groundbreaking concept made for rapid growth in a very short period of time. The agency’s clients included Schering AG, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies worldwide, and the State of Brandenburg.


IC Communication Team - Ibel Agency

In 1996, Sebastian moved to Columbus to join his wife Rebecca and founded IC Communication Team in 1997. Set up as a professional networking group, IC Communication Team, Inc. linked highly trained specialists in the communication field to deliver a full service marketing, advertising, and design package on the Columbus market. Sebastian led the marketing and advertising component. In 2001 IC Communication Team, Inc. was rebranded into Ibel Agency.


Short North

The Short North was a long term home for Ibel Agency. In his role of Chair of marketing for the Short North Business Association, Sebastian was instrumental in defining and branding the neighborhood into the “Arts District”. Ibel Agency donated a lot of time and talent to help turn the Short North into the vibrant district it has become today.



Downtown Columbus has been home to Ibel Agency since 2015. We are excited to be part of the renaissance of our city and love the energy and diversity of our new home. We are now located at Factory No. 6 in the Warehouse District where we continue to focus on purpose-driven communication and award-winning design.

“I worked with Sebastian on at least two projects where we were conceptualizing a new corporate and brand identity. He approached both projects with fresh ideas and always seems to think strategically about brand and marketing issues. He does everything to help his clients win in the marketplace. I’m honored to know him.”

Tony DiBlasi, Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
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“As an agency with many programs and services to highlight, MORPC has leaned heavily on Ibel Agency to ensure that our marketing and outreach materials have an easy-to-read format with consistent and fresh branding. No matter the project, the staff always offers good advice, and they are flexible to our needs when projects arise on short notice. It is joy to work with them!”

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission
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“Our team had a wonderful experience working with Ibel Agency. Not only did Ibel listen to our needs and desires for a new website, they were able to also anticipate our future needs by understanding our company and our clients. By taking the time to understand these needs from day one, Ibel provided us not only with a new design and mobile-friendly website, but also a site that can grow with our company for years to come. Since the website launch, we have received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from our employees and our clients. We were pleased with the design process, the Ibel team, and the outcome, and look forward to working with Ibel again in the future.”

Krystal Paisley, ms consultants inc.
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“Columbus Council on World Affairs has been working with Ibel Agency for number of years. Ibel Agency has been instrumental in developing Council’s fantastic website and many marketing campaigns. Their experience and ability to create unique and outstanding designs & marketing solutions is definitely among the best available in the industry. Ibel Agency is not only flexible, efficient and professional but a group of people who really care about delivering results and are passionate for the work they do. The team always finds time to listen and deliver solutions according to our needs. We are delighted with the quality of everything produced and the helpfulness and professionalism that all Ibel staff shows us every day.”

Columbus Council on World Affairs
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“From our first introduction, I was confident Ibel Agency would deliver a superior product and manage a complex set of stakeholders. They kept us focused on our target audience at all times, which resulted in a user-friendly website. They exceeded all expectations. I look forward to a long relationship with these rock stars.”

Melissa Fast, Downtown Columbus
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“We have used Ibel Agency on many projects over the years, some with long lead times and some with very short lead times. We have great confidence in their ability to execute a quality program in either scenario. Ibel listens to our clients and takes a thoughtful approach to delivering what they need each and every time.”

Lisa Hinson, Hinson Ltd Public Relations
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“We started working with Ibel Agency a few years ago to update our branding and company website. We chose them for their unique designs and attentive staff. Ibel presented options that complemented our vision for our company’s new look. Furthermore, throughout this project, Ibel paid attention to detail, provided great recommendations/feedback, and turned items around quickly. Overall, Ibel managed the project seamlessly and because of our great experience, we now use their design expertise for our annual conference marketing and materials. We are very happy with their work and would definitely recommend!”

Sara (Olson) Spofford, National Association of Affordable Housing Lenders
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“Ibel Agency has done an excellent job of working with our agency on our new website. They have been extremely thorough, responsive and have provided great suggestions along the way. They delivered a top quality product on time and provided excellent service along the way! Thank you, Ibel Agency staff!”

Jan Shannon, Pickaway County Community Foundation
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“I’ve known Ibel Agency and their outstanding designers and strategists for over 20 years. Their professional team has helped my business communicate effectively, grow with purpose and achieve one success after another. Their thinking and their work is clean, clear, uncluttered and to the point.”

Jonathan Barnes, JBAD
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“For many years now, Ibel Agency has created exceptional logos and designs for our fundraising events that perfectly represent every aspect of the Dress for Success Columbus mission. They have successfully created and managed the websites for these events as well. No matter the project, we are always confident that their professional, creative and enthusiastic team will exceed all expectations.”

Dress for Success Columbus
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