About Us

Communicating the value of your brand to your customer.

Rain looks for companies who are disruptors in their industries. We love challenging the tried and tired methods with new creative solutions. Our 30+ years of experience enable us to see challenge as opportunity.

We are comprised of a responsive and inventive team of design, programming and marketing communication professionals. We generate compelling visual solutions that inspire action. Our collaborative and strategic approach allows us to discover distinctive brand solutions that result in improved perception, loyalty and conversions.

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Corporate Identity
Brand Messaging
Corporate + Product Naming
Social Media Marketing Campaigns
Curriculum Development
Digital Marketing
Content Strategy
Product Design + Packaging
Web Design
Publishing / Print
Video Production
Email Campaigns
2D + 3D Animation
User Interface Design
Experiential Design
2D + 3D Illustration
Wayfinding + Signage

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Our Clients

The Team

Steve Smit

Steve Smit

Principal / Creative Director

Steve is known for developing intelligent design solutions for leading companies. He is recognized for the imaginative and often deceptive simplicity of his work. Steve has taught design at Arizona State University’s College of Design.

Steve is an avid skier and loves to cycle.


Design improves everything, so of course it’s going to enhance your business objectives. That’s the beauty of the work we do.
David Rengifo

David Rengifo

Principal / Creative Director

David has led successful design and marketing communication solutions teams for nearly two decades. He has served as the President of Arizona’s chapter of American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), and currently teaches at Arizona State University.

David loves hiking, biking and the outdoors.

“When form and function come together, it’s simply beautiful. When this happens, a project is truly ready.
Curtis Despain

Curtis Despain

Principal / Creative Director

Curtis is a results-oriented creative and marketing executive with more than 20 years of experience. His teams and work in the educational market have won awards including Regional Emmys, Telly, SIIA CODiE, Serious Play and Internet Marketing Association Impact Awards.Curtis loves to travel with his family.


“Think More, Design Less”
Julie Rengifo

Julie Rengifo

Accounting / Office Manager

Rain is fortunate to have Julie here on Tuesdays and Thursdays. With over 20 years of accounting experience, she keeps our office and accounts running smoothly.

Julie enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spinning classes.

“Prompt paying clients are my favorite.”
Shannon Buetel

Shannon Buetel

Director of Client Services

Shannon has been with the Rain team since 2000. Exemplifying her diversity and adaptability, she has successfully managed varied accounts that include real estate, travel and leisure, healthcare and entertainment. Shannon has a proven track record in managing creative, schedules, production, budgets, personnel and client deliverables.

Shannon enjoys traveling, water sports, and seashell collecting.

“My philosophy is under promise and over deliver!”
Robby Doyle

Robby Doyle


Robby is a recent graduate of Arizona State University with a BSD in Graphic Design. He brings enthusiasm for the process of design and all of it’s facets.

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”
Vanessa Whitener

Vanessa Whitener

Business Development

Venessa earned a Masters in Educational Leadership and BAE in Biological Sciences from Arizona State University and served for 10 years as the President of Higley Unified School Board. During her tenure she played a key role in campaigns for business partnerships, legislature, bonds and overrides.Venessa is passionate about improving our communities and schools.


“Any organization can grow with a little Rain.

Grow with rain.


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