Coburn Design started with the vision and dedication of Laura Coburn in 1992. Fast forward 25 years later, Coburn Design has fully woven itself into the fabric of the Finger Lakes region. It is a place where design is done with purpose, branding is authentically created, and client relationships are meaningful. As visual storytellers, we seek to create unique and powerful messages with our clients.

Our Team


Chris Madden

Creative Director / Mad Scientist

Chris is the Einstein of graphic design. He is the mad scientist in the office, who sits and schemes all of the concepts he can visually concoct. Not only is Chris an incredibly talented graphic designer, but he also has a secret weapon: illustration skills. Though he may appear prim and proper, his fun, zany, and occasionally dark illustrations reveal his intricacies. At Coburn Design, we love to utilize Chris’s expertise in graphic design and illustration, his competency with flash, as well as his accuracy with pre-press production. We also love to hear the stories of his adorable family.    

2007 - Present: Creative Director, Coburn Design
2005 - 2007:  Graphic Designer, Scotsman Press, Syracuse, NY
Education: MS in Graphic Design, SUNY Oswego (2005), BS in Illustration, SUNY Fredonia (2000)


Natalie Speck-Kimbrough

Senior Designer / Logically Driven Imaginer

Natalie has a passion for all things design, from developing brands, to designing websites. She equally enjoys utilizing the left side of her brain to project manage and geek out over marketing analytics. Coburn Design provides the perfect environment for her to marry her creativity with her analytical approach.   

2017 - Present: Senior Graphic Designer, Coburn Design
2014 - 2017:  Graphic Designer, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Education:  BFA in Visual Communication & Design, Kent State University (2008)



Laura Coburn

Founder / Omnipresident

Laura is the founder of Coburn Design. She excels at concept development, art direction, tourism design, editorial design, as well as marketing development and assessment. She also provides marketing coaching and consulting. Laura is yoga teacher, group facilitator and public speaker.

1992 - Present:  Founder, Coburn Design
1986 - 1992: Creative Director, the Citizen Newspapers, Auburn, NY
Education: BA in Graphic Arts, State University College at Buffalo (1985)




From the beginning, giving back to our community has been an integral part of Coburn Design. Our community giving involvement includes direct giving, sponsorships, mentoring, and board memberships. Some of our most rewarding work comes out of pro bono work within our community. Check out our most recent community project » Drug Free Community Coalition