Your Portland Web Design and Branding Specialists

Before we talk about us, let’s talk about you. After all, it’s your story we want to tell, not ours.

You’ve gladly dedicated countless hours to your work, because what you’re doing, whether it’s running a great record store, fighting for justice or brewing the perfect beer, is making the world a better place. But you don’t have the expertise, time, money, or staff to grow your business by telling the world what you’re doing and why it matters.

That’s where we come in. Ink Stained Creative listens to and understands each of our clients’ stories, then our team tells that story, expertly and in any media, to the audience you want to reach. We offer the services of a full creative, marketing and advertising team for a better price due to our low overhead, small core team size and access to a variety of talented contractors. Based in and around Portland, web design, branding, advertising and marketing are among our services. Learn more about what we can offer your business.

About our pricing – we set our rates in the realm of a high-level freelancer, while offering the quality, capabilities and level of service of a small to mid-sized agency.

Our Team

Dave Garlock – Owner / Writer / Web Developer

Dave got his start in the writing world trying to publish novels while working in the food-service industry. Cliché, he knows, though one did make it into the world. Since then, he’s done just about every kind of writing there is, from non-profit to journalism to social media to web to advertising. He also started making websites somewhere along the way.

His passions, in addition to writing, include foraging for chanterelles, rooting for the Timbers, backpacking into wilderness and listening to vinyl. He lives on a farm outside of Oregon City with his wonderful girlfriend Melissa, their cat Thea, and, soon, a bunch of dogs and goats and chickens and ducks.

Dave Garlock - Portland area expert in web design copywriting and branding - owner of Ink Stained Creative


Elin McLain - Portland web design and graphic design expert
Photo by Adam Simmons

Elin McLain –  Lead Designer

Elin really had no choice, but to be a designer. As a kid, he decorated his notebooks with Letraset rub-on letters, drew the alphabet and designed a logo for an imaginary pajama brand. In the 12 years prior to co-founding Ink Stained, he worked for small agencies with clients focusing on art and environmental concerns, as well as leading in-house design teams.

Aside from pushing pixels, he is enjoying life most when cooking, screen printing, longboarding with his dog Buko, running a trail or rummaging through a thrift store. He grew up in Florence, on the Oregon coast, and lives with his wife Anie in Southeast Portland. 

Talented Contractors – A Bit of Everything

Brilliant programmers , SEO experts, creative illustrators, aerial drone videographers: we know the right people to get any job done, and done right. Someday we hope to hire them all.

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For our IT solutions and office support needs, we’re partnered with Spitzer Technology Consulting.




Coffee mugs representing our talented contractors in web design, programming, seo, videography and much more