How We Began


Upon graduating from Syracuse University, Alan Brown began working for photography studios in Greater Cincinnati, eventually partnering with two photographers to open PhotoDesign. At PhotoDesign, Alan specialized in photographing people and creating special effect images for a wide range of advertising agencies, design studios and corporations. His special effects often involved multiple images collaged together (no, he didn’t have Photoshop…or a computer). Looking for a better way to do his special effects, Alan bought his first color Macintosh computer in 1989, and thus Photonics was born.

Fast forward a few years, and today we are celebrating our 27th year of serving the Cincinnati community’s design needs. While our tools are a far cry from that first Macintosh, our desire to create incredible art has never wavered. Our team of designers and developers collaborate to challenge the status-quo and deliver work that they are proud to share in their community.