Brophy Ringdahl is a design pro who leads our team of print designers with wisdom and class. He has been creating incredible print work here at Firespring for nearly 20 years. Just take a stroll around Firespring’s property and you’ll see Brophy’s work—pretty much every sign has some influence from him.
The print design team as a whole is involved in every step of our clients’ print projects. They can take an idea all the way from concept to design to production, and they also ensure all designs are perfectly formatted to print precisely as intended. Our designers, including Brophy, go back and forth between the client and the print team to make sure every project exceeds client expectations.
Essentially, Brophy leads a team of detail-oriented, hard-working designers committed to getting the job done right. And with his years of experience, there’s no one we trust more to provide excellent design insight. That’s also why we think it’s so awesome that he offers his design capabilities to local organizations as a volunteer. Strong design can instantly elevate any space or embolden any message—and we’re happy to help bring the power of design to organizations that need it.
Firespring’s Power of 3 program encourages all team members to volunteer at least 3 percent of their time to causes they care about. That’s around eight hours a month dedicated to serving others. Brophy takes on a wide variety of volunteer opportunities as they arise, and his designs are bringing color and excitement to organizations all across Lincoln.
Right now, Brophy is workshopping a wall art design for a local elementary school. He has been collaborating with the school staff to create designs that will add interest and vibrance to the halls of the school for years to come. An engaging environment like a school for young children can never have enough color and art, and we can’t wait to see how this project turns out.
One of Brophy’s favorite volunteer design projects was for Kegs for the Cure, an annual fundraiser for the American Cancer Society where local brewers donate their beer and the community comes together to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and fun. Brophy designed custom labels for the event’s beer bottles—making them unique, memorable, collectable and fun while honoring the meaning of the event. The eye-catching bottle designs brought a sense of cohesion to it all, gave the brewers a token of their hard work and offered a dedication to the people Kegs for a Cure was honoring.
Beyond volunteering his design skills, Brophy has given his time to numerous nonprofits in Lincoln. He is helping out at this summer’s Lincoln Arts Festival, he has built parts of a home through Habitat for Humanity, and he contributes to some of Firespring’s favorite events like Ignite Lincoln, The ROI of Why Conference and Cause Camp.
An organization that holds an extra special place for Brophy is the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money for childhood cancer research. Every year for the past seven years, Brophy has shaved his head at St. Baldrick’s flagship head-shaving fundraiser. He once even put his hair in little braids before cutting it all off.
“My brother is a childhood cancer survivor,” Brophy said. “So St. Baldrick’s means a lot to me, and I’m happy to help them out. It’s always good to give back to the community without expecting anything in return. It just makes the world a better place.”
We’re thankful to have Brophy as a designer, leader and role model at Firespring. It’s awesome to see how our team members are using their skills and creating opportunities to give back through this year and beyond.