Tim Ellis of Sharpen Creative. Graphic Designer, Brand Designer, and Web Designer.

A Professional
Graphic Designer

with an Eagerness to Learn
and Inspired to Evolve

Meet Tim Ellis

Graphic Designer, Web Developer, & Creative Marketing Consultant

Tim Ellis is founder and owner of Sharpen Creative, in Frederick, MD. His years of industry experience, and passion for creative services, made starting his own business a natural fit.

A Professional
Graphic Designer

with an Eagerness to Learn
and Inspired to Evolve

Tim Ellis of Sharpen Creative. Graphic Designer, Brand Designer, and Web Designer.

Meet Tim Ellis

Graphic Designer, Web Developer, & Creative Marketing Consultant

Tim Ellis is founder and owner of Sharpen Creative, in Frederick, MD. His years of industry experience, and passion for creative services, made starting his own business a natural fit.

Meet Tim Ellis

Graphic Designer, Web Developer, & Creative Marketing Consultant

Tim Ellis is founder and owner of Sharpen Creative, in Frederick, MD. His years of industry experience, and passion for creative services, made starting his own business a natural fit.

Working With Small Businesses

Strategy-Driven Creative Services

Tim’s company, Sharpen Creative, helps small businesses sharpen their brands with creative strategies that produce results.

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Tim Ellis, CEO & Founder, Graphic Designer, Web Developer, Marketing Consultant for small businesses.

Passion Drives Everything

Make it Happen

Tim is passionate about business, design, making, problem solving — he loves seeing people chase their dreams.

“To be involved in that process is truly an honor. Seeing a business grow is the icing on the cake for me,” says Tim.

“I love what I do — creating brands, building websites that are mindful and effective, seeing my work in real life, and working with high-achieving entrepreneurs. It’s inspiring and rewarding,” he says.

Whether you’ve invented a product or you’re providing top-notch service, Tim will help you shape the path to success.

It's Not Just a Business

It's a Vehicle That Gets You to Your Goals

Early in his life, Tim’s dad was in the Coast Guard and the family lived in different states. His brother Matt was born in South Dakota and Tim was born in Wyoming. Tim was 7 weeks old when they returned back to the Baltimore area where his parents grew up. In a year or so they moved to Washington County, Maryland where he spent the rest of his childhood and into his late 20s. His mom was a stay-at-home mom while his dad worked for a tractor trailer repair shop, using his experience in mechanics from the Coast Guard. Sadly, the roof of the shop caved in during a blizzard and Tim’s dad closed the business.

With their back up against the wall, his mom was selling Avon door-to-door and they decided to start a carpet cleaning franchise. As he grew up, Tim went with his dad to appointments and loved to watch how things worked. He also took notice of all his dad’s hard work, his attention to the tiny details, and his knack for helping people. Tim absorbed it all. Both his mom and dad put major emphasis on their reputation, which Tim noted as being “the essence of their brand.” Tim recalls when they dropped the franchise in 1992 and incorporated under a new name. His dad would take the “drawings” of the logo that the local design shop prepared and trace over it on tracing paper—making small adjustments in various versions to send feedback to the designer. “It was fascinating and it surely influenced my direction in life,” says Tim.

Education & Experience

Plus a Ton of Family Support

Tim continued his love for marketing and his desire to excel at design when he went to Hagerstown Business College (HBC; now Purdue University Global), where he received his Associate of Applied Science Degree in Graphic Design.

Following college, in 2002, Tim founded a graphic design/branding agency in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he began offering design services, printing, and promotional advertising products. The agency was awarded several awards for logo design and had many logo designs featured in industry-leading design books. HBC was one of his first clients, and Tim was inducted into HBC’s “Alumni Hall of Fame” in 2004.

In 2009, Tim met Kristen through mutual friends, and in 2010, they moved to Charleston, South Carolina—to explore a new area. Tim scaled back his agency and continued freelancing to have freedom for travel and relocating.

Their daughter Allison was born in 2011 in Charleston. Kristen pursued her bachelor’s degree in psychology and Tim continued to network as a freelance graphic designer and website developer. His clients were local and national, including active clients today in Massachusettes, Alabama, Colorado, South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia, and California.

Tim and family decided to relocate back to Maryland In 2018 to be closer to family. They currently live in Frederick County, MD, which is near his Maryland-based family and also close to Kristen’s family in the Chambersburg, PA area.

A Selfie of Tim Ellis with his family.
Tim Ellis, CEO & Founder, Graphic Designer, Web Developer, Marketing Consultant for small businesses.

Creatively Sharp

For the Love of Design

In 2019, Tim founded Sharpen Creative. Branding is the basis of Tim’s ambition. Whether Tim works on marketing collateral, branding or websites, he helps clients sharpen their brand by clarifying their message and simplifying their designs.

Tim uses a discovery process with projects to curate a strategy that is relevant to the goals, mission, and tone of the business. He asks the right questions to define the scope and expectations of every project. Tim remarks, “Every business has a brand story. Most small businesses are off-brand with themselves—being inconsistent, having the wrong tone, or even using the wrong colors can negatively impact the brand and the bottom-line.”

Tim Ellis, CEO & Founder, Graphic Designer, Web Developer, Marketing Consultant for small businesses.

Leading Every Project

From Start to Finish

Tim is the Lead Designer on logo designs, branding, graphic design—from sketching to hand-crafting them into vector glory, and then building it into a fully developed brand.

He’s also the lead website developer taking the web design from form to function in a practical, user-centric approach. Tim’s foundation in print design reflects not only in his website designs but also in the way he thinks from the user’s perspective. “It’s most fun for me to help a business improve their lead acquisitions—from the amount they receive to how they are received,” Tim says.

Tim works with other screened and pre-qualified professionals to carry out parts of projects that are best suited for someone else's expertise.

Tim Ellis' hands on the keyboard doing web design work.
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Want to Talk?
Book a Time

Want to talk Business? Strategy? Design? User Experience? Marketing?

I would love to as well. Schedule a 30-minute Zoom or phone call with me and let’s get into it. No sales pitch. No closing strategy.

VP at LeTip of South Carroll

Community Leadership

Tim is vice president of LeTip of South Carroll, a business growth and strategic networking organization that helps entrepreneurs and sales professionals develop leads and business connections. It is based in Carroll County, Maryland.

Join Tim virtually or in person on Thursdays at 7 am. Check out the LeTip of South Carroll’s website for more details and to RSVP for an upcoming meeting.