Kanawha Design Studio
We use design and technology as tools to help collaborative communities.



KDS is a product of the skills, interests and talents of Katie Davis-Sayles and Jacob Sayles.   Katie's background is in architecture, theater design and experiential graphic design.  Jacob brings a long career in systems design, IT, software development and leading intentional communities. 

Photo and fireplace by Richard Rhodes

Photo and fireplace by Richard Rhodes

Katie Davis-Sayles began Kanawha Design Studio in 2011 with a Master of Architecture, ten years of experience in scenic, lighting and production design for performing arts and a specialty in graphic design in built environments.  She has designed signage and wayfinding for international soccer events, branding for international artists, coworking spaces, coliving hotels and a couple of brilliant bathrooms. 

As an educator, she has taught design, drafting and experiential design at the college level to theater artists, interior architects and graphic designers.  With an interest in digital fabrication and augmented reality, she has also taught 3D modeling and digital fabrication workshops to artists, film makers and members of maker spaces.   

Katie is an active member of the Society for Experiential Graphic Design and contributes to the SEGD Academic Task Force.

For Katie's Resume

For Katie's Work Sample

Jacob Sayles joined Kanawha Design Studio in 2015.  He started his career as a software programmer, working in software startups in the Pacific Northwest.  In 2007, he and his business partner Susan Dorsch saw the shift in how people work and started the first coworking space in Seattle.  From there, he continued to found a series of nonprofits and organizations designed to support the growing coworking movement around the world.  Using his software background and his philosophy of open community access, he developed the Nadine Project, the first open source coworking software.  With Kanawha Design Studio, Jacob is a Designer and the Technical Lead, working on community spaces and integrating them with applicable technologies.

Jacob's next role is as the Director of Technology for the 312 Main project in Vancouver, Canada.   He is working on the Nadine Project, an open source software platform to manage spaces and coworking communities.