Gradient9 Studios is a small creative factory located in Indianola, Iowa, just 20 miles south of Des Moines. We have delivered high-quality web and graphic designs to clients who scan the nation from coast to coast.

In an image-saturated world, we create designs that make a memorable first impression for your potential customers. This is a huge investment. We strive to create a brand that accurately and beautifully represents your company. Let us bring our passion and design sense to your next project. Browse our site for a glimpse of work we have completed for other businesses and organizations.

If you have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Grant Darrah

Founder/Creative Director

Grant was born and raised in Southern Iowa. He began his relationship with art and design by tracing sports figures from his brother’s magazines and by drawing recreations of famous cartoon figures.  Grant prides himself on his work ethic and the set of values he gained growing up in the Midwest. He has lived in a variety of places and worked for a variety of companies, but nothing compares to the satisfaction he experienced launching Gradient9 Studios, LLC in June of 2011. While Gradient9 Studios occupies much of Grant’s time, he also is the proud father of two toddlers, and loves every minute he gets to spend with his wife and children. He is blessed to spend every day in a career he is passionate about and with a family he loves.

Sean Daugherty


Sean grew up in Iowa and is proud of being from the Midwest. He has always had a passion for art and anything creative. He immediately found his stride when he began courses in graphic design and knew he had found the field he would enjoy working in every day of his life. He believes that success comes from a willingness to seek ways to grow and ways to challenge yourself in all aspects of your life. Naturally, Sean applies this philosophy to his work, and it shows. During Sean’s free time he enjoys rescuing old junk from thrift stores, riding his bike, being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

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