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Our senior designer, Sydney Heppner, emanates creativity from the moment you meet her.

Sydney Heppner, Senior Designer

We’re thankful for the artistic talent and creative eye she provides and the quality of work she delivers for our clients.

“Sydney’s been a cornerstone addition to our Neapolitan Labs team,” Brian McMillin, Neapolitan Labs president, says. “During her time with us, she’s done everything from digital advertising creative to branding and logos to full-fledged website designs.”

Sydney’s gift for creativity dates back to her childhood when she spent her days coloring, drawing, and painting anything and everything. Unsurprisingly, even then she knew she wanted her career to be involved in the arts.

“I knew I wanted to do something creative as I grew up, but I wasn’t sure exactly what,” Sydney explains. “Then in high school, my art teacher suggested graphic design to me.”

The more Sydney learned about it, the more she fell in love with the art form. She went on to earn her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Iowa State University.

“After graduation, I worked at a few different companies as a graphic designer,” Sydney says. “One of them was Meredith, and that’s actually where I met Brian.”

After their time at Meredith, Brian reached out to Sydney to work on Neapolitan Lab projects. She’s now worked with the team for three years, helping us provide clients with innovative design solutions.

Sydney has brought such a unique and creative perspective to our projects which really allows us to elevate our creative ideas beyond standard or traditional web designs.

Caley LewisChief Business Officer

“Her Neapolitan Labs portfolio includes design and features for the Pottawattamie County, Crawford County, and Southwest Iowa Mental Health & Disability Services websites,” Brian says. “In 2021, she’s created new brands for the Ottumwa Convention & Visitors Bureau and Marion County.”

Screenshot of the Southwest Iowa Region Mental Health and Disability Services website.

Sydney created the website design for Southwest Iowa Region Mental Health and Disability Services.

Sydney’s favorite aspect of working in graphic design and with Neapolitan Labs is the freedom to be creative and the variety of projects that come her way.

“Some days Brian asks for a logo, some days it’s a website, some days it’s a digital ad,” Sydney explains. “No day is the same.”

Sydney's work has benefited small businesses and government clients alike.

Brian McMillinPresident

Outside of Neapolitan Labs, Sydney expresses her creativity through a full-time design gig with the Arizona Coyotes hockey team, as well as painting and illustrating. Some recent illustrations she’s done for fun star her friends’ pets and her own dog Ringo (pictured above).

We are so grateful to have Sydney and her design talents on our team!

Sydney is a joy to work with. She radiates positive energy, drive, and creativity. She encourages those around her to take a second look and really think outside of the box. She has been pivotal to some of our greatest design builds and I can't wait to see what she designs next!

Caley LewisChief Business Officer
Ashley English

About Ashley English

Ashley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in political science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. After graduating, her career path in a variety of industries (political campaigns, education, outdoor recreation, and tourism among others) strengthened her skills in writing, graphic design, social media marketing, photography, and proofreading.