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Designers — stop going at it alone!

So you run your own design business (or have plans to)! It's great being your own boss, right?! There's just one problem... you're your own boss. There's no creative director to seek feedback from before sending proofs to clients, you don't have anyone keeping you accountable, brainstorming is a solo act, and all decisions fall on you. 

You're wearing #allthehats and are juggling between marketer, designer, salesman, customer service rep, project manager, owner... whoa, that's a lot to handle for just one person! 

You're involved with some designer Facebook groups (like ours), and while the community aspect is amazing, there are just some things you don't want to — or can't — post in public. Plus, you don't want to be an askhole who's constantly nagging others with questions and feedback requests.


Wouldn't it be great if you had an experienced designer to...

  • Answer questions about pricing, client issues and business
  • Help you form a marketing and sales plan
  • Provide deep feedback on your designs
  • Guide you through branding yourself (isn't that always the hardest?)
  • Review your portfolio & website to ensure you're reaching the right clients
  • Help you niche down so you can position yourself stronger
  • Walk you through that high-end project that you're in over your head with
  • Brainstorm with
  • or be your Design Bestie!

The good news is, now you do!

Mentor, design bestie, creative director, consultant — it doesn't matter what you call us — we're here to partner with you so you don't have to navigate this journey alone!

Let's Work Together!


Three-Week Accelerator

Three weeks of 1:1 design support on the topic of your choice. This is great for, but not limited to, working through client issues, portfolio reviews or brainstorming sessions... anything that can be conquered in a few weeks.

  • Three 50-minute calls (one per week for 3 weeks)
  • Email support (one email per week for 3 weeks)
  • Weekly action steps & plan
  • Choose your design professional or be paired according to your needs*


Six-Week Intensive

Six weeks of 1:1 design support on the topic of your choice. Perfect for those branding or rebranding their businesses, marketing and sales support, niching down, walking through a high-end project; or a combination of support. 

  • Six 50-minute calls (one per week for 6 weeks)
  • Email support (one email per week for 6 weeks)
  • Weekly action steps & plan
  • Choose your design professional or be paired according to your needs*


Designer SOS

Need some immediate feedback or help? Stuck on a project that's due this week? Having an issue with a client? Need help with a pitch? Submit your request and within 24-business-hours a trusted design professional** will reach out to schedule a 50-minute call. 

This is great for any one-time projects that you can't find support for online and need a real human to talk things through with!




*The Three-Week Accelerator and Six-Week Intensives are hosted by Illiah Manger and Lauren Black (see bios below), and you may choose whom you'd like to work with or select to be paired according to your needs. If you need web-specific support, you'll be paired with a trusted Elevate & Cultivate web professional.

**Due to the immediacy of the Designer SOS calls, you will be paired with the first available designer, either Illiah, Lauren or another trusted Elevate & Cultivate design professional.

Meet the Designers


Illiah Manger

Creative Director & Brand Stylist | C&V

With 14 years of design experience, Illiah Manger is a brand designer and mompreneur who helps daring business owners and creatives craft brands that open doors. She is both an INFJ AND an INFP, often combining imagination and creativity with a strong sense of compassion... And her lipstick collection rivals the Bite Lipstick display at Sephora.

Illiah co-founded Elevate & Cultivate with her design BFF, Lauren Black, creator of Bosscation, so that designers could strengthen their skills, get feedback on their work and make friendships stronger than Gotham Ultra.


Questions? Shoot us an email or reach out in the Facebook group!