Most Recent Projects

Take a look at some of our recent projects

Selected Work :: Website Design

Selected Work :: Photography

  • Bar
  • Bento
  • Breakfast
  • Deli
  • Fish
  • Hen
  • Herloom
  • Meats
  • Octopus
  • orenccini
  • Quinos
  • Steak
  • Tacos

Selected Work :: Branding

  • Argus logo
  • Cortland ASC logo
  • Cortland Regional Med logo
  • KME logo
  • Landmasters logo
  • Make & Take logo
  • McCadam logo
  • Monarch logo
  • MVCC Hawks Logo
  • MVCC logo
  • SBB logo
  • Sharkeys logo
  • Tessy
  • Usherwood logo

Selected Work :: Print Design

  • Maines Corporate Brochures
  • Essence Jan-Feb 2014
  • Produce Express brochure
  • Vera House 2008
  • Tessy Brochure
  • Costello-Cooney-Fearon Ads
  • Farmers Mkt materials
  • Usherwood Brochure
  • Eagle Brochure
  • Cortland Hospital brochure
  • American LaFrance Ads
  • SRC Arena brochure
  • Bountiful Harvest
  • Brickfire Bakery
  • Eureka
  • Giovanni Sauces
  • Keenan Flyers
  • KME Brochures
  • Libbey
  • Maines Food Show-Hollywood
  • McCadam Cheese
  • Prairie-Creek
  • Sweet Street Desserts
  • Trescerro
  • Vera House Gala 2013
  • Vera House WRC 2014

About Us

We wear many pants here at Designworks

What we do

Web Design

Website Design

We design mobile friendly websites, teach you how to update it, construct your webinars, produce your online videos, and develop your social media channels.


Marketing Strategy

Our goal for your company is simple; sell more, to more people, more often. Our research and campaign planning will get you there.

Branding & Identity


A brand is more than a logo; it’s a reason to choose. We help you build a meaningful and productive relationship with your customers so they choose you again and again.

Print Design

Print Design

When it comes to printed advertising, nothing short of perfection will do; the perfect design, the perfect medium, the perfect print job.



We offer a full range of media buying, planning, and digital strategy. We negotiate, purchase, and monitor advertising space and airtime on your behalf.



Our talented team produces well-written and high quality videos for any objective, any screen, and any audience.

Our Philosophy Jeans

We live our brand.

Just like jeans - our signature attire - we’re honest, unpretentious, active, inspiring, and eternally fresh. Blue jeans never go out of style. They’re classic and trendy just like our unique brand of advertising.

No matter what your shape or size, you’ll find we’re a perfect fit!

Meet the Team

There is a lot of personality around here.


Michele Bellso

Owner | a.ka. Director of W.I.T. (whatever it takes)


Michele is the founder and creative mind behind Designworks Advertising.  Michele has a loving and caring husband ("When he's not golfing") and a talented daughter in middle school. At Designworks you can count on Michele to take the creative energy to the next level.


Sign – Leo

Pet's Name – Charmin


Music – Broadway Show Tunes

Drink – Riesling

Author – James Patterson, Dan Brown, or Robin Cook

Color – Black & white (patterns)

Animal – Zebra

Quote – Life isn't about waiting for the storms to's learning to dance in the rain.

Advertising Campaigns – Old...the VW campaign is iconic and awesome. New...the Geiko Hump Day commercial is viral and hysterical.


Dave Bellso

President | a.ka. Director of G.O.L.F. (Generating Opportunities with a Logical Focus)


Dave Bellso was born in Augusta Georgia(that's where his love for golf comes from) and raised in Central New York. During the week, his goal is to know his clients’ businesses inside and out in order to meet their need for professional and effective marketing. On the weekends, his goal is playing great golf, enjoying great friends, and finding the best restaurants in town.


Sign – Aquarius


Music – Billy Joel, Triumph, Bob Segar

Drink – Michelob Ultra when I’m on a diet, Captain Morgan and diet when I’m cheating, Red Wine when I'm out to dinner.

Food – Asiago-crusted Veal Cutlets from Sorrento's in North Syracuse, Shake Shack Burger, NYC.

Car – '63 Split Window Coup Corvette

Quote – "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and Wisdom to know the difference". 

Advertising Campaign – “Where’s the beef?!”  "Any Bud Light Campaign." 


Cathi Miller

Graphic Designer | a.ka. "Dedicated Design Diva"


Becoming a graphic designer has been a 16-year evolution (and still counting). As a self-taught designer, she has worked for newspapers, magazines, various company marketing departments, and finally found her niche in the advertising industry where her eclectic occupational background serves her well. She continually throws more aspects of creation into her repertoire...always looking for the next challenge.


Sign – Sagittarius

Pet's Names – Bowie, Hannah & Freddie


Music – From Heavy Metal to Country, depending on the mood of the day

Drink – Local NY Wines


Author – Stephen King

Color – Tie Dye

Animal – Alpaca

Advertising Campaigns – Etrade; talking baby commercials, and Allstate; "Mayhem" TV commercials ...sheer comical genius!


Katie Rapp

Media Coordinator | a.ka. Our "Multimedialite"


After 5 years with her previous marketing firm, Katie was ready for a change. She jumped right into a marketing role with Designworks as media coordinator and account manager. Off the job, Katie loves to paint; she currently has a show displaying in Restaurant 317 on Montgomery Street, Syracuse.


Sign – Gemini

Pet's Name – June…but she responds to “Diesel”. As a puppy she kept getting bigger... and bigger… until "Diesel" (“D” for short) just stuck.


Music – Red Hot Chili Peppers

Drink – Red Wine or White Russian ...extra Kahlua like the one from The Big Lebowski

Author – Chelsea Handler, author of “My Horizontal Life”

Color – I love all colors ...I am painter at heart!

Animal – Dogs & Fish

Quote – "Worry is a waste of imagination" ...from a bathroom stall in Portland, Maine


Frank Bellso

Accountant | a.ka. "Senior Intelligence Officer"


Frank is our beloved senior accountant and has been with Designworks for nearly 20 years. He works closely with our team to ensure that business is taken care of in an efficient and professional manner. Besides crunching numbers, he brings joy to the office each day, often in the form of a brown paper bag filled with bagels or doughnuts for all to share.


Sign – Pisces


Music – Cowboy Western

Food – Italian and Chinese

Car – Anything with 4 Wheels...I'm a simple guy

Movie – Titanic


Jackie Terribile

Client Advocate | a.ka. Director of M.I.H. (Make It Happen)


After a few years of experience in advertising and fashion in NYC, Jackie relocated from the Big Apple to Syracuse in 2000 to work for Designworks. Fashion is still her passion, and she challenges herself to creatively style the "jeans" signature look of the agency by mixing highs and lows.


Sign – Aquarius


Music – 90s Alternative

Food – Anything chocolate

Drink – Extra Dirty Martini Straight Up

Animal – Westie Dog

Quote – “Fashion changes, but style endures.”  Coco Chanel

Advertising Campaigns – Fosters; "Australian for Beer", and Dos Equis; "The Most Interesting Man"


Donna Sognefest

Bookkeeper | a.ka. Chief Administrative Director


Donna spent time working as an executive parent and a professional volunteer.  She has experience at a multi-national consulting firm that helped companies deal with the Asian challenge.  Donna also has experience at high technology manufacturing organizations in various administrative positions.  She is now directing the administrative traffic at Designworks Advertising.


Sign – Virgo

Pet's Name – Anna


Music – Alternative Rock

Author – Eugene O'Neill

Hobby – Reading and researching new or unfamiliar topics

Color – Pastel Green and Aqua

Food – Chocolate and Peanut Butter

Quote"What you do speaks so loud that I cannot hear what you say." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Advertising Campaigns – Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company’s Budweiser Beer commercials with The Budweiser Clydesdale horses

Designworks Advertising

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Designworks Advertising
109 Twin Oaks Drive
Syracuse, New York 13206

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