The People of Substance

  1. Stephen Landau Stephen Landau

    Creative Director & Principal

    With over sixteen years of experience concepting digital solutions, Stephen uses the idea of “brand” as a guide for both creative execution and digital implementation. The belief that brand is the way people feel about a company is paramount in the creative process where interactivity, functionality and design all work together to create a positive brand relationship - Interaction is Brand.

  2. Todd Moritz Todd Moritz

    Chief Operating Officer & Principal

    With a formal background in music, television and film production Todd turned his focus to the internet in 1994, heading to San Francisco to produce the original Working for companies like Foote Cone & Belding, Wieden+Kennedy and Organic he’s worked with many clients over the years, many of which you’ve heard of and he’d be more than happy to talk with you about.

  1. Nicole Levin Nicole Levin

    Art Director
  2. Erin Kurtz Erin Kurtz

    Experience Director
  3. Jesse Keyes Jesse Keyes

    UI Developer
  4. Jeremy Pair Jeremy Pair

    Project Manager
  5. Nate Bedortha Nate Bedortha

    UI Developer
  6. Isaac Viel Isaac Viel

    Analytics and QA
  7. Annie Gilbert Annie Gilbert

    Project Manager
  8. Robeson Kitchin Robeson Kitchin

    Back-End Developer

How did we get here?

Substance was formed in January of 2007 because we wanted to create the company we’d always dreamed of working for: a place filled with smart, creative, business-savvy people who are dedicated to doing great work. The kind of company that would create fantastic work for fantastic clients. Over six years into this journey, our work and our clients are a testament to who we are and what we do.

We have an expression at Substance that began on Day One, and continues to this day: Do Better. Every day brings the opportunity for us to do even better than the day before. For ourselves. For our clients. For you.

View Substance through our eyes…

The Substance crew at Columbia Land Trust's Wild Splendor event last night (photo credit: @ohmytoddpdx with the selfie)
If you're at Columbia Land Trust's Wild Splendor event, you'll probably see us here! #wildsplendor
Tried to get all four flavors (the others are bacon Mac & cheese, mango salsa, and wasabi ginger) but all Fred Meyer had was cappuccino. Probably the only one worth trying.
The Shadow Burger at Club 21. #portlandburgerweek - bacon, onion ring, tomato jam - pretty darn good.
Starting #portlandburgerweek at our next door neighbors - Club 21. Shadow burgers all around.
About an hour until the Future of Adventure Brands Online panel. Get a seat early, but you're only going to need the edge when you hear what @thejsnow from @smartwooligan and @nicklaw9 from @nauclothing have to say. 1:30pm in Salon A-C. #orshow #adventurebrands
If @stlandau @thejsnow or @nicklaw9 hands you one of these at Outdoor Retailer, it means you're *personally* invited to the Future of Adventure Brands Online panel on Friday at 1:30pm, Salon A-C. (But really, anyone can come!) #orshow #adventurebrands
Experiential Sales: E-Commerce as a Brand Experience. How do @smartwooligan and @nauclothing integrate content with commerce? How does the shopping experience reflect the brand? Find out Friday, 1:30pm in Salon A-C at Outdoor Retailer. #orshow #adventurebrands
Relationship Management vs. Customer Service - which is the future of how adventure brands can utilize online platforms? Find out Friday, 1:30pm in Salon A-C at Outdoor Retailer with @nauclothing @smartwooligan & @findsubstance #orshow #adventurebrands
Brand creates community, community creates brand. 8 days until @stlandau sits down with @thejsnow and @nicklaw9 to talk about the future of adventure brands at Outdoor Retailer. #orshow #adventurebrands #fanfieldtester
Brand Strategy = Content Strategy. (A little over a week until Outdoor Retailer, which means a little over a week until @findsubstance sits down with @smartwooligan and @nauclothing to talk about things like this and how they relate to the future of adventure brands online. More info at #orshow #adventurebrands
Someone is keeping an eye on things at the office today.

View all our photos at