We are icoya (ee-co-ya) — an agile two-person design & development team based in Chicago and San Francisco. We love working with small companies that have big ideas and big aspirations: because we’re just like that.

Summer 2015

Nominations for the icoya grant are now closed. Thank you for all who participated and nominated!

Recent Work


identity & website

Bunch Studio


Chicago Sake

identity & website

Zoie Events


Hook & Ladder


Forget Me Knodt

identity & website



Savor The District


Ice Cream & Origami


Inter City Maintenance


Manteca Mural Society


Inovus Design


About Us

Colin Bayer

Colin is the web development arm of icoya. He's a fan of open source technologies, and 9 times out of ten will build your site using PHP and MySQL, with sprinklings of JavaScript frameworks, SASS, and HTML5. Colin has worked in development since 2004, but also has some experience with design and writing, and his varied background helps icoya in many ways. He currently lives in San Francisco.

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Ikuko Aoki-Salinas

Ikuko (Iko) is the award-winning design genius at icoya. A graphic designer/art director by trade, Iko also does printmaking. She was born and raised in Japan, and originally came to the US as a student. Her plan to stay just for 1-2 years to study English evolved into studying art at Columbia College in Chicago. Her specialties are web & interface design, print, advertising, logo and identity design. Iko likes running, spicy food, dogs, those creepy Blythe dolls, and traveling. Iko lives with her family in Chicago.

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  • - Web Design
  • - User Interface Design
  • - Branding / Identity
  • - Print


  • - HTML5, CSS3
  • - JavaScript
  • - Content Management
  • - Responsive Web Development

what our clients say about us

As a small business owner, I always feel like the cobbler's kids with no shoes... a beautiful website always seemed like a luxury! But icoya proved that it's an attainable necessity. I'm so grateful for their creativity, talent and diligence. They kept me on task and built me a website that never fails to impress my customers and peers alike!

~ Janessa Knodt, Forget Me Knodt

I saw Forget Me Knodt's website and thought it was really charming and easy to navigate, and discovered icoya from there. I did a lot of shopping around for my website developer/designer and felt comfortable with icoya from the beginning. The fact that they are in different states from me made no difference, it was an enjoyable and stress-free process. Iko is a great designer and she understood my vision. Colin did a great job explaining the technical side of the process, and was very quick to respond when I had questions. They went above and beyond. It's been a great experience and I recommend them to anyone looking for a website designer.

~ Mai Hoang Ito, Bunch Studio

Icoya is the web team you dream about. Their work is exceptional and they not only develop and design a website that meets your expectations but is even better than you could have imagined! With great attention to detail, communication and insight, icoya is thorough and strategic in every step of the process. Because of icoya, I now have a website I am excited about and I know it will enhance my business' brand and impact sales. They brought my ideas to life with their incredible design talent and efficient web development skills. I highly recommend hiring icoya because it will be one of the best decisions you've ever made!

~ Olivia Wu, Zoie Events

Deciding to work with icoya was one of the smartest decisions we made when starting our consulting firm. From conceptualization to execution, icoya provides an outstanding mix of creative energy, technical expertise, and dedicated service. They've earned our highest recommendation.

~ Matt Bowers, Hook & Ladder

I met Iko & Colin of icoya through a <a href="http://www.forgetmeknodt.com" target="_blank">neighbor whose floral design website I really liked</a>. The streamlined, elegant, yet modern aesthetic created by icoya appealed to me and was exactly what I wanted for my brand. From proposal through creative development and production, the icoya team was a joy to work with&hellip;resulting in a brand ID and logo that will allow my new business to stand out from the competition. Iko &amp; Colin are approachable and smart, and truly vested in making your business a success. They are partners in every sense of the word and I highly recommend them.

~ Jenn Bussell, Savor The District


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icoya Grant Terms / Overview

icoya will donate their services for one project, with the scope of the project determinant upon needs of the chosen applicant. The value of the project is not to exceed $5,000, with costs to be determined based upon our hourly rate of $75 / hour. The work for the grant will be approached the same as a paying project, where there will be a letter of agreement, schedule, rounds of revision, etc. Typical project scopes within this budget include a logo design, website layout, and fully-functional website that is connected to a content management system. Scope and level of effort to be determined on an individual applicant basis. The terms of this grant require that icoya is given creative freedom and control, with guidelines and approval given by the grant winner.