Gastronaut Design Studio

Gastronaut Design

An independent design studio launching delicious brands to new heights.


Gastronaut is an independent design studio elevating food, beverage and personal care branding in Portland Oregon. Led by Marilee Sweeney, Gastronaut applies a disciplined approach to research and anticipates waves of visual culture. Working from that place of practical insight, we deliver branding and packaging that people reach for first. Our core strengths are in branding design, packaging design, photoshoot art direction, and 2-D retail design.

Marilee sits on the AIGA Portland board as Special Events Director.

Elevate your brand! Reach out: Marilee Sweeney, Brand Strategy 503.719.1976 //

 Branding and Layout for a recent League of Women Designers event at IPRC in Portland.

Branding and Layout for a recent League of Women Designers event at IPRC in Portland.

Building community is at the core of all our work. We donate fifteen percent of our design time each month to building local arts community with AIGA Portland, and League of Women Designers. This year we are providing creative direction and producing AMPLIFIER, a multi-sensory tasting experience at Design Week Portland. This AIGA Portland tasting event will cross-pollinate sound designers, visual designers and mixologists to create sensory bath tasting rooms at Jupiter Next on April 11th, 2019.

Photos by Nola Logan.


 Branding & Concept Development

Packaging & Print Design

Menu Design

Photoshoot Art Direction 


Client:League of Women Designers Portland

'Marilee so graciously volunteered her time to produce promotional materials for a gallery show put on by the League of Women Designers last spring. Not only was she easy to work with, she also went above and beyond to get local donations for the event. She produced a beautiful take-away and managed the entire process with the print vendors seamlessly!' -Emily Steen,  League of Women Designers Facilitator

Client:Gaviña Coffee

'Gaviña Coffee is a major specialty coffee roaster that has a proud history going back almost 50 years in this country, and 90 years before that in Cuba. Marilee started about a year before me so it was a pleasure to see her gradually update and transform our brands. I think the quality of our image matches the inherent quality of our coffees and I know we have Marilee to thank for that.' -Jeff Durbin, C.F.O at Gaviña Coffee

Client:Z & R Design/ Marc Jacobs Beauty

'I reached out to Marilee as a consultant based on her strength Art Directing photoshoots. Her instagram feed had a beautiful lifestyle photography that I loved and I brought her in to develop fresh social media content for a key client. I found her creative collaboration to be helpful, her work style to be organized and helpful, and the end result helped me win new business. Our work together gained my client over 7,000 new likes, and Marilee’s help achieving this on a short timeframe was invaluable. My experience working with Marilee was very good and I will definitely collaborate with her on projects in the future.'
-Zlata Nikonovskaya, Principle at Z & R Design

Client:Nola Logan Photography

'Marilee is a DREAM to work with. She went above and beyond what was expected during our collaboration. I originally sought out Marilee because I had heard of the unique and beautiful work she had done as a member of the LWD community. We worked closely on developing my personal brand in a timely manner and my experience of working with Marilee was exactly what I was looking for. She basically read my mind! I would not just recommend her for a personal project but as a major asset to any design team.' -Nola Logan, Photographer

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