Look Around.

Everything has an element of design to it. Design is life. And it's what we do. We love it, we live it, we preach it and, for clients who want great design, we'll obsess over it. Come on in and take a peek. Hopefully, it'll give you an idea how we can work together.

For us, it all begins with our ears

– paying close attention to our client's needs and the problems they encounter. Only then do we use what's between our ears. We also believe that nothing succeeds in a vacuum. Which is why we make collaboration a key element in each project we undertake. If you've got any questions, we'd be more than happy to sit and start using our ears.

Curious about what we do?

Take a look at our portfolio and you'll see that we do everything from logos to websites and everything in between. Our team of designers, web developers and marketers are here to ensure our clients are happy with the work we produce.

New Hybrid Corp. Logo design for Alternative Energy Company in Japan.

Servco Insurance Services Logo Design for the insurance arm of one of Hawaii's largest companies.

CSI, Inc. Logo for financial company that provides financial expertise to the elderly.

City & County of Honolulu, Dept. of Environmental Services Logo & Corporate Identity for the environmental arm of the City & County of Honolulu

Summer's Lavadogs Logo Design for a specialty F&B vendor.

Jabiko Corporate Identity for hi-tech company focused on cloud computing.

San Francisco Salad Company Restaurant logo for a company that specializes in fresh salads.

National Transfer Accounts Corporate identity that is based on the cornerstone of the company's financial research, the labor income vs. consumption graph analysis.

Partners in Development Foundation Logo for a non-profit organization that helps families and communities overcome difficult challenges using timeless Hawaiian values and traditions.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu Logo Design for Big Brothers Big Sisters' Bowl for Kid's Sake 2011 Silver Space Odyssey Bowl.

Servco Pacific, Inc. Annual Report for one of Hawaii's largest privately held companies, with a presence in Hawaii, California, Guam and Australia.

RIM Architects Corporate Folder. To be used at all their offices in Alaska, Guam, Hawaii and San Francisco.

Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Quarterly Magazine. Called "Kohola Connection", this quarterly describes the sanctuary's efforts and achievements.

Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument Poster and Bookmark. Designed to showcase the rich maritime history and special non-renewable resources found in this national monument.

AIGA Honolulu Newsletter for the local chapter of AIGA, highlighting the work of local Hawaii design firms.

City & County of Honolulu, Dept. of Environmental Services Activity Book. Written in storybook form, with games and activities added, the book's goal is to educate grade-schoolers about prevention of storm water pollution.

Pacific Rim Bank Brochures. Re-design of bank's brochures for its many products and services.

Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor Annual Report for one of the top aviation attraction's in the world.

AAF Hawaii A fun Member Directory highlighting AAF Hawaii members & events.

Hale Ola Kino Sales folder and brochure for a health center in Honolulu.

Tsukazaki & Associates Sales folder and business card design to help attract potential clients.

Hawaii Vanilla Company Tea Award-wining design reflecting the artisan approach of the company's founders to growing the world's finest vanilla beans on the island of Hawaii.

DA3 Wine PackagingWine label designs to spread cheer during the holiday season.

NOAA Inouye Regional Center Exhibition Design. Designed and built for the NOAA Inouye Regional Center.

Scion Dealers of Hawaii Booth Design. Designed and built for the Hawaii Auto Show, the booth conveys Scion's urban roots, sensibilities and versatility.

USO Display Graphics. Exhibit at Honolulu Airport chronicling the heritage of USO and their place in Hawaii's history.

San Francisco Salad Co. Restaurant Graphics. Logo and menu display design reflecting founder's San Francisco roots.

Hawaii State Department of Health Hawaii State Department of Health Billboards. 6-ad series playing off sports and displayed at Aloha Stadium.

Scion Screen ad for movie theaters.

ProService Hawaii Trade print ad for HR company.

Medical Corner Print campaign for chain of outpatient medical clinics.

Great Aloha Run T-Shirt Design.

Executive Chef Hawaii Festive gift card and holders for all occasions.

Pumpkin Carving Festival www.pumpkincarvingfestival.org Website Development for an annual pumpkin carving event.

Waikiki Health Center http://waikikihc.org/ Website design and development for a local health care facility.

H1FN Design-Build Collaborative www.h1fndesignbuild.com Website design and development for a local design-build company.

Michael Furuya www.michaelfuruya.com Website design and development featuring the work of well-known illustrator and painter, Michael Furuya.

DA3 Holiday Animation www.wehearvoices.com/holiday2011 A fun animation about the stress and joys of the holiday season.

Ohia Productions www.ohia.org Design and development for an environmentally conscious client

Pele Awards www.peleawards.com Call to entries website for the Pele Awards, showcasing Hawaii's best in Advertising and Design.

Historic Makaha Valley Riding Stables www.makahastables.com Website for historic riding stables that specializes in ancient hawaiian trails.

A design firm located in Honolulu?

Some may think we're far removed from the pulse of graphic design. We don't see it that way - we're perfectly located between Asia and America. And clients, local, national and international, think so too. We get the best of both worlds and our team reflects our global thinking. As well as our passion for all things graphic design.

Lowell Gillia


  • What inspires you?
  • Great architecture, good food and silver and bronze age comic books.
  • What is your favorite movie of all time? Why?
  • Animal House. This movie shows that even losers like John "Bluto" Blutarsky (John Belushi) can be successful in the game of life.
  • What is your favorite ethnic dish?
  • Wait, I have three: The Pork Adobo Fried Rice Omelette from Elena's, The Japanese Hamburger Steak from Ethels and The Garlic Roast Crab from Crustacean's in San Francisco.
  • Name one thing you can't live without?
  • My Family.

Tamara Tom Gillia


  • Where is the most beautiful place that you have ever visited?
  • It would have to be Bali, Indonesia!
  • What is your favorite ethnic dish?
  • There's way too many!  I love anything and everything!  A few dishes that come to my mind: xiao long bao (Shanghai soup dumplings), vietnamese pho, indian korma curry, cuban pechuga de pollo a la plancha and persian koobideh kabobs, to name a few!
  • If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be?
  • The environment and end global warming.

Sarah Smith

Graphic Designer + Web Developer

  • Brad Pitt or George Clooney?
  • George Clooney. Brad is overrated and never wore the Bat suit.
  • What inspires you?
  • I look at a lot of things depending upon the project, but personally I love looking at tattoo and cultural pattern designs.
  • Where is the most beautiful place you ever visited?
  • I was invited to go to Kalaupapa, Moloka‘i a few years ago. The water was the clearest I have ever seen. At night you could see all the stars and the quiet was so beautiful. I sat outside looking at the stars for hours and never felt more at peace.
  • What is your favorite ethnic dish?
  • I am a sucker for a good laulau and kalua pig.

December 17, 2013
NOAA Inouye Regional Center (IRC)

Design Asylum in collaboration with the NOAA Focus Group recently designed the exhibits for the NOAA Inouye Regional Center. The overall concept for the exhibition was to elevate the awareness of NOAA’s global presence and their people that make the organization work.

Two and three story design elements embellish the facilities that utilizes various imagery from world renown photographers. Table top and self standing displays were developed showcasing NOAA’s involvement with the environment. A total of 77 displays were designed.

This collaborative effort included the expertise oversight from HOK (San Francisco), Downstream (Seattle) and 1220 (Memphis). A great tribute to a great man.

July 6, 2012
Historic Makaha Valley Riding Stables

We just launched a website for Historic Makaha Valley Riding Stables that specializes in ancient hawaiian trails.

October 10, 2011
Pacific Aviation Museum Annual Report

Check out this year’s Pacific Aviation Museum annual report that we just finished. They are definitely one of the coolest attractions on the island!

September 11, 2011
Six Persimmons

We just launched a website for Six Persimmons, a line of feng shui greeting cards made right here in Hawaii! Visit the site today and send out some love and good vibes to everyone you know!

August 26, 2011

On this day fifteen years ago, we started working with our first client. While so much has changed over the years, we continue to serve that very first client, Serola Biomechanics. And that’s just a testament of how committed we are at the Asylum. It has truly been an insane 15 years and we’re looking forward to celebrating many years to come.

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