Collaborators at heart

Invisible Engines is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, a place rich with the spirit of community and making. Our clients include people on the block, just down the road and around the globe.


Linette Lao founded Invisible Engines, naming it for the unseen desires that power us to make things—inspiration, imagination, and the impulse to reach out and connect to each other. She has nearly twenty years of experience designing for nonprofits of all sizes, in Southeast Michigan and beyond. Prior to Invisible Engines, Linette worked as an in-house designer for startups, and at publications like the Atlanta Jewish Times and Style magazine. She holds a BFA (graphic design/painting), and a MA in creative writing. She teaches zinemaking in the creative writing program at Eastern Michigan University.


Kim is a designer and maker. She earned degrees in Fibers from University of Michigan, Fashion from Parsons School of Design, and attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) as a Trustee Merit Scholar to earn her MFA in Fibers and Material Studies. Kim taught at SAIC, Columbia College and Lill Street Art Center in Chicago as well as the Ann Arbor Art Center.  Her work has been internationally published and exhibited. At Invisible Engines, she excels at research, strategy, design, illustration, and managing projects. Kim serves on the board of Riverside Arts Center.

Our Creative Network

We are agile and able to build teams that are designed for each project’s unique needs. Here are some of our favorite collaborators:

Lara Zielin, Bold Type Copywriting

Leisa Thompson Photography

Scott Whiteman, Web Engineer

Brian Short, Writer, Editor and Storyteller