937-244-1961 em@opengatemedia.com

About Opengate Media

I’m Ellen Marie Lauricella, owner of Opengate Media.

I began a career in graphic design in 1995.  After working for several years for Tradewinds Iced Tea brewing company in Cinncinnati Ohio, I began working as a freelance graphic designer.  In 1999 I learned website design using HTML and Dreamweaver.  A few years ago I moved to Iowa City with my family, and in 2014 opened an Iowa-based web design and graphic design company, Opengate Media.

While the print marketing has changed little since the late 90’s, the web environment is dynamic.  I now use WordPress to build websites –and I favor a theme called Divi which is highly customizable and easy for my clients to maintain on their own.

Opengate Media is committed creating marketing pathways for small business and non-profit organizations to flourish.  Because I have expertise in both print and web design, I am able to provide an integrated brand identity for marketing,  public relations, and social media projects.


Web Design

Responsive web design
Photo optimization
Logo optimization for web
Search engine optimization
Email integration for Mail Chimp etc.
Email design & delivery
Mailing list development
Social media packages
Calendar integration
Staff Training

Print Design

Logo Design
Flyers & Posters
Business Cards
Annual Reports
Special Event Materials
Invitations + Announcements
Print Advertising
Book Design