Slant Communications is a design and marketing communications team that thinks big, on a small scale. We produce explainer and promotional videos, websites, interactive presentations, identity, messaging, branding and graphic design for print, environmental, online and interactive communications. We service clients in not-for-profit, healthcare, building, real estate, tourism, financial services, and consumer products.
We can develop fully integrated marketing programs or fill specific project needs. Our network of virtual services delivers the optimum level of resources. No more, no less.
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Slant—what you need, when you want it.

Small companies have big needs. Big companies sometimes have small needs. Slant has the experience and resources to deliver the right service quickly and with no waste. From websites and ad campaigns, to fully integrated multi-media programs, Slant delivers.

Slant—new tools call for new thinking.

There are more new tools for reaching your customers than ever before. New ways of using online marketing, social media, interactive presentations, display and print that change the way people get information and make decisions. We create integrated solutions, using whatever media are most effective for getting your message across.

Slant—programs not pieces.

Websites, videos or a billboards by themselves will not solve your communications problems. What’s needed is an effective way to communicate ideas. That takes planning, programs and great content. Whether it’s product promotion, corporate communication, or public education, we look at the overall need, develop an integrated program, and make sure everything works together as hard as possible.

Slant—try us on for size.

The best way to find out if our big thinking is right for your small company or project is to call us at 616.886.1898. Because unlike what you may have run into at other places, you’re big to us.


Dave Burdick
Dave Burdick, President

My experience has been nothing if not varied. At various times (sometimes in the same day) I have been a writer, designer, programmer, marketer and teacher. After studying at the Institute of Design at IIT, I worked at a variety of agencies in Chicago as a designer, eventually working at Stryker Corporation in Kalamazoo, MI as Director of Corporate Communications.  At Topin and Associates in Chicago, I was Creative Director and worked on a variety of accounts including medical device, healthcare delivery and pharmaceutical companies.

At Lukens-Burdick Creative which eventually became Slant Communications, I worked with a variety of larger pharmaceutical agencies as well as smaller specialty agencies and directly with clients such as Searle, American Society of Clinical Pathologists, Allscripts, Health Alliance and Sheffield Pharma.

In 2002 the company moved to Douglas, MI where I have continued to serve our medical and healthcare clients as well as expanding into several other markets including safety, building, real estate, business and financial services and consumer products. I also taught Design at University of Illinois at Chicago and have a B.Ph. in History from Northwestern University.

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Mary Lukens

Mary Lukens, Creative Director

It’s all about eye-candy. A strong visual aesthetic and love of design. Work should be playful, stimulating and satisfying. I take great pride in keeping it fun, yet real and results driven. I enjoy working with small businesses and helping them grow. Or teaming with brilliant marketers and creators in larger companies. I’ve worked in many different industries on a large variety of projects.

Typically, I’m involved in every stage of a project, from client contact, concept and design, to producing the digital or print material. I’ve worked with teams as the graphic designer, or as the lead in creative development.

As Creative Director at Slant Communications, I listen and learn about the project requirements and marketing strategies then develop stimulating and effective visual communications that are user-centric and user-friendly.

I’ve partnered with my colleague and husband, Dave Burdick in all things creative since 1993. Prior to ’93, I worked  as a freelance art director in healthcare advertising for Topin & Associates, McCann Healthcare, Hamilton Carver & Lee, Corbett and Face Communications, for clients such as Baxter Healthcare, Abbott Laboratories, Zimmer, Mercy Healthcare Systems, Janesville, WI and Holy Cross Healthcare System, Chicago, IL.

I graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science where I majored in art with an emphasis in graphic design and photography.

I’ve won awards from the Rx Club of New York, Healthcare Advertising Review, How Magazine, Wisconsin Public Relations and Marketing Society and the Wisconsin Addys.

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