Teamwork divides the task and multiplies the success

We have run technical product businesses and we understand you’re already strapped for time and are pressed for growth and execution.  The Next Step brings a team of battle-tested Driven Simplifiers, who are wired for problem solving. Our motto is simple, no homework and one less problem for our customer.

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Bob Millard
Senior Graphic Designer

What do you do in your role at The Next Step?

In my role as a Senior Designer, I add the creative part to most projects whether it’s literature, trade shows, signage, packaging or simply giving a very dry spec sheet some branding panache. My goal is to listen to clients, clarify their expectations and always follow through till they are happy with the results.

How/when did you first become interested in this type of work?

Having always been creative as a lad, there wasn’t a time where I wasn’t drawing treasure maps or building forts out of cardboard boxes. That imagination led me to college where I majored in Graphic Design, minored in Packaging and ultimately gave me the opportunity to work for a variety of companies that let my creativity loose.

What aspect your job brings you the most satisfaction?

My satisfaction stems from the challenges different projects present and the opportunity to team with the client, creating something new.

What unusual, non-work-related skill do you possess?

In my past, I built furniture in my spare time. My love of woodworking lead to various do-it-yourself projects around the house like refurbishing a deck, putting in new flooring or ripping down a wall, all while keeping my fingers intact.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Following the same vein as do-it-yourself projects, currently I have been into refurbishing antiques, mainly items that remind me of my childhood and can be passed onto my kids, giving them a glimpse of what it was like long ago.

Credentials and Certifications


Recipient of 2 Addy Awards, a One Show Award, a Popai Award and 2 Graphic Design USA Awards


Minnesota Institute of Art and AIGA MN


Assistant Rural Carrier, United States Postal Service


Ya, we're a bunch of growth oriented, metric driven, type A, continuous improvement drivers, who enjoy knocking out tasks and having some fun in the process. Yet as a team, our discussions revolve around MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and how we are delivering measurable value for our customers.  It’s why we have the policy that if we don’t deliver value you don’t pay.  It’s why we hire people that are:

Build Trust We display character and competence, building long-term relationships through transparency, mutual respect, and our consistent ability to deliver results.
Be Selfless We exhibit adaptability, flexibility, and a willingness to take on the challenges of others and guide them to positive outcomes. To always do the right thing even if we suffer in the process. To put others first.
Always Improve We exude a bias for “Yes” with a desire to make things better. It is the courage and bravery to forge new paths and try new things, knowing failure is only a bump on the path to growth.
Fight for Others We lead the charge and are dauntless in our approach to accomplishing our clients’ goals. Tirelessly elevating our own skills to support our team members and clients. Prepared at all times to answer the call.