Welcome to gambit creative


"It comes down to finding something you love to do and then just trying to be great at it."

- Mark Cuban

What we can do for you

We offer a full range of design services

Print Design

Print is my passion. Logos, brochures, posters, flyers, invitations and banners... bring it on!

Coded Solutions

Web design and Email Campaigns that are responsive, user-friendly, and custom to you and your budget.

Motion Graphics

Add movement and dimension to your project with animation that catches your customer's attention.

Fine Art

Illustrations, typography, photography, painting and building, my love of design came from an early love of art made by hand.


Need help with printing, packaging or promotional pieces? I have the resources to help you from start to finish.

Your Project

Contact me for a free quote even if you don't see your specific project listed.

About Gambit Creative

Self portrait of Iven Smith

My name is Iven Smith, the owner of Gambit Creative. I graduated from Purdue University in 2008, with a bachelor's degree in Visual Communication Design. I am currently a production designer for Mayo Clinic. I design for clients from all over the U.S. and specialize in logo design and brand development. I utilize a network of professionals to collaborate with and assist me in specialized projects.

When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family. I have two kids, Vincent (2014) and Lauren (2016) who keep me on my toes. I am an avid runner and outdoor enthusiast. I believe in giving back to the community and find being involved with my church a great way to accomplish that.


The word gambit comes from a set of strategic moves at the beginning of a chess game.

In general terms, it means a remark intended to start a conversation or a calculated move that gives you the advantage.

synonyms: stratagem, plan, tactic, maneuver

To create solutions that captivate, communicate, activate and motivate, as a result of research, insight, and attention to detail.

Captivate - to attract and holds ones attention

Communicate - to express information easily

Activate - to cause a response

Motivate - to inspire others

Christ-centered - Reflecting God's character in attitude and actions.

Collaboration - Working with others to achieve a result greater than an individual effort.

Exploration - Seeking out and applying new information to gain a better understanding.

Honor - Showing value, dignity and high respect for others.

Integrity - Being truthful, fair, and moral.

Purpose - Self motivated, tenacity, and sense of ownership of actions.

Service - Working for the benefit of others.

Let's connect

Tell me about your project

Iven Smith

Rochester, MN
(574) 806-2342

Rochester, MN skyline