Spend our college years creating a startup to make money while practicing our trade and getting a head-start on work experience and networking within the design industry.


  • Leverage David’s brilliant (and existing) Hands Down Creative brand
  • Join local networking groups and startup social clubs
  • Produce a collaborative business launch party that unites community entrepreneurs
  • Create a wish list of clients, and go get them
  • Share opportunities for real-world experience with fellow students


Tuition and book money. Experience. A network in the design and startup community that exists to this day.

We were able to manifest a successful creative agency that became well known in the local community, provided experience for fellow student designers and photographers and was featured in a national art & design magazine.

Hands Down Creative, LLC.

Categories: Startup, Account Management, Project Management, Design

Bill of Materials:
Startup Creative Agency

David Barona / Co-Founder & Designer

The Ale and The Witch
NOVA 535
Fire Monkey Food Truck
Tampa Bay Fashion Week
Don Kobasky
Mark Noll Designs
Forbes Riley
St Pete for Peace
Barger Builders & Developers
Arizona Precision Security
Aerospace Solutions
Swanky Soiree/Brookwood Florida
Dairy Inn
Reel Darlins
Ideal Home Advantage
Sweetwater Java
Bar Milo
Rare Olive