Our Services

We are all about unleashing our imaginations and making your ideas become reality.

Our outstanding team of experts work together to help your brands make a statement.


Brand Strategy
Brand Standards Guidelines

We develop branding strategies that deliver the greatest outcomes through utilizing resources and information


Identity Design
Packaging Design
Print Digital Collateral

We build idea-defining creative designs and exquisite printing layout that stay timeless and inspiring


Content Strategy
Naming & Messaging
Copywriting & Copyediting

We create contents that effectively communicates with audiences through multiple and integrated channels and media


Event Management
Print Communications
Social Media Management

We go above and beyond when it comes to promoting you to your target market by integrating our expertise and enthusiasm

Born in 1979, Desta Mahdere (Papi) worked and lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He developed a passion for art and creativity at an early age, and what had first started off as a hobby soon shaped his personality and life. Driven to become an artist, he joined the Addis Ababa School of Fine Arts and Design for a two-year fine arts certification program in 2000. Attending the program exposed him to the arts and creative community in Addis Ababa, and shaped his creative thinking and practice.

For eighteen years, Desta has worked as a Graphic Designer, Art Director, and Creative Director, exploring the possibilities of his creative practice by working on different commercial and non-commercial projects. He was the Founder of Designlab, a Creative Agency engaged in concept development, branding, and creative design.

Desta was also a self-taught photographer who, in his work, uses graphic design techniques to create images that at once evoke a sense of newness and nostalgia. For him, art is a basic human desire—it entices us to open our minds and makes us want more by reinventing our imagination and reality.

Desta Mahdere Desta (Papi)

Founder of Designlab

25/01/1979 - 01/10/2019

Meet the team that Makes It Happen

At Designlab we are one big family. We brainstorm and exchange ideas, tap multiple skills sets and experience and work as a team on every project. And like every family, we discuss, laugh, argue, decide, and even hug sometimes. Because at the end, we like each other and work well together. And every time, we make it happen. .

Let’s hear it from the experts

We would love to work with artistic and passionate professionals.
Are you the one? Send us your CV and we’ll talk.


Comet building 4th floor 401

P.O.Box 1126 Code 1110

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

+251 116 622 155 (tel)

+251 116 631 965 (fax)