Name: Kathleen Shannon
Location: Oklahoma City, home office
Company: And Kathleen
What do you do? I work as a graphic designer and art director. I specialize in small business branding and identity development (logo, business card, signage and blog design) as well as print goods such as custom wedding invitations and stationery.
What is your aesthetic? I think I’ve got this indie-modern meets vintage-apothecary kind of vibe going on. I love working in limited 2-color palettes and contrasting vintage woodcut art with clean and modern typography. I love bringing hand-drawn elements into my work as well. Everything is highly-customized to my client but each piece has a huge part of me in it too.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? I put my heart and personal style into every single project I work on – and the fact that my studio is in my home reflects that. My space is an eclectic mix of vintage mid-century modern furniture paired with a modern color palette and natural textiles such as a cowhide rug and wood floors. I’ve worked hard to create a beautiful environment that is full of character and conducive to creating beautiful work in.
Favorite part of your studio? I love my chalkboard wall. I was afraid it wouldn’t get much use but my friends are always goofing around on it and drawing silly pictures that keep me smiling daily.
Where do you go for inspiration? I find inspiration from interior and fashion design blogs. A few of my favorites are The Selby, UnoCosa’s Scrapbook, The Jealous Curator, and Desire to Inspire. I also get loads of inspiration from movies – anything Wes Anderson or Sofia Coppola makes my heart go pitter-patter. I also just took a huge trip to Nepal where I hiked up to Mt. Everest Base Camp – the whole trek was beyond inspiring and I came home ready to hit the ground running with my design work.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? My Pantone and paper swatch books. Oh and Sharpies.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? I just purchased a Gocco press and would love to get into hand making more print goods for my clients. I would love to create a handmade stationery line.
Anything else we should know? My coworker is named Mister Scooty Boots. He mostly stares at birds out the window or hangs out in my lap but I keep him on the payroll anyways.
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Name: Vanessa Kreckel
Location: Wayne, Pennsylvania
Company: Two Paperdolls
What do you do? We design amazing wow-inspired paper for social events, designers, and businesses. With our own in-house design and letterpress shop, we create everything from entirely custom or semi-customizable letterpress invites to stand-out logos, business cards, and websites for businesses.
Overall, the studio is warm and inviting – and really feels like you are coming into our home. It’s familiar but there is always some boundary-pushing element in the room that draws the eye. Clients enjoy the opportunity to get comfortable and share not only their scope of work – but want to share things about themselves and get to know us. The art of building a personal relationship has gotten lost somewhere in this e-commerce/internet/on-demand world and I think our clients value the fact that we want to get to know who they are – not just what they need. That helps us infuse their personalities into the designs we are creating for them.
Where do you go for inspiration? Architecture, fabrics, the environment, blogs, my son Landon, everyday life really
Anything else we should know? In honor of celebrating our 10th year, our new website and branding has been a labor of love we are so excited to finally share it with everyone! I think it really represents us – I especially love the Dollhouse section where you can see the studio and learn about our amazing team of talented designers and staff.
[images from Two Paperdolls]
Name: Melinda and David Morris owners and visionaries
(written by) Mallory Larson, Creative Director
Location: 168 7th Street, Suite 2L Brooklyn, New York 11215
Company: PostScript Brooklyn
What do you do?: We design and print custom invitations, stationery and event collateral inspired by life in the city for couples all around the world. We also collaborate with our clients and other local designers to create a collection of many voices and inspirations.
What is your aesthetic?: Urban, clean, whimsical, architectural, but also little vintage.
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic?: The studio is comfortable, clean and bright. An urban environment that has so many interesting quirks and so many things changing all the time surrounds us. It’s very inspiring.
Favorite part of your studio?: I love the large windows in our studio. They have a view of Manhattan, all of the interesting warehouses on our block, and the Bell House.
Where do you go for inspiration?: We get a lot of inspiration from Prospect Park, from the neighborhood of Park Slope and also from the great architecture of Manhattan, but one of the best sources of inspiration is our customers. Most often our clients inspire the design. Each couple comes in with their own unique ideas about what represents them and their wedding, and often it’s something we wouldn’t have thought of for an invitation but the resulting design is fabulous.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without?: I think many of us would say coffee, but Adobe Illustrator and the Pantone swatch book are very close runners up.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to?: Because we recently moved in to our studio, we were just talking today about adding more rugs to make the studio more cozy this winter. I think a studio dog is necessary too.
Anything else we should know?: PostScript Brooklyn is the custom line of Lion in the Sun, Park Slope’s Paperie which has been customizing invitations for clients since 2002. This line grew out of our creative work in the shop over the last 8 ½ years and from our most popular local custom designs. We collaborated with many of our Brooklyn artist friends and designers who we work with in the shop to create this unique local line that has a much more broad appeal.
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What do you do? We each operate independently but often collaborate and provide full service to wedding and event clients. We also host occasional events and creative workshops.
What is your aesthetic? Fortunately, the four of us have a similar aesthetic and design sensibility. We love a timeless look with vintage and personal touches. You’ll also see little pops of color and modern touches here and there — both in our work and studio..
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We love understated elegance with a lot of personal touches. And we think that is reflected in our work as well as studio.
Favorite part of your studio? Our meeting room! We love that we have a place to meet clients that showcases our work. And of course we love our farm table and natural sunlight!
Where do you go for inspiration? Everywhere! Magazines, textiles, blogs. We’re constantly looking around us to gather inspiration to inspire us and our clients.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? We’re fortunate to all have growing businesses – so we wouldn’t mind a little more space!
[images from Kate Headley]
What do you do? It’s funny because when we are asked ‘what do you do’ we kind of instantly have a dear in the headlights look because it really is very hard to define. Second Story is a co-op of small business owners/artists all of which needed a beautiful space to meet with clients, a group of people who wanted a little something more then fighting for space in the local/loud coffee shop. Second Story Media LLC was founded to give the small business owners of East Tennessee an option. An option in advertising, an option for meeting with clients as well as unique interaction with the community. A place for the women of our community to celebrate the Stor
ies of there lives. Weddings, birth, graduations, those milestones that warrant a celebration. We host inspirational/educational wedding/event workshops, business building classes for our vendors, we help our vendors through lots of cross promotional events, we also run a blog for our vendors and the brides of east tennessee called Wedding Daily Times of East Tennessee!
What is your aesthetic? Clean, soft and inspiring. When designing the studio we wanted lots of whites to really highlight the inspirational pieces as well as the beautiful work of our vendors! Our goal was to create an environment that was very calm and really made the area bride feel excited about her upcoming wedding. We have a few photographers, including myself and I wanted a clean palette for sessions, a home like feel for our clients!
How does your studio style convey your professional aesthetic? We are all about inspiration and connecting the community to amazing vendors, as well as growing the industry in our area. Our studio style is a blank slate with pops of inspiration, ideas and color. Very clean and homey feeling, sitting on a couch and chatting with clients is so comfortable and intimate. Recently a photojournalist visited us to do a shoot for the local newspaper and was loving the space, he came into our back office and said “You know, this is like the ultimate girls clubhouse!” We loved that. Because that is exactly how we want women of our community to feel, like they are in a super creative, happy club that supports them through the process of planning these huge moment in their lives.
Favorite part of your studio? It is very hard to choose, however we truly love our ‘cozy’ little office. Lisa and I [Courtney DeLaura] share our tiny little office with Erin Haines of Be True
Designs and Shanna Jestice of Ruffles & Rouge. It is in that small space we come up with our big dreams, ideas, we blog and design. It is non stop laughter, brainstorming and clicking of the Apple keyboards! I feel so truly blessed to be able to work with these ladies every single day.
Where do you go for inspiration? We all pull inspiration from different places and I think having four creative people sitting in the same little office lends to inspiration on it’s own, we absolutely feed off of each other. Most of my personal inspiration comes when I am listening to amazing music on my i phone driving to work, thank goodness for the voice recording option on that phone, I talk to myself a lot on the way to work. I am able to really clear my head and just let the ideas run wild. When that well runs dry we just grab a cupcake, go out into the front room, sit on the couch and browse through our HUGE collection of magazines. I think we have every single issue of Domino, Blueprint, Martha Stewart Wedding, The Nest, Nylon, Cookie and so many other magazines! Again the Girls Clubhouse is in full effect those days. Cupcakes, coffee, magazines, notebooks and lots of laughing.
What tool do you use in your business that you can’t live without? I think in a word – computers. I am a photographer by trade, Erin a graphic designer, Lisa a photographer and blogger! So needless to say we wouldn’t have a business if it wasn’t for our computers.
Is there anything you’d upgrade to? As much as we ADORE our location, we have big dreams for expansion. We wouldn’t move from the complex we are in we simply would upgrade to a huge space. However this space is very near and dear to our hearts, we really tore it all down and started from scratch. We didn’t want to bite off more then we could chew, but we foresee in our very near future a much larger space!
Anything else we should know? I think the only other thing I would really want to convey is that in this new economic climate, we all need to think outside the box. We need to really join forces as small business owners, support and nurture those relationships with each other an
d that is Second Story Media’s goal in our local community to foster a place of support for the local artist and small business owner.
[images from Your Second Story]