About

Founded in 1997, we’re a creative consultancy providing effective marketing solutions by leveraging our unique blend of experience with everything from Big 4 consulting to grassroots upstarts.

INNOVATION

Necessity is the mother of invention. We are tenacious problem solvers that delight in creating elegantly effective, budget-conscious solutions.

BRAND

A brand is more than just a pretty face. We help clients build brands that support their business objectives and evolve with them.

DESIGN

A picture is worth a thousand words. Whether it’s an identity, infographic, illustration, or document, we provide designs that get people talking.

STRATEGY

Strategy is about the whole enchilada. We help effectively position our clients with solutions that consider their business needs, desires, and constraints.

We build brands that support business objectives and evolve with them.

Expertise

We’re a creative consultancy providing strategy, design and production management for print, web, and social media marketing and brand positioning.


YOUR GOALS. WE WANT TO KNOW.

You’ve already invested a great deal in your business. We’ll help maximize that investment by providing compelling solutions that help you reach your goals.

OUR EXPERIENCE. PUT TO WORK FOR YOU.

We’ve done it all (well almost). We’ll leverage our unique experience as Big 4 consultants and grassroots contributors to create the best solution for your needs.


70%

IDENTITY DESIGN

Brand development and strategy

50%

UX DESIGN

Web, mobile, social media

92%

GRAPHIC DESIGN

Layout and illustration

100%

COMMITTED

To your success

Our Team

We love solving problems; making things beautiful. We want to help, give back; make the world a better place. We believe design can do that.

Flexibility. Creativity. Commitment. What you can expect.

She truly does inspire us every day. She reminds us that work is not about the hole, but the digging; and that answers most often can be found in the tiniest spots of sunshine.

Momo

RESIDENT MUSE

Art director, designer, illustrator, brand strategist with extensive experience in non-profit, NGO, gov and corporate arenas.

LAURA COOPER

PARTNER

Designer, illustrator, brand strategist with extensive implementation and operations experience in IT and UX industries.

D. Sherene Offutt

Partner

Because every office needs one. Dolly takes her role very seriously.

DOLLY

FUN POLICE

We have some incredible officemates and love to go to work.

Yup, we’re dog people.

OUR FAVORITE RESCUES
Rural Dog Rescue
Marley’s Mutts
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Dogs
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Coasts
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Banjos
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Flip-flops

Our Blog

We strive to do meaningful work; help animals; play music; make art; and contribute what we do best to make the world a better place. Kind of lofty? We hope so. Here’s what inspires us.

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Use Whatcha Got
May 22, 2015  /  By Sherene Offutt in Creative, Design, Dogs, Illustration, Inspiration, Perspective
Like my Dad always says, “a poor craftsman blames his tools”

Yeah, alright, I admit it… I’m a fussy perfectionist… I might be a control freak… and it is true that I’ve been referred to as “Gadget Girl.”

So you can imagine my despair when, caught without my drawing supplies, my fancy scanner, my tricked-out digitizing pad, Laura asks me to whip up some illustrations for our new website. “Just have fun,” she says… “be loose, sketchy, playful…” Yeah right, that’s her department, not mine.

After panicking a little, I decide to kick it old school with the pen tool (Bezier curves) in Illustrator. When I launch the program Adobe presents me with a little marketing video about Adobe Draw, the new Illustrator companion app for your iPad. I decide to give it a whirl (not before going out to purchase a stylus of course #gadgetgirl). It’s fun, I’m feeling loose, I do a quick sketch of Laura, send it over to Illustrator and proceed to spend an entire day making an uptight, boring, awful illustration. Ugh.

After a childish hissy fit, lots of encouraging texts from Laura, and a decent night’s sleep, I decide to give being loose, sketchy, and playful another shot. I tell myself I only have 30 minutes for each illustration, and that I have to complete them in Adobe Draw on my iPad with no editing in Illustrator. You can undo strokes in Adobe Draw but you cannot change them or go back and delete previous marks. Drawing with a cheap stylus on an iPad is akin to painting with a kitchen sponge. But that’s good, right? The less control I have the better – it will force me to be loose!

I did eventually have fun and sure I wish they were better, but it’s about the process not product, at least that’s what they told us in art school #corcorancollegeofartanddesign :-) The illustrations of our Team on the CD website are the product of my experiment in Adobe Draw.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

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What Inspires Me?
May 18, 2015  /  By Laura Cooper in Creative, Design, Dogs, Habits, Illustration, Inspiration, Rescue
Drawing and Dogs

I bring a fine arts background and education to my work; and I have found over the years that it serves me well. Marketing, design, layout, all of those things are so important; and they can be taught. But what do I do to see the world afresh? How do I come up with new ideas? That’s where my fine arts background (and my dogs) come in.

Studying and teaching in the arts has taught me about composition, wordplay, color, and layout; but more importantly, how to seek and see beauty, whimsy, and ways to communicate visually in ordinary, every day life.

I started teaching children’s workshops (#corcorancollegeofartanddesign) while I was a student, and continued teaching for 15 years. In general, kids are pretty uninhibited when they create, experimenting with abandon. There was so much about that experience that was rewarding and inspiring, not the least of which was the reminder that art is best when it is joyful and adventurous. I enjoy exploring new materials and methods, and I’m as comfortable with a pen as a computer.

I guess it’s no secret at this point, that Sherene and I are dog people, right? We each have several dogs—every one unique, and beloved; and we learn so much from them. They really know how to live in the moment and truly appreciate the little pleasures in life, like the joy of finding a sunny spot to curl up in and take a nap. They do, indeed, inspire us.

Everything I do is informed by experiences as an artist and my love of dogs. I feel that my clients and I both benefit from this: I am practicing my craft, combining elements of color, shape, pattern, and type—learning what works and what doesn’t. I am practicing the art of observation, making an effort to be totally in the present moment, while remaining open to whimsy and humor.

So on this particular day, what inspires me? Momo— lover of food, and art— not necessarily in that order.

WHAT INSPIRES YOU?

#whatinspiresyou?

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1400 Borden Road
Bumpass, VA, 23024 USA

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