Designers have recently been described as “The new drivers of global entrepreneurialism”. They’re the idea makers, the visionaries and the innovators. They’re changing the landscape of the freelance economy by merging art, startup savvy and business culture – melding creativity into capitalism driving a new force in global business. So, this week we spotlight entrepreneurial design companies and those that design. A diverse group of extremely talented individuals and teams, all striving to make the world more beautiful, more interesting and much richer with their design work.
Stilson Greene is an award winning graphic designer, illustrator, blogger, entrepreneur and musician located in Historic Downtown Leesburg, Virginia.
Stilson is a 2007 Recipient of Thomas Balch's John Devine Historical Award, Who's Who in America, Leesburg/Ashburn Today's Annual Best of Loudoun: Best Graphic Designer/Artist: 1993 through 2011, 12 Gold and 6 Silver VPA Awards, 2 National SNA Awards, 2008 Town of Leesburg Ambassador Award and 2011 Town of Leesburg Business Appreciation Innovation Award Winner, to name a few!
Incredibly accomplished, Stilson started his graphic design/illustration studio in 1980 in Leesburg, Virginia and has both regional and national clients. His passion is logo development and corporate imagery but he also creates illustrations for a myriad of publications and clients. He has been an instructor at Northern Virginia Community College and is a founding member of the Loudoun Art Academy where he taught drawing and studio art for over 10 years. For the past 26 years, he has also been an award winning editorial cartoonist for The Loudoun Times Mirror and currently for Leesburg Today and his paintings and drawings are represented by Medlin Art Gallery in Leesburg, Virginia.
Stilson truly is a national treasure and is work is incredibly beautiful and succinct and created with a deep understanding of the subject matter.
“Always WOW and push the creative envelope to its fullest” is the driving force behind CaliGrafixLab.
CaliGrafixLab is a Los Angeles based design studio specializing in logo design, branding, web design and development. Their diverse, impressive portfolio of work includes designing multiple logos for Wayan Bros Entertainment, Marlon Wayans and The Keenan Ivory Wayans Show, logo design for a beverage company, a cover page layout for a Russian herb magazine, and even product design for a beauty care company.
Born in New York and raised in Los Angeles, the founder of the company, Trace studied graphic design at USC and Art Center College of Design before launching CaliGrafixLab. Having had the unique good fortune to attend schools in NY, LA and Canada, Trace has a well-developed and diverse sense of design style, which she brings to all of her design work.
Visit her design site on Facebook and allow her work to speak for itself.
Creative Matters Agency’s motto is “Design and photography that moves the needle” and that’s a very accurate description of this very unique agency. Brought together by rebellion and imagination, Creative Matters isn't your typical design and branding outfit.
The Los Angeles based design agency, Creative Matters, brings an out-of-the-box aesthetic to branding, graphic design, copywriting, and photography. They seek to design impactful digital & print marketing materials that transform brands and empower audiences. Through graphic design, copywriting, photography, and videography, the entire creative team collaborates on projects big and small, giving brands comprehensive brainstorms that lead to innovative finished products.
The heart and soul of Creative Matters Agency is tied to their parent organization: Beit T’Shuvah, a nationally renowned LA-based addiction treatment center. In 2010 Creatve Matters Agency were just a few kids in a closet designing brochures for Beit T’Shuvah; today they have a staff of 18 and have worked on everything from startups to nonprofits and world-class brands. Most of the staff is comprised of recovering addicts who have been through Beit T’Shuvah’s treatment program. They’ve emerged sober and transformed and they bring to the agency a steel will, fierce creativity, and the belief that anything is possible.
They’ve changed their lives for the better, now they want do the same for your brand. They believe in passion as much as discipline and produce creative work as if their lives depend on it…because they do. Their unique social mission makes their creative work that much more inspiring-- they aren't just producing game-changing design, they are also changing lives.
Creative Matters believes that you matter, we matter, and that creative expression can be the vehicle for others to discover that they matter too.
Connect with them on their site and on StudioVox.
“Call it vision or imagination, it’s all the same thing: the ability to predict an outcome in your mind and eye, and then make it so with your tools and your hand.”
This is the daily mantra that drives Branco Oliveira and his team at Branco Design to design their best work every day at every opportunity – always delivering their best work possible to their clients.
Branco Design is a Boston based creative design studio specializing in web design, website and web development. Founded by Branco Oliveira, the team is dedicated to creating user friendly and functional websites that are smart designed specifically to help grow their client’s unique businesses. They build effective websites that deliver real results.
Principally engaged in website design, website development, website maintenance, website and graphic design, the Branco Design team has extensive knowledge in graphics, layout, design, and marketing and is backed by years of experience in Internet solutions.
With such an extensive team, no project is too big or too small of a challenge. Branco Design can help brand your company from the bottom up. They can create logos, color-schemes, and graphics that will serve to give your website (and other materials) a more marketable identity.
You can check out their work on their site and here on StudioVox.
When you see Niall’s work, you are at first struck by the beautiful simplicity of his layouts and design, but once you look further, the enchantment of the humor in his work sets in and you’re hooked! Fun and extremely witty, his design work employs a smart simplicity that clearly extolls the message of a brand or product or event.
Niall Anthony Stafford is a Freelance Designer based in the beautiful town of Wexford Town, Ireland. Designing anything from posters, logos, business cards, flyers, menus, brochures etc., Niall describes his design aesthetic as “simple and tidy” and is a firm believer of "less is more" when it comes to taking on any design job.
Although he enjoys and succeeds at designing across various mediums, illustration is the main area of design that he hopes to pursue a career in and become known for. To achieve that goal, Niall is spreading his wings as a freelancer to gain more experience and open up opportunities for more illustration work.
Have some fun today and check out his work on StudioVox.