Thursday, December 24, 2015

Merry Christmas!


Our illustration of Peep, 'designer bird,' graces our holiday card. This little finch charmed her way into our hearts (and studio!), in 2011.

2015 in Review


This year we launched several new websites for clients, most recently Ask a Performer (, musician Jen Marotta's website and forum targeted to performing artists. This site personifies our clean, contemporary approach to design.

We also designed websites for RZ Tennis, The Racket Doctor, Inc. (L.A.'s largest tennis retail store), Tom Hooten, principal trumpet in the L.A. Philharmonic, and Bugle Memorial Honors. All can be viewed through links on our website (Projects section):

Print Projects

WIth more than 20 years' experience in corporate communications, we continue to design projects for print. Print is especially impactful for a high-end demographic. Early in 2015, we created the Annual Report for Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The photo-rich piece targeted to donors and medical professionals showcases achievements in various hospital departments. 

New branding for the 90th birthday celebration for Glendale's historic Alex Theatre features our illustration of the iconic neon spire. Don't miss the Alex90 street banners now flying on Brand Blvd. (photo below). For more on this project, please read the Case Study on our home page:


For professional design tailored to your business or organization, call Emilie at (818) 242-9055 or send a note to

• Marketing materials (brochures, stationery systems, reports) • Identities (logos) • Websites • Signage • Advertising campaigns

Good design is good business. Since 1997.

Banner design for Alex Theatre's 90th anniversary celebration

Friday, December 4, 2015

A Great Resource for Performing Artists

Classical musicians appreciate our classic sense of design.

It's always fun to collaborate with fellow artists. We enjoy listening to a lot of music — baroque and chamber music, opera, liturgical, new music, and big symphonic pieces. We understand the twists and turns of life as a performing artist, and enjoy working with creative people.

Jennifer Marotta

Jen is a talented professional musician and trumpet teacher in the L.A. area. She admired our website and print design work for L.A. Philharmonic principal trumpet Tom Hooten ( In fact, she is married to Tom! We are privileged to work with this dynamic duo, L.A.'s classical music power couple.

Jen is a very giving person who enjoys helping others. She had an idea for a new Forum website which she would moderate, and asked us to help with the creation and launch of this new site. Ask a Performer ( debuted in late November, 2015, and is geared toward those in the performing arts — instrumentalists, singers, dancers and actors. The site features true stories by artists who have "defied the odds." 

The Forum section is for posting questions and comments on popular topics common to performers. This section will grow as readers contribute helpful information. Jen is a savvy user of social media and has many contacts in the music world, and she is busy spreading the word about the new site to her friends and colleagues. We expect steady growth during the first year of this site.

Visual elements include stylish, modern artwork, complementary color scheme, clear, concise navigation, and easy-to-read pages. Photographer Vic Pallos shot the stunning new portraits of Jennifer at Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles. The evolving city skyline adds a dramatic touch.

WordPress framework and Forum sections are in place; client Jennifer can add stories as needed and moderate the Forum easily. Our complete instructions make it straightforward for clients to edit WordPress sites once a design is established. This is a win-win for everyone.

Art direction and design: Emilie Pallos
Location photography: Vic Pallos
Site development: Tom Ferguson

Emilie and Jennifer at Walt Disney Concert Hall

"Awesome! All looks really great, you all are the best, I appreciate you helping as the project morphed a bit!" — Jennifer Marotta

This site incorporate the best of both worlds — custom website design, in a modern, editable format.

Our firm designs and develops custom websites, both fixed-width and responsive, and also creates template-based sites. The kind of site depends on client's budget, timeframe and needs.

As a full-service firm, we provide art direction, design, production, copywriting, photography and website development for clients. We also design other creative projects — high-quality print design/collateral materials, signage and corporate identity/logos.

Contact Emilie today to talk about reaching the right target with stylish new visuals, in print and online. Phone us at (818) 242-9055 or send an e-mail to

Take a look at our new website here: We have many examples of work for clients on view, and even more we can show you in person. Initial consultations are free.

Good design is good business!

Walt Disney Concert Hall — 1st St. and Grand Ave. in downtown Los Angeles
The Broad Art Museum recently opened across the street.