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Connie Asher started a freelance business in 1977, in a home studio
handsomely equipped with a T-square, a few sheets of press type, a
bottle of rubber cement and a $49 Sears drawing board. Today the company
is one of Denver’s most respected graphic design firms, creating design
solutions for businesses with national and international markets. The
formula for the studio’s strength is part people and part process—a
collaborative approach that taps into the core wisdom of each client
organization to produce materials that work.
Asher holds a BA in fine art from South Dakota State University. She
is a founding member of the Colorado chapter of AIGA, and a former board
member of the Art Directors Club of Denver. She received a Sappi “Ideas
that Matter” grant in 2003, and won the Belmar Award for Achievement in
Art and Design in 2004. By the time she sold the business in 2007,
Asher Studio had amassed more than 115 local and national awards for
design excellence, and the firm continues to thrive.
Asher has adapted to retirement better than anticipated, relishing a
little more time for gardening, hiking, golf, travel and
silversmithing—her newest passion. She follows design news with interest
and still views the world with a designer’s eye. “I collect old pine
boxes and metal ashtrays from the 1960s with odd lettering and juicy
logos and slogans,” she says. “I still hate junk mail, double spaces
after periods, and I’m continually entertained by the quirky hand-drawn
typography on the Colorado license plate.”
On your mark, get set, get famous! Kropp looks at the pressure on young designers to become overnight sensations.
All around us, we see organizations and communities that need to change. The job for design is everywhere. I would like the people who come through our design education program to become embedded in thousands of places, helping our species evolve from selfish users of resources to expanders and creators of resources. And for that, while there is no “studio” involved, we hope you join us.
Section: Inspiration -
personal essay, graduate, teaching, culture, eco issues, social issues, social responsibility, sustainability, innovation
The six best practices that drove the success of Bell Labs—known for its landscape-changing innovations such as cellular telephone technology and lasers—can be applied to the in-house community. Begin to see that connection in part one of this two-part article, written by veteran in-house design manager Andy Epstein.
Section: Inspiration -
in-house design, INitiative, innovation
One of my biggest worries in the design business
is where the next client will come from. It was a worry when I started, and
it’s a worry seven years later—albeit to a much lesser degree. When
one approach to bringing in business doesn’t work, you need to learn from the
experience and move on to the next idea.
Section: Tools and Resources -
marketing, freelancing issues, job search, networking, advice
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