The Partners

Bethany HartshornCreative Director

Bethany studied at University of the Arts in Philadelphia and later went on to earn her master’s degree in graphic design at De Montford University outside London. Bethany is an award-winning print designer and art director specializing in multi-page layouts and product packaging among other things. Bethany is highly efficient, easy to work with and beyond dedicated to ensure your project is the best it can be.

Christopher GravesClient Satisfaction Guru

Christopher Graves Chris Avoca Designs

Chris personally oversees most client accounts and ensures that projects flow smoothly from initial concept to delivery of final product. As liaison between client and artist, Chris translates your real life business needs and challenges into design briefs our artists can understand. After all, beautiful design is great but beautiful and effective design is better for your bottom line!

The Studio

Since 2003 Avoca Designs has provided graphic design and marketing support for businesses and nonprofit organizations worldwide. Our mission is to deliver seriously good design and finished printed materials on-time, comfortably within budget, and backed up by our above and beyond customer service.

We are a general design studio which means we can handle just about any project in any industry. Our areas of specialty include; complex page layouts such as catalogs, brochures, event journals; retail packaging; trade show graphics; and creative support for nonprofit in-house marketing departments.

Our Business Philosophy

One of the key reasons why freelance designers struggle is that they typically are not business oriented. Often a one-person show, they want to focus on making pretty designs and not worry so much about client development, paperwork, etc. Avoca’s dual approach solves this. We have artists who are free to create while our business side handles all the boring stuff like making sure your project is on schedule and that we have enough new business in the pipeline to keep the art department busy.

What’s With The Name?

Pronounced “uh-VOH-kuh”.  The Avoca River is formed by the union of the Avonmore and Avonbeg rivers in County Wicklow, Ireland near Dublin. Celebrated in Thomas Moore’s poem Meeting of the Waters, the river symbolizes our core philosphy of two parts – art and business – joining together to form a stronger partnership.

The Process

Here are a few things you can expect when you hire us.

Planning Phase

  • Start with a design consultation / stakeholder meeting – this can be in person, over the phone, or via email
  • We’ll understand your needs from your point of view
  • We’ll prepare your quote / proposal
  • You read and sign our client / designer agreement and submit your deposit if applicable
  • Then we get started working our magic!

Development

  • We research your company, industry, customers and competitors so we’re aware of any trends, best practices, etc.
  • We’ll assign appropriate creative personnel to your project
  • We’ll develop concepts and deliver proofs
  • You give feedback and we’ll make revisions based on your comments
  • More proofs and revisions as necessary until you are 100% happy camper!

Deliverables

  • Prepare final approved artwork for print or web implementation
  • Prepare print and/or mailing & fulfillment quote if requested
  • Oversee printing and mailing process to insure accuracy including on-site press checks
  • Prepare final invoice upon job completion
  • You pay invoice and can’t stop telling your colleagues how wonderful we are!

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