These days, it’s easy to get free design on your home computer. But then you’re at that important networking function, handing out your business card or brochure, and you realize it has the same template as everyone else… because they got it for free, too. It definitely doesn’t help you stand out from the crowd.
Or maybe you need additional communications and even find a template that you like, but your materials don’t look like they come from the same company…because they didn’t.
Welcome to Brown Stone Studio. We are a certified woman-owned business (WBE) in New York City and New York State. We create communications — that nobody else has — that get right to the heart of your business, because it’s made specifically for your business.
If you’re serious about your company and want to project that, hire a professional design firm. It doesn’t have to be us, but we do have 15 years in business and a track record of award-winning work.
Let’s face it: design matters. When you’re working with Brown Stone Studio, it won’t be free… but we will endeavor to work with your budget and you'll be able to rest easy knowing that you've hired professionals. Your business demands it.
AMY HECHT, Founder
Born and raised in New York City, Amy began her career in retail fashion, designing advertisements and catalogs. When an opportunity arose to design software manuals (!) in Paris, she didn’t waste a minute. She spent three years in the French capital, designing magazines and brochures for a small publishing company, in addition to the aforementioned software manuals.
Upon her return to New York, Amy worked at several small design firms before deciding to try her luck at a Big Corporation. Amy spent six years there — first as an art director and then design manager of corporate communications — before deciding to start Brown Stone Studio. She brings experience in branding, marketing and communications, and editorial design to the corporate, publishing, and nonprofit sectors.
Amy attended the renowned High School of Music & Art (now LaGuardia) and holds a BA in art history and painting from Syracuse University. She continued her education at the School of Visual Arts, and has an MS in communication design from Pratt Institute. She was honored to be a judge in Creativity International's 2012 competition. She is an active volunteer, member of several professional organizations, and is the creative lead on all studio projects. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and a rescue mutt.
RUSS MAXWELL, Senior designer, illustrator, map-maker
Russ has collaborated with Brown Stone Studio since our inception. He is a graphic designer with over 20 years experience. Born and raised in North Carolina, he achieved "escape velocity" in 1996 when he moved to New York City to ply his design trade. Russ holds a BA from the University of North Carolina, and an MS in Cartography and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin. A lifelong learner, Russ has taken typography, illustration and screen printing courses at the School of Visual Arts and New York University. Russ contributes his award-winning skills to design excellence and has experience in a variety of visual-design areas including scientific, mapping, corporate communications and marketing. When he’s not creating, Russ can be found in his studio sketching caricatures and creating whimsical watercolor illustrations. He currently resides in New York City with his wife and two daughters.