Welcome to Brown Stone Studio.
In business for 16 years, we have amassed a track record of award-winning work and satisfied clients. We are also certified woman-owned (WBE) in New York City and New York State.
AMY HECHT, Founder
Born and raised in New York City, Amy began her career in retail, 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 a wealth of graphic design experience 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.