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As you know, in addition to our regular design services, we are collaborating with District Bliss this year for their DIY workshops, and have been promoting some merchandise on our Etsy shop. If you haven’t been to an event, we’re excited to share some photos with you here.


We’ve been showcasing designs for mugs, coasters, handmade scarves and much more.


We also do custom designs.


Check it out and join us for a District Bliss event at West Elm soon!

5 reasons

You may wonder, why should you choose to hire a design agency versus having a designer on staff?  What is the advantage of working with an external freelance designer or design agency like Stacy Kleber Design long term? Today we’re here to share some of the benefits with you.

We Know Your Business

Using the same designer or design agency regularly means we know your business. We remember your preferences and cater to them every time, meaning less revisions and quicker turnarounds.

We See Things from an Outside Perspective

Sometimes it is hard to view something objectively when you are too close to it. As an external designer, we are outside the company culture, and can offer recommendations that may not occur to you.

We Have Skin in the Game

Since you are our client, our success depends directly on your happiness and success. Therefore, we will work incredibly hard to give you the best service and solution for your design needs.

We’re There When You Need Us (and Not When You Don’t)

Maybe you don’t have the money to hire a designer on staff – or you don’t have enough work yet for a full-timer. That is where we come in. We work on a project basis, so you get the help you need on an as-needed basis. We can also work on retainer or by monthly contract.

We Do All the Things

Though we specialize, a small boutique agency or freelance designer needs to know way more than design. We understand what it means to run a business, and to advertise a business.  Therefore we have a better understanding of your needs as a business.

Are you ready to take the plunge?  Let’s talk!


design tips-3

Last Fall, in addition to running this business, I taught Intro to Graphic Design at the University of District of Columbia. Creating lessons gave me a chance to revisit what I love about design, as well as to remember some of the finer points that we often let slip by in our hurry to create the next big thing.

Graphic design is about ideas and problem solving, first and foremost, but to create GOOD design, you also need to pay attention to the details. Here are a few of the finer, but often forgotten, points of typesetting long documents:

Avoiding Widows

A widow is a single word on the last line of a paragraph.  Widows create extra white space between paragraphs and distract the eye. Widows call for manual adjusting of the paragraphs to eliminate the space.

Avoiding Orphans

An orphan is a single word or very short line ending a paragraph at the top of the next column or page. Orphans look out of place, and distract the eye of the reader. Again, manual adjusting of the paragraphs may be necessary to create an additional line, or to condense so the line ends the previous page or column.

Avoiding Rivers

Rivers are created in justified columns when spaces accidentally align to form a path through the type. Letter spacing can be manually modified to reduce the alignment issue.

Paying Attention to Rag

When setting text flush-left, rag-right, a good rag should flow in and out with small differences from line to line. It should not create a pattern or shape that distracts the reader and creates odd white space. This can be modified by letter spacing or soft returns in the paragraphs to create more even line lengths.

Good Kerning

Good kerning means that the letters have equal VISUAL space between them – so that no letter or group of letters is separated out. This is especially important in titles and headlines. While this may seem trivial, making something hard to read can completely distort the message. If you want to try your hand at kerning, check out this type game about proper letter spacing.

What other key points in Graphic Design do you feel get overlooked?


If you haven’t seen it in your news feed already, we are partnering with District Bliss to create signage and collateral for ALL of their DIY workshops at West Elm this year. The first will be in February, where we’ll be making potato print tea towels and bags with The Neighborgoods! They’ll be plenty of fun to be had, and a few surprises from us too.

You can sign up for that here.

As if that we’re exciting enough, we’re coinciding the first workshop with the launch of our new Etsy shop! We’ll be selling our hand made scarves and some fun typographical signs, as well as some printables. And if you are at the workshop, you get the discount FIRST!

We can’t wait to see you and share what we’ve been up to!  Get ready for an exciting year!

Light up thenight at promwith me?

With the new year upon us, we’re taking a minute to reflect on who we are and how we help you. With that in mind, we came up with a new description for our services:

“Stacy Kleber Design LLC is a DC based graphic design agency specializing in affordable, on-going design support for businesses and nonprofits.

We love helping our customers to establish and build their brand, using everything from logo design to infographics to print collateral. We work with clients both nationally and internationally, as their primary designer or as a supplement to their internal design team, to ensure consistency in their brand and to produce high quality design work.”

While we will still be taking one-off jobs, we really want to be your partner – to offer on-going design support for you and your business. Maybe you don’t have a full-time designer on staff – or maybe you do and they need additional support. That is where we come in. We offer design on an as-needed basis to help you maintain a consistent look and feel, as well as a high quality design presence.

Many of our clients have been with us for 5+ years. We know their brands inside and out. They will tell you that we deliver quality work, on time, every time.

Think about it. We’re here when you are ready to take the leap. In fact, we’ll take it with you.

a warm note to say

Happy Thanksgiving to our clients and friends!  We are so grateful for your support and for the opportunity to work with you this year.


happiness in design

Today, a little insight into me…

What aspects of a project make me truly happy?  It might not be what you think. Sure – it is fun to launch a project with a big client, but the things that make me happy to work from day to day are actually much more subtle…


I LOVE details.  The things that are less obvious, yet really cool. I just finished a draft of a folder, and you know what I enjoyed designing most? The inside. I can design the front, but what I WANT to design is that pattern or color you see when you open it up – that bit that surprises you. That is where the fun is.

White space.

I love using tons of white, with a pop of color. A white business card which flips over to reveal a hot pink back?  Yes!  I’m all in. Again, there is that element unexpectedness to it that makes it interesting. White space not only creates contrast, but is a great way to call attention to specific elements of a design.


I want to really let type shine. When I design a logo, I think about the personality of the typeface. Are you destined for an elegantly refined serif? An ultra-modern sans? An inviting and friendly slab serif? Finding the perfect fit is half the fun.


As primarily a print designer, I love to pick out paper. Different weight, tone and texture all add an element to design that can’t quite be achieved digitally. A really nice paper calls out to be touched.

What makes you happy when you see a design?