When I was a kid living in Belgium for a few years, a beautifully designed can of peas on a supermarket shelf made me want to be a designer even though I didn’t know there was such a profession back then. I wanted to be the person who made things like cans of peas in a supermarket look so enticing.
I’ve always liked making images using various techniques, and animating them is fun too. I’m getting more and more into drawing now, as you’ll see if you take a look at the illustration page.
In addition to design and illustration, I do what I can to help the street cats of Vis.
Early influences: Navy brat, lots of traveling: lived on both U.S. coasts, also in Greece and Belgium
Languages: English, French, Spanish
Education: Parsons School of Design, NYC
BFA in communication design 1986, lived and worked in NYC until 1999
then Charlotte, NC until 2007, now Charleroi, Belgium
Early biz: Trotter & Uretsky Design (1984-89)
Founded The Ministry of Fun as my freelance biz in 1993, morphed into Little Shiva in 2000
When my partner Beth Stephens and I started a new multi-media art project with an environmental activist theme, we chose Little Shiva to make a poster for us as we liked her work a lot. The poster was so well done we then asked her to design a postcard. That grew into a banner for a parade, a couple of logos, a really cool business card and more. Each design she made inspired yet another project, each in harmony with the other. Shiva was a joy to work with: she took all our suggestions and desires into consideration and was super professional. She’s our design angel.
— Annie Sprinkle, Ph.D., Sexecology.Org
Designers of Little Shiva’s skill level intuitively know how information wants to be presented. When powerful design and creative written content combine, the resulting site can quickly exceed the limits of standard ecommerce. I’m always looking forward to Little Shiva’s next project.
— Christopher Karwowski, cgk.ink
The typical designer assumes a female advice columnist needs some cutesy pink masthead for her website. Even if you insist that you don’t want cutesy or pink, you typically get something that’s at least pink in spirit. Ugh. Well, Little Shiva didn’t start with any of the usual assumptions. She really listened to me and then translated my ideas about my personality and my brand’s personality into a strong visual, creating a masthead that really captures the spirit of both, conceptually and visually. She also solved design problems I didn’t understand that I had until she solved them. For example, without my asking, she put my photo into my masthead — exactly the right thinking when designing a masthead for a “personality.” A lot of designers are about strong images — and she’s very much about that, too — but a really strong design is also an intelligent, problem-solving design, and that’s exactly what she gave me.
— Amy Alkon, The Advice Goddess
I’ve worked for:
1st Met Mortgage
Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens
Bang Bang Salon
Charlotte Energy Solutions
Dalton Moran Robinson Architecture
Daniel Rizzardi Salon
Endless Summer Quarterly
FGTB Charleroi Sud-Hainaut
Forest City Ratner
Jack the Rapper
Mannes College of Music
New Millennia Films
Parsons School of Design
Pura Vida Worldly Art
Sabine Londot bijouterie contemporaine
SAFE (Saving Antiquities for Everyone)
Susan Sisko Carter
Théâtre du Copion
The Blues Cruise
The Charlotte Chamber
The Conformity Corporation
The Cooper-Hewitt Museum
The Elizabeth Community Association
The Mingus Big Band
The New School
The Shooting Gallery
The Town of Midland (NC)
United Nations Population Fund
United Way of Central Carolinas
Wonderworld Film and Video