10 Years

In 2022, we celebrated 10 years of helping Arts organizations, nonprofits, and small businesses teach, grow, and succeed. View some highlights of that work in our 28-page portfolio book. Open book >

 

About

A New York City-based strategy & design studio that creates branding, websites, and print publications for non-profits, arts organizations, individuals, and growing businesses.

 

Clients

Clients often need not only a new look but help to streamline, prioritize and strategize. Beyond design that is clear, thoughtful and beautiful, you'll gain insight on how to plan/implement a whole solution.

  • New & Notable
  • Bend-LaPine Schools/i4Ed >
  • BigMouth Inc. >
  • Bouncyband >
  • Dance/NYC >
  • Dapple Baby >
  • EarSay >
  • The Financial Clinic >
  • Fractured Atlas >
  • George Jackson Academy >
  • Gerard & Kelly >
  • Global Goods Partners >
  • Harkness Foundation >
  • The Hudson River Museum >
  • Hudson Staging >
  • JobsFirstNYC >
  • LinkedIn >
  • Mark Morris Dance Group >
  • New York University >
  • Parsons/The New School >
  • Punchkins >
  • Security Traders Association >
  • Sites of Conscience >
  • Skip Hop >
  • Warm Springs Community Action Team >
  • Past Clients
  • ABC Child Center >
  • Alliance for the Arts >
  • American Opera Projects >
  • AX Ahmad >
  • BabyBjorn >
  • Children of Armenia Fund >
  • Christopher Duggan Photo >
  • Dance Critics Association >
  • East River 50s Alliance >
  • Green Schools Alliance >
  • Havaianas/Alpargatas USA >
  • Hun Aw Studio >
  • M Monroe Design >
  • Met Council on Housing >
  • Moving Theater >
  • The National Rose Garden >
  • Nayef Homsi Art >
  • Neuberger Museum of Art >
  • Poppin >
  • Present Project >
  • Quantxt >
  • Reelblue >
  • Snackable Media >
  • Trefler Foundation >
  • Wellbuilt Company >

 

Team

Our experienced team of professionals:

James (Principal, Strategy & Design) has a decade of experience designing and leading design projects. He is passionate about helping others learn and grow while remaining mindful of society and the environment. He believes it is important that even organizations with limited resources have access to effective communication design.

Michelle (Communications) has a keen understanding of how integrated communications—copywriting, public relations, event organization, and merch—succeed when developed simultaneously with design.

Zack (Illustration) is a fabulously imaginative artist and designer who provides out-of-the-box visual assets that add texture and energy to projects.

Barry (Development) brings the technical expertise needed for custom solutions. His decades of experience with corporations and nonprofits lends him the ability to scale as needed and advise accordingly.

Michala (Interior Design) understands that a well-designed workplace can influence everything from staff recruitment and retention to the quality of work being produced.

Our network of resources can provide:

Media: video, motion graphics, photography, heavy retouching
Printing: high-end, affordable, totes/merchandise, specialty
Industrial and Product Design, Fashion Design

Reviews:

  • I credit Monroe&Co’s comprehensive rebranding of BigMouth Inc in helping achieve a successful exit to private equity in 2016. We really enjoyed the rebranding, working with you, and appreciated how much thought went in to our brand. Your style is so succinct and absent of marketing fluff. You always substantiated your guidelines with actual logical points.
    —Founder & CEO, BigMouth Inc
  • When we acquired Bouncyband, an educational products company, we tasked Monroe&Co to create a logo, branding, packaging, sales collateral and even the name itself. They did not disappoint! They gave the brand an identity that conveys professionalism, ingenuity, creativeness and fun. Our sales have steadily increased since implementing the assets created, and our brand recognition is broader than ever before.
    —Managing Director, Bouncyband
  • I’ve had the pleasure of working with James for over 10 years on several brands. He is strategic, insanely creative, and excels at all aspects of design—from branding to collateral and everything in between. When you work with James, you’re bringing on board a strategic partner that will help you look objectively at your brand from a higher level. He will bring perspective and insights to the table that you may not have considered, and the ultimate deliverables will be way above expectations.
    —Marketing Director, Multiple Clients
  • James, your keen design eye, consideration of our needs, and collegial style of relating to clients resulted in a beautifully lean, elegant website that perfectly captures our foundation’s aesthetic and is simple for users to navigate. We couldn’t be happier with your work and ongoing maintenance of the site!
    —Executive Director, Harkness Foundation for Dance
  • James has created a complete strategy to promote my novel trilogy. Working within a tight budget, he has created a graphically compelling, sophisticated website for me, advised me on branding, helped me come up with a title for my next project, and brainstormed about publicity and marketing to generate many innovative ideas. Collaborating with James has been an education for me, and a pleasure: he is always anticipating the next step, and solving problems before they arise. A creative and strategic thinker, James not only thinks outside the box, he re-defines what the box is.
    —Author, AX Ahmad
  • “I've counted on James many times over the years for graphic design and he's always exceeded expectations. From logo conceptualization and web design to business cards and stationary, James treats big and small jobs with an exceptional level of professionalism and creativity.”
    —Founder, Reelblue
  • “There's not enough space to adequately write a recommendation for James Monroe. He is incredibly creative, responsible, and poised... His disposition was always positive and he worked very well whether entirely on his own or with a team. He is confident only in the best way which allowed him to take constructive criticism in stride. I feel fortunate to have worked with him.”
    —Editorial Services Manager, Purchase College & FMR Director of Marketing, Neuberger Museum of Art
  • “James is a talented designer and great to work with—very amenable to some pretty strict creative demands and smart about budget constraints. I've worked with him specifically on print media... but know he's an expert in web design as well.”
    —Director, Dance/NYC & FMR Director of Development, Alliance for the Arts
  • “In addition to being a terrific and inventive designer, James Monroe is a constructive and enthusiastic collaborator. He understands that when graphic design and text work together they heighten each other's impact. And he knows how to make that happen. A pleasure to work with, James is a rare talent!”
    —FMR Editor for Publications, The New School
  • “James is highly creative, detail-oriented, hard working and very passionate about his job and responsibilities. He possesses a high level of creative energy, multi-tasking and has strong organizational skills. He is also great at working in a fast paced environment where he can adapt quickly. I would highly recommend James to any organization.”
    —FMR VP of Sales, Skip Hop
  • “... He has shown exemplary initiative in creating a wide variety of design artwork including book covers, logos, posters, banners, advertisements, web graphics, and more. I highly recommend James if you are seeking a talented, motivated creative person.”
    — FMR Design Director, Parsons/The New School
  • “James Monroe is a true right- and left- brain thinker. He is both creative and organized, able to juggle many projects at once, and determine priorities accordingly. He can plan complex projects involving multiple stages, resources and approvals, including scheduling and budgets. James also has the interest and ability to understand how design can help meet big-picture business and communication goals. As a result, his work is both fresh and on-message. Lastly, James is a pleasure to work with—full of interesting facts and able to keep his cool even in high pressure situations.”
    —VP of Product Development, Skip Hop