About

ABOUT

Founded in 1999, 21 Skye Design is an award-winning, independent design studio in Prospect, Kentucky. As a graphic designer, Elizabeth feels that her job boils down to listening, comprehending, and problem solving with her clients—the level of comprehension where you lose the extra, the unnecessary, and create simple, good design.

 

The 21 Skye Design client list features non-profit organizations and fine art projects including: the Louisville Downtown Partnership, South 4th Street Branding, LOOK – Seven editions of the Biennial Gallery Guide and website design for the Louisville independent gallery consortium, the Exhibition Catalog and CV featuring the 60-year career of work by artist Ann Stewart Anderson. Elizabeth also created an extensive, posthumous catalog project for renown, local sculptor Paul Field’s Retrospective Exhibition in conjunction with Louisville Visual Art. Just some of the other prominent Louisville fine artists who she has designed for include: C.J. Pressma, Jacque Parsley, Keith Auerbach, Sarah Havens, Anessa Arehart, and Shayne Hull.

 

Other clients include independent authors and publishers: Sally Van Winkle Campbell, Mark Davis, Thom Shelby, Paige Valdiserri, Old Stone Press, and Crescent Hill Books.

 

For-profit clients include businesses of every size and nature: Wiltshire Pantry, Twisted Salon, Goat Rodeo Productions, Craft(s) Gallery & Mercantile, and a nationally-recognized vitamin supplement company SuperNutrition, through L. Douglas Keeney, CMO.

 

Elizabeth currently volunteers her time for the Speed Art Museum as the Chair of the Board of Governors. She was also an active board member of the Louisville Graphic Design Association, LGDA, for many years and served as President in 2005 and 2009. She served on the steering committee in 2013-2014 to transition the organization, in its’ 25th year, to AIGA Louisville. Elizabeth was a proud St. Baldrick’s participant and head-shaving fundraiser in 2002.

 

Elizabeth completed her Bachelor of Design at the School of Design and Planning at the University of Colorado in Boulder. She continues to expand her technological skills with continuing education classes as often as she can schedule.

AWARDS

Horizon Interactive Awards, Gold Award Winner, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Category: Towns & Municipalities, 2017

Horizon Interactive Awards, Gold Award Winner, Louisville Downtown Partnership, Category: Advocacy/Non-Profit, 2017

Horizon Awards, Bronze Award Winner, LOOK: Gallery Guide, 7th Edition, Category: Print, 2017

Advertising Federation of Louisville, Sou4th Graphics, Louisville Downtown Partnership, 2015
AIGA 100 Show Award Winner, Sou4th Graphics, Louisville Downtown Partnership, 2014
LGDA 100 Show Award Winner, Hazelet’s Journal Book, Old Stone Press, 2013
Benjamin Franklin, National Independent Publishing Award, 2013 Silver Award Winner for Hazelet’s Journal
LGDA 100 Show Gold Award Winner, Goat Rodeo Productions Resorts Book, 2012
Advertising Club of Louisville, Gold Louie Award Winner, Goat Rodeo Productions Resorts Book, 2012
Advertising Club of Louisville, Gold and 5th District Region Louie Award Winner, Life of William Marshall Bullitt, 2012
LGDA 100 Show Gold Award Winner, Life of William Marshall Bullitt, 2011
LGDA 100 Show Gold Award Winner, Saving Kentucky: Greening the Bluegrass, 2010
LGDA 100 Show Gold Award Winner, Poster created for LGDA event with Mirko Ilic, 2009
PRINT Regional Design Annual, Poster created for LGDA event with Mirko Ilic , 2009
LGDA 100 Show Award Winner, RQSI Annual Report, 2007
HOW Magazine, Adelante Latin Jazz Festival Poster with illustrator Luba Lukova, 2007
LGDA 100 Show Award Winner, Adelante Latin Jazz Festival with illustrator Luba Lukova, 2006
LGDA 100 Show Award Winner, LOOK Gallery Guide, 2004
LGDA 100 Show Award Winner, Drepung Gomang Buddhist Monk Calendar, 2004
LGDA 100 Show Award Winner, Aesthetic Associates Corporate Identity, 2004
LGDA 100 Show Award Winner, New Blue Communications Corporate Identity Package, 2002
LGDA 100 Show Gold Award Winner, St. Francis High School Imagine 2002 Art Auction Invitation and Event Identity, 2002
Landmarks of Excellence PRSA – IABC Gold Award Winner, Graphics for Baptist East/Milestone Fitness Center
created in conjunction with Meg Higgins of New Blue Communications
Strathmore Graphics Gallery, i2c Corporate Identity Package, 2001
LGDA 100 Show Winner, I2c Corporate Identity Package, 2000
LGDA 100 Show Winner, Versteel Wavelink Promotion created for Rauscher Design, 1999
LGDA 100 Show Winner, Bell Wedding Announcement, 1997
Neenah Paper Competition, US Central Region Silver Medal, Loren Hebel Identity Package, 1996
Advertising Club of Louisville, Louie Award Winner, Loren Hebel Identity Package, 1996
LGDA 100 Show Winner, Call for Entries Design, 1995
LGDA 100 Show Winner, St. Francis High School Scholarship Fund Benefit, Poster Design, 1995
LGDA 100 Show Winner, Loren Hebel Identity Package, 1995
LGDA 100 Show Winner, Call for Entries Design, 1994
LGDA 100 Show Winner, Syd’s Hot Bagels Logo Illustration, 1994
LGDA 100 Show Winner, Design for the American Red Cross, 1993
Advertising Club of Louisville, Louie Award Winner, American Cancer Society Invitation, 1989

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Pip Pullen, President at Mightily

“I’ve known Elizabeth for many, many years and have worked with her as a manager when she taught college-level graphic design; a board colleague in the LGDA; as a vendor, helping her build the LOOK Web site; and more generally as a peer, sharing project reviews and ideas.

She is an accomplished designer, a hard worker, an exacting professional, but — above all — a willing and and solution-focused partner. Having met many of her clients, I have rarely heard anything but praise — indeed, many have raved effusively about her work and style.

She is able to balance studied, formal design with a pleasing sense of aesthetics, neither too masculine nor feminine, and excels when given complex and broad tasks — such as books and catalogues — to get under control, design, and produce.”

 

Lori Brown Patrick, President and CEO at Grammarwitch LLC

“The most visually creative projects I have worked on have been designed by Elizabeth Perry Spalding and 21 Skye Design. I have edited, written for, and indexed a number of books and web sites that were highly visual–many of them specifically targeted to the graphic design industry. But you can always tell an Elizabeth Spalding project because, even on the page, her work is never just two-dimensional. It has depth, balance, connectedness. Elizabeth infuses every project she touches with layers of thoughtful detail, creating an environment that magically draws you in. Her design aesthetic is impeccable, she is a persistent perfectionist–and she is a delight to work with, for co-workers as well as clients. If your project requires insightful design, a holistic perspective, and exquisite execution, you need Elizabeth.”

 

Jen Hancock, Executive Director at FACE Low Cost Animal Clinic, Indianapolis, IN

Elizabeth Perry Spalding is both an excellent designer and project manager. Her dedication to completing award-winning design means the final product is beyond anything you’d ever expect. I worked with Elizabeth to rebrand an event, and the results were nothing short of amazing. She considers all aspects – design, printing methods, paper, etc. Plus, she’s great at working with you to develop deadlines and works diligently to keep the project(s) moving forward!

 

J. H. Clark, Old Stone Press

“Elizabeth is an extremely creative and talented graphic designer who gives thoughtful attention to her projects. She listens to her client, asks strategic questions that will encourage and inspire. She will delve into your project with enthusiasm and challenge you to make it the best it can be”

 

Meg Higgins, Chief Creative Officer of NewBlue Creative Communications

“Elizabeth is most skillful in the creative use of typography. In her hands, a simple paragraph treated as mundane by many, are words brought to life through her careful arrangement of copy. She understands the graphic impact type has on a page, and I am often delighted with her well-crafted design.”

 

Jim Miller, Partner and Creative Director of Quantum Communications

“Elizabeth is a most pleasant and creative individual. She possesses a strong ability to complete work she is contracted to do on time and is willing to do what ever it takes to get the job done. She is conscientious, courteous and above all, focused on her work. Even AE’s love her!”

 

Merrily Orsini, CEO of Corecubed

“Actually, I thought it was spectacular! It is really something that KMAC has needed . . . and is perfectly done for their target market.”

[Referring to the Made in Kentucky newsletter for the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft.]

 

Ken Shapero, Co-Owner of The Jazz Factory

“Elizabeth took the time to learn about our business and our target audiences. The result has been effective, well-thought out designs created efficiently and insightfully.”

 

John Begley, former Gallery Director of the Allen R. Hite Art Gallery at the University of Louisville

“Thanks again for all of your hard work, diligence, skill and talent.”

[Referring to the LOOK Gallery Guide.]

Underwired Magazine,
Article by Laura Grinstead

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