Ampersand Design Studio

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About US

CARRIE & MORGAN

To call Carrie Kiefer & Morgan Georgie close would be a serious understatement. For years it’s been Carrie & Morgan, Morgan & Carrie. The name of their design venture says it all — Ampersand. With one single stroke, the ampersand is the symbol that connects two formerly separate elements. Having a strong love of typography, they were happy to discover that the ampersand is historically the character that a typographer can use to infuse personality and playfulness into a font. It’s the symbol in the alphabet that gets to have a little more fun!

Carrie & Morgan believe that it was no coincidence that they first met in typography class. The two continued to study graphic design together at the University of Kansas and were roommates during their semester abroad in England.

After graduation, both were hired by Hallmark Cards where they worked together for almost a decade chatting over cubicle walls. For a while, during their single years, they even lived in the same apartment building, right across the hall from each other. These days, Carrie & Morgan not only work together, they live five minutes apart with their sweet, (and very supportive), husbands and adorable kids.

Carrie & Morgan’s closeness is reflected in their shared design aesthetic — clean and fresh, energized by shots of surprising color. Although they have different inspirations and points of departure (Morgan is the modern maven, while Carrie haunts vintage and thrift stores), they incorporate those viewpoints seamlessly for a look that’s current but not sterile, eclectic but harmonious.

AMPERSAND DESIGN STUDIO

During their years at Hallmark Cards, Carrie & Morgan earned a reputation as the go-to designers in giftwrap, party, stationery and albums. They held multiple positions including Designer, Art Director, and Creative Strategist where they designed and led various multi-million dollar collections and accounts. Carrie & Morgan began freelancing together in 2005, formed an official partnership in 2007 and launched Ampersand in its present form in 2009. Ampersand Design is now a full-service design studio.

Ampersand specializes in surface pattern design, identity design and stationery products, with clients in the home décor, fashion and baby and kids industries. Their clients include respected big names like Land of Nod, Tiny Prints, Papyrus, Minted and Giggle,  as well as great small, local businesses around the country, including cafés, bakeries, wineries, photo studios and fashion boutiques.

Carrie & Morgan pride themselves on their strong work ethic and constant drive to help their clients succeed. Their innovative design work has received numerous awards and recognition by Print Magazine, How Magazine and AIGA, but, Carrie & Morgan consider their list of happy clients Ampersand’s best portfolio.

AMPERSAND BLOG

Cheery and colorful, energetic and inspirational, Ampersand’s lifestyle blog is an extension of the design studio, bringing beautifully presented ideas for life, family and design to thousands of devoted readers. Updated daily throughout the week, Ampersand’s posts highlight the best of art, design, home, fashion and trends, as refracted through Carrie & Morgan’s personal tastes and interests. The blog’s mission is to encourage readers (and themselves) to create lives that are bright, creative and happy.

AMPERSAND SHOP

It happened like this: friends started getting married and asked Carrie & Morgan to design wedding invitations. Then friends started having children, and requesting nursery art and murals. Ampersand’s fun, modern take on design quickly became popular, and Carrie & Morgan set up virtual shop as a place to share the types of products that they want to buy themselves. What started as a small venture, Ampersand’s shop is now shipping worldwide and wholesaling products to shops across the world. Their shop is filled with art prints, melamine platters, stationery and tech accessories featuring their zingy graphics!

For more information, please contact hello{at}ampersanddesignstudio.com.
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Cheers,