My Dogs Were Not Getting Enough Fiber

I am one of those people who used to trust the dog food industry. I have always had dogs, and I always fed them the best dog food possible. I realized that while that is better than the cheap bags that cost a fraction of the price for three times the amount of food, that it still wasn’t good enough for my girls. I wanted to find out about doggy nutrition, so I went online to do some research. That is how I found, a really incredible website that is easy to read and easy to understand.

It has so many different nutritional tips on it for dogs that it is surprising that more people don’t take their dog’s nutritional needs into their own hands instead of relying on the dog food industry to make sure our pups are being fed quality food that has all of the nutrients that they need to be healthy. (more…)

How Much Analog Have I Lost?

For days I was trying to find out what kind of cable TV service I could order when I moved to my new place but without the Internet at the time, I seriously had so much trouble finding out what providers were available that I felt like I had stepped back in time. This was the first time in years that I didn’t have the Internet or a cell phone which made it even more difficult, unfortunately. I literally had to use a buddies computer to find more information so I could have it all ready to hook up when I moved.

This goes to show just how dependent we have become. (more…)

creative services

A good friend once said, “everything has to be designed…even the letters that make up the words you’re reading now.” It’s true – design, even in it’s simplest form still needs to go through the creative process to become what it is.

People often underestimate the power of design and the importance of it for an effective marketing or branding campaign. It takes much more than a computer and some special effects to create something that catches eyes, gets read and gets results. It takes a seasoned designer – one who’s learned from other creatives to help shape his or her own design style.

Crop Marks Design offers a full suite of creative services and abilities to clients with the goal of helping clients achieve a level of consistency throughout all of their marketing materials – whether in print, online or on wheels. A consistent brand image is a must for recognition and growth for any business – small or large. Whether we work with you on a per project basis or full blown campaign that crosses many mediums, you can be sure that our creative suggestions are in your best interest.

“Stephen is great to work with and instinctively seems to know what the client is looking for. I simply gave him a bunch of photographs of my work, carte blanche to do what he does best, and first time around he hit a grand slam. We went with the dynamic design he came up with right out of the gate. What more can I say?”

Toland Sand
Toland Sand Glass Studio

“Crop Marks Design has more than exceeded our expectations for creativity and professional service. They are a responsive group of talented professionals who strive to listen and understand our corporate marketing and design needs. We rely on Stephen and his team for design expertise to guide us on all our projects.

Judith Maloy
Polaris Direct

The creative alternative to an ad agency.

Well, you found it…the solution for all your graphic design, website design, marketing and advertising needs. Introducing Crop Marks Design Studio – an award-winning, progressive design firm located in Concord, NH specializing in delivering unique and creative solutions for businesses of all shapes and sizes.

“We see Crop Marks Design Studio as an extension of our in-house marketing department. Stephen is an invaluable team member and completely committed to the success of our company. Crop Marks Design has helped us elevate our brand equity, create a unique look and clearly differentiate ourselves from the competition. Thanks to Crop Marks Design Studio, our shelves are filling-up with awards for advertising and marketing excellence.”

Jessica McLane Gann
Director of Marketing and Communications
American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)

It’s our guess that you’re looking for a creative partner – someone who understands your need to maximize every dollar of your marketing budget, while still being creative and unique enough to help you stand out from the competition. Just as important, you want to feel comfortable with those who are handling your creative materials – to develop a level of trust and confidence that the job will be done right…on time…and on budget.

Crop Marks Design Studio is the solution – your creative alternative to an advertising agency. If you’re tired of the fluff, runaround or even being burned, give us call and get ready to experience something different – fresh creative ideas paired with personal service and attention that you expect.

The story of Crop Marks Design – a journey well worth the trip.

Crop Marks Design Studio was born in 1994 as an entrepreneurial effort to slowly build a design firm focusing on graphic and web design in central New Hampshire. Realizing that his first job out of college (designing yellow page ads) wasn’t going to put him on the road he wanted, Stephen bought a $4,000 PC from Dell (Dell told me I was one of their first residential customers!) and came to Concord to register the business, thinking he would freelance his way out.

Naturally a business doesn’t develop overnight so Stephen got into the advertising agency scene for 14 years carrying titles of Senior Graphic Designer to Creative Director of well respected award-winning agencies. During these years, Crop Marks Design was operating in the background (yes, lunch hours, late evenings, weekends, holidays, etc.) slowly developing a growing client base and referral network.

Today, Crop Marks Design has developed into a well respected design firm in the community – with Stephen having left the ad agency world far behind to do things his way. With clients in every type of business, located coast to coast – “his way” is working just as planned.

Stephen is a graduate of Plymouth State College (class of 1991), an active member in the Concord, NH Chamber of Commerce and has been recognized by the NH Internet Awards, Ad Club of NH, American Graphic Design Awards, NH Graphic Arts Association for creative excellence.

“Over the past 10+ years, we have worked with Stephen on hundreds of projects. He is one of those rare finds in that “he actually gets it”. He listens well to understand your goals and he delivers timely outcomes that exceed expectations. At Heritage, we consider Stephen a treasured member of our family.”

Craig Chartier
Heritage Plumbing & Heating, Inc.