Whether you’re looking for a fun gift for your bestie or are seeking high-quality design and branding work for your business, these four local designers make the world a little brighter with their quirky, retro, and one-of-a-kind work.
Pop Rocket Creations
At Pop Rocket Creations, the designs are kitschy, retro, and super playful. Consider the iron-on patch of a bat in 3D glasses or the Creature of the Night coffee mug, complete with pea green sludge bubbling over the rim. Purchase their goodies online or at nearly a dozen locations in Ohio and Kentucky.
Owners Kyle and Melissa Sliney also work with clients directly, offering services ranging from photography and design to social media and branding. The husband-and-wife creative team works out of their Madisonville home studio.
The graphic design work at Wolf Bomb studio is modern, clean, and brightly colored—and it grew out of a love for music. Owner Alexander Scaglia designed T-shirts and gig posters for his high school band. Today, Wolf Bomb offers prints and apparel, including hats and T-shirts. Scaglia also works on designs for local companies like Proud Hound Coffee Roasters and Rooted Juicery & Kitchen.
A.P. Loves Design
Westwood resident Andi Ploehs started designing greeting cards after working at an ad agency, “and I haven’t looked back,” she says.
Her shop, A.P. Loves Design, has been on Etsy since 2012 and features paper goods to help you feel good, including notepads, stickers, cards, and custom illustrations. Ploehs’s work features bold colors and simple, encouraging messaging, like Self-care is important and You’re freaking awesome! Like really. Shoppers can customize their cards with their own names and favorite color.
The designs at Colette Paperie are bold, bright, and a little cheeky. Card sentiments include You are a flamingo in a world of boring-ass pigeons and Congrats on the huge boobs. (Oh, and the pregnancy).
In addition to cards, shoppers can find paper goods ranging from prints and stickers to coloring books, plus gift items like pencils and key chains—all featuring designer Keli Spanier’s wit and cheer. Find Colette Paperie online and in shops coast to coast, including throughout Cincinnati.