Flint Design Company

WE CREATE THE SPARK THAT HELP BRANDS THRIVE IN THE FOOD AND BEVERAGE INDUSTRY.

Flint Design Co helps highly-crafted, premium brands discover and express their unique brand story through package design, environments, print materials and digital media.

Our Process

Conversation
Conversation
Our work lives beyond logos and packaging

We create lasting brand identities that have strength, momentum and room to grow for years. For that work to be successful, it must be true to who you are. So we begin every working relationship by getting to know you in the deepest, best way we know: through conversation. Before we design anything, we need to understand who we’re working with and what they’re trying to accomplish. We want to learn everything about your business and your vision, because our work lives beyond logos and packaging.

Discovery
Discovery
Your brand and story are unique

Your brand and story are unique—or they should be. Being able to showcase that difference is what makes your brand compelling. So, in addition to learning all about you, we research your industry, your brand’s reason for being, and your competitors. We ask questions. We listen. We challenge. We learn the complexities of your vision, and use that insight to better understand and express your unique story.

Direction
Direction
The right visual elements and language

Brand stories come to life when they connect with audiences. Choosing the right visual elements and language requires a conceptual plan. So we take what we’ve learned through conversation and discovery work and form a cohesive brand strategy and creative direction. This thinking acts as the filter for ideas and a beacon to drive toward when making brand decisions.

Design
Design
Bring your visual story to life

Once we’ve established the direction for your brand, it’s time to bring your visual story to life. We start with conceptual thinking and your company needs, and look for inspiration in the strongest elements of your foundational backstory. We then instill character into our designs to create the spark your brand needs to stand out, through details that resonate, delight, and reflect what makes your story unique.

Completion
Completion
We understand the production process

Beautiful design falls flat without crisp execution, and for us that starts at the project’s beginning. Because of our 25 years of design expertise and manufacturing knowledge, we see how design must work from inception through launch. We know how it must function in experiences from packaging to the web to trade shows—and we understand the production process it must go through to get to the finish line.

We create lasting brand identities that have strength, momentum and room to grow for years. For that work to be successful, it must be true to who you are. So we begin every working relationship by getting to know you in the deepest, best way we know: through conversation. Before we design anything, we need to understand who we’re working with and what they’re trying to accomplish. We want to learn everything about your business and your vision, because our work lives beyond logos and packaging.

Your brand and story are unique—or they should be. Being able to showcase that difference is what makes your brand compelling. So, in addition to learning all about you, we research your industry, your brand’s reason for being, and your competitors. We ask questions. We listen. We challenge. We learn the complexities of your vision, and use that insight to better understand and express your unique story.

Brand stories come to life when they connect with audiences. Choosing the right visual elements and language requires a conceptual plan. So we take what we’ve learned through conversation and discovery work and form a cohesive brand strategy and creative direction. This thinking acts as the filter for ideas and a beacon to drive toward when making brand decisions.

Once we’ve established the direction for your brand, it’s time to bring your visual story to life. We start with conceptual thinking and your company needs, and look for inspiration in the strongest elements of your foundational backstory. We then instill character into our designs to create the spark your brand needs to stand out, through details that resonate, delight, and reflect what makes your story unique.

Beautiful design falls flat without crisp execution, and for us that starts at the project’s beginning. Because of our 25 years of design expertise and manufacturing knowledge, we see how design must work from inception through launch. We know how it must function in experiences from packaging to the web to trade shows—and we understand the production process it must go through to get to the finish line.

Our Team

Catherine Healy

Catherine Healy

Creative Director & Owner

Catherine brings us all together. Our collaboration keys off her ability to see a puzzle for its pieces, along with her flair for fostering others’ ideas and seeing the connections that come to light. Flint’s owner, creative director, and a strategist/designer with an eye for the big picture, Catherine sees every day as a chance to show gratitude, share knowledge, and help her team find grace in the face of challenge.

“All the work we do here is an opportunity. To grow, experience something, do better, be uncomfortable, find joy, and push our boundaries.”

Such exploration makes its way outside the studio, as well, to hiking in [Forest Park], kicking it around art museums with her husband and kids, strolling through the farmer’s market, or searching Powell’s for the latest addition to her 200-strong cookbook collection. Trying new techniques, considering fresh approaches, and combining it all with a high bar for quality may take a little more time, but like a finished puzzle, the result speaks for itself. “My favorite dish in any cookbook is salad. It really shows off your ingredients, and you can pair flavors for both contrast and harmony.”

BACKGROUND: Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Graphic Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art; Graphic Design intensive, Parsons School of Design

Hogan Johnson

Hogan Johnson

Creative Producer

Hogan can find a reason to smile where you’d least expect it. The quickest wit and sharpest eye in most any room, she alternates between splitting our sides and illuminating the delightful details everyone otherwise might miss. An account manager, scheduler wrangler, and creative wellspring behind some of our key clients’ stories, Hogan brings a photographer’s sense to both her life and work.

“My interest is in the everyday ordinary. Things we pass every day and don’t see.”

So while most of us might overlook a muddy puddle, chipped paint, splintered wood, or a wilted flower, Hogan is always ready to shift her perspective and see something more. That openness, matched with soft-hearted compassion for the subject at hand, has served her well in all her pursuits—professional and personal. “If it doesn’t keep me honest, isn’t changing, or isn’t vulnerable—it doesn’t mean anything.”

EDUCATION: MA in Graphic Design and Design Thinking from the London College of Communication; BA in English from the University of the South: Sewanee

Crystal Peck

Crystal Peck

Designer

Crystal is serious about having fun. Her optimism and enthusiasm light up our space, and her way of finding the clever solution is almost as quick as her wit. No joke! A designer whose work reflects the beauty of intention, Crystal sees success as more than a pretty picture, but design built on content and context—with bonus points if it makes you crack a smile.

“I like making things from scratch—creating something that has purpose.”

It’s why Crystal is a go-to for constructive design critique—what’s working, what’s not, and why—and our unofficial planner of “extracurricular activities” to broaden our inspiration and enhance our creativity. In either case, she’s bringing meaning to the conversation, even if that means bringing the comic relief.
“Life is sometimes just too ridiculous not to laugh at.”

BACKGROUND: BA in Graphic Design, Portland State University

Shannon Prichard

Shannon Prichard

Designer

Shannon always brings the right ingredients to the table. We’re amazed by her attention to detail and ability to take an idea and run with it—all reflected in her love of traveling the world and re-creating the dishes she discovers when she’s in her own kitchen. A designer with an eye for picking out the strongest elements of a piece and elevating them, Shannon is known around the office for cutting even the biggest projects down to size.

“I like finding systems and seeing how they can be used to create cohesion.”

Never afraid to tweak a recipe or re-think an approach, Shannon has a knack of seeing unity in disconnected elements. But experimenting with colors and flavors isn’t the only thing that gets Shannon noticed: A lover of critters big and small (ask her about squirrels), you might see her around Beaverton, walking her tiny 5-pound tuxedo cat, Straea. “It garners some looks from my neighbors.”

BACKGROUND: BFA in Graphic Design (with honors), Art Institute of Portland

Kristen Burda

Kristen Burda

Designer

Kristen is always opening our eyes to more. Her ability to think conceptually on the fly widens our scope, inspiring us to draw inspiration from outside our craft to find the right fit. A graphic designer and layout master, Kristen is always game to brainstorm around a novel direction, and she’s a go-to if you’re looking for a kernel of an idea that just might be destined for bigger things.

“When you come up with varied concepts, not all of them are good. But whittling them down is kinda the fun part.”

Being open to new thinking means being willing to change one’s focus, and Kristen is the perfect illustration: Sewing, mosaics, letterpress, painting, and calligraphy all color her crafty past. Challenging herself to take on a project, hobby, or discipline has become second nature—and she can’t wait to move onto the next. “Maybe that’s why I enjoy the beginning of things— the possibilities are endless.”

BACKGROUND: BA in Graphic Design, Oregon State University

Catherine Healy - Creative Director & Owner

Catherine brings us all together. Our collaboration keys off her ability to see a puzzle for its pieces, along with her flair for fostering others’ ideas and seeing the connections that come to light. Flint’s owner, creative director, and a strategist/designer with an eye for the big picture, Catherine sees every day as a chance to show gratitude, share knowledge, and help her team find grace in the face of challenge.

“All the work we do here is an opportunity. To grow, experience something, do better, be uncomfortable, find joy, and push our boundaries.”

Such exploration makes its way outside the studio, as well, to hiking in [Forest Park], kicking it around art museums with her husband and kids, strolling through the farmer’s market, or searching Powell’s for the latest addition to her 200-strong cookbook collection. Trying new techniques, considering fresh approaches, and combining it all with a high bar for quality may take a little more time, but like a finished puzzle, the result speaks for itself. “My favorite dish in any cookbook is salad. It really shows off your ingredients, and you can pair flavors for both contrast and harmony.”

BACKGROUND: Bachelor of Fine Arts with a focus in Graphic Design, Pacific Northwest College of Art; Graphic Design intensive, Parsons School of Design

Hogan Johnson - Creative Producer

Hogan can find a reason to smile where you’d least expect it. The quickest wit and sharpest eye in most any room, she alternates between splitting our sides and illuminating the delightful details everyone otherwise might miss. An account manager, scheduler wrangler, and creative wellspring behind some of our key clients’ stories, Hogan brings a photographer’s sense to both her life and work.

“My interest is in the everyday ordinary. Things we pass every day and don’t see.”

So while most of us might overlook a muddy puddle, chipped paint, splintered wood, or a wilted flower, Hogan is always ready to shift her perspective and see something more. That openness, matched with soft-hearted compassion for the subject at hand, has served her well in all her pursuits—professional and personal. “If it doesn’t keep me honest, isn’t changing, or isn’t vulnerable—it doesn’t mean anything.”

EDUCATION: MA in Graphic Design and Design Thinking from the London College of Communication; BA in English from the University of the South: Sewanee

Crystal Peck - Designer

Crystal is serious about having fun. Her optimism and enthusiasm light up our space, and her way of finding the clever solution is almost as quick as her wit. No joke! A designer whose work reflects the beauty of intention, Crystal sees success as more than a pretty picture, but design built on content and context—with bonus points if it makes you crack a smile.

“I like making things from scratch—creating something that has purpose.”

It’s why Crystal is a go-to for constructive design critique—what’s working, what’s not, and why—and our unofficial planner of “extracurricular activities” to broaden our inspiration and enhance our creativity. In either case, she’s bringing meaning to the conversation, even if that means bringing the comic relief.
“Life is sometimes just too ridiculous not to laugh at.”

BACKGROUND: BA in Graphic Design, Portland State University

Shannon Prichard - Designer

Shannon always brings the right ingredients to the table. We’re amazed by her attention to detail and ability to take an idea and run with it—all reflected in her love of traveling the world and re-creating the dishes she discovers when she’s in her own kitchen. A designer with an eye for picking out the strongest elements of a piece and elevating them, Shannon is known around the office for cutting even the biggest projects down to size.

“I like finding systems and seeing how they can be used to create cohesion.”

Never afraid to tweak a recipe or re-think an approach, Shannon has a knack of seeing unity in disconnected elements. But experimenting with colors and flavors isn’t the only thing that gets Shannon noticed: A lover of critters big and small (ask her about squirrels), you might see her around Beaverton, walking her tiny 5-pound tuxedo cat, Straea. “It garners some looks from my neighbors.”

BACKGROUND: BFA in Graphic Design (with honors), Art Institute of Portland

Kristen Burda - Designer

Kristen is always opening our eyes to more. Her ability to think conceptually on the fly widens our scope, inspiring us to draw inspiration from outside our craft to find the right fit. A graphic designer and layout master, Kristen is always game to brainstorm around a novel direction, and she’s a go-to if you’re looking for a kernel of an idea that just might be destined for bigger things.

“When you come up with varied concepts, not all of them are good. But whittling them down is kinda the fun part.”

Being open to new thinking means being willing to change one’s focus, and Kristen is the perfect illustration: Sewing, mosaics, letterpress, painting, and calligraphy all color her crafty past. Challenging herself to take on a project, hobby, or discipline has become second nature—and she can’t wait to move onto the next. “Maybe that’s why I enjoy the beginning of things— the possibilities are endless.”

BACKGROUND: BA in Graphic Design, Oregon State University

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