About

We‘re a husband and wife design team that develops brand identities, visual communications and tools for creative businesses.

This includes logos, identity systems, stationery, look books, signage, promotional items, websites, catalogs, packaging, brochures and brand messaging.

We begin every project, big or small, with these three primary goals:

No. 1

Create great design that communicates simply, clearly and effectively

No. 2

Improve your audiences' perception of and experience with your brand

No. 3

Increase the quality & value of your brand through purposeful design and messaging
 

We'll work one-on-one with you to design and deliver the tools for your brand to embody quality, elegance and simplicity. Above all, we believe that making something work better, is as important as making it look better.

Our process for projects looks like this:

 

Determine

We get to know you and your brand and determine core problems and goals that need to be achieved. We suggest the best vehicles for solving these problems.

Develop

We develop beautiful and functional experiences with a high attention to detail. Thus, increasing your brand's quality and value through thoughtful design, writing and creative or art direction.

Collaborate

We value our collaboration with you throughout the project. We also collaborate with the industry’s best strategists, printers, developers, illustrators, photographers and filmmakers to deliver the highest quality design.

Deliver

We deliver your materials seamlessly, so that you can utilize what we’ve created with ease. We strengthen your experience with your own brand by guiding you through the best ways of deploying the finished product.
 

Who We Are

We are a husband and wife team and work in the suburbs of Houston, Texas from our home studio/office. Raising our beautiful kids, Nolan and Jett, keeps us happy and humble. Check out our blog, Forages, to see more of what inspires us in life and work and our side project, Print Prologue—a series of small-run, limited-edition notebooks and web guide for designing for small format print.

Carissa Hempton

Creative Director & Designer

About Carissa (by Paul)

Carissa spends strangely pleasant hours chained to a desk thinking about kerning the letter “e” and the number “6”. She listens to podcasts of great consequence while day dreaming about binge watching TV of no consequence at all. Her hard work supports one cute daughter, one stepson that's slowly morphing into a Minecraft cube and a trophy husband. She rents a house in the Woodlands owned by three aloof cats.

Carissa earned a BFA in Graphic Communications from University of Houston. After a 9-year stint as senior designer at Deuce Creative in Houston, we co-founded A Civil Fox during the summer of 2013. Her work has been featured in PRINT Magazine, HOW Magazine and FPO (For Print Only). For the past four years, she served on the board of AIGA Houston, in the roles of Membership Director and Associate Director of Emerging Membership.

Paul Hempton

Writer & Bookkeeper

About Paul (by Carissa)

On any given day Paul will balance the budget, prepare a sack lunch for our sixth grader, entertain our toddler, read something in print, brainstorm potential business names for a client, listen to news radio, help with homework, work on his ’71 VW Microbus, grocery shop, watch the Blackhawks win and QPR lose, listen to Slayer, listen to Stevie Wonder, kiss his wife and talk to his mom on the phone. When he’s not doing these things he routes meat, produce, and dairy for Walmart three days a week, and has done so for the past 11 years.

Paul earned a BA in English from Berea College in Kentucky.


We’d love to hear from you about a potential project or collaboration.

 

For new project inquiries, email Carissa or call (832) 455-9156. For billing and administrative questions, email Paul. You can find us elsewhere in the following places: