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:
Create great design that communicates simply, clearly and effectively
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:
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.
Creative Director & Designer
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.
Writer & Bookkeeper
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.