A Civil Fox
Heartfelt Headstrong Design


Direct yet conceptual. Provocative and engaging. Design & illustration for brands, publications, and people.

We believe that good design makes something work better, as well as making it look better, and begin every project with these primary goals: To create great design that communicates simply, clearly and effectively. To improve your audiences’ perception of and experience with your brand. To increase the quality & value of your brand through purposeful design and messaging.

Who we are

We 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

Carissa earned a BFA in Graphic Communications from University of Houston in 2004. After a 9-year stint as senior designer at Deuce Creative in Houston, she co-founded A Civil Fox during the summer of 2013. She has served on the board of AIGA Houston, in the roles of Membership Director and Associate Director of Emerging Membership (2012–2016). When she’s not bound to a desk thinking about kerning the letter “e” and the number “6”, she's probably listening to podcasts of great consequence while day dreaming about binge watching television of no consequence at all, looking at art, taking pictures and being a mom. She remains an active member of AIGA and volunteers through Big Brothers Big Sisters.


Paul Hempton
Writer & Bookkeeper

Paul earned a BA in English from Berea College in Kentucky. On any given day he will balance the budget, entertain our toddler, read, brainstorm, listen to news radio, 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 twelve years.



Branding & Identity Systems
Logo Design
Art Direction
Package Design
Stationery Design
Web Design
Editorial Design
Brochures, Catalogs & Look Books
Naming, Positioning & Messaging
Product Development
Exhibitions & Event Collateral
Consulting & Curation

featured work

Monocle Magazine
PRINT Magazine
HOW Magazine
For Print Only (FPO)
Revision Path Podcast