A powerful design is a delicate balance. It springs from creativity but resonates with strategy. It must blend aesthetic appeal with business savvy, displaying elegance of form yet respecting logic of function. Regardless of your project’s size, GRAPHEK always has an eye on your bigger picture. That’s why we provide fully integrated design solutions that shape your brand, expand your reach, and streamline your communications.
GRAPHEK offers the best of both worlds. We are a multi-service graphic design studio specializing in all types of print and web media. Whether it’s creating a logo for a small nonprofit or developing fully integrated collateral materials for an international agency, we provide solutions that resonate with your audience. By connecting conceptual design ideas with innovative marketing angles, GRAPHEK delivers perfect visual and conceptual symmetry.
GRAPHEK is guided by a conceptual philosophy, but we are committed to tangible results. From the first creative ideas to the final production details, we provide intelligent and relevant visuals–on time and on budget. Having worked with a diverse array of organizations, GRAPHEK understands what it takes to deliver functional and meaningful design that speaks to your audience and improves your bottom line.
Our innovative designs has bolstered the image, recognition and profits of our clients. Yet it is our ability to forge productive working relationships with a variety of organizations that sets GRAPHEK apart. We know your audience and we know what it takes to connect with them. From marketing brochures and corporate identities to promotional campaigns and websites, GRAPHEK delivers complete and comprehensive design solutions. We’re your creative partner every step of the way.
Meet the Team
Founder & Creative Director
After working in New York City at Viacom - MTV Creative Services, Meeting and Conventions Magazine and at Modern Bride Magazine, Ellen moved to Washington, DC to exercise her creative competence and business savvy to shape GRAPHEK where it is today. Read more
Managing Principal & Strategist
His statistical background in empirical observations, categorical data, conditional expectations and optimization has brought a sense of “thought leadership” that strengthens organizations’ commitment to its stakeholders, members, community and constituents. Read more
As a designer and art director, Andy has managed projects for a range of clients in both the private and public sectors. Corporate clients have included Coca-Cola, Discovery Communications, IBM, Software AG, and America Online. Read more
Her 20+ years of experience as a business owner providing communication and design services to more than 200 Members of Congress helped shape Kathy’s strategic vision as her clientele evolved to include corporations, small businesses, foundations, non-profit organizations, and trade associations. Read more
Designer & Illustrator
From the moment she could pick up a pencil, Christina has covered every surface she could lay her hands on with art, including her parents’ walls, her school notes, and over a dozen sketchbooks. Read more
Designer & Visual Data Specialist
Whether she’s soaking up the sun at Nats stadium or making guacamole in the kitchen, Sarah lives life in color. Even though black and white can be beautiful, she brings the bright colors with her positive attitude and new perspective. Read more
Designer & Social Media Coordinator
After moving from city to city for most of her life, Sonia has finally found her true home and calling here in DC. She is still actively seeking every by-the-slice pizzeria in the DC metro area and is taking suggestions from every stranger she meets. Outgoing, passionate and friendly, Sonia loves meeting new people (and their dogs). Read more
Web & Motion Graphics Designer
They say that a jack of all trades is a master of none, but Jeremy lives to prove that adage wrong. Having been professionally trained in graphic and web design, he has developed specialties in illustration, motion graphics, HTML5, and CSS. Read more
GRAPHEK is made up of some strong personalities. Learn more about us by checking out some goofy statistics below.
Sports Fanatics 50%
Glasses Wearers 100%
Upset with the New Zodiac Sign 80%
Sense of Humor 0%
What Our Clients Think
GRAPHEK has always exceeded our expectations. They have an incredible ability of understanding exactly what we are looking for in a design. Their artistic and creative process is truly extraordinary. GRAPHEK always develops cutting edge designs, and never forgets the underlying business issues of any project. GRAPHEK is without a doubt one of the DC region's top tier design firms.
What made GRAPHEK so effective is that they invested the time required to learn about our strategic vision. With a clear understanding of the 'Spry Method' GRAPHEK's creative team produced designs that consistently communicate our corporate message. An excellent resource for all things creative, we have relied on GRAPHEK to handle the development of our logo, website, letterhead, business cards and all promotional materials.
GRAPHEK is a joy to work with and took into consideration everything that we were asking of them while maintaining flexibility with schedules and changes. The designers grasped the concept of our message as well as the people our association serves, creating brochures that we are proud to send to our members. GRAPHEK has been a tremendous help!
When we first met GRAPHEK, we knew they would be a partner for us. Once engaged, they immediately understood our needs and delivered product that exceeded our expectations.
The talented and professional staff at GRAPHEK are top notch. The account executive and designers at GRAPHEK are patient, dedicated and highly skilled in graphic design and layout. In my experience with them it has been easy to communicate a concept and have GRAPHEK effortlessly bring that concept to life. If you are looking for a design firm unlike those who specialize in cookie-cutter approaches to the creative process, GRAPHEK is that company to consider.
As a small non-profit organization, GRAPHEK patiently guided us through the process of developing materials that would capture the true spirit and essence of our mission and our programs. For the first time, we now have beautifully designed materials that will help us convey to a much broader audience the impact we are making in the lives of our clients, and in our community.
ATSI is small business. As such, we wanted a high-value, highly responsive firm that understood us. GRAPHEK is that marketing and communications firm, helping ATSI establish its identity and getting our message across. Smart design, fast turnarounds, and a B2B connection that's invaluable, that's GRAPHEK.
As a small, nonprofit business dedicated to helping abused children, Safe Shores, The DC Children's Advocacy Center needs creative, knowledgeable and responsive consultants who can help us advance our missions without a cost-prohibitive price tag. In our association with GRAPHEK over the past ten years, we have gotten all that and more.
GRAPHEK has been instrumental in helping us define the visual image of the organization, to much positive public feedback. From the annual report to completely redesigned organizational brochure, GRPHEK's team intuitively and intellectually grasped the priorities of our work and translated those meaningfully and effectively in artistic ways.
GRAPHEK's team members are superb professionals who listen carefully, plan their work proactively, and make us feel like we're their most important client. Plus, they're just truly nice people whom you're glad to know and be able to work with professionally. GRAPHEK has proven a worthwhile investment for our organization, and we anticipate more of the same in the future.
My school has worked with GRAPHEK on a wide variety of projects, ranging from establishing a brand identity to building our website to creating marketing materials to working on fundraising event. Throughout the entire process, everyone at GRAPHEK has been consistent in communicating our message to the customer and ensuring that all materials reinforced our brand positioning. The company has been very responsive to our needs, often turning around projects ahead of established deadlines. I would highly recommend GRAPHEK to other businesses!
I really love working with GRAPHEK. Ellen, the creative director, astounds me with her creativity and ability to incorporate my very precise objective into a dazzling finished product. I've worked with many designers over the years, and I believe she's the best of the best.
Thank you so much for going the extra mile on behalf of CKA over the past few months. You really helped make CKA's launch and the White House Briefing a great success. People have commented that CKA looks so professional and it's all because of you! We're looking forward to continuing working with you.
GRAPHEK has been providing excellent design services to Legal Aid for over 10 years. In addition to their talent, Walter and Ellen are both professional, personable, and responsive. I look forward to working with them every year. I would not hesitate to recommend GRAPHEK, and have done so on many occasions.
The talented team at GRAPHEK is not only professional, patient and creative, but they have mastered the art of taking my visions and transforming them into effective marketing pieces. Even when working within extremely tight deadlines, the team is nothing but accommodating and makes me feel as though I am their only client. In a world where good customer service can be a thing of the past, you will find that it still exists at GRAPHEK!
Working with GRAPHEK has been a rewarding experience. GRAPHEK's ability to develop creative design that is unique, inspiring and meets the organization's and the audience's needs is exceptional. Their work for ASAE & The Center's Annual Meeting was outstanding, and the designs for the Great Ideas Conference exceeded our expectations. GRAPHEK brings excellent artistic skills to the design process and are true professionals.
The thing that I like most about GRAPHEK is that they take the time to sit down with us to fully understand our needs before starting work on a project. They take on a role as a strategy partner and help create a final product which works within our budget.
Time and again, GRAPHEK has been able to successfully translate what we want into designs that please all of our constituents. It's a great pleasure to work with such a professional and highly creative team. GRAPHEK provides highly personalized service and is very responsive to our needs. They are thoroughly professional and always provide such creative suggestions for us to consider.