About

 

 

I created Survival By Design Cards so that all of my
smart-mouthed, wickedly funny friends could see their
thoughts and lives reflected as art.

 

 

The Characters—Where are the eyes?

The aim of my cards is to present people of all backgrounds in non-stereotypical situations. Whether you are Black, White, Jewish, Vietnamese, Mexican, Gay, or straight up Caucasian, I hope you’ll find a card that reminds you of you—or your best friend or loved one. My cards are for everyone! They may have no eyes or noses, but their big ole mouths make up for it.

The Designer—Just a nice, Jewish girl trying to make you laugh.

I created Survival By Design Cards in 2008 after earning a certificate in Advertising and Print Design from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). My career path lead me towards creative work: communications jobs and graphic design projects, mainly for larger nonprofits. Survival By Design Cards was born out of a desire to make my friends laugh. My earliest memories of love and humor on paper come from my mom who used to tuck funny little notes into my lunch box in elementary school. In high school, I created “super silly notes” to cheer up my friends struggling to pass our Honors classes, and in college, as a musical theatre turned philosophy major, I was known for my dark, little Valentine’s Day cards. Today, designing greeting cards for my own line and for licensing uses my love of color, typography, and simple, clean artwork. I am inspired by mid-century modernism, the beauty of decaying industrialism, kitschy folk art, and the natural colors created by low light outside at the end of a day. A Providence, RI native, I currently live in downtown Lynn, MA with my husband, Seth. I travel frequently to Rhode Island, my hometown, to visit friends, family (especially my niece and nephews) and eat at my favorite restaurants, and we take a road trip every year to someplace new. So far we have driven to Chicago, Pittsburgh, Ithaca/The Finger Lakes…and we always have time to stop in New York City. If you would like, check out my freelance graphic design work at www.survivalbydesign.net.