Stephanie Toole

A Somewhat Brief History...


I'm Stephanie, a designer, illustrator, developing pseudo-typographer/letterer, and general maker of things. I grew up in Atlanta with a family that encouraged my artistic endeavors, despite the ever growing collection of ink stains, paint globs, and miscellaneous craft bits mashed into their tidy suburban carpet.

The real payoff began in second grade my teacher awarded me the "most creative" title and promptly announced to the class that I could probably make something out of a toenail. I could have embraced her kind attempt to declare me a shining beacon of creative genius amongst an unruly hoard of seven year-olds. Yet naturally this pronouncement haunted and embarrassed me well through my teenage years.

Many years after that initial triumph I went get my BFA in painting and drawing which I loved and still love immensely. However in my heart I knew that my ultimate path led elsewhere, though I had yet to discover the existence of Design as a comprehensive field. What I did know was that I was sucker for packaging, constantly drew type, made countless books, and hoarded magazines, special papers, unique clothing tags and CD liner notes like a (relatively tidy) pack rat. Not to mention I was growing tired of being discouraged from including words in my paintings. While valuable, a program where Caravaggio is king neither encourages nor inspires one who is an Ed Rusha at heart.     

Only post-graduation did I realize there was a whole MASSIVE world that existed around these bits and pieces and snatches of ideas I loved, and I was fortunate to learn all about this magical goodness that was Design in grad school.

Now after those years of living on no sleep and cyclones of creative turmoil/magnificence, I live in New York, where I spend a solid 73% of my "non-design" time doing god only knows what kinds of research, overwhelming my studio with massive various collections (all somehow design related...), and plotting to finally acquire a smush-faced cat.

In the time I don't spend attempting to become a one woman archive, I also happily take on freelance work and can be reached via that convenient little link at the top of the page that reads "Contact."

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