Little did artist Vanessa Kreckel know, way back in 2000, that she was starting an empire…
While working at University of Pennsylvania, she was frustrated by the limitations of invitation designs, with mass-market stationery focused on facts like date and place instead of representing who the clients truly were. Inspired by the possibilities of graphic design, she wanted to take things one step further, creating unique invitation suites that told a story about the couple through design, color palette and diverse materials. So, she set up shop at her kitchen table and put her unique sensibility to work. The result was TPD, a pioneering custom design house that foreshadowed the desire for customization across all aspects of the wedding industry.
Vanessa expanded what is now called TPD Design House by bringing her unique form of storytelling and personal branding to corporate clients and luxury niche businesses. Today, TPD Design House is a full-service design house based in a state-of-the-art warehouse in Wayne, Pennsylvania, where 22 employees including graphic designers and website programmers bring creativity to life.
When she's not running TPD Design House, Vanessa can be found traveling, gardening and experimenting with her newest passion, interior design, in the home she shares with wife Lauren and sons Cash and Landon, and her daughter Portland (aka Portie).
When you mix the right brain with the left, you get Rachel. A graduate from Eastern University in English Lit., Villanova for grad studies in acting and Cabrini College for M.Ed, Rachel is a perfectionist with an analytic problem-solving mentality. Her background in theatre gives her the unique ability to customize her approach to a variety of different personalities. Rachel still has a soft spot for singing and acting, but when she’s not managing projects or delivering unparalleled customer service, you may find her running, hiking or just hanging with her husband, kids and her puggle.
Emily is an organizational ninja who keeps projects on track and clients happy. She comes to us from St. Joes University, where she studied Communications and Art History. Emily has a passion for the social side of things and can even be found teaching calligraphy courses in her down time. The queen of DIY loves exploring the city and hanging out with her friends and cat.
A graduate of the Tyler School of Art with a BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design, Christine is a multi-talented artist who brings a lot to the table. Her passion for creativity and art extends far beyond one skill set. Christine’s love for writing, drawing and painting fuels her passion for design and the ability to use visual language to communicate her ideas and feelings. Along with her interests in art, Christine spends her free time cooking, binge-watching Scandal, and relaxing with her husband and their baby girl.
Arielle is a visual assassin. She has the ability to strategize and implement creative concepts with an acute focus on detail and efficiency. Inspired by the creativity of her coworkers, Arielle never backs down from a challenge and always embraces the opportunity to raise the bar. She has a Bachelor of Design from Penn State University. Outside of work, Arielle enjoys spending time at flea markets, working with crafts and crochet. And her particular style of crochet is “cooler than your grandma’s.”
Liz is a natural problem solver. A designer that envisions the task at hand with an intelligent, unique and streamlined eye. Liz’s journey started as a Graphic Design and Art History Graduate from the Tyler School of Art. Early in her career she revealed her natural ability to decipher and create aesthetically pleasing solutions for some of the toughest industry demands. While her style is distinct to her character, Liz uses design as an outlet to inspire and influence those around her. When she isn’t killing it in the office, Liz is obsessed with shopping at Goodwill and visiting cafes around the city.
Fresh out of the Tyler School of Art, Dani is a fearless designer with the ability to meet any challenge put in front of her. Her love for typography and illustration led her to discover and ultimately thrive in the creative world. Dani’s vintage, mid-century style is fueled by her passion for intelligent and timeless artistry. She eats, sleeps and breathes design; and that sense of pride is exactly why Dani makes a great addition to the TPD Design team.
Brendan is the ultimate designer and developer combo. He possesses the unique ability to create real emotional connections by embracing the evolution of strategy, expression technology and art. Brendan has an unending curiosity for innovation and design. Constantly looking for opportunities to discover and interpret brand new identities and emotions. Brendan graduated from the University of Richmond with his BA in English, but he’s always had a real passion for the creative arts. He actually credits his love of food with inspiring his craving for design. "If it doesn't look good, you won't take the first bite, but if it doesn't taste good, you won't want to go much further than that first bite. The same thing is true in web design," he says. When Brendan isn’t focused on work, you’ll probably find him in the kitchen or obsessing over the future of Game of Thrones.
Marli is a creative architect. She is a consistent performer who’s always willing to push the boundaries of innovative design. After graduating with an Industrial Design Degree from University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Marli earned a reputation for her meticulous attention to detail and her passion for the creative arts. Both of her parents also attended U-Arts, studying Fibers, Crafts and Architecture—which still remains a strong influence in her life. In terms of design, Marli considers her style colorful and complicated with little intricacies and bright color palettes. But when she’s not preparing a project for print or laying out a campaign, Marli likes to sit back, relax and play video games or read her favorite comics.
Ebone is a people person with the ability to always seek out the bigger picture. For Ebone, the best part of her job is seeing the client’s faces light up when they see a finished product. Her extraordinary production skills, and her keen eye for details make her a 'ride or die' member of the TPD family. Ebone also oversees the TPD Retail shop operation and has an uncanny ability to make magic happen with little or no notice. In her spare time outside of the office, she enjoys making a mean tie dye and hanging with her furry friends.
Jenny is a natural performer. Whether it’s writing, singing, dancing or pulling off an incredible production job, she’s always putting on a show. Ultimately, making something out of nothing is what Jenny loves most about design. Even if she’s preparing a project for print or laying out a design; we know we can count on Jenny to have it done quicker and more efficiently than we would have previously thought possible.
A graduate from Syracuse University in Advertising and Design, Sarah has the tools necessary to produce innovative and strategic solutions for any brand challenge. She’s fast, organized, and always searching for the smartest solutions while continually learning to skill her craft. Sarah has worked as a licensed massage therapist for over 13 years and loves connecting people in that way, but the dynamic ambience in production and design is what really makes her happy. The magic and anticipation of the finished product. That is why Sarah chose to work in this industry, and we couldn’t be happier with her decision to do so.
Alexa is essential to keeping this crazy team of creatives on track. Whether we’re talking logistics, human resources, office management, or any of the other insane projects she has on her plate, Alexa is always there when you need her. She graduated from Philadelphia University, majoring in Marketing and minoring in Fashion Merchandise. And as a multitasking machine, Alexa’s ability to thrive in a creative and fast-paced environment is inspiring to all of us.
A talented designer, client aficionado, and jack of all trades around the office, Ana knew from a young age that she needed a creative career to keep her busy mind in check. So, she got herself a BFA in Graphic and Interactive Design from Tyler School of Art and never looked back. She finds inspiration all around her and draws on that to create solutions for clients. "I love getting that "aha!" moment when you are like, 'This is such a great idea, I want to high-five everyone!'" While we don't wear uniforms here at TPD you will most likely find her with sunglasses on her head and a coffee in her hand. When Ana isn't in the office, she can be found playing with her pup Dixie or getting a hearty diner breakfast with her fiancé.
A native of Syracuse and a graduate of SUNY Oswego, we couldn’t be happier that Brenda relocated to be a part of the TPD family. Working creatively in the social side of our business, seeing the final product is always the most exciting part for Brenda. "It's a really cool thing to design on screen and then get to feel the textures of paper & impression of letterpress,” Brenda says - and we agree! When she’s not impressing us with her mad design skills, you’ll see Brenda finding deals at Marshalls or binging on the latest reality TV show.
Leslie credits technology and traveling as major influences to her art. As the daughter of an engineer and possessing a wanderlust spirit, this unique combination fuels Leslie’s sense of design. Leslie came to us from Penn State after road-tripping throughout the US and a brief traveling stint in Southeast Asia. Her ability to work quickly and adapt to the agency atmosphere makes her the perfect addition to our team!
TPD Design House is looking for a front-end developer with a great eye for detail to join our team. The ideal candidate should have experience in translating design mockups into fully customizable WordPress themes and thrive in a team environment.
Familiarity with all aspects of WordPress installation, migration and troubleshooting as well as experience with Advanced Custom Fields and Gravity Forms are critical functions of the developer position here at TPD. Familiarity with GIT version control, cPanel, managing DNS records will also be an integral part of the day-to-day job.
We are looking for a candidate that wants to work, learn and grow in a growing department of our small but mighty company. We are expanding into new areas of interactive design and want a developer that is up to date on the most current systems.Apply Now