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).
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 printmaker at heart, Jacqui hails from the University of Hartford where she found her love for everything creative. She has the skills to keep the social team on track and clients merry. When she’s not exploring new restaurants, you’ll find her etching or checking out the latest art exhibitions. Jacqui loves being a part of a crew of problem solvers and innovative thinkers!
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.
Kristina is a production warrior. She comes to us from farm town, Pennsylvania, in a household where animals outnumbered humans. Boasting multiple degrees from Graphic Design to Spanish, Kristina is a talented multitasker with a passion for the technical design process. In her spare time, you'll catch her exploring out in the wilderness or reveling a good craft beer. At one point, she aspired to live in Guatemala, but we’re glad she chose to come work with us instead.
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.
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.
TPD is looking for an organizational ninja to join their ranks. The ideal candidate should have 1-2 year(s) experience managing projects, clients, timelines, and budgets.
The Project Manager works closely with the President, Art Directors, and Designers, in addition to the Project Management team. They must be adaptable, charismatic, and keep a cool head in a busy, ever-changing agency setting.
If you’ve overseen web, social media, and branding projects from inception to completion – if you’ve soared through sticky client situations with supernatural ease – if you’ve geeked out over project management tools – then you are the person we want to meet!
We are looking for a candidate that wants to work, learn, and grow in a small but mighty company – and we hope it’s you!Apply Now