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Fig Industries Team
Deb Brandt: Creative Director and Owner
Returning home to Lancaster, PA in 2000 after launching her career in New York City’s luxury goods industry—including working as an Art Director at Ralph Lauren Fragrances and then as the Creative Director at Parfum Givenchy—Deb has poured her energy and passion into celebrating Lancaster’s rapidly evolving downtown. With a degree in Communication Design from Kutztown University, Deb’s tenacity has always driven her above and beyond the expected. Yet her strong sense of home and love for community ultimately led her to put that tenacity to work in the region where her roots run deep.
Under Deb’s creative direction, Fig—a hyper-local print, web, and social media presence—has offered both voice and vision for the City’s revitalization over the past seven years. In addition, Deb and her team have packaged Fig for other communities, including West Chester, Kennett Square, Bethlehem, and Columbia, South Carolina.
“I love making a difference in my hometown," says Deb. "But I also love discovering the soul and heartbeat of other local communities."
While sharing her fresh eye with vibrant urban areas, Deb has also brought unexpected and effective communication to small and mid-sized local businesses through her Fig Industries design firm, helping entrepreneurs like herself achieve their goals. With a career path that has come full circle to a place of purpose and invigorating professional challenge, this energetic, confident, and—above all—optimistic powerhouse is living her dream each day. Seeing the world through Fig-colored glasses, Deb’s mission is to create a sense of a place that everyone can feel proud of and rally around, ultimately changing the way people view a city—for good.
email Deb: email@example.com
Janet Scouten: Editor
Like most Southerners, Janet Scouten loves a good story. Aside from simply enjoying the craft of a well-told tale, Janet has experienced first-hand through her work as a writer and editor how stories connect people like nothing else.
During a recent three-year stint up north (which was spent clicking her heels together repeating, “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home”), Janet began writing for an irresistible force of nature called Fig—a beautiful buy-local guide designed to celebrate the joys of life and reflect the soul of a city.
“It wasn't long before I realized I just had to bring Fig to Columbia.”
Inspired by the growing spirit of Columbia's local optimism, Janet believes there is no end to the stories that can be told about the people doing good work in this town.
“I love Columbia,” says Janet. “And I believe with my whole heart that it's Columbia’s turn to shine.”
email Janet: firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Black: Fig Columbia Director
A Columbia native and USC grad with 11 years of sales and development strategy experience, Caroline Quillen has now turned her talent and energy towards helping Fig showcase even more local businesses in her hometown city. "I love how, in just a short time, Fig has become an uplifting voice for Columbia," says Caroline. "It's become the go-to publication for a few of my favorite Fig things--entertainment, dining, and shopping!"
Before joining Fig, Caroline founded StrategicCents, LLC, a fundraising consulting group. She has also served as the Assistant Director of Development at the Columbia Museum of Art, helping generate $3.8 million dollars annually and assisting the Museum in raising $500,000 to purchase a Dale Chihuly Chandelier.
email Caroline: email@example.com
Kelly McAllister: Studio Manager
Kelly graduated from Franklin & Marshall in Lancaster, PA with a degree in Latin, and from Florida State University with a Master’s Degree in Classics. She went on to an administrative role at F&M and was part of the School District of Lancaster, PA as a Latin teacher.
As studio manager, Kelly is excited to bring her expertise in scheduling, workflow, and proofing to the Fig Industries team. "I love creating processes and making sure everything is running smoothly, which creates an ideal environment for our team and our clients. I am a self-proclaimed grammar nerd," said Kelly.
When not at work, Kelly stays involved with the community and her church. She enjoys participating in the Books on Tap program through the Lancaster Public Library, which combines her love of reading with beer. She is passionate about her volunteer work in the amputee community, and serves as a camp counselor at the Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp each summer.
email Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Erin Cusack: Creative Production Manager
Erin is a planner by nature, and a lover of to-do lists—she will enthusiastically run the day-to-day production traffic for Fig and Fig Industries brand design.
She is a graduate of Bloomsburg University, earning a BA in Organizational Communications and minor in Marketing. She has a passion for all things Lancaster, a love for print (and digital) marketing, and is on the constant hunt for the perfect Moscow Mule.
A self-proclaimed life enthusiast, Erin enjoys nothing more than going on adventures with her fiancé, Dan, and their Corgi, Jax.
email Erin: email@example.com
Josh Seibert: Senior Designer
For Josh Seibert, creative inspiration is found in everything he sees. From the threads of his shirt, to video game characters, store windows, and pop songs, Josh has a profound appreciation for the person who took an idea and made it real. It’s why he loves being a designer—he gets to share his creativity with the world.
With a degree from Kutztown University in Communications Design and a concentration in Graphic and Advertising Design, Josh not only joins the team with a passion for beautiful communications, but also an eye for photography, a penchant for technology, and a whole-hearted love for the color grey.
“I enjoy telling stories and defining experiences through visual communication,” says Josh. “Every store, restaurant, and small business has a voice and an image—some just need help finding theirs. That’s why I love working at Fig Industries and designing Fig Magazine. Plus, the team of creative and energetic people I work with are the best in town.”
When he’s not in the studio whipping up a new logo or creating the pages of Fig, Josh enjoys surfing design blogs (and sometimes even writing them!), relaxing with friends over a nice glass of wine (or two), and decorating his new Downtown Lancaster apartment.
email Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jacobo Sánchez: Senior Designer
Meet Jacobo (ha-KOH-boh), a personable, problem-solving, bilingual graphic designer from Valencia, Spain. Joining the team as a Senior Designer, Jacobo’s unique combination of demonstrable skills, cultural exposure, and experience will bring a fresh perspective to the team.
He is passionate about typography (his favorite is Avant Garde), old signs, technology, and social media. Jacobo is a lover of a good ‘Arròs al forn’ (we’ll save you the Google- it’s rice baked in the oven), considers himself an Apple enthusiastic (the computers—not the fruit), and was a gospel singer.
email Jacobo: email@example.com
Laura Moyer: Designer
With an overall aspiration to be happy in life and feel cozy, Laura Moyer brings a smile and an enthusiastic attitude to the Fig Industries Team (and she is left-handed, making 20% of the team left-handed!). As a designer, she is inspired by color, clever design, and attention to detail. Laura enjoys design and illustration equally. “It feels like putting a puzzle together; there is a gratifying feeling when all the pieces come together—when it fits,” she remarked.
Laura graduated from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design Communications. Before joining Fig Industries, she gained experience in digital, website and app design.
Laura grew up near the beach in New Jersey, worked in Harrisburg, and has now made a home in Lancaster’s countryside with her husband, Jarryd, and son, Bryce. In her spare time she loves gardening, baking and painting. She describes herself as a life-long cat lover, but our studio dog, Angus, is ready to win her affections.
email Laura: Laura@figindustries.com
Ian Berg: Designer
With a deeply rooted desire to improve the atmosphere around him, Ian Berg brings enthusiasm and warmth to the team at Fig Industries. As a designer, Ian thrives on captivating the audience through well-designed communication, and discovering what elements make a memorable connection. Our clients will benefit from Ian’s ability to articulate beauty and clarity through design, which he has used to help countless businesses improve their brand recognition and brand loyalty.
Ian graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic and Interactive Design from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University. Before joining Fig Industries, he was the lead designer at At Media in Philadelphia.
He thrives under pressure and needs to exercise his creativity. If Ian isn’t behind a computer he can be found making music, baking bread, or whittling wood.
email Ian: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Miville: Photographer
Michael Miville has an eye for creativity that transforms the understated into stunning. As photographer at Fig, he combines unique settings, interesting perspectives and an innovative light-shaping process to reveal the authentic personality of a brand.
“I love getting to know the business owners, chefs and innovators that make a Fig city incredible. I love learning about the details of their story that makes them unique and establishing that sense of connection for readers through my photographs.”
Michael has honed his photography skills by experimenting with light, hanging out of trees, telling corny jokes and putting plates of food in strange places to capture energetic and candid photos. He has worked in print advertising for the past 15 years and owned a photography business for the past 10 years.
After attending Antonelli Institute of Design and Photography in Philadelphia, Michael spent time in West Chester and now resides in downtown Lancaster. He’s a self-professed sports-junkie with an unhealthy obsession for Penn State football. He can be found exploring thriving downtowns in search of strong coffee, bacon and local craft beers; or at home in Lancaster appeasing his family’s demands to take more photos of their cat, Steve Martin.
email Mike: email@example.com
Dynamic Local Collaborations
Forrest Clonts: Forrest C Studio
A Columbia-based photographer specializing in portraits, food, and weddings, as well as editorial, travel, and cocktails, Forrest Clonts captures the beauty and joy of living in Columbia with his inimitable eye and immense talent.
A graduate of USC with a degree in Media Arts and a jack-of-all-trades career path including fountain construction, knife sharpening, and working at a local farmer's market, Forrest knows and loves his city, and the feeling is totally mutual.
Check out his portfolio at forrestcstudio.com
Preach Jacobs: Music Writer
An award winning musician, DJ, writer, photographer and founder of Columbia based record label Sounds Familiar Records and hip-hop comic convention Cola-Con, Preach Jacobs has been involved in the Columbia art scene since his teens.
A hip-hop artist at heart, Jacobs has released four albums including his newest project under the moniker Analog. His sound reminiscent of hip-hop's glory years of conscious music with soul and funk music as a backdrop, these elements are visible in all of his work. Inspired by the works of artists like Gordon Parks, a renaissance man known for photography and music, Jacobs continues to push the envelope as an artist and event organizer bringing events that bring hip-hop music and African-American culture to the forefront.
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