So who is Agnes anyway?
As luck would have it, our founder’s mothers share the same name.
When the studio needed its own, we named it after them.
Before starting Agnes Studio, Danielle Rini Uva served as Senior Designer at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland and Art Director for the web publication Hotel Bruce. She received a BFA in Graphic Design from Ohio University and also worked as a graphic designer at firms in Chicago and Cleveland. Danielle has taught Graphic Design at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Cleveland State University, and has received design awards from AIGA, the American Museum Association, and Ohio University. In 2019, she was selected by MOCA Cleveland as a “Change Agent”—people that are advancing culture in Northeast Ohio. She has served as the Graphic Design Visiting Critic at Ohio University, as a juror for CIA’s Student Independent Exhibition, and as a presenter to preschoolers, junior high classes, and college students alike. She enjoys reading, cooking, and impromptu dance parties—at the same time.
Katie Parland is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Art. After receiving her BFA in Communication Design, she worked at Agnes Studio until 2013, when she became Lead Designer at Counter Culture Coffee in Durham, NC. Katie moved back to Cleveland in 2016 and rejoined Agnes. She was selected as one of Graphic Design USA’s Students to Watch in 2010. Her work has been highlighted by FastCo Design, Vogue, and Cool Hunting. She has won AIGA awards in the Student and Professional Design categories, and has participated in design conferences in the Southeast and Midwest US. Katie likes to run with her dog Stevie Nicks and makes a pretty good cup of coffee.
Andriana Akrap is a recent graduate from Cleveland State University with degrees in Design and Communication Management. At Cleveland State, Andriana held leadership positions as the Art Director of The Vindicator Arts & Culture magazine and Secretary of AIGA Cleveland State. After interning with Agnes Studio for two semesters, she joined the A–team as a Junior Designer. She is eager to use design to have a positive impact on communities in Cleveland. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with her fluffy cat, Nala, trying new recipes from Bon Appétit, and strolling through the park. She is also currently a Barista and Designer for Cleveland’s local coffee roaster, Phoenix Coffee Co.
After years in Cleveland, founding partner Lizzy Lee returned to the east coast. We visit her during annual studio retreats by the ocean to discuss design, dogs, and our mothers.
Agnes Studio is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and follows the Designers Accord, a global coalition of designers, educators, and business leaders, working together to create positive environmental and social impact.