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Clearly, my drawing skills were well developed at an early age.

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It's time to see the brighter side of every situation.

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My name’s Forrest Gump.

People call me Forrest Gump.

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The custom-made Patocaster
is a marvel of guitar ingenuity.

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Put your tongue back in your head Michael Jordan!

Nobody wants to see that!

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I showed the clouds how to cover up the clear blue sky.

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How about we play ‘Don’t Hit Yer Grandma with a Great Big Stick’?

No, that one always makes me cry.

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Open-handed clapping is extra applause-y.

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This is what summer looks like just off the coast of Dildo, Newfoundland.

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The most wildly popular
dance since the Dougie.

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I would show them to you, but you would laugh at me. And that would be cruel.

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If we get another depressed yuppie
stockbroker on this island, I wont be
held accountable for my actions.

Seriously dude, what the hell
is up with that crazy accent?

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In the 70’s, these were considered non-stalker lyrics:

But if you don’t dig the BeeGees, we can’t be friends anymore.

Well, I have to follow you, though you didn’t want me to.
But that wont stop my lovin’ you. I can’t stay away!

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My sweet hippy ride. Awwww, yeah!

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Why does Sheriff John Brown hate me?

I’m just tryin’ to grow a little seed, mon.

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SHE’S SO SPARKLY!

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I eat oatmeal every damn meal because I got the sugar diabeetus.

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This isn’t any fun.

Let’s try on Lulu’s clothes.

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And I’d have gotten away with it if not for that pesky kid.

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I got Art Geek cred, y’all.

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Good Lord, Lawrence!

Why are you slapping a monkey?

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It explains a lot.

I was obsessed with this when I was 10.

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You see that round thing there?

That is a baseball.

You’re supposed to hit it
hit it as hard as you can with
the stick you’re holding.

My Father, 1970

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How cool would it be to have an adult sized Big Wheel?

It would very, very cool.

More About Me Than You Could Ever Possibly Want To Know

The Patrick Houston Design Studio opened its doors in 2005. After 20+ years in the Advertising Agency business in Little Rock, Arkansas, I was compelled to make a leap of faith and open my own graphic design studio. It has been an interesting and rewarding journey.

I’ve been fortunate to have the opportunity to do solid work for clients large and small. Many of those clients have been with me from the very beginning. I have also been fortunate to have the love, support and encouragement of my beautiful and talented wife, Kyran.

I am a dedicated husband and father. I also count myself  fortunate to have had the opportunity to work from home while the boys are young. But they aren’t so young anymore. Alden is a junior in high school, Jonah is a freshman in high school and Carey is starting middle school this year.

I am confident that I can put my talent and skill to profitable use for your business. My goal is to assist you in putting your best foot forward, to present your business or service in the best possible light.

I look forward to the opportunity to meet with you and discuss my qualifications in person.
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When I first began in the advertising business in 1985, Al Gore had not yet invented the internet. Computers weren’t used. Graphic design was all done by hand at a drawing table with bronze knives and quill pens.

When I was hired at Stone Ward in 1989, Larry Stone pointed to the Apple Machintosh IIci on my desk and said “Figure it out”. So I did.

I took to it immediately. It appealed to me on a lot of levels. I have a natural mechanical aptitude and I enjoyed the challenge of figuring out how to do traditional things in a new way. As the tools have grown and matured, so have I.

Sometime during the year 2000, while working at The Sells Agency (formerly Sells/Clark), Mike Sells pointed to the internet and said “This whole ‘internet’ thing might just catch on. Figure it out”. So I did.

We opened a digital division of the agency called Yikes! Interactive (Renamed now to Pixel Perfect) that I was put in charge of. I didn’t take to this quite as immediately as I did to print design with digital tools and the process of learning a new language didn’t come as quickly, but over time, the language began to make sense and I started learning how to bend the internet to my will. Again, as the tools have grown and matured, so have I.

When I left the Sells Agency in 2005, I called my friend and former creative partner Chip Culpepper at Mangan Holcomb Partners looking for a job. He said “I don’t have a position open, but I can probably send you some work”. So he did.

And that’s how I came to open the Patrick Houston Design Studio. There was no business plan, no plan of any kind really, but it is something I had wanted to do for a long time.

Pretty soon, there were steady clients, great work being delivered and an extremely satisfying sense of accomplishment. I discovered that I enjoyed being responsible for my own destiny. The things I worried about when contemplating opening my own business proved to be manageable and even fun.

Eight years later, through all the peaks and valleys, the Patrick Houston Design Studio is stronger than ever. I have loose partnerships and affiliations with an outstanding group of people who provide services that I don’t, and as a result, have become part of a ‘virtual ad agency’ that that can match wits and match work with brick and mortar agencies many times our size.

As my business has grown, so have I. I hope that if you are looking for a small design studio with the proven ability to do ad agency quality work, that you will give me a call.

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  1. When I was a kid, I wanted to be the guy who drew Spiderman.
  2. I can sing the entire theme song to iCarly.
  3. I was cast as the lead in Forest Gump but turned it down. Tom Hanks did an ok job, I guess.
  4. I used to be in a band called Hell’s Kitchen, a mighty band.
  5. I taught Micheal Jordan the fade-away jumper.
  6. I taught the weeping willow how to cry, cry, cry.
  7. The Houston’s do not make female offspring. I have a great aunt, but we’re not sure about her.
  8. I have never lost a game at War Memorial Stadium and I am undefeated vs. Les Miles.
  9. My wife is from Newfoundland. Translated, it means “Land Of Three Week Summers”.
  10. I am keeping it real at this very moment. Also, I am twerking. Probably.
  11. I have the world’s largest toenails. Gross, I know.
  12. Physically, I am 5’ 10”. Metaphysically I am 6’ 5”.
  13. I was a 5 star linebacker out of high school, but opted for the Nights On Broadway.
  14. I do not like getting haircuts and generally go way too long between them.
  15. I shot neither the Sheriff nor his Deputy. I did however, write them a sternly worded letter.
  16. I’ve met Susan Anton, and I’ve been inside the last house that Neal Cassady ever lived in.
  17. I contain no high fructose corn syrup or artificial ingredients, and am naturally high in fiber.
  18. My childhood nickname was Jay, short for Junior. Thanks, Dad.
  19. While living in the mountains of Central Mexico, I saved the village from The Chupacabra.
  20. I didn’t go to the beach on spring break. I went art museums in the Big, Big City.
  21. My hero is Teddy Roosevelt. Why? The Mustache. Also, I like to say “Bully!”
  22. I hand coded the original Pong game for Nolan Bushnell. For free.
  23. I have a 98mph fastball and a wicked slider, but can’t hit the hanging curveball to save my life.
  24. In high school I worked as a bicycle mechanic and can still build a spoked wheel by hand.