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.
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.