My fiance & I spent hours scouring the internet for a save the date design that we felt reflected who we are as a couple. We didn't know what we were looking for until we found a stunning design that caught both our eyes. The image led us to DesignLeaf Studios & Susan Malikowski. From our first exchange to the day Susan handed us our finished save the dates, Susan was an absolute joy to work with. She clearly feels passionately about her art & cares deeply about providing her clients with a finished product that accurately portrays their vision. At our first meeting when we talked about concepts, she listened to our thoughts & ideas, offered her suggestions & asked questions about our event & our relationship. She wanted to know about us so that we would be reflected in her work. She immediately made us feel at ease, like we were talking to an old friend. I was concerned about pricing for custom work (including hand-painted watercolor work), but her pricing is very reasonable. There was a lot of back & forth as we rethought ideas & made adjustments. She was very patient & responded to each email promptly & thoroughly. The finished products just arrived & they are stunning. We can't wait to get them in the mail to our guests! We will certainly be ordering more pieces from her for our wedding as we continue the planning process. If you are looking for a dedicated, kind, creative, artist to create your stationary, look no further than Susan. You won't find anyone better.
DesignLeaf Studio responded with the following comments:
Dear Kate, It was such a pleasure to work with, and get to know you and your fiancé. I'm so happy your Save-the-Date truly reflects who you are as a couple, and am honored to work together in creating your wedding stationery. I'd love to be of more assistance as your day draws near! Thank you for your very kind and thoughtful review. -Susan
"Susan provided me with a great cover design for my book, Orchestrating Change. She also helped me develop an easy to follow instructional template for using the framework I described in the book and craft a logo for it. In short, her work shows up throughout my book and the book is so much the better for it. She offered a wide variety of early concepts and then helped me think through them as I filtered them down to the right one for me. And importantly, her creative approach wasn't restricted to just her design work. She was also open to introducing and working with new ideas as we went along, so that I never felt constrained by any rigid set of steps the process had to follow. She worked with me until we got it right.
Finding her was easy. I had been frustrated by the efforts and output I was seeing from my self-publisher's designer so I went into a bookstore one day and looked through the titles in the same section that mine was targeted at. Of the two books whose covers most resonated with me, she was the designer for both. So I reached out.
I would highly recommend Susan to prospective authors and publishers. In her work with me, she was attentive and perceptive in understanding my priorities, timely with getting work back to me yet patient as I wrestled with design decisions. It was a pleasure working with her and I look forward to another opportunity to do so again."
— Jeff Pedde, Senior Organizational Performance Coach and author, Orchestrating Change
DesignLeaf Studio responded with the following comments:
Dear Jeff, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of working together with you, to make the vision of your book cover become a reality. Your clear and organized delivery of information and materials and preparedness made my job easy! Thank you for your excellent review. I would welcome the opportunity to work together again. –Susan
"Starting a business is overwhelming but I can say from the bottom of my heart that DesignLeaf Studio has been my number one support in getting my business up and running. Susan transformed my thoughts and visions for my business into an amazing logo, website, brand and marketing materials that capture not only the heart and soul of my business but also that of me as a person. Her work is amazing—thoroughly creative and insightful! Her choices of images, color, layout, design and creative ideas are exceptional. It has been a wonderful experience working with Susan. Through all of our interactions, meetings, and contacts, she gave her patience, kindness, collaborative nature and professionalism. I am truly so grateful and I can honestly say I don’t know what I would have done without her expertise in guiding my business venture. DesignLeaf Studio captured a look for my brand that is absolutely perfect."
— Helen O’Dell, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Founder, Difference Wellness
"Susan, I want to thank you deeply for your amazing design work for the cover of my upcoming book "Networking for People Who Hate Networking." What made the decision so challenging is that I (and many others) loved many of your creative, thoughtful designs, not just the final. . . . The cover is such an incredibly important part of a book, and the final you created is perfect. Everyone who sees it is so impressed and complimentary. Thanks for your hard work and patience throughout the process. I hope to work with you through BK again."
—Devora Zack, author, Networking for People Who Hate Networking and Managing for People Who Hate Managing.
"Susan was creative and responsive! She made the process easy, and worked within the constraints of my schedule and budget. Her knowledge of the invitation types, style, color, options, etc. made it easy to decide what to do. She provided renderings that helped me visualize what the final invitation would look like and sent me color samples, and even envelopes so that we could practice handwriting the addresses! Susan's customer service, expertise, and responsiveness cannot be beat! if you need help with invitations, you do not need to look further than DesignLeaf Studio!"
—Sheryl D., Jeffersonville, PA
"As a book publishing colleague of Sue's for many years I can confidently attest to her professionalism. In the publishing industry, production schedules reign and everyone on the production team is required to pull their weight to meet the print date. As a jacket designer, Sue works with authors and publishers to create win-win covers—her designs combine the author's vision with the publisher's marketing aims. This can be a tricky process but Sue brings intuition and imagination to her work and executes her designs skillfully. She is dedicated to providing quality work that prints beautifully and, despite the twists and turns that accompany creative work, meets every deadline."
—Beverly Butterfield, book designer, Girl of the West Productions
"Susan . . . Thanks again for your beautiful book cover design."
—David Marshall, Vice President, Editorial and Digital,
"Many thanks for your patience and wealth of good ideas on this cover. As always, we count on you for that."
"Dear Susan, wow … they [logo designs] are wonderful. I'm quite intrigued by your fresh perspective on this. Your layout and design ideas are marvelous, and it will be hard to choose from the options."
—Dr. Dorothy Merritts, Professor and Chair
Geosciences, Franklin & Marshall
Logo created for the SEES-GLD Landscape
Sustainability Study, National Science Foundation
"Susan, I feel really good about the whole project. Thanks for the fine work . . . You have worked so diligently and earnestly with a nice personal flair."
—Dave Steel, author, artist, musician and publisher.
"Susan, Humble Inquiry gains prominence in the business book world!! Thanks for the work on this one! . . . the cover was lovely. Many thanks."
—Dianne Platner, Head of Creative Services, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.
"A huge thank you to DesignLeaf Studio for creating the perfect design for my wedding!! The wedding stationary was beautifully done and it was such a pleasure working with Susan. She made my job a breeze and worry free! She designed my invitations, thank you cards, and even an elegant logo we used throughout our wedding. It really gave us that personal touch I was looking for! It was a day my husband and I will remember forever!!" —Erin
Wired and Dangerous was recipient of a silver medal in the Business/Career/Sales category of the 2012 Independent Publisher Book Awards and bronze medal in the Sales category of the 2012 Axiom Business Book Awards.
"Dear Sue . . . I really, really like the cover! The colors are mesmerizing and soothing and inviting and everlastingly fresh. I like the whole design—front, spine, and back. . . I'm just very, very pleased with the whole cover.
Thank you so much for all of the time and creativity that you gave to this project, and your willingness to take it on with our short schedule. I look forward to working with you in the future . . . Sincerely, Bernice"