The power of a 16 year partnership in life is the foundation of ARD’s success. ARD’s secret weapon is our people focus. Treating clients, partners and vendors as people and knowing how to bring out the best that they have to offer, is our design compass.
A California native who was educated at the internationally renowned Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the School of Visual Arts in New York. Andrew spent nearly a decade in New York working with Fortune 500 companies.
Returning to California in 1997, Andrew continued to bring intelligent and engaging perspectives to solving everyday design problems. His work has been recognized by the New Jersey Art Directors Club, Society of Illustrators, and Illustration West.
By 2008, Andrew integrated into the firm’s mission, his commitment to preserving the earth’s resources through sustainable graphic design. This change was a natural outgrowth of ARD’s mission, to bring prosperity to businesses through the power of a great visual message and by adhering to the principles of the Design Can Change Initiative.
Bringing sustainable design to ARD’s clients, as an efficient business practice, revealed an unmet need in the business community at large. Help and support in becoming a sustainably run business was scarce and the learning curve for different industries could be daunting.
Taking up the torch, Andrew with his partner, Laura Rea, and a founding board of sustainably minded business professionals, created a community organization called the Sustainable Business Leadership Council.
Through the SBLC, Andrew Rea Design LLC, helps businesses by removing obstacles impeding their efforts to practice business sustainably. A 3 prong approach was developed by the Council, to provide networking, education and referral to credible certifications in sustainability.
Outside the office, Andrew has taught Art History, Illustration, Graphic Design and Typography at Biola University.
Laura Rea’s out of the box thinking, tenacity and an in-depth understanding of human behavior were formed during her training and work in dance, theater and psychiatric social work. These capacities direct her process of connecting with dynamic firms and bringing them into a creative experience that will be transformative for their company.
Laura’s root interest in sustainability began from an organic foods perspective. Researching to prepare for the birth of Baby Rea in 1995, she realized everything people put on or in their bodies effects their overall physical being. When ARD decided to meld their passion for sustainability into their design philosophy, exploring sustainable business practices was a natural evolution of Laura’s knowledge base.
Laura Rea is Director of Sustainability for the professional association of design, AIGA-OC, where she is spearheading the development of a sustainable graphic design community.
She is President of the Sustainable Business Leadership Council and navigates its development and growth, while helping connect members and businesses in the green space. She serves as President of Irvine’s Fore Networking chapter, a golf/business networking group, to get some fun into her deal making, as well as establish the special connectedness golf fosters among those who play.
Laura connects the Eli Home (www.elihome.org), a shelter for abused children, with sustainable resources and new communities thru their Community Outreach Committee. She is currently working to find a way to structurally green the Eli Home’s shelters.
Laura is sought after for speaking engagements on branding, marketing, networking and green business topics throughout Orange County and most recently has presented to the University of California Irvine’s, PASS business students and the Small Business and Development Center, Santa Ana.
AIGA, the professional association for design. AIGA’s mission is to advance designing as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force.
Design Can Change Encouraging sustainability through design.
SBLC Advancing sustainable business practices through networking, education, and certification.
ARD offers high quality graphic design and branding – emphasizing sustainability to upscale marketing, public relations and business development firms for their savviest green clients.
Our creative process releases us to follow the trail of energy, water and material resources to anticipate every opportunity to design sustainably.