Monica Seaberry

MONICA-SEABERRY

FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, SEABERRY DESIGN & COMMUNICATIONS, WASHINGTON DC

Monica Seaberry’s 30-year professional career in painting and graphic design has taken her from gallery owner, college educator, newspaper graphic artist and graphics editor, to president of Seaberry Design. Monica received a BFA in drawing, painting and graphics from the The Ohio State University and an MFA in painting from Syracuse University. Her flat painting style lends itself to information graphics. As an artist for the Syracuse Newspapers, Monica honed her skills in layout and design and added her illustration style to the look of newspapers and magazines. She moved to Washington DC to become the national graphics editor for the Newhouse Newspaper’s Washington Bureau. Her position creating graphics and original publications for 26 Newhouse papers also included revising graphics from the newspapers to fit a consistent style. Monica left the Newhouse Bureau in 2008 to start Seaberry Design. The firm provides complete graphic design and editorial services for print and online campaigns, publications, exhibits and websites, and its success depends on its considerable experience in information design and color usage. The company has grown to a team of collaborators with specialties in design thinking, public relations, writing, editing, videography and photography.

WHERE WERE YOU BORN? WHERE DO YOU LIVE NOW?
Born in Chicago and live in Washington DC Metro Area

DID YOU GO TO DESIGN SCHOOL?
BFA from Ohio State University and MFA from Syracuse University

LEFTY OR RIGHTY?
Righty

MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
Night Owl

FICTIONAL OR HISTORICAL CHARACTER YOU’VE ALWAYS IDENTIFIED WITH?
Belle

ARE YOU MUSICAL AND/OR DO YOU PLAY AN INSTRUMENT?
Not musical

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW?
Twilight Zone

LAST BOOK YOU READ?
Ogilvy on Advertising

ANY PETS?
No

WHAT LANGUAGES ARE YOU FLUENT IN?
English, learning Spanish

FAVORITE MOVIE?
Avatar

FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Elizabeth Murray

FAVORITE CHARITY?
Concerts for Causes

FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Painting

WHAT’S THE LAST COMPLIMENT YOU GOT?
I like your hair

DO YOU COLLECT ANYTHING?
Ornaments

COLOR USED MOST OFTEN IN YOUR DESIGN?
Blue

TYPEFACE USED MOST OFTEN?
Avenir

DO YOU HAVE A DESIGN MENTOR OR INSPIRATION?
Sean Adams and Noreen Morioka

GREATEST STRENGTH/WEAKNESS AS A DESIGNER?
Strength is color, weakness is talking by phone

ADVICE TO A YOUNG DESIGNER JUST STARTING OUT?
Revise and revise again

IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?
Architect

A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Do something, do something to that and then do something to that ‑ Jasper Johns

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