If you judge a company by how long they have been in business, Shannon-Rose Design should be the largest company in the design industry. They claim to have been in business for over fifteen years, building a company that services small businesses and multinational companies. You hear this a lot.
Initially their offices were on Broadway, but now are located several block up near the corner of Church and Clinton. Looking at the office, it would be nice if they moved the garbage cans away from the front door. Odd that I should have to mention this.
Through the years, they have morphed from a typesetting house, pre-press house, design studio, and now apparently a web development studio. The website – http://www.shannonrose.com/flash.html – which is quite nice by the way, states that they currently have only 4 employees. I believe they have more than that.
So where does this company stand in the graphic design seen in Saratoga Springs. They seem to be a regional design firm, staying within the Lake Placid to Albany NY area. Shannon-Rose holds a unique place in the city, since they are not huge like Palio or just a one or two person shop, they are an odd size. I will focus on some of their local work.
Menges and Curtis seems to use Shannon-Rose for their work. They did the logo and packaging for some product they probably just stick their name on. The design is nice and is very consistent in style to what you would expect a store like Menges & Curtis should sell. They did a nice job of forming an identity for the pharmacy.
Of course you don’t see the logo much at the store itself. Just on the packaging of their cream.
I have seen this identity carried out on the Website and the local weekly Saratoga Today. I don’t know if Shannon-Rose Design did the ads, but they do continue the design even though it is only a black and white ad. In conclusion, most local business have quite bad packaging, but Shannon-Rose did a pretty nice job for Menges & Curtis.
Another local client is Saratoga Performing Arts Center. I had to stumble on this one by finding their name at the bottom of the site. The site is well designed and but there is a lot of stuff. It is well organized, but they seem to want to do to many things at once.
I don’t know if Shannon-Rose Did the logo, but I hope not. One of the interesting things, but also one of the more confusing, is the rolling calendar halfway down the page. This is pretty complicated stuff to build, and I wonder if they actually did it themselves.
Still the main calendar is where things really come together. it includes a full calendar, music, video, and all the information on each performer than you could ask for. Things move, and shuffle, but not in a bad way, you can still find you way around. The website is a very interesting attempt to do a lot of things in a very usable way. Overall it is a good website but for an arts venue, the SPAC website is almost phenomenal. I actually went and looked at other musical venues to see.
So where does that put Shannon-Rose in the Saratoga Springs design world? There isn’t a lot of local work on their site, so it is hard to tell the extent of it. But, I have heard their name related to a lot of design work locally.