Barbara Holland

Hello, I’m Barbara

I am the woman behind BlackStone Studio. I’m a graphic designer living in San Antonio, Texas, helping solopreneurs, start-ups, and small businesses with custom logo design and branded collateral material. As a designer, I enjoy working on all different types of projects, and with people from all kinds of industries! I specialize in creating simple, great-looking pieces that reflect you and your business!

Are we a good fit?

Not everyone is, but that’s ok. The important thing is to figure it out early on to avoid frustration. So here are a few things you should know about how I work.

Barbara Holland

I’m Only Human

I’m only one person, so I can only accept a limited amount of projects at a time, which is why I tend to be selective with the work I take on.

Project Update

 Client Collaboration

I not only work for you, but WITH YOU. My clients collaborate with me, providing clear direction and constant feedback throughout the entire project.

Rush Work

Rush Work

I only accept rush work from existing clients because doing good work in a short amount of time requires trust and familiarity with your company.

What I Do:

I design and print logos, business cards, letterheads, flyers, ads, brochures, program books, signage, social media graphics, and more! 

What I Don’t:

I don’t build or design websites, provide copywriting services, plan business strategies, or coordinate marketing campaigns.

My Ideal Client

Understands and agrees to the points below when working together.

It Begins With Your Vision

Your Vision + My Design Skills

I use my design expertise to bring your ideas to life. My ideal client provides me with the details, preferences, and insight into what they envision for their project.

It’s A Joint Collaboration

Design Skills + Business Knowledge

Working together combines my design skills and your knowledge about your business and industry. My ideal client is willing to engage in discussions, brainstorming sessions, and decision-making processes.

Your Direction Guides The Way

Communication + Feedback

Clear communication is essential for meeting project expectations. My ideal client responds to questions, gives input and provides clear feedback on proofs and changes in a timely manner.

We Stay On Track Together

Turnarounds + Timelines

I pride myself on working fast and meeting deadlines while remaining flexible when needed. My ideal client adheres to the agreed timelines and communicates promptly to keep projects on track.

You Do Content, I Do Design

Verbiage/Images + Composition

I transform and enhance your content into a captivating visual piece. My ideal client provides content at the start of a project, and in a practical file format, such as JPG, PDF or EPS for images and Word documents for verbiage.

We Both Make Investments

My commitment + your commitment

I invest my time and skills to deliver on my commitment to your project fully and on schedule. My ideal client ensures timely invoice payment and promptly settles any pending balances.

A bit more about me

The Beginning

My love of design began when I was very young. I used to make hand-drawn notecards for friends and create artwork out of magazine cutouts. Then came computers, and I’d spend hours playing with WordArt and Paint. Needless to say, I knew early on that whatever I chose to do in life had to be artistic.

Education

I am originally from Piedras Negras, a border town in México. I had the opportunity to attend schools in both countries, which helped me become fluent in both English and Spanish. In 2004, I graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from the University of Monterrey. In 2005, I moved to San Antonio, Texas, where I earned a second degree as a Multimedia Specialist from Northwest Vista College.

Becoming A Solopreneur

In 2008, I started BlackStone Studio, a graphic design company in San Antonio. And while I am a one-woman show, my business wouldn’t exist without the help of my amazing husband and my incredible vendors.

Barbara & Justin Holland
In 2008, I married this handsome guy, Justin Holland.

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