about

Strong Studio is a full-service branding agency. Since 2006, we have been building long-term relationships through the distinctive and strategic design of logos, print, digital, and dimensional experiences.

Personal attention is central to our success.

Matthew Strong, founder and creative director, takes the lead throughout the entire design process, from initial brainstorming through to printing and on-site implementation. He is supported by a team of designers, project managers, and developers to ensure that each client receives a seamless, cohesive product.

Want to join the team? Please see our CAREERS page.  

 

 

 

MEET THE TEAM

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Matthew Strong

principal / creative director
contact
o: (646) 873-7641
m: (917) 626-4701

Not only has Matthew cycled 552 miles across New York State, he also serves as the Creative Director of Strong Studio.

Matthew founded Strong Studio in 2006. Prior to establishing the company, he served as the Senior Creative Director for Madison Square Garden, overseeing and creating season identities for the New York Knicks and New York Rangers as well as designs for Radio City Music Hall. He began his professional career at SME Branding where he helped develop and extend brands for the NFL, NBA and MLB.

In 1999, Matthew graduated from Pratt Institute with highest honors from the Communications Design department. Returning as an Adjunct Associate professor in 2004, he has since been teaching Package Design, Senior Thesis Graphic Design, and Branding + Messaging. Matthew is also a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA).

 
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Kate Allaire

art director / mama bear
contact
o: (646) 873-7641
 

If she isn't on a mountaintop with her four-legged hiking corgi, Kate can be found multitasking in the studio.

As both a designer and art director, Kate guides projects through from concept to implementation. Also nicknamed our “mother bear,” Kate helps establish creative direction, supervises project timing and production, and trains new designers. Nobody is sure when she sleeps.  

A Pratt alumni (and one of Matthew's former students), Kate has been with Strong Studio since 2013.

 
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Jamie Allaire

studio manager / multitasker
contact
o: (646) 873-7641
 

Jamie dreams of bolognese and bulgogi while collecting stamps in her passport. Formerly an educator, she’s switched her desk apple for the big one. 

 

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Christina An

designer / taco aficionado

Christina is fluent in both English and Sarcasm. When not catching up on reruns of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Christina can be found dancing around like an idiot and cutting cake into freakishly even slices.

 
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Kelly Brandon

designer / puppy enthusiast

A midwestern transplant, Kelly occasionally takes a break from the screen long enough to climb walls, wander the streets in search of art galleries, and eat pizza.

 
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Matt Poleo

designer / galactic resident

Born at a very young age, he enjoys long skates on the ice and taking photos of things. Matt prefers pronouncing acronyms as words.

 

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Lauren Ewanyk

designer / carousel connoisseur

An Oregon original, Lauren dreams of being a panda-nanny and eating fruit all day. Having recently finished her last semester at Pratt, she dances and designs next to her plump pet cat nicknamed Puddle.

 
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Mia Karlin-Cappello

world’s best intern

When Mia isn’t studying graphic design at the Maryland Institute College of Art, she can be found dreaming of owning a pet unicorn, exploring New York City or catching up with friends.

 
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Design Bot 2000

designer / android

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Ramen

modern siamese

Endearing yet ultimately a little creepy, Ramen has abnormally large ears and a vocal range that rivals a teething baby. She likes string. I mean, she REALLY likes string.

 
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Bento

corgi

Bento is a very good boy. He likes to chase balls, sticks, pigeons, and parked cars and is the best dressed pup this side of the Atlantic.