Starry Eyes Media

About

Starry Eyes is a branding and web agency nestled within the luscious mountains of the Appalachians. We’re brand developers, experienced designers, and at our core, we’re creators of things. Our approach is pragmatic, personalized, and thoughtful, with an emphasis on research and continuity. We fuse our collective style and creativity with purpose and functionality to create bold brands and promotional tools. We specialize in conveying layers of information and visuals into sleek and stylish messages that connect with audiences. Our primary services include:

Branding

Print Design 

Web Design

We work best with clients who are passionate about their craft, organized, and ready to make waves. We don’t want to work with everyone; we recognize some clients aren’t a good fit, and that’s okay.

Our Vision

We aspire to become a creative agency that contributes to positive change in the Appalachians and the world through the use of our art, capabilities, and resources.

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Our Mission

To empower innovators and champions of ideas by crafting compelling brands, strategies, and promotional tools that connect them to their audiences.

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Our Team

We’ve grown into a diverse team featuring a variety of individuals from various walks of life. The collective result is a mixture of viewpoints, perspectives, styles, and strengths giving us a unique edge in delivering bold and daring branding and creative services.

Jordan Howerton

Junior Designer

Jordan contributes to research, planning, editing, graphic design, photography, digital marketing, social media management, and video production. Shortly after graduating from Concord University, Jordan joined our team in July 2019. He quickly made himself an irreplaceable part of our agency.

Jordan is not only a great designer, but he is also an accomplished potter. Visit Jordan’s Etsy Shop to see his wares!

PROFICIENCIES

Adobe Software (Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Lightroom), advertising, copy-writing, videography, photography, social media and various forms of studio art, including ceramics and 3D sculpturing.

EXPERIENCE

Content Writing: 3 Years
Graphic Design: 6 Years
Web Development: 3 Years
Photography: 9 Years
Videography: 3 Years

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts in Advertising/Graphic Design, Concord University
Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, Concord University

Jeff England

Studio Manager

Jeff manages accounts, client coordination, basic studio operations, sales, and billing. He also oversees our onboarding process for new projects, while making contributions to project planning and troubleshooting.

When Jeff isn’t doing office work and broadening his knowledge of web design, he’s watching football or painting.

PROFICIENCIES

Business communications, computer networking, customer relations, marketing, administration, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Office Products, and Adobe Photoshop.

EXPERIENCE

Management: 11 Years
Computer Networking: 11 Years
Customer Service: 20 Years

EDUCATION

Studies in Marketing and Business Administration, Concord University

Cecelia Thompson

Technical Director

Cecelia is a founding partner at Starry Eyes Media. Aside from being a key member of the creative team, making contributions to planning, editing, graphic design, website development, and video production, she also manages bid coordination, purchasing, payroll, implementation of new technology, and marketing deployment.

Cecelia is not only a talented graphic designer, but she is also an amazing studio artist whose favorite medium is colored pencil and graphite.

PROFICIENCIES

Adobe Software (Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro), web languages (CSS and HTML), and CMS Development (WordPress, Drupal 7-8).

EXPERIENCE

Website Development: 13 years
Graphic Design: 11 Years
Studio Art/Mixed Media: 13 years

EDUCATION

Studies in Studio Art, Concord University
Studies in Graphic Design, Southern New Hampshire University

Holly Belcher

Digital Media Manager

Manages digital service fulfillment and internal network. Contributes to research, planning, editing, graphic design, digital audits, WordPress CMS web development, and video production. Assists with deployment and implementation of new technology.

PROFICIENCIES

Marketing research, Adobe Software (Animate, Photoshop, Premiere Pro), content editing, content writing, Microsoft Excel, social media, and website languages including PHP, CSS, and HTML.

EXPERIENCE

Information Technology: 11 years
Graphic Design: 4 years
Web Development: 7 Years
Higher-Education Admin: 11 Years

EDUCATION

B.S. Information Technology, Middle Georgia State University
B.A. Sociology & History, Concord University

Brandon Gilbert

Creative Director

Brandon leads the creative direction and brand of the agency. He is the team’s senior designer and oversees project management, contributing to planning, editing, website development, photography, and video production.

PROFICIENCIES

Planning, data mining, Adobe Software (Dreamweaver, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Pro), web languages (CSS and HTML), and CMS Development (WordPress, Drupal 7-8).

EXPERIENCE

Graphic Design: 17 Years
Website Development: 6 years
Studio Art/Mixed Media: 23 years

EDUCATION

Studies in Advertising/Graphic Design, Concord University
Studies in Commercial Art, Mercer County Technical Education Center
Studies in Business/Marketing, Concord University and Bluefield State University

Starting on your living room sofa isn’t as simple as it sounds. Starry Eyes was founded in 2015 as a home-based business by two star-crossed lovers who knew their skills would help local businesses, providing them professional design and marketing services. For us, growing involved a lot of sleepless nights, gallons of coffee, and facing the unknown.

Where We Create

We love bragging about our community and telling others about all of the wonderful things going on within it. We’re proud to be connected with the Mercer Street Grassroots District, Southern-WV’s most happening strip, currently enjoying a local business renaissance. 

It’s no secret that West Virginia faces a variety of socioeconomic challenges, but communities like ours serve as proof that change can happen. If you’re not from WV, we invite you to visit our studio to meet our team of professionals. We do suggest, however, that you make plans to spend your entire day and evening in our community to enjoy the food, drinks, and fun.

Join Our Team

Are you interested in joining our team? We are always interested in meeting creative, fun, and outgoing individuals!

Business Coordinator

Starry Eyes is seeking a compassionate, sales-driven, and outgoing individual to fill the role of Business Coordinator. This is not

a remote position and would require an in-person presence in our studio, located in Princeton, WV.

 

The Business Coordinator will:

  • Serve as the primary individual that sources and facilitates new business and sales
  • Serve as the primary point-of-contact with clients, being the bridge between the team our clients
  • Serve as the catalyst that pushes project through our work queue
  • Research leads to compile targeted/personalized proposals
  • Draft and submit proposals, bids, and service agreements
  • Send project reminders to clients
  • Coordinate the team towards the successful completion of our goals
  • Provide checks and balances within our operations

Key Responsibilities

  • Project Management
  • Team Management
  • Business Development
  • Marketing
  • Sales

We've teamed up with clients across the universe.