So, about us: KTD Creative is an amazing team of one creative director, three designers, one web developer and one amazing writer/editor who collectively have over 75+ years of combined interactive, branding and graphic design experience.
Our diverse pool of clients includes corporations, arts organizations, colleges, non-profits, media including radio stations, national museums, small businesses, entrepreneurs and more.
We are good listeners and our audience analysis skills are highly-tuned.
KTD Creative uses a tried and true methodology: listen intently to clients, perform the necessary research, and produce outstanding work in both the digital space and print.
KTD Creative is full-service creative firm and offers branding and highly creative graphic design for print, responsive web design, both Drupal and WordPress content management systems (CMS), web development, information architecture, social media marketing, search engine optimization (SEO), mobile design and more.
Not able to write copy or need an editor? We can handle this as well.
Principal, Creative Director & Designer:
Kate founded KTD Creative in January 2005. As principal of KTD Creative, she has worked with more than 130 clients. Her passion is building brands, creating themes and campaigns. As creative director, she is responsible for the strategic direction of all marketing, branding, web design and web development. Kate rolls up her sleeves and designs everyday. In her User Experience Design (UX) she creates information architecture and wireframes.
An award-winning graphic designer, Kate has worked in the communications field since 1996. Kate graduated from Towson University (B.S. in Fine Art concentrating in printmaking) and the University of Baltimore (M.A. in Publications Design, a unique program combining writing and graphic design). She also worked at the FCW Government Technology Group in Falls Church, VA.
Kate has taught both graduate and undergraduate design classes at The University of Baltimore, American University, and Towson University. In her free time she likes to make collages, take photos and run. Once upon a time she played guitar and Farfisa organ in a few Baltimore-based bands but now limits her musical pursuits to learning how to play the ukulele. She has published articles on design in trade publications.
Senior Graphic Designer:
Cara is an award winning designer with over 10 years of experience in creating beautiful, dynamic visual solutions for businesses, associations, non-profit organizations, and government agencies.
She has a unique approach to the design process, critical eye for detail, and a relatable communication style which makes it easy for her to help clients understand what they need and want.
After earning a B.A. in Graphic Design from American University, Cara has spent the last decade as a senior designer. She is a multidisciplinary designer whose expertise lies in logo and brand development and collateral design.
Writing, Messaging & Branding:
Lily Thayer Derrick
Lily Thayer Derrick has over twenty years of writing, editing, communications and marketing experience in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors.
A relentless self-editor, Lily focuses on delivering clean, error-free copy that is informed and engaging for diverse audiences. She has been responsible for website copy, copy for presentations and print collateral, corporate blogs, research papers and grant proposals, as well as news and magazine stories. Fiction-writing is her first love, and she graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with degrees in English and Creative Writing. She holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland.
In addition to her passion for writing, Lily is obsessed with working on her family’s 200-year-old farmhouse and garden outside Baltimore – activities she insists on calling “homesteading” – while making sure her three young children spend as much time outside as possible.
Senior Graphic Designer:
Stacy Kleber Jensen
Stacy Kleber Jensen has over ten years of experience in both the agency and nonprofit sectors. She has brought her distinct design style to national and international clients, including The International Baccalaureate and The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Stacy has a passion for branding, and loves helping clients discover their own specific look using everything from logo design to infographics to print collateral. She excels at finding and utilizing a client’s unique voice.
Stacy graduated with a BFA in Visual Communications from the University of Delaware, and earned a Masters in Marketing from the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. She has also taught design as an Adjunct at the University of the District of Columbia. In her free time, Stacy enjoys photography and traveling.
Marketing Strategist, Writing & Messaging:
Sam Hopkins is a proven interdisciplinary thinker and project manager with a focus on innovation and full utilization of digital platforms to increase product and service awareness and drive revenue. Sam has extensive experience in online learning, including product innovation at online college course provider StraighterLine, four years of teaching as an adjunct professor in MICA’s Business of Art and Design MPS program, and deployment of successful webinar and Facebook Live series at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School and specialty nutrition company VAYA Pharma.
At VAYA, Sam led the development and deployment of an e-commerce platform integrated with SalesForce and a call-center based direct sales organization he managed with specialty vendors. He directed multiple technical developers and partners and used educational email and web content and coupon promotions to generate over $500,000 in sales in the first quarter of e-commerce site operation.
Ari Rosenberg is a graphic designer and website developer with over 20 years of experience working on various projects with various demands. Ari works closely with the design team to provide guidance and expertise in the translation of conceptual design into practical deliverables. Attention to detail is very important to Ari, he takes pride in finding solutions to development challenges and always strives to find just the right solution for each project he works on.
Ari earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He continues a relationship the the University as an adjunct professor, teaching courses to educate new designers on the technologies they need to master. Teaching is a great way in which Ari keeps up-to-date on the latest best-practices and continues develop his skill set along side his students.
Ari is married to a wonderful wife and is the exhausted parent of two sons. Together they all enjoy family playtime with their dog, Rothko.