Sass Studios is a boutique creative studio with a twist. We’re a group of creative, independent-thinking ladies who love supporting and empowering other women-oriented businesses and organizations by helping them cultivate a visual “voice”. We have first-hand knowledge and experience with small business entrepreneurship, magazine publishing and event coordination. This gives us an edge in helping you with all your creative design needs—from branding to event collateral to publication layout— and everything in between. Welcome to Sass Studios!
We know what it’s like to publish a magazine or online media publication—from creating content to daily management to social media. And we love sharing our knowledge and expertise with others! Sass Studios publishes Sass Magazine and SassMagazine.com, a women’s lifestyle and professional magazine, as well as The Virginia Maryland DC Dog, a lifestyle magazine for dog owners and enthusiasts.
Creativity is where we shine. We specialize in developing creative solutions to help your business grow. With over a decade of experience in graphic and web design services, we work with clients from small start ups to national associations. We will be your creative partners, making sure your business, organization, or event has a thoughtful, professional and cohesive visual look.
We enjoy in-person engagements that often get lost in today’s fast-paced world. We host our own Girls Night Out (GNO) events as well as roundtables, promoting casual networking and educational settings for professional women throughout the year. We understand events—from small gatherings to large conferences—and we offer years of creative experience to help you brand your own successful event, conference or show.
Developing a strong, authentic brand and delivering it consistently is the foundation upon which every successful business is built. And we can help you lay that first stone. From logo development to stationery to social media graphics and beyond—we know how to make you visually stand out from the crowd and speak directly to your audience.
With over a decade of experience working on editorial and publication design, whether it's a magazine, newsletter, or brochure collateral—we've got you covered! We love designing publications SO much that we even run our own magazines—Sass Magazine and The Virginia Maryland DC Dog. So, when we say we understand creative design and layout techniques for your next multi-page project, we're not kidding!
Your website is an integral component of your brand, your customer experience, and your ability to interact with your target audience. It's not about your website looking cool - it needs to look on-brand, work smoothly, allow users to easily find what they're looking for and do what you want them to do. We know how to create effective, content-driven websites that connect with your brand and your audience.
Event branding is about the promise of a distinct, memorable experience—which is extremely important when defining your event or conference look. It establishes a positive user expectation and delivers it consistently every time helping to increase general awareness, drive registrant attendance, and generate an overall visually stimulating experience.
Kim Dow is an award-winning graphic designer and entrepreneur. She started two companies and a local non-profit before turning 35. She also serves as the owner, publisher, and creative director for both Sass Magazine and The Virginia Maryland Washington DC Dog. She was awarded the 2017 Entrepreneur Award for a start up business from the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
Cecelia Lee is a member of our creative team and manages in-house and client events. She serves on the board of the Frederick Chapter of the American Advertising Association and is a company member at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre where she uses her creativity to develop set designs.
Andrea Neff is a member of our creative team and our social media manager. She is new to Frederick and enjoys getting to know the community through networking events. Andrea is a creative individual who enjoys sketching, taking photos and spending time in the great outdoors.
Laura Rennie oversees the print and digital entities of our two publications. She loves brainstorming story ideas and connecting writers and sources. In her free time, Laura enjoys cooking and trying out new recipes, reading, and spending lots of time with her husband and newly adopted daughter.
We’ve had the privilege to work with a wide variety of clients, from national associations to regional publications to small start ups, and just about everything in between. We like to work closely with our clients, building the relationship as partners, and love to see them grow!
Want to get started right away on your next project—Let’s do it! Contact us today with information about your project needs through our easy request a quote form and we’ll be in touch within 24-48 business hours!
We love designing for magazines so much that we run two of our own! We have experience starting a publication from the groupnd up including: editorial content, layout and design, advertising sales, photography art direction, social media marketing, digital content management and much more!
Sass is a local women’s lifestyle and professional magazine with a robust digital component. We tell the stories of inspiring women and also provide tips on business, beauty, fashion, travel and more. With creativity at our core, our goal is to drive progress within our community and encourage readers to explore and celebrate their own personal style in all aspects of their lives.
VAMDDC Dog is a regional lifestyle magazine for dog owners and enthusiasts. We educate, inspire and entertain our readers by sharing stories on topics such as travel, training and behavior, wellness and ownership.