Sparkstone Media is a full service digital media design and production studio operating on a highly streamlined, low-overhead business model—which gives our customers the highestvalue at the lowestcost. Whether your project is based in print or on the Web; for promotional, compliance, or instructional purposes; and however small the budget, we can customize a communications plan just for you! Contact us today for a no-cost consultation and estimate.
graphic design, layout, typography, and production for both print and Web;
creative and technical writing, editing, and proofreading;
curriculum development, instructional design, and digital production;
speaking engagements and live workshop, seminar, or webinar development and delivery;
training, instruction, coaching, and mentoring;
conference or event planning and facilitation; and
social media management, publicity, marketing, and promotion.
With decades of experience in both traditional and new media, Sparkstone Media is your communication hub for agencies and businesses large and small!
What makes Sparkstone unique? Most design agencies found on the Web fall on one of two extreme ends of a narrow spectrum. On the affordable end, one might find a poorly trained, inexperienced IT professional who is trying to make extra cash with their Web development skills (these sites typically lack visual polish or aesthetic appeal, and tend to be overly and unnecessarily technical, visually "noisy," or downright combative with flashing photos, music, and scrolling text). Getting a great deal from the cousin in design school or a brother who works in IT might save a little money on the front end, but could costs thousands from lost business. And then what if the customer needs an invoice designed or a newsletter developed? Having too many sources for media can lead to confusion and to a fragmented, disjointed public image. Having one centralized source for all printed material, email/newsletters, or Web content ensures a continuity of image, cost-effectiveness, and flexibility when the need for a project crops up quickly and must be addressed immediately and with minimal cost.
On the other end of the design agency spectrum, one might find full-blown, very expensive agencies with huge overhead and large staffs that they have to maintain—at ALL of their customers' expense! Customers not only pay higher prices but must stand in line for service and attention. Why pay for equipment and services that serve the needs of other customers?
Sparkstone Media is the best choice for myriad reasons. Tess Beebe Olten, proprietor of Sparkstone Media, has decades of personal and professional success in all the services Sparkstone provides its customers. But if a job requires a quicker turnaround than she can promise, or coding beyond her skill level, she knows when and where to hire highly experienced, reliable, and affordable assistance to ensure that the quality of the job is not limited by internal resources. Ms. Olten has access to a diversely talented cadre of professionals ready at a moment's notice—and we don't mark up the cost of services we subcontract like other agencies do! If we have to purchase a service on a customer's behalf, it will be itemized on the invoice and customers will pay at-cost pricing, without a cut for Sparkstone as is the industry tradition. Many agencies quietly factor in a hefty price mark-up on these services and you never know that they went outside their own agency for help with production. Our integrity and high level of customer service are complemented by the very high caliber of work we produce.
Because we are comfortable designing everything from a logo, business card, or invoice to fully functioning Web sites and full-color catalogs, hiring us is like having your own design and production department on call. All of your design files, logos, graphics, and photos will be stored in one secure spot, and you'll have easy, open access to all of your own production files as well. We'll even train your staff to maintain production files and to make changes as needed if you choose to manage your content in-house—or we can handle it for you. The leap from print to Web and back again will be seamless with our knowledge of production processes and specification differences depending on the media. We can even help carve out your place on social media!
ADA Accessibility Aesthetically speaking, one might note that our designs tend to be simple, elegant, and understated. Our philosophy is that the technology and design should never overpower the message. We're here to make you shine! That means we're happy to design in the style that reflects your personality, your company or agency, and your flair! If you're not sure what that looks like, don't worry; we'll help you find your unique look and establish your presence both in print and on the Web in a format that is universally accessible and meets the needs of your audience and client base.
From our obsession with beautiful typography to our attention to the smallest technical details of device compatibility, we've got you covered! Many agencies and companies are still unaware of the ADA accessibility requirements for Web content, however. Hiring designers without the experience and expertise with ADA accessibility puts the customer in a position of legal liability and market vulnerability. Don't wait for a lawsuit when we could design your site and its content accessibly from the beginning!
Sparkstone is a small agency with big ideas and great capacity for growth—yours and our own. We look forward to serving both local and remote clients with a special emphasis on meeting the needs of small businesses and struggling grassroots nonprofits doing good work (for whom we often work gratis when resources permit). Reach out today and find out why Sparkstone is the answer to all your communication needs!