WHAT CLIENTS LIKE ABOUT WORKING WITH HeATHER KERN OF POPSHOP STUDIO
I had the great fortune to work closely with Heather as my lead creative director on a full rebranding project, taking a dated trade association and bringing their identity up to date for the post-digital age. Immediately, Heather brought so much value to the assignment, proving to be not just a talented, smart designer but a strategic thinker, truly ready to grapple with business challenges and create multiple potential solutions. She processed feedback brilliantly and was both collaborative and independent – the ideal combination. She was also able to wear many hats, flexing from big picture problem solving on the brand identity, to delivering every detail of creative execution – from logo suite and color palette to website design and collateral system makeover. You’d expect someone so versatile and brilliant to be a diva, but Heather is the opposite: down to earth, humble, and wise. I can’t recommend her highly enough for any role in the design, marketing, digital experience and branding worlds.
Principal, Dark Horse Brands and Copy Director, Bloomberg L.P.
Jazz...is more than notes on a page. Similarly having a strong brand, takes more than a design; it's about telling a story! Heather Kern began working with JAZZ HOUSE KIDS at a pivotal time in our story. She immediately grasped our mission and the many stakeholders for whom our brand needed to address. Kern helped us reimagine our logo and strengthen branded collateral. Under her watch, our visual messaging was infused with exciting elements that carried throughout out all aspects of the organization. Years later...you can still see her influence.
President + Founder Jazz House Kids
Heather was a major contributor and delightful to work with on 3 different special exhibitions at the Newark Museum. I found her exceptional talent as a designer, her respect and appreciation for the artwork, and her thoughtful approach to branding were crucial to the success of these projects. Heather was a great collaborator and worked beautifully with our exhibition designers, curators, and marketing team. She led with her creative vision for the graphic treatment of exhibitions, conceiving a range of digital and print materials to promote the shows, and in designing publications--two beautiful exhibition catalogues, one in print and another in electronic formats, and a quarterly magazine.
Tricia Laughlin Bloom
American Art Curator Newark Museum
I have worked with Heather Kern on numerous projects over the years, including two website designs, and have recommended her for countless others. It is rare to find a designer whose design and artistic abilities equal their business and professional acumen but Heather is just that. She has the ability to listen to even the most unformed ideas and make them into fully functioning, aesthetically pleasing, user-friendly platforms/websites and she does that in a timely, collaborative, and extremely stress-free manner. Not only have I always been tremendously pleased with the final product, I've always felt extremely good about the process. Working with Heather is always an incredibly rewarding and enjoyable experience.
Word Literary, Founder and Director
Heather’s eye is superlative, her deep design esthetic transforms the most pedestrian deliverable into something engaging, while never sacrificing function over form. She’s quick to understand concepts, and visually translates the many nuances and goals of each piece, be they on- or off-line.
Ondine Landa Abramson
Co-Founder and President Stage17
Working with Heather on creating my new website was a pleasure from start to finish. She understood my vision and was able to translate it into a beautiful, sophisticated, easy to navigate website. Just after a few meetings, she was able to give me a visual of the site and how it would work. Heather was also great bringing new ideas to the table as well. I’m thrilled with my website and always get compliments on it!
I have known Heather Kern for 3 years, and Popshop Studio has served the two institutions I lead during that time. Ms. Kern is an absolute joy to work with; her ability to take a project from idea to fruition is outstanding and fluid. The speed and effectiveness of her work and communication is second to none — she has created brochures, posters, digital web products, and other outreach materials for us that will endure for years. I could not recommend Heather Kern and Popshop Studio high enough!
Executive Director, Kinhaven Music School
Associate Director, John J. Cali School of Music Montclair State University
Heather and Popshop Studio has worked for Cosimo in designing many of our book covers, setting up cover templates and interior layouts, as well as other design projects (such as brochures, postcards,etc.). She has offered invaluable work for our company's look and branding. Wholeheartedly recommended.
Founder and Publisher of Cosimo, an innovative publisher
It was a wonderful working relationship between designer and client. Heather works very close with the client to give them the most professional, efficient and creative results. She listens to the clients needs and does an amazing job of turning a thought and idea into a beautiful work of art.
Lisa Dance NJ
Freespace Dance and Dance NJ
I have had the great pleasure to work with Heather on both personal and professional jobs. Heather's outstanding creativity and talent never cease to amaze me. Her instincts are impeccable - she just "got" what I wanted and executed it beyond my wildest expectations. Heather answered all my (endless) questions promptly and with great detail. Most importantly, the results of her work are always wow-worthy!
Rubel Event Management
A talented designer and visual problem solver, Heather's print and interactive design expertise go beyond the role of executor, to embrace the larger creative picture. A joy to work, Heather goes above and beyond project requirements to offer new visual solutions and materials that far exceed expectation. Her design is sound, her work ethic unmatched and her generosity of creative spirit a true gift.
Her visual and graphic vocabulary is abundant but never verbose. She is not only a very talented designer but also has a great attention to production details. She’s a delight to work with, understands the nature of tight deadlines, and delivers always above and beyond.”
Ondine Landa Abramson
Co-Founder and President Stage17
Heather is always wonderful to work with! Her upbeat and energetic attitude keeps projects moving and her reliability ensures that deadlines are always met.
Managing Director, New York at Leftloft
Heather is a tremendous collaborator. She helps maintain a consistent brand voice, while keeping our business's client-facing materials engaging. I am often stunned by how quickly she can turn a complicated request from our team into a aesthetically appealing, functional reality.
Class Act Performing Arts Studio
Heather Kern of Popshop Studio has been an essential part of our not -for- profit outreach for 8 years.
Her creativity and design acumen are simply outstanding. We receive constant compliments about her work on flyers, advertisements, programs, logos and letterheads for both print and digital media. She has both created the "look" of our dance company images and has succeeded in having that look evolve and stay fresh each year through her amazing color and visual design choices. Heather is flexible and warm - she works with a cooperative spirit and modifies anything that has not been a good fit for us quickly . She creates designs and images that go beyond what we could have imagined and her work continues to be exciting and vibrant even after the years she has worked with us. She has juggled deadlines effectively never missing one! On occasion we have had to ask for something as a rush and Heather has both created a beautiful image for us as well as coming in on time despite the late notice.
I recommend her most highly - our entire Board and staff feel so grateful to have worked with Heather!
Creative Director and Choreographer, Lydia Johnson Dance