It can be argued that Nora started her design career at age 8, when she began typesetting her stories and poems in Microsoft Word. She has been a professional designer for a decade, creating award-winning work since 2009. A former east coaster and graduate of Parsons, Nora found her home in Alaska, and that is where Nora Gecan Design blossomed. Passionate about creating effective and beautiful – not trendy – design solutions, Nora is now the Creative Director of this thriving design business.
Adele started her branding agency, Live Large Design, in 2012 as a way to serve social and environmental entrepreneurs through strategic branding and website platforms. She has a Masters in Fine Art in graphic design and is also a professor at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
Adele has worked in the environmental impact sector for over 15 years, starting as a remote wilderness guide and environmental educator in Colorado and Alaska. Her unique experiences of dog mushing, river rafting, and living without plumbing for the better part of a decade in Northern Alaska continue to inspire her mission through Live Large Design.
Rachel grew up in a dry cabin near Wasilla, Alaska. As a small child, she once had dinner at Sarah Palin's house. Although she emerged relatively unscathed, hockey moms with thick midwestern accents occasionally trigger flashbacks of poorly-executed goulash and banned library books.
A natural storyteller, Rachel has an intuitive ability to understand diverse perspectives and motivators, and how important authenticity is to any entity's brand. She has a talent for developing a linguistic framework to accurately capture and enhance an organization's ability to express themselves and highlight their differentiators.
Rachel earned a bachelor's degree in Journalism, and began her career at an advertising agency in 2002. Since then, she's worked in a variety of marketing roles, primarily as a consultant. She is also the ninth person in Alaska to earn their Certified Professional Services Marketer designation. A part-time freelance editorial writer since 2007, she's covered topics ranging from the local hip-hop scene in Anchorage's alt-weekly to advances in mobile banking technology for small business publications.
copywriter, editorial and publicity consultant, social media manager
A thirty-something living in Brooklyn, NY who loves a great story. Publicity Director and Assistant Editor at Four Way Books, a nonprofit independent literary book publisher. Freelance publicist, social media manager, and editor. Can create a unique and manageable social media presence for individuals and companies. Can run a publicity campaign for a Pulitzer-winning poetry book or a memoir with a modern take on Zen Buddhism. Can edit anything from a book-length manuscript to a fundraising pamphlet. Especially interested in working with people who prioritize the work of anti-racism, gender equality, supporting the LGBTQIA+ community, environmentalism, accessibility, neurodiversity, and mental health awareness.
We've worked with a lot of business owners over the years and consistently see a sense of overwhelm when it comes to choosing effective strategies and tools. We seek to reduce the overwhelm and stress so that you can have fun running your business.
Our core competences include: team communication systems, project management systems, project quality assurance systems, work schedule optimization, website strategy and new branding.
Our work is deeply informed by the Ayurvedic knowledge of natural rhythms. This framework helps to build structures that optimize your energy so that you have sustainable work habits that support your success in the long run.