Li’l Robin’s project Catalyst featured at South by Southwest

Helping companies create compelling design

Photos: Pierce Jackson of Paper Magazine

We have some overdue but exciting news: Catalyst, the magazine we redesigned for Pratt Institute’s Design Management Program, was featured by HP’s MagCloud at SXSW! MagCloud showcased the magazine as a standout among the publications it produces, and it was an honor to have our work featured at such a high-profile event. Read More

Li’l Robin on digital platforms

Helping companies develop digital strategies for books

Many of our publishing clients are beginning to explore the new digital platforms and how to include them in their editorial and publication process.

Li’l Robin recently teamed up with the interactive design strategist Ronnie Peters to help our publishing clients develop and implement digital publishing strategies. Our combined expertise gives clients a team that makes the best use of different publishing platforms. By developing compelling narratives and experiences, we are enabling our clients to build vibrant interactive projects and create online communities that will generate buzz, interest, and revenue.

We understand how online experiences and digital publications can effectively complement new and existing book projects, and through this, we help to build brands in a meaningful way. In this newsletter, we discuss some of the possibilities. Read More

Li’l Robin on publication design

Helping companies convey editorial content effectively through design

The design of a publication—whether a magazine, book, or website—is a key expression of its identity and editorial strategy. As creative director, art director, and designer, I’ve had the pleasure of working on projects ranging from a book for Kenneth Cole to the launch of new magazines and an upcoming children’s book series for Sterling Publishing. In each case, Li’l Robin takes a nuanced approach to articulating the voice of the publication through design. For our latest project in this arena, we created a new identity for the publication Catalyst Strategic Design Review. The redesigned issue debuted at the end of August. Read More

Li’l Robin on the iPad

Helping companies develop strategies for the new platform

I recently bought an iPad, and quickly found myself entranced by the experience of it and the possibilities it presents for publishing, design, and creative invention. When I attended the conference “Magazines: From Dimensional to Digital,” I gained some insights about what the future promises.

With the arrival of Apple’s new platform, companies now have a new medium, and a world of possibilities along with it, for creating compelling interactive experiences and content. The numerous media now available—print, web, mobile phones, iPad—each have their unique advantages. The iPad has an interactive vocabulary that is different from websites, and it provides numerous possibilities for creative innovation, revenue generation, and strengthening brand identities.
At Li’l Robin, we are excited about the possibilities and are eager to work with clients
to take advantage of this new medium. Read More

Li’l Robin, formerly Anke Stohlmann Design, featured in Brand Identity Now!

Helping companies define their message with design


A belated Happy 2010. I am pleased to begin the year by sharing news about a wonderful new resource in brand building with you. Taschen recently released “Brand Identity Now!,” an in-depth analysis of leading brand and communication campaigns from around the world; and we are honored to have our work – two identity systems we designed for clients MaxWax and The Chipper – featured in the publication alongside case studies for the Obama’08 Election campaign and The Museum of Art and Design’s new identity.

We believe the book shows prime examples of how branding works: Design is a complement to a company’s brand message – a visual translation of a company’s personality, its messages and actions. In sync it will evoke an emotional response and create confidence in the company while clearly differentiating it from its competitors. Read More