18 Mar

Celebrating 5 Years: Deb Williams

Five whole years have passed since the fabulous Deb Williams joined our Pepper family – and boy has it been an amazing journey.

Since day one, Deb has been an integral part of the team, helping with everything under the sun from proposals, to strategy and process, to leading teams and projects, and we couldn’t be more grateful for all the hard work she has put in. She loves learning new things and tackles every challenge in front of her. Last year, Deb was promoted to Creative Director and in her new role, she has continued to lead teams and projects with excellence.

To celebrate all of her greatness, we interviewed Deb and created an infographic especially for her! Keep scrolling to learn more.

1. Best part of working at Eleven Peppers Studios?
Collaborating with so many talented, passionate people.

2. If you were a pepper, what type would you be and why?
Rainbow pepper because they are multi-colored and inspire creativity.

3. What is your favorite 11p event?
The casino-themed holiday party at the Hotel Revival in Baltimore.

4. What is your favorite present ever received from 11p?
A necklace with the names of my kids engraved on it (for Mother’s Day).

5. What is your favorite 11p memory?
The amazing Disney trip!

6. Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice:
Theresa Santelli – she’s a great listener and provides invaluable advice.

7. Name a Pepper whose work ethic inspires you:
Kristen Price – she’s always positive, patient, thoughtful, and eager to lend a helping hand.

8. My spice meter :

  • Complete wimp
  • Will proceed with caution
  • A subtle flame 
  • A little sweat never hurt
  • The spicier, the better!

Get to know Deb a little bit better…

1. Where is the most beautiful place you’ve ever gone hiking?
A coastal town in Southern Italy called Sorrento.

2. What is your favorite part about being a mom?
Watching my kids grow into confident, successful adults.

3. If you could live in any beach town, where would you live?
Duck, NC (in the Outer Banks).

4. What is your favorite and least favorite part of planning a wedding?
My favorite part is seeing the bride say “yes” to the dress. My least favorite part is figuring out the guest list.

5. Do you have any favorite family traditions?
Every year on Christmas Day we stay in our pajamas all day. It’s our day to spend time together without any schedules or set plans.

6. Where is your preferred place to get a caffeinated beverage?
I love any and all coffee shops – my favorite is a place near our new house called Bada Bean Coffee House.

7. Have you made any cool crafts or done any cool house projects lately?
We recently bought a house on Kent Island had a lot of fun remodeling it with a coastal theme.

8. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’ve lived in six states: New York, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.

09 Mar

Pepper Talk with Maricel Savage

In this month’s Pepper Talk, we’re getting to know Maricel Savage, one of our talented designers who has been with us for 1.5 years.

1. Do you have any nicknames?
My close friends and family call me Mar. My husband calls me Marbee and another nickname we got from watching an old episode of “Lost.” I have a childhood Filipino nickname that I also will not disclose.


2. What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Workout and then meditate…sometimes I have to take a 10-minute nap because I get sleepy from meditating. Lol!


3. What is your favorite thing about working as a designer?
I love the challenge of taking a complex message and coming up with the best strategic, efficient, and aesthetically pleasing way to communicate it, to visually tell the client’s story.


4. How did you get started in this industry?
I was always creative and loved to draw and paint when I was little. As I got older, I found I could incorporate my creativity into a career when I studied Visual Communication Design at Villa Julie College, which is now Stevenson University. After I graduated, I learned so much from my first design job at a communications firm. One day, I could be designing billboards and coding websites, while the next I could be storyboarding commercials, writing radio copy, or helping with animations and video production. It was a great learning experience and I loved just being a sponge, soaking it all in!


5. What are your favorite tools of the trade? What is the worst?
Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign are a must! I hate PowerPoint.


6. Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
After getting all specs and information from a client, I like to immerse myself in research. I like to see who my clients’ competitors are, what the target audience is already exposed to in the market. I gather textures, colors, imagery, quotes, and brainstorm words that evoke specific feelings into mood boards. After all of that, I’ll start sketching and begin the design concept process.


7. What do you draw inspiration from?
My family and friends, Pinterest, fashion, textures, patterns, nature, meditation.


8. Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no:  No, but I probably should!
Sweet or Savory: Both!
Favorite Movie:  Ahh! Too many!
Favorite place to travel: Mexico, San Francisco and Chicago.
Hobbies: Reading, crafting, yoga, and Netflix. 😀

9: Okay, admission time…if you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
There are so many I wish I would’ve come up with! Right now, I would have to say it’s the Care Icon.




Thanks for taking the time to meet Maricel. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!


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