30 Sep

Celebrating 5 Years: Jill Nemec

We’re thrilled to celebrate Jill Nemec’s Pepperversary!

It’s been 5 wonderful years since she took a leap of faith on us! Jill left the comfort of her home in Savannah, Georgia to move to Maryland and join 11p, in its infancy stages. Over the years, Jill has leveraged her awesome design and typography skills, and has now even broadened her skills into UX.

Jill loves traveling near and far to hike or ski. She’s also an avid coffee drinker and rock collector.

To learn more about Jill, check out this infographic and read our special interview!

1. Best part of working at Eleven Peppers Studios?
Great people, good leaders, and flexible hours.

2. If you were a pepper, what type would you be and why?

Mini bell pepper… minimal and sweet!

3. What is a favorite 11P event? Of course the holiday parties, but more recently I really enjoyed the Baltimore Coffee and Tea morning. Such a great way to start off a Friday with all those smiling faces!

4. What is your favorite Christmas present ever received from 11P?  The Duchess a.ka. The Roomba.

5. What is your favorite 11P memory? Any and all snow days!

6. Name a Pepper you can always lean on for support or advice: It’s hard to pick one… Kelsey has been a great desk mate for a “take a break” stroll and convo. And, Kathryn and Theresa are great listeners and advice givers!

7. Name a Pepper whose work or work ethic inspires you: Easy, it’s Kristen. She has inspired me since grad school when she decided one day she would start her own business. She didn’t know what it would be then, but she made it happen! You can always count on her to come through and show up. And, I don’t know how she does it with minimal hours of sleep and a smile on her face. She also exhausts me.

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 Jill a little bit better…

1. Any secrets talents or hobbies? Rock collecting. And, I can still do a back flip on a trampoline.

2. Favorite type of coffee to drink? First and foremost a Nespresso. Second, a fresh cup of coffee from Albert. But, mostly sneaking sips of Joey’s vanilla lattes because it’s more fun sharing!

3. Where is the best place you’ve ever gone skiing (snow or water)? I don’t know that there is a best… but when it comes to snow and some crazy slopes I’d have to say traversing the mountains of Alta (no snowboarders allowed!) and Snowbird (most expert skiers I’ve ever seen) in Utah with my nieces and brother.

For water it has to be where I learned to slalom… the bitterly cold water of the Columbia River in Washington. Of late it’s Norris Lake, Tennessee for my old bones. The water is amazing and the perfect temp!

4. What’s your favorite book of all time? If it’s favorite of all time then it’s “Green Eggs and Ham” hands down.

5. What is the furthest you’ve traveled from home? Dubrovnik, Croatia

6. How many trails have you hiked? Geeze, who counts! I’ve been hiking the Appalachians and Cascades since I was a kid plus all vacations include a hike… probably 50+!?!

01 Dec

Pepper Talk with Lauren Fulp

Welcome back to Pepper Talk, this month we have Lauren with us. Just a little background before we get started, Lauren has been with Eleven Peppers Studios for about a year and a half. She is a Communications Strategist and is a wonder with words; keep reading to find out more about this multi-faceted dynamo.

1: Do you have any nicknames?
Laur, La, Lala, Fulp.


2: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
Wake up around 4:30am-5am, make all of our lunches for the day, either go back to sleep depending on how early it is or take a shower, wake my daughter up and rush around like a mad woman until we’re out the door. I have every intention of getting it all together the day before, but there is always something better to do.


3: How would you describe your design style?
Hm, well… I’m still pretty new in the design world and I’m more on the writing spectrum right now. But if I had to describe the type of design style I gravitate toward most, I would have to say anything with pretty typography (I love doing calligraphy) and the watercolors with simple design embellishments.


4: How did you get started?
I went to the University of South Carolina (GO GAMECOCKS!) and received a Broadcast Journalism degree. Being there taught me how to look for the ‘so what’ in every story which has in turn really helped me with that I’ve done in my career with Eleven Peppers.


5: What are your favorite tools of the trade? What are the worst?
Oh my goodness… I find myself going to Word Hippo a lot. If I can’t find a word or want to find a more professional word, this is my go-to. I also use the dictionary (obviously, right!?).


6: Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
When starting a new project for writing, I gather my thoughts and write/type what I know to begin with. I then pull together questions to figure out the who, what, when, where, why. I will a lot of times draft up a summary with the questions highlighted. I think it helps the point of contact to get an idea where the story is going.


7: What do you draw inspiration from?
Pinterest all the way. The only issue I have sometimes is that I like too much and wish I could use everything. Or I like their version so much that when I try to put my own spin on it, it’s just not same.


8: Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no: YES! Absolutely need!!!
Sweet or Savory: Sweet! There will be a lot of people who are not surprised whatsoever.
Favorite Movie: Pride & Prejudice
Guilty Pleasure: Fixer Upper and anything vintage farmhouse/industrial inspired.
Hobbies: Crafting
If you were a color: I would say… Emerald Green. I’ve noticed more than usual I gravitate towards a darker green.
One of your quirks: I am always doodling on papers or adding calligraphic touches to the titles on my notes. I’ve literally been doing this since the 3rd grade (at least that’s when I remember doing it more vividly).


9: Okay, admission time… If you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
I’m a fan of clever puns and I’m just not good at them. So pretty much any pun out there.














Thanks for meeting Lauren. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

29 Sep

Pepper Talk with Kelsey Marotta

Welcome back to Pepper Talk, this month we have Kelsey with us. Just a little background before we get started, Kelsey has been with Eleven Peppers Studios for a little over a year. She is a Senior Graphic Designer and works her magic with any request her customers make.

1: Do you have any nicknames?
Most people call me Kels. My brother, who is nine years older, nicknamed me Sally when I was little. He still calls me that. It’s also what I named my paddle board.


2: What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
I’m an early riser, meaning anywhere between 4–5. I tend to get up and walk straight to the kitchen. I must eat. A couple of mornings a week I’ll grab a quick snack before taking my bike out or going to spin class, I am not a fan of riding in the rain. Otherwise, you’ll find me enjoying a protein shake and watching 5 AM reruns of TLC’s “What Not to Wear.”


3: How would you describe your design style?
Eclectic. I love a little bit of everything, I think it’s ingrained in who I am. It follows me in all aspects of my life—sports, design, decorating the 700 sq. feet of space I call home. When I see a design that I like, I take it apart and think about what aspects I could incorporate into my own work. Color, texture, illustration style. I’m always willing to try something new.


4: How did you get started?
I was the Managing Editor of my high school newspaper. One of my responsibilities was to design the back-page. I loved layout but hated writing, so I came up with the idea that every month we would do a Q&A [laughs] with a teacher, staff member, etc. Funny enough, that became a standing section of the paper even after I graduated.


5: What are your favorite tools of the trade? What are the worst?
Coming from a print background, I love books and design annuals. I have a few favorites I keep on my shelves at home. I’ll flip through the pages when looking for inspiration. My Dad sells paper and my grandfather ran printing presses so I’m also a sucker for sample books and promotional materials. I could spend all day talking about foil stamping, finishes, coatings—if each individual piece costs $9 to print, I’m in.

In college I had to briefly use Quark. It was the absolute worst. It was a very happy day when InDesign arrived.


6: Do you have a set process when beginning a new project?
Always research. Sketch. Gather as much inspiration as possible and paste it all on my artboard before beginning my design. When I hit a wall or feel like there’s a missing element, I keep researching. Attention to detail is so important and sometimes it’s one tiny element that makes the whole design click.


7: What do you draw inspiration from?
I’m an Instagram and Pinterest junkie. I look at typography and illustration daily. I like to think the hours spent scrolling through all of those images is somehow transferring to my design style through osmosis.


8: Rapid-Fire Round:

Caffeine or no: Black coffee.
Sweet or Savory: Sweet…no need to go on, everyone knows about my love of ice cream.
Favorite Movie: Elizabethtown
Guilty Pleasure: All things Tiny Home-related.
Hobbies: Running/Biking/Swimming, Paddle boarding, Road trips
Best vacation: “Vacation” is a loose term for me. Most of my vacations are tied to races and/or involve cramming as many activities as possible into a short time span. Not sure I can pick a favorite but a few highlights from the last couple of years; sweet potato pancakes at Pancake Pantry in Nashville, TN, staying in an Airstream trailer in Charleston, SC, Wormslow Plantation in Savannah, GA and a half marathon in Yosemite National Park.
One of your quirks: Other than naming inanimate objects (the aforementioned paddleboard), I am guilty of working into almost any conversation that I am a marathon runner. It’s a bit of an obsession, I know.


9: Okay, admission time… If you could pick one design that you wish you had come up with first, what would it be?
Highway Gothic, the font developed specifically for road signage in the U.S. It represents exactly what design should be—something that is so well made and thought-out that it becomes a natural part of our everyday lives.














Thanks for meeting Kelsey. As always, stay tuned for next month’s Pepper Talk to meet another member of our team!

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