About Detail & Design Studio

We are a comprehensive communications studio based out of Durham, North Carolina. Founder Christine Seed recognized the need for a one-stop design shop for the growing entrepreneurial culture in Durham and she recruited local talent to make it happen.


Meet your team

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Christine Seed

Founder and lead Designer

Christine takes great joy in helping individuals realize their small business goals. She is passionate about clean and effective communication as a means to promoting those who are making a positive impact in their community in the areas of social justice, health care, and the arts.

Christine received her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and her Master's in Public Health from UNC Chapel Hill. She worked in academic research and publishing for many years before leaving cubicle life behind in favor of running her own business. A California native, she is proud to call Durham her forever home. She lives near downtown Durham with her husband and three young sons.


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Kate Van Dis

Creative Director

Before becoming a full-time writer, Kate Van Dis taught 10 years of high school English and creative writing, an experience that taught her all of the grammar she thought she learned in college. As a copywriter, Kate loves researching a new industry and writing about it like an expert.

Kate holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Teaching from UNC Chapel Hill. She is also an award-winning fiction writer, a mother of two boys, and a boxer-in-training. Kate is passionate about building clear, authentic, and heartfelt copy, one sentence at a time.


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Dominique Nikol Heath

Junior Graphic designer

Dominique has always been interested in the arts. In college, her love for traditional art and cartoons expanded into a passion for graphic design and digital illustration. Her past work as a brand coordinator, web designer, and video compositor have prepared her well for her role as Creative Coordinator at Detail & Design. Her favorite part of the job is the creative process - beginning with just an idea and then transforming that idea into a brand, logo, or website that will help a business succeed.

A graduate of Bradley University with a degree in Interactive Media and Marketing, Dominique has enjoyed freelancing in the web design and video production industries. She fell in love with the Durham community when she moved back to North Carolina from Chicago in the summer of 2017. One day, Dominique hopes to open a design studio of her own. 


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Lis Tyroler

Photographer

Lis Tyroler, of Lis Tyroler Photography, truly loves to connect with her clients using her camera to creatively and honestly capture the essence of each individual, family, or business. Utilizing fine art principles and a photojournalistic bent towards spontaneity, she produces beautiful headshots and business candids. She also enjoys product and food photography, general portraiture, and event photography. With a background as a clinician, her inspiration comes from creative storytelling collaboration with her subjects. She has worked as a clinical autism researcher, clinical social worker with cancer patients, and currently co-owns Nido Durham Coworking + Childcare. As a Durham native and entrepreneur, she feels passionately about supporting Durham businesses. She spends her free time frolicking around Durham with her son and husband, and has a myriad of interests in all aspects of the arts, including fiber, brush, and food.


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Mary Johnson Rockers

Calligrapher

Mary has always found joy in the ritual of writing with pen and paper. Growing up, the envelopes for letters she sent to friends and family did not simply include a name and address but dramatic design elements and illustrated lettering intended to make the recipient feel extra special.  A few years ago, Mary was inspired by modern scribes and printmakers to return to her practice and move from doodling to dip pen calligraphy. Soon after announcing her hand lettering and calligraphy services in 2014, her portfolio was quickly filled with a wide range of individual and business commissions. When not exploring the endless ways to write the cursive letter B, Mary works as a program manager at a public health organization.  She is also an established performing singer-songwriter in the Triangle region. Mary lives in Durham with her husband, two young sons, and their dog Harley.


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Shana Smith

Marketing Specialist

Shana Smith is a Marketing Generalist and Graphic Designer with over 15 years of industry experience. She has spent her career building brand awareness using a creative mix of content, digital and social media marketing, within a diverse range of industries. A native New Yorker, she received a Bachelors of Arts in English with a concentration in writing and History from Barnard College. Shana moved to Raleigh in 2015.


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Tiffany Frye

Business Support Specialist

Tiffany Frye is interested in using social media to develop real-life relationships between business owners and clients. She has previously run social media campaigns for a home show in St. Louis, MO, The Vital Voice newspaper, and for her company Nido Durham, a coworking space with on-site childcare. She directs the overall marketing efforts at Nido, as well as coordinating events and long-term business development. Tiffany completed her bachelor’s degree at Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied comparative literature and psychology. She studied social entrepreneurship at the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation and Entrepreneurship and completed a small business certificate at Mountain BizWorks in Asheville, NC. Tiffany recently completed the altMBA, run by Seth Godin, a well-known marketing expert and pioneer of permission marketing. She's excited to apply her new knowledge and skills to her work at Detail and Design. She has lived in the Triangle area since 2011.


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Monica Barco

Graphic Designer

Monica Barco graduated from American Intercontinental University with a BFA in Visual Communications and has since held the position as in-house graphic and web designer at the American Dance Festival and at Duke TIP as well as various freelance projects throughout Durham. She enjoys bringing an event, concept or business to life through marketing materials, and especially loves to use original photography that illustrates the best aspects of an organization.  

Monica and her husband grew up together in Durham and she is proud to share that experience with their growing family and a bunch of furry friends.