Your Detail & Design team: all the talent you need under one (virtual) roof.
Whatever market you are in, whatever service you are providing, we can help amplify your voice and get your message heard. Our design and communications strategies are a vehicle for delivering your story, not ours.
As a collection of business owners ourselves, we know Durham, and we know business. We’ve all been there: the branding, the marketing, the business development. We're well versed with how each marketing element supports the others, and we bring this experience to bear on our work at Detail & Design.
We will spend time getting to know you and your strengths, values, priorities, and areas for growth. We will then develop authentic messaging that communicates your story to your customers.
So go ahead and spend your time doing what you do best - and leave the communications to us.
You have the mission. You have the idea. We know how to communicate it.
Meet your communications team
Founder & Lead Designer
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 two young sons.
Social Media Strategist & Web Designer
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. She has lived in the Triangle area since 2011.
Kate Van Dis
Creative Content Development
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. Kate’s clients represent a diverse range of industries – from educational nonprofits to building contractors and high-end salons. Her favorite part about copywriting is researching a new industry and writing about it like an expert. She holds a BA in English and Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Teaching from the University of North Carolina. She is also an award-winning fiction writer, a mother of two boys, and a boxer-in-training. At Detail & Design, Kate is passionate about building excellent copy, one sentence at a time.
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.
Graphic & Web Design
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. One of her past professions was a photographer and she now enjoys using beautiful photographs to make really dynamic designs.
Monica and her husband grew up together in Durham and is proud to share that experience with their growing family and a bunch of furry friends. She is also a Certified Holistic Health Coach at Nourish Health Coaching.
Mary Johnson Rockers
Hand Lettering & Illustration
Mary has always found writing with pencil and pen to be immensely gratifying, both in ritual and in form. Growing up and throughout college, her envelopes for letters to friends and family did not simply include a name and address but dramatic design elements and illustrated lettering intended to “wow” the recipient (and perhaps, admittedly, even the postman).
Years later, Mary was inspired by modern scribes and the growing trend towards hand-lettered design to return to her practice. Just 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 dog Harley.