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
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.
Kate Van Dis
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.
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.
Mary Johnson Rockers
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.
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.