My Professional Background
With a BA in Fine Art from Brooklyn College and an MFA in Integrated Media Arts from Hunter College, I am well-versed in commercial art, advertising, print and digital marketing, social media, popular culture and the fine arts. I have more than 25 years of experience working for a variety of large and small companies who provide printing, accounting, paper product creation and marketing, corporate design services, advertising, and book publishing.
I've worked in Arthur Young's in-house corporate art department, as well as for Ogilvy & Mather and Wells Rich Greene. At Penguin Books USA I was a Senior Cover Designer in the adult trade art department. I've designed book covers for St. Martin's Press, Warner Books, Henry Holt & Company, W. W. Norton and McGraw-Hill. Most recently, I've enjoyed working with independent authors. Over my career I've provided graphic design services to small and medium-sized businesses, nonprofit organizations, and arts, cultural and educational institutions. Concurrently, I've had a career as a fine artist, having exhibited my artwork at museums and galleries in New York City, Albany, New Jersey and Philadelphia. I also write poetry and belong to a monthly poetry group.
Though born in Massachusetts and raised in New England, I've become a happy citizen of New York City. I love the creative energy of here, and wouldn't live anywhere else. Given the freedom of working online, I now serve clients located as close as the five boroughs, and as far away as Australia and England. I collaborate with editors, publishers, and fabricators online, regardless of their location. I look forward to working with you!
My Clients Are the Best!
"Robin is a consummate professional with all of the skills one hopes for in a design creative. WebServes regularly engages her for graphic design and web interface design. And with strong print and publishing credentials she has the depth to handle the more complex branding projects."
—James Bradley, Executive Director, WebServes
"Robin is that rarity in the graphic arts—a deeply creative professional who is also completely practical, conversant in any business or artistic field. She's super-smart, and at the same time a delightfully pleasant, easy person to work with. She has designed two book covers for me, a book interior, and many posters and flyers; she’s also solved many of my digital presentation problems. She’s just the best!"
—Michael Carman, Writer, Editor, Publisher, Teacher, Artistic Entrepreneur
"I loved working with Robin so much! She took time to understand the tone as well as the content of my book, and to create an absolutely gorgeous cover that perfectly captured the feeling I had hoped for. The design is haunting and evocative."
—Loretta Ross, author, Julia's Heart
"I’ve had the honor of knowing Robin for a long time—first, as a co-worker in the Viking-Penguin Trade Art Department, and later as a freelance book jacket designer when I was an art director at Random House. Robin’s range of abilities is only surpassed by the diversity of her interests and pursuits. She has years of real-world experience in advertising and marketing, and is always looking to expand her knowledge and expertise in technology and new media. There’s nothing she can’t handle successfully."
—Dan Rembert, Principal, Rembert Designs, LLC
"Robin Locke Monda is awesome! I've had the pleasure of working with Robin on several projects and she is creative, resourceful, budget-conscious and extremely collegial. She brought a wealth of design experience that took publications to a new level of artistry and professionalism."
—Rena Jordan, Manager of Corporate Relations, The Newark Museum of Art
"Robin has created all the print media for Can You Dig It Sand Tools since its inception. From the logo and package design to sales sheets and flyers. By far, her most important attributes are her creative abilities. She is a delight to work with, and has the skills and knowledge to build your image."
—Matt Long, Owner, FRW, LLC
"Robin has been creating eye-catching, colorful, clear graphics for the Staten Island Children's Museum since 2016. She has helped us keep our branding consistent and memorable. She has a keen eye for marketing design and is very reliable. I recommend her highly!
—Jen Dudley, Director of External Affairs, Staten Island Children's Museum
"It's a pleasure to collaborate with Robin on design projects and I look forward to doing so again. I appreciate the energy, enthusiasm, and creativity she contributes from outset to completion. Her design ability seems unlimited—and she runs her business with professionalism and integrity."
—Cheri Allen, ESL Sales Consultant, National Geographic Learning/Heinle Cengage
"I have worked with Robin for more than ten years, and she is terrific! When I was head of Staten Island Academy, Robin delivered excellent, on-time results for all of our design needs. Since then, Robin has designed logos for my consulting company and my art studio, and she has created my art studio website. I cannot recommend Robin highly enough!"
—Diane Hulse, Organizational Consultant, Executive Coach and Artist
"Robin Locke Monda is personable, professional, creative, imaginative and artistic. As both a colleague and a satisfied customer, I was able to see these characteristics in an up front and personal way. I highly recommend Robin for any graphic design project."
—Tom Rauen, Retired Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
"I have known Robin for a number of years, and hired her to design an annual journal for AIA Staten Island. It is a world-class program that needed a world-class journal. Robin captured the spirit and goals of the program in a way that spoke to every person that read the publication."
—David Businelli, Design Principal, CEO, Studio 16 Architecture PLLC
"Robin is a visionary. A talented artist and designer and someone who works across platforms in imaginative ways. She is aware of the social and mental environment in ways that are rare among media makers."