Davis Graphic Design is a creative design studio specializing in brand strategy and visual communication. We create high-quality, results-driven design solutions conceived to strengthen your brand, increase your traffic and jump-start your sales. Our strategies span new technologies and markets, ensuring your success right now — and in the future.

Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, we work with local and national clients. Our clients include small-to-medium sized businesses, large corporations, nonprofit organizations and more.


Our Beginnings

Colleen Davis had left a career in graphic design and marketing to raise her daughters. One day, a former client approached her with a project that required quick turnaround on a tight budget, but without losing quality or creativity.

To the client’s delight, a strong marketing piece was formed – one that exceeded the initial criteria. That piece captured national recognition for the client’s product, and the rest is history. Over the years, Colleen has formed strong relationships with local web development gurus, video talent, a few wordsmithing copywriters, a truly gifted photographer and local print shops. We make a great team.

But enough about the past. The future of design and marketing is thrilling, and we’re pushing full steam ahead. Will you join us?


Your Marketing Team

  • Colleen Davis

    Colleen Davis

    Owner and Creative Director of Davis Graphic Design - A Jersey girl at heart, Colleen found her Southern roots while at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington where she received her BA in Fine Art. Upon settling in Raleigh, she continued her education at the NC School of Communication Arts. From there Colleen went on to work with several NC advertising agencies. With the birth of her first daughter came a shift in priorities, and in 2005 Colleen made the decision to open her own design firm to allow for more family time. At Davis Graphic Design, Colleen is responsible for new business development and serves as creative director/brand manager for all of DGD's clients. She works closely with our clients to develop brand strategy, strengthen market share and oversee all the firm's creative projects. With over 20 years of marketing and design experience, Colleen has worked with such brands as SAAB, Cisco Systems, UNC Hospital System, RTI Surgical, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, NC Healthy Start, as well as numerous local companies and organizations. As a mom of two young daughters, Colleen enjoys spending time with her family (at the beach whenever possible!), gardening and relaxing with a good book. You can also find her volunteering at a local animal shelter or church in her spare time. See Colleen's LinkedIn page for more information.

  • Christy Knutson

    Christy Knutson

    Online Marketing Specialist - Christy is a communications & creative professional with 10 years experience helping nonprofit organizations and small businesses launch, grow and thrive. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She loves helping clients find their voice and tell their unique stories using an integrated marketing communications approach. Christy lives in Raleigh with her husband, two children and two cats. In her free time she enjoys binging on business and entrepreneurial podcasts, flea markets, fine stationery and southern desserts. Find more information about Christy on her LinkedIn page.

  • Alana McArthur

    Alana McArthur

    Graphic Designer - Alana graduated from William Peace University in 2012 with a degree in Graphic Design. During her senior year she interned with Shop Local Raleigh, a non-profit that promotes and supports locally-owned and independent businesses. It was during that time that she came to our attention and we snatched her up! Alana enjoys all things design and is always up for a new challenge. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her two boys and husband.

  • Jennifer Suarez

    Jennifer Suarez

    Content Creator - Jennifer Suarez is a writer and editor who began her career as a print journalist. She came to Raleigh to work as a broadcast producer for NBC17 news. Jennifer is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in journalism. She also obtained a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois. Today, she uses her writing talents for business owners who need blog posts, website copy and other marketing needs. Jennifer lives in downtown Raleigh with her husband and baby daughter and spends her time walking and biking on the greenways or learning new things. Learn more about Jennifer on her LinkedIn page.

  • Vanese Clough

    Vanese Clough

    Videographer/Graphic Design - Vanese received a Bachelors of Science in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University. She loves the challenge of distilling the qualities and nuances of a company, their products, or services, into an easy to understand and “identify with” story. Utilizing graphic and video communications, she develops marketing pieces that helps a company reach and engage their intended audience. Vanese also boasts extensive industry experience in the manufacturing software arena and has overseen software integration and education with factories and work forces. When not creating magic, Vanese spends time with her husband (and fellow artist), Don, and their daughter Camile. Learn more about Vanese on her LinkedIn page.

  • Steve Bader

    Steve Bader

    Web Developer - Steve is a graduate of the North Carolina State University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering accompanied with a minor in Computer Science. Steve has developed web applications for commercial and private use since January 2004, working for start-ups and independently. In 2012, Steve began working with his alma mater at DELTA (Distance Education and Learning Technology Applications) where he is responsible for maintaining, customizing and updating the learning management systems used at NC State University. Steve resides in Raleigh, NC with his wife and their two children. In his spare time, he enjoys hitting the ice hockey rink or the back NC roads on his 88 Honda Hurricane.

  • Josh Taylor

    Josh Taylor

    Illustrator - Josh Taylor is an award winning artist from Chapel Hill, NC. He "perfected" his graphic design skills working as an Art Director in advertising, but considers himself more of an illustrator. His work has appeared in magazines, books, on billboards, and even a feature film. Today, he resides in Chapel Hill, NC and helps raise his three wonderful children with his wife Anne.