Courtney Rowson is lead designer and co-founder of SDCO Partners, an award-winning, multi-disciplinary studio of designers, developers and thinkers, headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Founded in 2009 by Courtney and her partner Amy Pastre, SDCO Partners combines imaginative ideas with thoughtful design solutions to craft and cultivate brands from various industries around the world. The studio has received numerous awards, including HOW Magazine’s “Best Small Firm in the US,” and their work is regularly featured in top design publications and resource books. Drawing from 20 years of experience in the field, Courtney executes projects that show an appreciation for conceptual thinking, innovative materials, clean execution and attention to detail. After graduating from the University of North Carolina, Courtney lived in Colorado and San Francisco, where she worked with nationally-recognized studios on a variety of clients, ranging from non-profit organizations to Fortune 500 companies. She later moved back to the South and co-founded SDCO Partners with Amy Pastre.
Amy Pastre is lead designer and co-founder of SDCO Partners. With more than 18 years of design experience, Amy inspires a wide range of branding projects, collaborating with copywriters, artists, photographers and programmers to create engaging and compelling identities for businesses worldwide. Amy graduated from Miami University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in graphic design. She began her career as art director and senior design with two Charleston-based firms. Since 2009, Amy has been running Stitch Design Co. with Courtney Rowson. The firm has now expanded to a full team of associates, with a portfolio spanning hundreds of clients around the world. A native of Starkville, Mississippi, Amy often draws inspiration from her southern roots and passion for all things design.
A strong brand narrative begins with a story. We believe that thinking and implementing a brand beyond the typical boundaries is the future of branding. As we continue to move away from print, physically interacting with a brand and taking a non-traditional approach to problem solving is even more relevant. Those moments enhance the customer’s first impression of the brand and establishes memorable storytelling moments.
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