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Principle is a nationally recognized branding boutique headquartered in Houston, Texas.

  • Allyson Lack Close Bio
    Founder, Creative Director
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    ALLYSON LACK is a partner and co-founder of Principle. She holds a business degree in Marketing from the University of Maryland, as well as graduate studies in Graphic Design from Portfolio Center. With meaningful stints at Houston’s Rigsby Design and later as Senior Designer for Rutka Weadock in Baltimore, Ally honed her talents for rich typography and masterful production. Before forming Principle, Ally ran her own one-woman studio where she made a name for herself with exceptional work for museums, art schools and cultural institutions. Her work has been featured in BrandNew, Print, AIGA, Commarts, HOW Design and the New York Type Directors Club. She serves as an advisory board member for the Houston Chapter.

  • Ina Riley Close Bio
    Strategist, Naming
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    INA RILEY is a senior strategist for Principle.
    She holds a BBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Texas at Austin. After spending several years at Interbrand New York, and freelancing for Lippincott, CBX, BrandStuff, Interbrand San Francisco and others in between, Ina is now based in Houston. She has extensive expertise in developing integrated branding, verbal and creative strategies for high-profile consumer and corporate clients, as well as guiding projects and teams in naming, messaging, architecture and brand positioning initiatives.

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    Lead Writer, Strategist
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    ERIN O’CONNOR is the writer and content architect at Principle. She graduated with a BA in Journalism from the University of Georgia, sharpened her pencil at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta, then brought her talents west to Texas—first to The Richards Group in Dallas, then to a small strategy, ad and production shop in Austin. While she specializes in the wordier aspects of a project, Erin is fluent in the language of design, bringing graphic savvy and a keen eye for detail to every collaboration.

  • Carissa Hempton Close Bio
    Design Director
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    CARISSA HEMPTON is a design director at Principle. A graduate of University of Houston, Carissa has honed her design craft as both a practitioner and business owner, collaborating and creating work for clients such as Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, University of Houston School of Art, DiverseWorks, LA Promise Fund/ArtsMatter, Civic Nation, Project Row Houses, and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. She is an active member of AIGA and serves as an advisory board member for the Houston Chapter.

  • Elizabeth Kelley Close Bio
    Design Director
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    ELIZABETH KELLEY is the Digital Lead and Senior Designer at Principle. After graduating from Furman University with a BA in Studio Art and Philosophy she completed the graduate design program at Portfolio Center in Atlanta, GA. Before joining Principle, Elizabeth spent several years at Carbone Smolan Agency in New York where she learned to apply her classical print design training to a digital space.

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    Account Manager
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    JOURDIN HENDRIX is the account manager at Principle. She graduated with a BBA from Texas A&M University where she learned
    how to marry her thirst for creativity and her analytical and strategic abilities in the discipline of Marketing. After graduating, Jourdin spent three years with TBWA\Chiat\Day working on traditional and direct marketing initiatives for Nissan North America, followed by five years at a boutique branding in Dallas helping local and regional brands tell their stories.

  • Jackson Mahlke Close Bio
    Senior Graphic Designer
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    JACKSON MAHLKE is a graphic designer at Principle. He graduated with a BFA in Advertising and Graphic Design from Sam Houston State University, then headed to Hawkeye in Houston to begin his career in branding. Jackson brings to Principle his considerable talents in illustration, iconography, and identity design.

  • Drake Preston Close Bio
    Senior Graphic Designer
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    DRAKE PRESTON is a graphic designer at Principle. After graduating from Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Graphic Design, he began his career at NUU Group in Houston. Drake spent 2 years honing his abilities, developing strategy and design for an array of identity systems. Drake brings his passion for typography, tactility, and experience-driven design.

  • Taylor Tokarz Close Bio
    Copywriter
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    TAYLOR TOKARZ is a writer at Principle. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a healthy love of football and a BA in advertising. After starting her career at VML, she made her way to Austin where she wordsmithed at McGarrah Jessee. She’s partial to a pun and enjoys illustrating, collaborating with designers, and finding the best way to articulate a brand’s story.

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    Junior Designer
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    KATHERINE ACLIN is a junior designer at Principle. A recent grad of Sam Houston State, Katherine brings her passion for typography and identity design, as well as a natural penchant for illustration.

  • Pamela Zuccker Close Bio
    Founder
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    PAMELA ZUCCKER is a co-founder of Principle. Pamela graduated with a BFA from the University of Michigan and continued her design studies at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. She began her career at Rigsby Design in Houston, working with clients such as Dell and International Paper where her responsibilities ranged from conceptual development to design to highly-crafted production. Prior to establishing Principle in 2005, Pamela ran her own design office, landing national accounts that encompassed everything from book design to advertising. Outside the office, she serves as a portfolio advisor to senior design students, has juried international design competitions and is a past board member of the AIGA Houston.

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