WHO WE ARE

Kurt Houser

Founder, Creative Director

Kurt holds a BFA in marketing and graphic design from the School of Visual Arts in New York and with more than twenty years experience, his work has appeared in numerous publications and has been recognized with many national design awards. He has spent his career in various strategic branding agencies, leading creative departments and developing a multitude of brands from the ground up as well as refining existing brands for Fortune 100 clients such as Coke, Unilever, Citibank, Nestlé, Johnson & Johnson and General Electric.

Kurt cofounded dk Design Partners with his wife Dina in 2001, a branding and design firm with an emphasis on comprehensive branding programs and graphic systems serving lifestyle brands, celebrity clients and start ups.

After embarking on a CPG venture of his own, Ola! Foods with Dina in 2009, Kurt has gained first hand, client side perspective of a start up. With this experience, he has embraced and rediscovered the need for developing new business brand stories as well as refreshing stories for existing brands. This passion is the core of Telegraphic Brands, focusing on entrepreneurial ventures, designed envronments and brand reboots.

 

Dina Dell’Arciprete

Design Direction and Interior Design

Dina attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. At SVA, she had the great fortune to hone her skills by studying under and working for some of the top design legends of our time.

Dina began her career at The Valentine Group in NYC, producing projects for such clients as Eileen Fisher, Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, and Chic Simple. She spent the next 5-6 years as Senior Art Director for J.Crew and for Martha Stewart, launching Martha By Mail, a products business that was a new division of Martha Stewart Living. There she created the entire MBM identity, including the catalog, product development, collateral and all packaging. Dina has worked on a host of other projects for various clients such as Random House Publishing, Charlotte Moss, Carolyne Roehm, and Celerie Kemble.

With over twenty years of experience, Dina’s work has appeared in numerous publications and has been recognized with many national design awards. Now expanding into the world of interior design with Sublime Styling and Design, She brings her design sensibilities and attention to detail to residential and retail spaces.

COLLABORATORS

Alexis Ufland

Spa and Retail Business Development

Alexis Ufland has long been a respected authority in the spa industry: As owner of the spa consultancy firm Lexi Design, she has brought her visionary signature to the development of premier spas all across Europe, Asia and the United States.Throughout her multi-continent career, she has written numerous articles on spa and medical spa development, has been quoted in top industry trade magazines and has lectured widely at national trade events.

Based in New York, her forte is developing luxury day, hotel and medical spas throughout the U.S. that cater to the needs and tastes of a discerning clientele. At the forefront of trend-setting and innovation, Alexis raises the bar of your spa project and the eyebrows of the tastemakers. Her roster of satisfied past clients includes Deepak Chopra, The Marriot Hotels, The Westin Hotels, Bliss Spas and Truth + Beauty Medical Spa.

Jacob Raccuia

Digital Development

Jacob started coding at a young age developing a website for his band and was hooked; turning a discovered hobby into a career. Jacob graduated from George Washington University with a Masters of Science in Information Systems Technology and a Bachelors in Events Management.  Jacob is a proficient coder, Wordpress theme and plugin developer. and is qualified in Salesforce administration and development. He is passionate about veganism, music, and social equality.

 

Liz MacDonald

Copywriting

Liz has worked for and with a host of lifestyle businesses such as Bloomingdales, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Aveda, Ann Taylor and HBO. A veteran copywriter for leading luxury brands with experience crossing all categories; from digital development to ecommerce, content strategy and branded content, And of course, crafting that perfect product name.

Liz is an active volunteer in her community and holds a BA from Boston College, with additional studies at Columbia University and RISD.