About Me

Hi! My name is Sam Stone (Samantha, if you want to to keep it formal). I am a graphic designer and photographer currently based out of Phoenix, Arizona—originally from the Maryland/Washington D.C. area. I am currently employed full-time at Blackbaud as a designer. I am also self-employed as an independent web designer and photographer.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. At UMD I concentrated in graphic design. I have been a working designer focusing on graphic and web design for the past nine years.

When I’m not in front of my Mac, obsessing over new projects, I can be found in the outdoors taking advantage of all this world’s natural beauty, or chasing a german shepherd (Ruca) or a border collie mix (Kona), or after my latest addition, my baby son, Gabriel.

My Qualifications


  • Bachelor of Arts
    Studio Art with a concentration in Graphic Design
  • University of Maryland
    College Park, MD
    May 2009


  • Graphic Design

    Logo and identity, editorial, large format printing

  • Web Design

    Custom WordPress websites, mobile optimization, UI/UX design

  • Photography

    Portrait, studio photography, product photography, photo journalism, dark room development and film



    Acrobat Pro, InCopy, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom, Microsoft Office (Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word), Onyx Rip Center, Perfect Photo Suite, Photoshop, QuarkXPress

  • WEB

    Adobe After Effects, Adobe Animate, Adobe XD, CSS3, HTML5, Dreamweaver, Drupal CMS, Muse, WordPress CMS, with working knowledge of PHP, JavaScript and MySQL

  • MISC

    Mac & PC platforms, illustration, fine art painting, screen printing, metal casting


  • HOW Promotion & Marketing Design Awards

    In 2017 I won an award in the Designer Self Promotions category for my enamel pins and business card design

  • HOW In-House Design Award

    In 2015 Blackbaud won an award in the B2B category for our Higher Purpose, Positioning and Values Launch which heavily featured my work

  • Charleston AMA Awards 2017 Finalist

    Two the campaigns I creatively executed were nominated

  • Charleston AMA Award 2016

    Blackbaud won an award for Best Re-Branding/Branding campaign for the Higher Purpose, Positioning and Values Launch

  • Workfront LEAP All-Stars Award

    Awarded to Agency 545 at Blackbaud for our work on the NXT creative which I was a key designer on developing and executing.

  • Society of Professional Journalists

    In 2009, I received a SPJ for Photo Illustration for a tabloid inserted into The Diamondback for “Porn Addiction.” The Diamondback also received 1st place in its region and 2nd place nationally in 2009 when I was on the editorial board as Design Editor.

My Experience

Sam Stone Designs

Phoenix, AZ – July 2013 to present


Independent website design and development, print design and photography.


Charleston, SC – July 2013 to present

Multimedia Designer

  • Designer for Agency 545, Blackbaud’s award winning in-house agency
  • Manage multiple project workload for internal clients in dynamic environment requiring quick production times. Deliver projects ahead of schedule due to extensive planning, ensuring of clear and actionable creative brief production, attention to detail and constant communication with internal stakeholders
  • Concept, create, design and lead presentations to internal stakeholders for cross-channel, go-to-market campaigns for customers and prospects that result in millions of dollars in sales pipeline
  • Lead designer on award-winning, nationally recognized masterbrand campaign to establish company’s new brand positioning and identity
  • Lead designer on company’s flagship product next generation campaign, executing all supporting deliverables, requiring frequent collaboration with cross-departmental teams, alignment from the executive leadership team and brand team
  • Coordinate with account managers and copywriters to produce direct mail pieces, data sheets, whitepapers, landing pages, web ads, web graphics, print ads, email layouts, interactive infographics, logos, trade show graphics, promotional materials and more
  • Steward the brand by contributing to a comprehensive style guide (created the company’s illustration style, a custom icon system utilized by internal marketers, outside agencies and vendors), coordinating with internal and external stakeholders on creative reviews to ensure brand consistency and that brand standards are met
  • Campaign results include unprecedented click through rates, open rates and webinar sign-ups with introduction of responsive email design, retina-ready images and larger header images

Quest Construction Products

Charleston, SC – February 2012 to July 2013

Marketing Communications Specialist

  • In-house graphic designer for a three-brand manufacturing company
  • Created the logo and brand identity for Streetbond brand
  • Designed and developed print and digital advertising pieces including website design and maintenance to support marketing strategy
  • Maintained product labeling, updating as necessary to maintain compliance with Federal regulations
  • Redesigned the information-heavy datasheets for an easier-to-read experience and more informative download
  • Created a bi-monthly internal newsletter consisting of an image-heavy email blast and 3-5 minute video. Filmed, edited, and published all video content that resulted in higher open rates, and sales team indicating they felt more connected to the home office

The Health Journal

Williamsburg, VA – October 2010 to December 2011

Art Director

  • Promoted to Art Director in less than a year and supervised two graphic designers, scheduled and directed
    external photographers
  • Designed editorial layouts, covers and advertisements
  • Photographed and coordinated photo shoots for editorial and advertising
  • Responsible for copywriting and story writing
  • Directed and created a redesign of the magazine and established consistent branding
  • Managed website and redesigned it for an easier-to-read modern look, complete with a mobile version for easy browsing on mobile devices

Anderson’s Home & Garden Showplace

Newport News, VA – March 2010 to October 2010

In-House Designer

  • Developed, created and photographed for the Anderson’s brand across multiple channels including web, TV, digital and print advertisements
  • Created and printed large format in-store signage, and created digital graphics for in-store electronic signage
  • Established the brand’s social media presence including Facebook and Twitter to connect to customers
  • Created a new responsive website and retained Anderson’s as a freelance client for six more years
  • Recognized for my work by The Garden Center Group and asked to speak about the possibilities of large format printing for independent garden centers at the 2010 conference


Tidewater, VA – July 2009 to February 2010


I photographed yearbook photos and senior portraits on location as well as in studio for the local school systems

The Diamondback

College Park, MD – September 2006 to May 2009

Design Editor

  • Design Editor at a daily, independent student-run newspaper that was named the number two student newspaper in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists
  • Enforced style standards, ensuring quality and consistency
  • Led the newspaper through a modernizing redesign and directed a new website design
  • Managed and mentored a team of five designers

B Free Daily

Baltimore, MD – May 2008 to August 2008

Page Architect

  • Designed editorial layouts and covers for this daily tabloid (targeting 18-30 year olds) that was part of the Baltimore Sun/Tribune family
  • Created graphics and illustrations, including some that were used as recurring elements

Print Source Solutions

Washington, D.C. – June 2007 to May 2008