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T Square Design Studio: The intersection of form, function, and phenomenal design

Who We Are

Much like Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett, we met fortuitously in London, while working in the same industry (note: no people were harmed or pies served in the making of this story).

Richard, a native Brit, and Abby, a transplant from New York City, were both graphic designers at big-city agencies, and we were introduced by a mutual friend who thought we’d have lots in common, especially since we’d both attended youth camp in a charming, woodsy little corner of Western Massachusetts called the Berkshires.

She was right, and a few years later, we got married. In 2008 we formed T Square, and once we ironed out important details like who got to sit near the window and whether we’d play French folk music, ’80s alternative jams, or mellow indie singer/songwriter stuff in the office, it was game on. In 2010, we left the bustle of the city for the wide-open landscapes and rich cultural scene of the Berkshires, where we knew our kids would love growing up.

At T Square, we take a proactive approach to design that includes asking targeted questions and getting to know what makes you and your business tick—from how you got started to your vision and goals. To help you achieve those goals, we work with you one on one (or two on one, or three on two, or . . . well, you get the picture) to understand the full scope of the project, your needs, your likes and dislikes, and what makes your business distinctive. Whether you’ve got a Pinterest board full of inspiration and need guidance narrowing it down, or whether you simply aren’t sure where to begin, we turn your ideas into actionable designs.

We also believe that “comfortable” is for binge-watching Netflix in our sweatpants, so we push those ideas in new and exciting directions. But we never design for our portfolio; we create graphic designs for the real world and for you, to make your business feel unique, dynamic, and accessible to your audience. From sophisticated to playful, high-end to highly stylized, we craft a look that’s smart, smashing, and uniquely you.

 

Richard Tovell

Founder, Designer

Richard discovered a talent for art at an early age, and could often be found dodging his schoolwork to craft life drawings with pastels. He attended the University of Derby in England, where his love for graphic design was born.   

Richard got his start as the designer—really the entire graphic design department—for a company that created trade show displays, pop-up displays, and conference graphics. Since then, he has focused on museum exhibit design, creating graphics and interpretive projects for a variety of renowned venues. His work on the permanent visitors’ center at Rievaulx Abbey garnered him an Interpret Britain Award, and his exhibition designs for the Berkshire Museum and the Mount have been recognized with American Graphic Design awards from GD USA.

When he’s not creating extraordinary exhibition displays, Richard loves to ski, take his kids to local museums and historic houses, and compare the cuisine of the various farm-to-table restaurants of the Berkshires.

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Abby Tovell

Co-founder, Designer

Abby has always had a deep love for art, but the open-endedness of the blank canvas . . . not so much. During a stint as a receptionist in an architect’s office, she uncovered a facility for sketching designs, and attended Pratt Institute, where she earned an M.A. in graphic design. Website design was in its infancy, but she dove right in, mastering everything from the interactive portfolios on floppy disk of yesteryear (i.e., the 1990s) to today’s sophisticated, semicustom and custom web designs.

After college, Abby completed a stint in television graphics for PBS, where she was honored with a pair of Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Graphics and Title Design for her work on the children’s show Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? She has been a freelance Web designer and print graphic designer for the past two decades, and her work has been featured in Graphic Design USA, Awwwards, and Design Week. She has also taught an advanced visual design course for the graduate Interactive Media program at Quinnipiac University.

When not working on branding, logos, or a host of marketing or website design projects, Abby is usually doing yoga, visiting museums with Richard and their kids, and attending a wide variety of cultural events, from concerts to dance performances.

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