Katy Dwyer Design helps businesses connect with their customers emotionally, visually, and digitally.
What does that mean for you and your business? In the short term, we help to build a brand culture; a guideline to follow; a pathway to better communication of your brand. In the long term, that will translate into a strong customer base, increased customer retention, better buzz, and heightened brand awareness.
We start by listening. You know your business inside and out—you’re the expert. But you shouldn’t have to worry about the in’s and out’s of marketing and branding in order to see success. Leave that to our experts. We’ll tap the greatest resource for your industry (you!) and use that to strategize for your brand or follow a visual identity and use that to implement effective marketing and communications initiatives. Whether it’s for your overall brand or a specific campaign—we can help.
We’re not your average design team. We are experts, partners, leaders, and equals. We know our craft and we want to work in tandem with you to provide our knowledge and our creativity, and to advance your brand. We listen and we engage in the conversation and in your goals. We build lasting relationships with our clients. We meet and exceed expectations. We’re Katy Dwyer Design.
Katy Dwyer, President & Creative Director
Katy knew in high school that she wanted to be a graphic designer. An editor on the school paper just as computers started to be used in publishing, she was creating paste-ups for the printer, and loving it. Lucky enough to be in a public high school with a strong art program, Katy opted to take a class called “Commercial Art.” There she began to learn the true art of graphic design: from techniques like airbrushing billboards to strategies such as what makes a strong and instantly impactful message, and the rest is history, as they say. She went on to Moravian College—a small liberal arts school in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, that happened to offer Graphic Design as a major (very rare at the time)—and earned her Bachelor’s Degree with honors.
Katy Dwyer has been working professionally as a graphic designer since 1999, when she began her career as the Assistant Art Director of Photo Insider Magazine. She then moved on to a New Jersey-based creative firm whose client roster included companies such as BMW, ADP, and Deloitte. After moving to the Hudson Valley, Katy worked as Creative Director at a Kingston-based real estate marketing firm, helping to bring luxury NYC condos to market.
In 2009, she started Katy Dwyer Design to bring her design talents and marketing experience to local businesses. She currently serves as the president of the Board of Trustees of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum. Katy also is the currently chairperson of The Arc of Ulster-Greene Humanitarian Awards Dinner, and a member of The Arc of Ulster-Greene‘s Foundation Board. Katy is a proud member the Unique Ladies of the Hudson Valley, Hudson Valley Women in Business, and Professional Networking Powerhouse where she serves as the Marketing Team Leader. She is also a past co-chair of the Business Education Committee of the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Ulster County Chamber of Commerce.
Additionally, Katy has stepped into the role of teacher, leading classes on marketing at the Women’s Enterprise Development Center‘s 60-hour Entrepreneurial Training Program in the Mid-Hudson Valley. Katy also presents seminars and workshops locally on branding and marketing. If you’re interested in having Katy as a speaker at your event, please contact her here.
When not busy designing, or enjoying a good book along with a glass of wine, Katy enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters at one of the many local Irish festivals in and around their home in Kingston, New York.
Daniella DiMartino, Director of Marketing & Communications
Daniella DiMartino is the Director of Marketing and Communications at Katy Dwyer Design. In this role, Daniella assists with business development, client relations and project management, managing the KDD team, and developing new offerings and services for KDD. Daniella brings fresh and creative ideas to internal and external projects, while maintaining brand and industry standards.
Daniella is an award-winning professional with more than 10 years of experience in public relations, marketing, website development, brand building, and social media. Starting out as a writer for publications like Westchester Magazine, Mid-Hudson News, and the Poughkeepsie Journal, Daniella has a strong visual literacy and exceptional written and verbal communication skills.
With both agency and in-house experience, Daniella has built strategic marketing and communication plans for organizations like HEINEKEN USA, Barnes & Noble, New York Medical College, Alzheimer’s Association, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, CareMount Medical, Castle Hotel & Spa, NatGeo: Brain Games, Drybar, Fordham University, Pace University, and many more. She has previously been the PR/events chairperson for the PRSA of Westchester/Fairfield and the Fairfield/Westchester Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation.
Daniella received her B.A. from SUNY Purchase in Journalism and most recently finished the Corporate Communication certificate from e-Cornell.
In Daniella’s free time, she loves to explore the Hudson Valley, help out at her brewery, Hudson Ale Works, spend time with friends and family, read as many books as she can, and her and her partner just most recently rescued a Maltese/Yorkie mix named Hamilton (aka Little Dog).
Garrett Gardner has been programming professional websites for over 7 years. A graduate of the State University of New York at New Paltz, Garrett received a Bachelor of Science in both Computer Science and Graphic Design. He combines an eye for design with his expertise in technology and coding to produce robust, modern web experiences. As a full stack developer, Garrett has worked on a plethora of innovative projects; from dozens of custom-built WordPress themes to completely from-scratch solutions for many unique clients.
An expat from Honduras, Joan moved to the Hudson Valley in 2010. Her love for all things creative led her to pursue her Associates Degree in Graphic Design at SUNY Ulster Community College and BFA at SUNY New Paltz. Putting her acquired skills to work, Joan has collaborated with marketing teams to create and implement strategic digital marketing, social media, and graphic design campaigns for organizations like Rocking Horse Ranch, SplashDown Beach, Prestige Toyota and Hyundai, and Lydia’s Uniform & CHIEF Supply. Joan loves her 3 dogs, Maddie, Milli, and Mia. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with friends and family, traveling to new and exciting places, and trying different cuisines and food from different cultures.
Junior Graphic Designer
James Smith moved to the Hudson Valley from Long Island in 2019. He graduated from Moravian College, where he received his B.A. in Graphic and Interactive Design. Prior to joining the Katy Dwyer Design Team, James worked as a Web and UX Designer. James likes to enjoy his free time by hiking, cooking, playing music, learning instruments, and designing apps and apparel.
Keri moved to the Hudson Valley in 2014. Wanting to expand upon her experience in content creation and copywriting, she received her A.S. in Communications and Public Relations from SUNY Ulster in 2019 and her B.A. from SUNY New Paltz in 2020. Prior to embarking on her new career in Public Relations, Keri was a surgical and critical care veterinary technician for over a decade. In her spare time, Keri enjoys DIY projects, reading, being outside, playing piano, singing with her chorus, and spending time with her husband, their two dogs, and their cat.
“Katy and her team are so professional and overall incredible – honored to work with them on the new look for Wallkill Valley Land Trust.”
Christine C. DeBoer, Executive Director,
Wallkill Valley Land Trust
“Katy Dwyer Design has done more for us in 6 months than we ever expected. They’ve helped us create a brand and message that is focused, engaging, and on point!”
Sue Sullivan, President & CEO,
“Such an incredibly positive experience! [They were] absolutely connected to our vision and delivered exceptional work right on schedule! Five star fabulous!!”
Steven DiGregorio, President,
Compass Asset Management Group
“Working with Katy and her team on our website rebuild was an absolute pleasure. They translated our needs beautifully on screen and took us through the build every step of the way. Upon launch, they provided us with a thorough tutorial to ensure we were able to successfully update, edit, and manage our site with ease. We can now proudly direct our clients, donors, and supporters to our website which effectively extends our reach and services and helps us stimulate a stronger connection to our community. Thank you, Katy Dwyer Design!”
Sarah Salem, Development Associate,
“Katy worked with our marketing committee to strategize and identify our goals in developing a fresh, professional and engaging web site which showcases our not for profit organization. Her ability to develop creative solutions to the functionality and user experience of our site made for a fantastic end result. We were impressed all around with her expertise, excellent customer service, and attention to detail every step of the way.”
Barbara Klassen, Executive Director,
Benedictine Health Foundation
“I feel like I can not even begin to say how amazing it has been working with Katy Dwyer Design. They are incredibly talented and was so quick and responsive. Anyone looking for a graphic designer I strongly recommend checking out Katy and her team.”
Alexis Mills, Board Member and Rock the Nest Event Chair
“Working with Katy Dwyer over the years has been absolutely refreshing. She worked hand in hand to bring my vision to life and works all hours of the night to make deadlines. I never plan to use anyone else.”
Dwana Smallwood, Founder,
Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center
“I wouldn’t work with anyone else if they paid ME. That’s how highly I think of Katy Dwyer Design”
Filomena Fanelli, CEO/Founder,
Impact PR & Communications
“We were looking to do something bold and innovative in the creation of our new website. After interviewing several web design companies, it was clear that Katy Dwyer Design had both the technical experience and the artistic creativity to help us create something truly special. We benefitted tremendously from Katy’s eye for design, her understanding of the intricacies and best practices of web navigation, and from her overall branding savvy. To visitors, our website is eye-catching and fun, but it also incorporates several features that make navigation, content maintenance and troubleshooting effortless.”
Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director,
Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum
“I want to thank Katy Dwyer, president and creative director at Katy Dwyer Design for helping me build the website for my networking group. In our initial interview she asked me all the right questions to find my vision for the site and made recommendations to help me frame my thinking and create a working website from my abstract idea. I couldn’t recommend Katy Dwyer Design any more highly!”
Adam Simpson, Founder,
Professional Networking Powerhouse