Lamb & Lion Studio is the art and design studio of Janina Lamb, who is imagining the world, and trying to protect it from scary finger puppets and other monsters.
Lamb & Lion Studio is a one-woman art and design studio. As a freelancer, I offer my services as an illustrator, designer, copywriter and marketing consultant. Having a range of skills allows me to craft creative marketing solutions using words and pictures as complementary tools of expression.
My aim as a marketing designer is to help you identify the heart of what you offer, and then, working closely together, find the best way to translate that understanding into vivid, eloquent communication.
Above all, I function as an artist. I see the big picture and I see the details as parts of an evolving whole. The best clients for me are people who care deeply about what they are doing and the world we live in.
Lamb: my name, Leo: my sign, and I like the biblical "peace" connotation of the lion and the lamb hanging out together. For me, Lamb & Lion means external and internal, earth and sky, or any complementary duality in which the sum is greater than the parts.
Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere. ~ Gilbert K. Chesterton
To illustrate is to SHOW.
Successful design—design that communicates meaning—is more than information arranged prettily on a page or a website; it is a compelling story told in words and pictures that shows why a place, person, organization, project, idea or event is valuable, desirable, useful, maybe even essential.
To illustrate is to SHOW. I think of everything I do as a form of illustration. We live in a richly visual age. People can grasp content easily and quickly through pictures and text arranged in a visual way. Too much text deflects attention. Words need to be crafted with as much care as images for their visceral as well as their conceptual meaning.
No matter what the medium or device—a piece of paper, lots of pieces of paper stuck together, screen, tablet, smartphone—effective design is a marriage of form and content informed byvision, meaning, purpose and relevance.
The expression of a message flows from an understanding of what needs to be expressed and why. Developing that vision through active listening, questioning and collaboration is one of the keys to powerful and effective content. Another key is using words with creative precision in order to bypass cliché and take the high road to authenticity, caring, and reaching out to others.
No tears in the writer; no tears in the reader.
Design matters when it works, and it works when it matters. You can’t fake it. As Robert Frost said, “No tears in the writer; no tears in the reader.” This is also true of good design. No tears or laughter in the artist/designer; no tears or laughter in the audience.
We crave authenticity, we crave meaning, we crave fun and excitement as well as safety and security. We want to feel touched, moved, understood. We want our problems solved.
What actually solves problems is not a magic potion or bullet; it’s creative space in which we are able see a bigger picture with more options. We humans are at our best when we are led not by fear but by hearts and minds opening to beauty, thoughtful intelligence, humor and encouragement.
The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct acting from inner necessity. The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.
Carl Jung (1875 - 1961)
I invite you to contact me with any questions or thoughts. I welcome an exploratory conversation to discuss your needs.