YOU NEED TO KNOW…
|HAT TRICK: Katie Glantz’s JABEYE has earned an excellent word-of-mouth reputation with personal attention and a flare for the creative.
photography by Dan Sellers
STATS: Five employees, revenue projected to exceed $750,000 in 2006, founded in 1999, based in Dallas
WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW HER:
If your company’s corporate identity needs a comprehensive overhaul, Katie Glantz is the woman for the job. Her graphic design company, JABEYE, has burgeoned from a start-up she ran out of her apartment into an internationally respected firm with a focus on branding, packaging, print, and web. She’s made happy customers out of a number of high-profile clients, including Diageo, the parent company for Smirnoff and Crown Royal, and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, who enlisted her to design his website (and then—bonus!—invited her to several of his shows). Earlier this year, Art Institute of Dallas grad Glantz and partner Peter Robson received overwhelming praise for the image makeover they gave the city of Desoto, complete with updated banners, billboards, a new logo, and a user-friendly website—a facelift that no doubt contributed to Desoto’s subsequent selection as a 2006 “All-America City” by the National Civic League. Glantz attributes their success, somewhat surprisingly, to their small size (Glantz and Robson oversee a team of just three designers), which allows them to address clients’ needs with close, personal attention. “Clients can work directly with us rather than going through a chain of people,” Glantz says. “We are very straightforward in the way we work.” In business, sometimes less is more.