Harkness Design is Marc Harkness, a seasoned graphic designer, illustrator, musician and outdoorsman.

He specializes in creating compelling visuals for organizations that do crucial work at the forefront of today’s most pressing issues, such as social, economic, and environmental justice. Marc’s current work primarily focuses on projects for academic institutions such as Duke Law School, and performing arts organizations such as the Mountain Song Festival and The Songmith Gathering.

Marc’s design style comes from an off-kilter, empathetic worldview informed by his international upbringing and travels and his love of music, art, and the outdoors.

Marc launched his studio in 2006 in Washington, D.C., after serving noteworthy, award-winning tenures in ad agencies, boutique design shops, and public relation firms in Boston, MA, and Durham and Raleigh, N.C. He cut his teeth on work for such national clients as Bank of America, AT&T, and Deloitte, and served as art director for Compadre Records, creating memorable music packaging for such legendary Americana musicians as Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry.

Today Marc lives in Asheville, N.C., where he kayaks in the Blue Ridge and participates in the local music and arts scenes with his dog and young daughter.


Specialized skills:

  • Conceptual brainstorming and visual strategy-setting
  • Illustration
  • Publication design (magazines, books, brochures)
  • Posters and ad campaigns
  • Environmental graphics and signage
  • Identity (Logos, wordmarks)
  • Web design and production
  • Packaging (CDs and other audio/visual products)
  • Social media graphics
  • Motion graphics
  • Apparel design

If you have something important to say to the world, we can help you get a message out there. Contact us for a quote. We’d like to hear your story and get to know you.

For media enquiries, interviews, and speaking engagements, please contact marc@marcharkness.net.


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