“When I started Decode Solutions I wanted a logo and identity that would last a lifetime.  Marc made that happen.

He created universal visuals that we have been able to use on the web, in print, and within motion graphic pieces. We use Marc exclusively for graphic design and creative design services for all of our projects.  His designs for our mobile collaboration app, hive, helped us to win 7 major Disruptathon awards in 2011, including best presentation and best mobile application design.  Marc is clever, quick, and professional.  Once I asked Marc about a trick in Photoshop, he responded, “I’m the Chopin of Photoshop!”  It’s true, he is the best!  Marc is our go-to designer, and he delivers every time, not to mention he’s just a salt-of-the-earth guy to hang with.”

— Dawson Roark  |  Founder, Decode Solutions, Raleigh, NC  |  link to projects


“Marc is a phenom!

He gave us a visual edge that made our event and concert really stand out. His work helped SwitchPoint far exceed first year expectations and create that magical buzz that cuts across age groups and sectors.

His original design combined hand-crafted appeal with an overall modern composition that translated perfectly our vision of an event that uniquely showcases innovation for humanitarian purposes. And moreover, this combination attracted an engaged group of sponsors and participants.

His applications to print, web and projectable products were flawless, and he met all our crazy deadlines. He is a very talented artist, skilled technician, and fearless learner.

Most of all, Marc really cares about and takes cares of his customers. He’s a great listener, very responsive to feedback and changing needs, and overall, an absolute pleasure to work with no matter the pressure.  When the never-ending details of event production got me down, Marc and his amazing work were my re-energizers – reconnecting me to excitement and possibility at the core of SwitchPoint.  He is a positive, creative force in this world.”

— Elizabeth Bunch  |  Co-producer, SwitchPoint Conference  |  Intrahealth International, Chapel Hill, NC  |  link to website  |  link to project

Suzanne Hunt

“Keen business sense”

“Marc very effectively combines his artistic and creative capabilities with a keen business sense, which results in design products that are uniquely appealing to the eye as well as practical.”

— Suzanne Hunt  |  President, HuntGreen LLC, Washington, D.C.  |  link to website  |  link to project


“Marc’s design sense is impeccable.

His designs are clean, beautiful, and always mindful of the overall marketing strategy.  Marc has worked on a variety of projects with me — publications, ads and logos to name a few. Each time, I’m impressed with his creative solutions.

 Michelle Fiddler  |  President, Detail Management, New York  |  Link to website


“9.9 times out of 10, he nails it.”

“Marc is hands down the best creative mind that I’ve worked with in my career. He’s the only person that I’ve ever given complete free rein to create packaging without any initial personal input.  And 9.9 times out of 10, he nails it on the first round!  He’s a true talent, and a great person.”

— Brad Turcotte  |  President, Compadre Records, Houston, TX  |  link to projects


“Harkness Design is — hands down — my favorite design company.

Marc’s clever creativity and sleek finesse make everything he does a masterful work of art. I can’t say enough good things about him.”

—  Jenni Finlay  |  Jenni Finlay Promotions, Austin, TX  |  link to website  |  link to projects


“Emily Richter has a good eye. She sees potential where others see challenge. She sees details others overlook.

My company engaged EKR Interior Design on a significant remodel and rebranding project. We and our client were immediately impressed with her quick grasp of the situation and expert advice. She took some basic objectives and a restrictive budget and helped us develop a plan that was both transformational and affordable. The end result has exceeded our expectations and has been a big WOW for our customers.”

— Skip Carney  |  Owner, Carney & Company, Rocky Mount, NC  |  link to website  |  link to project
EKR consulted with Skip on the remodel and rebranding of Almand’s Drugs in Rocky Mount.


“I was having design “issues” with my open plan dining/living area. With just a few changes and suggestions she made the space more compatible to our lifestyle and added a sense of balance. I highly recommend Emily to polish your living space.”

— Mary Ann West  |  Homeowner, Asheville, NC 


“Emily was a pleasure to work with! She really took the time to understand my desires for the space.

Not a day goes by that someone doesn’t come into my store and comment on how beautiful it is. She is a truly talented and resourceful designer.”

— Cate Ratliff  |  Owner, Papoose Children’s Clothing & More, Asheville, NC  |  link to project


“Truly positive.”

“Emily Richter is a talented and creative interior designer with a refreshing manner and a great eye for color and design. Poised and confident with clients, her enthusiasm and passion for design creates a truly positive impression. As an independent designer, she will undoubtedly be successful — hire her if you can.”

— Steve Polo  |  Owner, OPX
Managed Emily Richter indirectly at OPX


“Emily is a very creative designer and extremely competent in her execution.

She is able to manage schedules and budgets very effectively while providing creative solutions for clients. She would be an asset to any firm and it is with pleasure that I recommend her.”

— Elise Moore LEED AP  |   Interior Designer, Hartman Design Group
Worked directly with Emily Richter at Hartman Design Group


 “Personable. High integrity. Creative.”

“Emily Richter worked with me on an extraordinarily complex custom home in 2005, which required her to coordinate the ideas of a homeowner with an acute sense of Italian architectural history with my demands for timely and precise plans and specifications. Most of Emily’s designs were incorporated into the final specifications, and were in many instances used as the basis for custom millwork shop drawings throughout the home; they became an integral portion of a work of art that I consider to be the masterpiece of my building career to date.”

— Tom Easton  |   Director of Construction, Jeffco Development Corp., Washington, D.C.

Worked directly with Emily Richter as interior designer in 2005



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