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Marcos Harkness

Harkness Design is a mostly one-person design studio built around the work of Marcos Harkness, a Panamanian-born graphic designer, illustrator, musician and outdoorsman.

Marcos specializes in creating compelling visuals for organizations and businesses that do crucial work at the forefront of today’s most pressing issues, such as social, economic, and environmental justice. His 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 Songsmith Gathering.

His 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.

He 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, North Carolina. He cut his teeth on work for such national clients as Bank of America, AT&T, and Deloitte, and he served as art director for Texas-based Compadre Records, creating memorable music packaging for such legendary Americana musicians as Billy Joe Shaver and James McMurtry.

Marcos currently lives in Asheville, N.C., with his dog Nigel and his young daughter. He’s an avid kayaker and trail runner, and also enjoys playing piano, guitar, and mandolin with friends. He’s a proud member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and a founding board member of the Asheville AIGA chapter. He has been a panelist for the Americana Association, and has been a presenter at Pecha Kucha Asheville. 

Marcos Harkness in his office