Rita Myers has over 30 years of experience in the graphic design field, creating exceptional business communications and top tier graphic solutions for a wide range of industries, including the financial, healthcare, educational, cultural, and technology sectors. Her clients range from non-profits and start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. Combining big picture strategic thinking with meticulous attention to detail, she has proven success in creating print, exhibit, and interactive designs that achieve clients’ business goals, add value to their messages, and build future potential into their brand. She is a business-savvy and production-savvy designer who pursues every project with a unique combination of outstanding conceptual, managerial, and communication skills and she does so with great enthusiasm, generosity, and good will.
Rita brings a multi-faceted background as a visual artist and college educator to her design practice. Before turning her attention to graphic design, she was an award-winning visual artist and teacher. Her large-scale video installations have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Cincinnati Art Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and internationally in Amsterdam, São Paulo, Köln, and Berlin, among others. From 1975 to 2005, Rita taught at various institutions, including The Cooper Union School of Art, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Hartford Art School, and Douglass College at Rutgers University. Among her many awards are the Douglass Society for Distinguished Achievement from her alma mater; numerous awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Jerome Foundation.
In 1995 she joined Alexander Design Associates, Inc. in New York City as a Design Manager, where she directed all job phases of print and interactive communications, from concept through final product, for clients such as Otis Elevator, the Eaton Corporation, and Lord Abbett Inc. In 2003, she became Executive Design Manager and Art Director at Macmillan McGraw-Hill in New York City. She was responsible for the creative direction and design management of a series of elementary educational products. The series, Science, A Closer Look, won First Place for Elementary Series, School Publishing, at the 21st Annual New York Book Show in 2007. In 2007, she started her own independent business in Philadelphia, which is dedicated to helping businesses attain an outstanding presence in a crowded marketplace. She has developed new brands for Health Quality Partners, Athlete Health Organization, Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia and Sparkplug Learning.
She is a founding member of GO!, Philly Women Give to Others, a giving circle organized by six Philadelphia area professional women, whose mission is to provide help for women and children in need, with a special emphasis on the LBT and youth community. Since its inception in 2012, GO! has raised and donated just over $8,000 in goods and services to local organizations in support of LBT women and children.
Rita is a member of Philadelphia’s LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the Independence Business Alliance, and she has served on the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Advisory Panel. She also serves on the Board of Governors of the Mt. Airy Learning Tree. She lives in the wonderfully diverse neighborhood of Mt. Airy with her wife Bonnie Strahs and their two cats, Pierre and Gigi.