What our clients say about us

We cannot thank you enough for your brilliant design work and web development work. We have gotten countless compliments for the clean and concise design of the website – how easy it is to maneuver around, how well things are laid out, and just flat out–how nice the website looks. We at The Nature Conservancy thank you for working so closely with us as we entered content and had questions and last minute changes.
— Sally Liu, Conservation Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
We were seeking a brand new website on a very short deadline, and Ginny Laughlin delivered excellent results on all fronts. She carefully listened to our ideas and was able to incorporate all of our needs and wishes into a beautiful and dynamic site. Ginny’s attention to detail is evident in her highly polished and well thought-out concepts. Even with very compressed timelines, Ginny provided us with an attractive and user-friendly website, and spent time teaching our team how to modify and maintain the site. We are very appreciative of Ginny’s hard work, creativity, responsiveness, and her wonderful demeanor. It was a pleasure doing business with Athena Design.
— Ryan Ernst, Director of Marketing, Green Music Center
We truly don’t know what we’d do without Athena Design. We depend on them for all of our online marketing needs, from designing and maintaining our Web site, to designing our eNewsletter and eAppeals, to advising us on online trends, and more — and we are always pleased with the technical expertise, creativity, business savvy and follow through.
— Sheri Cardo, Director of Communications, Sonoma Land Trust
Creating the visual design of a new website for the Music Academy of the West presented many challenges, including attending and responding to the individual aesthetic tastes of seven managers, expressing the character of our campus and the distinguished history of this institution, and anticipating the preferences of various user groups. It seems that you succeeded on all counts. The site is beautiful and dignified (but certainly not stuffy). It is a pleasure to look at and use. Furthermore, you were wonderful to work with: calm, attentive, creative, flexible, and generous. Thank you for both for a successful product and an enjoyable process.
— Susan Gwynne, Vice President for Marketing & Communications, Music Academy of the West

Ginny Laughlin, mfa 
Creative Director

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Ginny has designed the online presence for both the Marin Watershed Program and Sonoma Land Trust for many years. In her work designing for other environmental organizations, as well as wineries, music venues, and small businesses, she tries to make a difference in her community. She currently serves on the Graphic Design Advisory Board at Santa Rosa Community College and was a voting member for the Grammy awards in LA for a decade. Earlier in her career she was an art director and designer at Elektra Asylum and Motown Records, designed catalogs for Patagonia, and marketing for Disney and CBS. Recent work for the Green Center, the Marin Symphony, and the Music Academy of the West focused on music again, and ongoing work with  environmental conservation is a passion. Ginny taught graphic design for 13 years at Otis Art Institute, Cal Arts, and CSU Northridge. Before opening her own firm in Sonoma County, she was a web designer and developer at Sonoma State University.