welcome.

art + design + letters = love.

Graphic design, illustration, and lettering, hand-crafted in the Fraser Valley, BC Canada.
Specializing in illustration and lettering, creative branding and print design for cool and creative clients and small businesses.

Green Couch Designs was inspired literally by a retro-tastic green couch my husband Norm and I purchased for our office. No, we don’t design couches, but, vintage-inspired design with a modern twist, yes!

I’m honoured to work with kind-hearted clients past and present- publishers, pizza chains, boutiques and fashionistas, quilters and sewists, designers, soap makers and beauty product mavens, costume designers, hot rod writers, publications, vintage car clubs, craft distilleries, trade shows, universities, local organizations, and so many more! 

No project is too small, (or too big, wink!) and we’ve created everything from merch for bands, podcasters, and corporate tradeshows, printed items like tees, booklets, magazines, buttons, calendars,  and restaurant menus, to custom fabric designs, university catalogues, food packaging and POS, to logos and brand design.
Ask us how we can help, and if we can’t directly, we have an awesome team we can gladly refer you to, to help bring your projects to life.

I feel very lucky every day, and I’m excited and humbled for being trusted to create and do what I truly love for some pretty awesome folks.

pssst…. If you’re looking for more illustration and fabric design, check out more examples of my art here: cynthiafrenette.com

Work

Work.

RECENT PROJECTS.

I groove on good colour palettes, wicked font choices, and beautiful handlettering.
I adore using illustration to bring out ideas and add energy to a page.
I love diving in deep to find a unique twist.
I’m a problem-solver and dig finding solutions and suppliers that are amazing, reliable, and help bring my clients’ projects to life.

Are we a good fit?
Check out my style in a selection of current work below, and find more new goodies and inspiration on our Instagram page!

Like what you see?

Drop me a note and we can come up with a plan for your next creative project! Can’t wait to hear from you!

Manifesto

manifesto.

just be nice.

Be kinder than expected.
Go the extra mile.
Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude.
(and no attitude.)
Celebrate every day, and celebrate victories with our clients!
Kick-ass customer service with a smile and a giggle or two.
Inclusion + connection.
Get it right the first time. (Or as close as possible!)
Authentic, responsive, friendly, real.
Handcrafted work, made with love.
#nobullshit
Skills

Skills.

I get to draw pictures all day.

I’ve been in business since 2006, and have worked in the design industry since 1991. Lifer alert!

My biz has evolved over the years but my core values remain the same:

Happiness, kindness, and going the extra mile are what I’m all about.

Making the process easy, quick, and seamless.

Empowering my clients and helping them get their projects done to deadline and specs, no matter where in the world they are located.

No attitude, no precious-ness, no disappearing acts.

No bullshitty sales or extra fluff things you don’t need or want.

Plus a little bit of sparkly magic and a whole lotta creative intuition mixed in for good measure!

Programs n’ stuff like that 100%
Years of experience 100%
Kindness 100%
Happy clients 100%
Problem-solving 100%
Intuition 100%

YOU matter.

Things I’m really excited to share with you:

I got my Associate Degree in Graphic & Visual Design a bunch of years ago.
The years of working experience I’ve got under my belt might make what I do look super freaking easy, but every project has it’s own unique challenges, and I love digging in and finding the best solution for my clients.
Plus you can rest assured that you’ll get the files you need, and they actually work.

I wear jeans and tees to work, I’m pretty casual, and that carries over to how I work with my clients.
You get what you need, and no extra fillers or pushy up-sells, ‘cuz that’s not cool.

I don’t usually do meetings, everything can easily be done by email, phone, or Skype, saving everyone time and keeping things efficient.

I work digitally and by hand. I love my iPad and I love my pencil and paper.
My work is a balance of old and new school and I am really grateful for getting the hands-on education I did, learning the true craft of design from start to finish as that helps me craft a super unique result for you that you won’t find anywhere else.


Since every creative project varies in scope, I prefer to quote by the project, so you get what you need, not what you don’t.
Contact us for more info and to get a quote for your next project, we’d love to hear from you!

Clients

love.

testimonials

I’ve had the honour and pleasure of working with some of these kind folks for many years, and am proud to support and cheer them on, just as they do for me, and that’s what it’s all about.

As a 15+ year client, I have only wonderful things to say about my experience working with Cynthia & Norm at Green Couch Designs! Fast, efficient, intuitive and fun! All the things that make me a loyal and long-time customer. I’d happily and confidently recommend this team if you are looking for personalized service with heart.  ❤

Lorna Ketler, Bodacious Lifestyles Inc.

I’ve had the sincere pleasure & benefit to unleash Cynthia Frenette’s talents for my web-shop on several occasions. I LOVE & appreciate her abilities & foresight to tweak marketing tools, thus infusing a HUGE difference into my projects thus far: logo enhancement, biz cards, signage, posters, flyers–ALL jobs exceeded my expectations. Can’t wait to see what she’ll create next! Did I mention she is super quick too?! If anyone has marketing needs I HIGHLY recommend Green Couch Designs services.

Cindy Scraba, Cindy’s Threadworks

Having worked with Cynthia for several years, I can truly say she’s a dream. To every project she brings her unique brand of skill, style, fun, and friendliness.

Kristen Leigh, K-Leigh Creative

Someone I follow on Instagram posted a logo Cynthia designed for her and I fell in love! I messaged Cynthia on Instagram right away and knew I had to have something designed by her! She responded right away and I knew I was going to end up with an amazing logo! The process was so incredibly easy, Cynthia was absolutely amazing to work with, and I ended up with a perfect logo for my business! I HIGHLY recommend working with Cynthia if you need something designed. She gives amazing recommendations but allows you to make the final choices. She is fast and super easy to work with. Nicest woman I’ve ever worked with. 🙂

Julius Night, Julius Handmade

I’ve been working with Cynthia & Norm for probably a decade now. They’re always so friendly and Cynthia’s work has always been impeccable. We go back to Green Couch again and again. Thank you!

Joelle Reeder, Moxie Design Studios

Green Couch Designs (Cynthia) designed this years Chilliwack Rotary Christmas Parade poster, and we love it! After providing Cynthia with a brief description of what we were looking for she created a new look for us and fun – poster.
Working with Green Couch was easy as our communications were done via email, which saved me time and the stress of heading to a meeting. Our change requests (also via email) were responded to quickly and our timeline met.
I would highly recommend Green Couch for your design needs. I will definitely use them again. Thank you Cynthia for helping us spread the Christmas Spirit in Chilliwack.

Lynn Swanson, Chilliwack Rotary Christmas Parade

It was such a pleasure to work with Cynthia! I gave her a short description of what I was looking for and she had a completed design to me within a few days. She added her own touch and really fit the brief!
Can’t wait to work with her again. So excited to share her designs on my new range of harnesses, collars and dog leashes!

Loren Cunliffe, Pablo & Co.

I have long loved Cynthia’s amazing artworks and she was the first person I thought of when I was considering a new logo design. It was the best decision! Cynthia took my vague ramblings and ideas and created the most perfect logo that entirely suits me, and my branding. She was an absolute dream to work with, nothing was a hassle, and it was a brilliant experience from start to finish. I’d highly recommend Cynthia anytime!

Kristy, Quiet Play Patterns

Working with Green Couch Designs was such a fun and stress-free experience. I’m terrible at anything visual or design-based, but Cynthia was so patient with my constant questions, my need to see a thousand different options, and the many tweaks and changes I requested. She was both friendly and professional in a way that put me at ease and helped me be confident and involved in the process. I started out with the vaguest of visions for my branding, but Cynthia managed to take those questionable ideas and produce a result that I’m 1000% happy with. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Talia Hibbert, Nixon House

When we needed some fresh ideas, Cynthia from Green Couch Designs was recommended to us by our website designer. It only took a few emails and Cynthia knew what we were about. Then I would get a email with a fabulous design and it made my day! Green Couch has refreshed our logo and even created some enamel pins for us. I plan to keep Green Couch in my back pocket! 🙂

Heather Tinney, The Knot House

Full disclosure – I have known Cynthia for years. Well, I have “known” her over the internet for years and I’ve admired her beautiful artwork and her incredible proficiency with everything from quilting to painting to digital art. When it finally came time for me to publish my first book, I just knew I had to ask Cynthia to create the cover art. She is nothing less than 100% professional, 100% easy to work with, and 100% on top of her game. I couldn’t be more pleased with her work, and how easy it was to work with her. I try to refer others to her as often as I can and hope she will do ALL my book covers – and more!

Andrea Neil, 1631 Press

Green Couch Designs did a great job in managing the projects in our account. They are timely in their responses and work through details with you in order to create the final product you’re looking for.

Amelia, CPG client
Let’s work together!

Contact.

Get in touch!

Want to know more about me and my work?
Have a cool project you’d like me to jump in on with you?

Send me an email and we can chat!
Or call, if you must (I definitely prefer email!) wink!

email: cynthia@greencouchdesigns.com

tel: 604-729-4996

(Please no DM’s on socials, only so I don’t miss your message!)