Barbour Design

Who We Are

Your dream team—smart, marketing-savvy designers who can create images from strategy and implement them with imagination.

We don’t just work with clients’ concepts. We expand and extend them through design and technology for greater reach, response and rewards. We specialize in consistently exceeding expectations through excellent communication and problem solving skills with efficiency that is nothing short of dreamy.

Team Profile (a few things you should probably know about us)

  • ava barbour
    ava barbour / principal
  • mali cohen
    mali cohen / creative director
  • bil deascentiis
    bil deascentiis / art director
  • justin
    justin "J" jordan / designer
  • gabe pomerantz
    gabe pomerantz / designer
  • janna sonsalla
    janna sonsalla / designer
    • ava barbour / principal
      Famous Last Words:"No wild parties while l’m gone  (wait til I’m back)!"

      education

      University College at Buffalo: BA & MFA Photomechanical Design
      School of Visual Arts: & NYU: Advertising & Marketing
      Parsons School of Design & NYU: Adjunct Professor, 10 years

      street creds

      Classically trained in fine arts
      Winner of several design awards including two Clios, an Art Director’s Club Creativity Award, and a How Magazine Award.

      TRIV-AVA

      An accomplished fine artist, writer, photographer, musician and champion pool player
      Unofficially diagnosed with “creative ADD”

    • mali cohen / creative director
      Famous Last Words:"Inspiration does exist but it must find you working."

      education

      Indiana University: BA in Fine Arts with Minors in Art History, Telecommunications and Hebrew

      street creds

      First Full Time Employee at Barbour Design Inc.
      Reign at Barbour Design: 18 years and counting
      Winner of several design awards including: Design 2K, Creativity 32, Summit International Awards and more!
      Most valuable quality as a designer: resourcefulness
      First project at Barbour Design: A holiday card for Sara Lee Hosiery

    • bil deascentiis / art director
      Famous Last Words:"touching wood..."

      education

      Fordham University Lincoln Center: BA Visual Arts/Graphic Design
      School of Visual Arts: Interactive Media

      street creds

      Speerheaded Rochester studio in 2004
      Resident font enthusiast
      Winner of a variety of design awards, from corporate identity work
      to annual reports

      misc

      Foodie credentials revoked for blatant love of the McRib
      Former member of American Coaster Enthusiasts
      Dropped an "L" from his name in the late 80's and hasn't looked back
      Above all, finds life's joy in his wife and three terrific kids

    • justin "J" jordan / designer
      Famous Last Words:""
    • gabe pomerantz / designer
      Famous Last Words:"Your shoe's untied."

      education

      SUNY Buffalo State College: BFA Communication Design, Siena, Italy Exchange Program

      street creds

      7 years experience
      Once saved two lives in three hours

      the low- and high-down

      Overly interested in sneakers
      Self taught barber
      Daily chill seeker

    • janna sonsalla / designer
      Famous Last Words:""

      education

      Winona State University: BA Mass Communications / Art
      School of Visual Arts: UX Design

      street creds

      17 years of design experience
      A skilled, slightly manic copywriter with fondness for proposal writing
      Resident grammar fanatic—especially with the proper use of en and em dashes

      career highlights

      Has worked virtually from the east coast, west coast and a mile high
      Weirdest creative project: branding a NASCAR-themed fragrance line
      Recognized for several design awards and a national dance champion

With thousands of miles between the members of our team, we’ve mastered creative collaboration (long before it became a hot buzzword) and work together, virtually, everyday. We extend this collaboration to our clients, keeping them engaged and involved throughout the entire creative process.

Awards (they are fra-gee-lay, but not italian)

2014

2014 Davey Silver Award
Disney & ESPN Media Networks
Perfect Blend Mailer

2014 Davey Silver Award
2014 ESPN Planning Guide

2014 Davey Silver Award
Stony Brook University Annual Report 2012-13

2014 MarCom Platinum Award
Disney & ESPN Media Networks
Perfect Blend Mailer

2014 MarCom Platinum Award
SEC Network Promotional Mailer

2014 MarCom Platinum Award
Stony Brook University Annual Report 2012-13

2014 MarCom Gold Award
2014 ESPN Planning Guide

2014 MarCom Honorable Mention
ESPN/JP Wiser’s Custom Liquor Bottle

2013

2013 Communicator Gold Award
2013 ESPN Planning Guide

2013 Communicator Gold Award
International Center of Photography
2012 Infinity Awards Program

2013 Communicator Silver Award
Orpheus 40th Season Brochure

2013 Communicator Silver Award
International Center of Photography
2012 Infinity Awards Invitation Suite

2013 Davey Gold Award
WATCHESPN Masters Azalea Promotion

2013 Davey Gold Award
Barbour Design “Shake it up in 2012”
Holiday Promotion

2013 Davey Silver Award
International Center of Photography
2012 Infinity Awards Invitation Suite

2013 Hermes Creative Platinum Award
Orpheus 40th Season Brochure

2013 Hermes Creative Platinum Award
Stony Brook Athletics 2011-12 Annual Report

2013 Hermes Creative Gold Award
2013 ESPN Planning Guide

2013 Hermes Creative
Honorable Mention
International Center of Photography
2012 Infinity Awards Invitation Suite

2013 Summit Creative Bronze Award
2013 ESPN Planning Guide

2013 MarCom Platinum Award
International Center of Photography
2012 Infinity Awards Program

2013 MarCom Gold Award
2012 ESPN Planning Guide

2013 MarCom Gold Award
Orpheus 40th Season Brochure

2013 MarCom Honorable Mention
Fund for Armenian Relief 2011 Annual Report

2013 MarCom Honorable Mention
International Center of Photography
2012 Infinity Awards Invitation Suite

2013 MarCom Honorable Mention
2012 Orpheus Annual Gala Invitation

2013 ProMax BDA Sports
Media Marketing Gold Award
WATCHESPN Masters Azalea Promotion

2012

2012 Communicator
Award 
of Distinction
2011-12 Orpheus Subscription Brochure

2012 Communicator
Award 
of Distinction
International Center of Photography
2012 Infinity Awards Program

2012 Communicator Gold Award
2011 ESPN Planning Guide

2012 Communicator
Award 
of Distinction
2012 Orpheus Gala Invitation

2012 Davey Gold Award
Orpheus 2011-2012 Season Brochure

2012 Hermes Creative Platinum Award
2012 ESPN Planning Guide

2012 Hermes Creative Platinum Award
International Center of Photography
2012 Infinity Awards Program

2012 Hermes Creative Gold Award
2012 Orpheus Gala Invitation

2012 Summit Creative Silver Award
Barbour Design “Shake it up in 2012”
Holiday Promotion