Our Team

“I have no ambition to preside over a vast bureaucracy…the pursuit of excellence is less profitable than the pursuit of bigness, but it can be more satisfying” David Ogilvy, Confessions of an Advertising Man

I wasn’t planning on including a Meet Our Team page, and there’s a reason for it. It’s not because I don’t actually have a team, or that they’re just a bunch of freelancers working on MacBooks in a Starbucks somewhere. The reason is because we have a very specific culture here. You see, we tend to be very introverted and mostly private people. You know, the strong, quiet, misunderstood types. Don’t get us wrong…we’re not anti-social. We are pleasant and interesting to be around. It’s just that it takes some effort for us to be pleasant, and interesting to be around.

We prefer to come to the office, focus, be insanely productive, feel awesome about all our creative brilliance, and then go home and chill with our families. (Our core values.)

Since having a Meet Our Team page with just a picture, name, title and credentials would be lame, I asked my team to be more detailed in their descriptions of themselves. As you can imagine, being mostly private people, this was not an easy exercise for any of us, so I hope you appreciate it.


 

Kim McCannKim McCann
Kim is graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design. She joined us in October of 2009 and rocks every project that crosses her desk.

Favorite Book
I love a good mystery, and some of my favorite mysteries are the Sherlock Holmes short stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. They are relaxing and intriguing to read, and who can resist trying to guess the ending? I can’t put a good book down once I’ve started it, so short stories are perfect for my busy life.

Favorite Movie
I have to admit that, in general, I’m kind of terrible at watching most movies. I tend to get sidetracked by analyzing how the sets, costumes, hair, makeup, and everything else are all put together to create the illusion that everything you see is real. Don’t get me wrong—I still like watching movies. I just don’t get pulled in so easily. I connect more with dramas based on real life events. My favorite movie is The Pursuit of Happyness inspired by the life of Chris Gardner. It’s an amazing story, Will Smith and his son are adorable together, and (spoiler alert!) the ending is just perfect.

Hobbies
My absolute favorite things to do in my spare time are home decorating and antiquing. My husband and I have a little farmhouse in the mountains, which I am slowly turning into our dream home. Antiquing is my outlet for non-perfectionist creativity. (I like to think of myself as a recovering perfectionist, since perfectionism is helpful for graphic design, but not always so helpful in everyday life!) There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect piece to complete what I’ve envisioned in my head. Cooking, gardening, and entertaining encompass many of my weekends, as well.

Pets
I have a one-year-old Plott Hound named Georgia, who is the friendliest dog you’ll ever meet. She’s a scent hound and still a puppy, so my mornings and evenings are spent taking her for long walks and playing tug of war until I think my arms might fall off. We also have two black cats named Bellow and Marshall. They are brothers, and although they look almost identical, they could not be more different. Bellow is confident and a little bossy. Marshall is sweet and cautious. But, both love people and getting lots of attention. (Editor’s note: her dog is named after one of her favorite typefaces, Georgia).

What I love about my job…
There are so many things that spring to mind. But, first and foremost, the best thing about working at Zine is the fact that my ideas and opinions are valued. We are a tight-knit, small team of designers, and we collaborate on just about everything. If someone sees a potential issue with a project, we talk about it. We are fully committed to the success of each project and of our clients overall. Everything we do is held to a high standard, which I love as a (recovering) perfectionist. Many projects are in our hands from concept to production, which allows us to ensure that the marketing message, design principles, and final product are the highest caliber possible. And, our clients are amazing. The level of trust they have in us is incredible and is why we can accomplish such positive results for them in their marketing efforts.


 

Stefan Hansen
Stefan is a graduate of Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication/Graphic Design. He joined us in November of 2014 and blazes through complicated projects with warp speed.

Favorite Book
I don’t have what you’d call a voracious appetite for books, but I do occasionally like a good read. The last book that completely captured my attention was Ghost Rider by Neil Peart. I like to travel (though I don’t get to do enough of it) so a well-written travel diary always gets my attention. If it involves motorcycle travel, even better. Ghost Rider was that for me, and the best of the breed.

Favorite Movie
Oh my, this is a tough one as I don’t really “go” to movies very often so I usually wind up watching films that aren’t the most current. That being said, one of my favorites is Notting Hill with Julia Roberts and that Brit with the hair. Uh… Hugh Grant. Any John Cusack movie from his early days is always a good watch, especially Better Off Dead, if you can find it. So one favorite movie? No. But as a genre, a good romantic comedy is my first pick, followed closely by action/adventure. Actually, I do have one favorite movie. The Princess Bride. But everything else is still true.

Favorite Quote
“Buffeting” by James May. (Does that count as a quote?)

Hobbies
Finally, an easy question. I’ve been mountain biking for almost 25 years and I have no plans to stop. I also enjoy hiking and taking pictures of all things natural or man-made. And any one of these things is made better when I get to share them with my best friend and soulmate.

Pets
Yes, funny you should ask. We are a two cat household. Coby, who does nothing but eat and sleep (and carries 16 pounds to show for it). And Calais, who is the exact opposite of the big boy. She’s less than half his size, but makes up for it in her spunkiness. She likes to run and jump and play, occasionally drawing Mr. Coby in for a short-lived jaunt around the house. At least until he decides to eat again…

What I love about my job…
First of all a big thanks for letting me be a part of the Zine team. It’s a wonderful place to work. The atmosphere here is great. Being from a small town and having spent most of my life in more rural areas, it’s nice to have a little piece of that here in the Metro DC area that I now call home.


 

Brahm Arian
Although Brahm wears many hats at Zine Graphics, he is in charge of all post-production and mailing projects. He also has the very important role of being the keeper of the books as he is the saver in the family (and Kia prefers to spend).

Favorite Book
I’ve never been much of a reader, and Kia often reminds me that I’m missing a world of inspiration and imagination. The book I’ve read the most would be my Bible and my trusted bible concordance.

Favorite Movie
I’m up for watching any movie, but movies are lullabyes for me. I’m usually sound asleep about 30 minutes into the movie. So I prefer action-packed, suspense movies. That way, I just take intermittent naps instead of sleeping through the whole thing.

Hobbies
My favorite activity is exercise. I’ve been going to the gym six days a week at 5:00am for almost 10 years now (even on vacations). I enjoy the crazy Bootcamp and Insanity classes. But I also like a nice spinning class every now and then. My newest hobby is making green smoothies. I frequent our local Korean grocery store and corner the Asian natives to interrogate them about their various exotic green vegetables so I can add them to my smoothie.

Pets
I’m not a pet person, but my kids keep asking for one. If I give in, I know I’ll be the one who ends up taking care of it.

What I love about my job…
I love the freedom and autonomy that comes with having your own business. It’s not easy but the rewards are well worth it. Our work is an an extension of our lives and our children have reaped the rewards of always having their mom or dad and other family around them. We’re truly blessed.

 


 

Kia ArianKia Arian
Kia talks a lot about herself here. Maybe a bit too much.

Favorite Book
I love books and buy more than I have time to read. My favorite book is always the one I’m reading now, which changes monthly. The majority of the books I read are business success/how-to and non-fiction Christian books. I don’t get into fiction much but I love Francine River’s books, especially her historical fiction series like Mark of the Lion and others. You can also see a list of my favorite books here.

Favorite Movie
The only movie I’ll watch more than once and enjoy it every time is Sound of Music. I’ve watched it since I was 7 or 8 (it was my dad’s favorite movie too).  I get to watch it every few years, and I’m captivated by it every time. Even my 10-year-old daughter who has watched it a handful of times knows many of the songs. There are two other movies that I’ve particularly enjoyed: The first one was Titanic with Leonardo DiCapirio and Kate Winslet. It was the movie Brahm and I went to see on our first date. But that’s not the only reason it’s my favorite. The underlying message(s) of the movie spoke to me a lot at that time in my life. The second movie that I really liked was A&E’s Pride and Prejudice. A&E’s production of the movie was the best rendition of book-to-movie that I’ve ever seen. It captured every detail and nuance of the plot and the characters. It literally missed nothing, which probably explains why it is an 8-hour movie series.

Favorite Quote
I have many favorite quotes depending on the specific subject, but here is my all-time favorite. I call it the Exceedingly Abundantly quote—such great adjectives: “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21. 

Hobbies
Much of my hobbies were put on hold when I had kids. Between managing Zine Graphics and my kids, one would think my hobbies were working and taxiing my kids around. Thankfully, I enjoy my work and I love spending time with my children. Even in the car, we have some of the best, most profound conversations. They’re both amazing little people that have shaped me and made me into a person I never dreamed I could be. Now, had these amazing little people never entered my life, I would probably be a Pilates instructor, bike a lot more, read more books, and go back to cross-stitching to relax.

Pets
Growing up, we were a cat family. Once I got married, Brahm (and his family) were non-pet people. And his sister has a serious cat phobia which she warned me about should I ever consider getting a cat. I always felt dogs were a bit too much work until about 5 years ago when I met a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and instantly fell in love with the breed. When Bahar was 5 (and hankering for a dog) we started to explore getting a Cav. I was trying to come to terms with the immense responsibilities of having a new puppy when I discovered I was pregnant. I decided I can’t do the “puppy thing” and  have a baby/toddler at the same time. Now that Micah is almost 4 and growing out of the “squeezy, cuddly, baby-talk” phase, I’m back to considering a replacement for squeezing and cuddling and baby-talking.

What I love about my job…
I love that I love what I do. When I was younger, I always envisioned myself as a stay-at-home mom, pouring my energy into my family and my children. For many years, I fought the fact that I actually enjoyed coming to work. I thought the ideal was to be a full-time mom. When I realized that I can love my job and still pour into my family, Zine Graphics took on a new life. The best part of working here is the intense creativity that we’re constantly engaging in. It’s more than creating beautiful graphic design or compelling marketing messages—those are always challenging and gratifying. Perhaps the most intense creativity comes from managing this business—creating solutions to constant challenges and navigating the ever changing landscape. In this, I’m able to collaborate with brilliant, savvy clients, learn from them, and pass on the wisdom and creativity to other clients.  It’s a wonderful synergy that I believe is apparent and felt by our own team, by our clients, and by everyone we touch.