The Blog

graphic designer specializing in brand development for creative businesses and passionate entrepreneurs


I’m Ciera Holzenthal, graphic designer and blogger who loves photography, traveling, the color green, typography, New Orleans, festivals and keyboard shortcuts. I continuously set goals for myself and strive to learn more about design and technology in order to grow in my field.



Ciera Design Studio officially launched in 2010, offering full-service graphic design and branding. We specialize in brand development for creative businesses and passionate entrepreneurs. We are based in New Orleans but work with clients nationally! Please read more on the work with me page.



Ciera Design is a lifestyle and design blog where I share my adventures as a freelance graphic designer and everything that exhilarates me as an artist. I love sharing DIY projects, photography, home decor, arts and crafts, music, inspired living, and all things graphic design. was created as a way to curate and share my obsessions with design.



MARIAH writes the ADVICE column – blogging & small business // Mariah is an award-winning graphic designer and marketer who discovered that she could build a business around what she loves: weddings, stationery and DIY projects. She is the owner of Oh, What Love and the co-creator of The Create+Connect Project, a program that helps creative entrepreneurs turn their passion into profit. FIND MARIAH ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER.

Please feel free to email me if you are interested in becoming a contributor, have any questions, comments or just to SAY HI!



MELISSA wrote THE FONT FEAST – recipes inspired by fonts // Melissa has been baking and making for as long as she can remember. When she’s not cooking, you can find her making last minute Halloween costumes for her kids, losing sleep over handmade baby shower invitations, and wondering how long she can keep the backyard chickens hidden from the homeowner’s association. She writes about her adventures in food, family, and farming at Lulu the BakerFIND MELISSA ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER.

AMANDA wrote MAYBE THIS INSPIRED THAT carefully curated round ups // Amanda is a freelance graphic designer and blogger based out of Los Angeles. When she’s not designing websites and logos for her fabulous clients, she can be found going to local concerts, exploring Los Angeles’ foodie spots, and hanging at home with a good book and Dice, the cat sidekick. If she weren’t such a successful designer, Amanda would either be a stunt car driver or a jazz singer. FIND AMANDA ON PINTEREST & TWITTER.

LAUREN wrote the freelance section of the ADVICE column // Lauren is a designer & blogger based in Charlotte who loves photography, typography and eating nutella straight out of the jar. When she is not changing diapers or prepping a project for print, you can probably find her in the kitchen cooking, stalking photography blogs to learn new tricks, squeezing in a 20-minute workout or meeting a friend for coffee. FIND LAUREN ON TWITTER & INSTAGRAM.

VERONICA wrote the photography section of the ADVICE column  // Veronica Armstrong is a stay at home mother, freelance writer, and photographer. She lives with her husband and two small children in Cornell University graduate student housing while her husband studies for his MBA. She blogs at about her family’s adventures, life as an MBA wife, and passion for photography. FIND VERONICA ON TWITTER & PINTEREST.