Headquartered in downtown Charleston, S.C., SDCO Partners is an award-winning, multi-disciplinary studio of designers, developers and thinkers. Founded in 2009 by Courtney Rowson and Amy Pastre, Stitch Design Co. combines imaginative ideas with thoughtful design solutions to craft and cultivate brands from various industries around the world.
Amy Pastre is lead designer and co-founder of SDCO Partners. With more than 18 years of design experience, Amy inspires a wide range of branding projects, collaborating with copywriters, artists, photographers and programmers to create engaging and compelling identities for businesses worldwide.
Courtney is lead designer and co-founder of SDCO Partners. Drawing from 20 years of experience in the field, Courtney executes projects that show an appreciation for conceptual thinking, innovative materials, clean execution and attention to detail.
Can you describe your childhood, and what is your earliest memory of being creative or generally curious?
Amy: I grew up in a small Southern town – Starkville, Mississippi. My parents were both university professors, so I was surrounded by academicians, artists and architects. From an early age, I was interested in art in general. I spent a lot of my free time collaging and just being interested in doing things with my hands. I always knew that I wanted to do something creative and be part of that space.
When the time came to think about college and what I would major in, graphic design wasn’t really in my mindset mostly because I was from a small town and that wasn’t a big part of the vocabulary there. I was introduced to graphic design through a class in my sophomore year at Miami University, which was the entry point into the major at the time. I absolutely fell in love with it and I consider myself pretty fortunate that I discovered it (or it discovered me!) at the right place at the right time.
Courtney: I also grew up in a small town in North Carolina. This is a very interesting question to think about because I can’t put a finger on a point in my life where I had that “aha!” moment about wanting to enter a creative field professionally. Like Amy, I was also very influenced by a family friend who was an architect and thought that that could potentially be a rewarding career path. I knew I wanted to pursue a profession that was solution-oriented and thought that architecture might be a good fit. When I was at the University of North Carolina, I came across the graphic design major and realized how solution-oriented it can be and that’s basically what inspired me to pursue a career in graphic design. It’s safe to say that I have no regrets. Yet! (laughing) Maybe later in life, I’ll pursue architecture, who knows!