Cococello is Deb Pang Davis. Independent print and digital designer, educator and soon-to-be-author.


The Beauty of Long-term Relationships

Back in 2001, after having just relocated to Washington, DC from Chicago, IL, a childhood friend called to ask me if I would be interested in designing a CD package for a local non-profit called The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts.

It would be a volunteer project (translation: no pay) and it is an organization she believed in and was also a volunteer.

At that time I had followed my then-boyfriend; now husband for his once-in-a-lifetime job and I was unsure about which direction my work life would take me (sound familiar?). I had only one promising lead for employment and no guarantees.

So, I decided to take on the project as it would be a great chance to meet new people and keep myself busy while I waited to hear from possible employers. Plus, after hearing more about the program I decided I couldn't turn down an opportunity to help spread the work of an organization committed to providing music, dance and arts to lower income kids. The CD was a compilation of music students and their teachers had created the previous year.

Six years later and the Sitar Arts Center has grown in presence; into a new home and enrolling more than 300 students per semester. And with each year, I have grown with them designing their CD music packages and annual reports. It continues to be a lovely, creative professional relationship.

Here's a sneak peak/work-in-progress of the latest annual report:
Sitar Center Annual Report Cover 2006

Sitar Center Annual Report 2006 Interior Sample A

Sitar Center Annual Report 2006 Interior Sample B

Sitar Center Annual Report 2006 Interior Sample C

If you are ever in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of DC, see about timing your visit with a performance or check out their swanky digs. It is truly amazing what Rhonda Buckley and the community at large have built for the kids of Adams Morgan.

Polaroid, 17 years later

Cuts and Type at the University of Montana, Missoula