We are a design and photography company based in Boston Metrowest, with clients across the country. We listen carefully to your goals for a project. We work collaboratively to craft solutions that connect with your audience, advance your organization, and create excitement about your work.
Owner, Designer, Photographer
I have years of experience working primarily with non-profit organizations, small businesses and arts organizations. I enjoy putting on the “audience-hat”—imagining the user’s point of view when creating content and visuals that will resonate. I love creating work that gets people excited and accomplishes goals.
I also offer photography. In more recent years, I dove into studio portrait photography as an additional service, which lets me work in a more personal way with my subjects. It’s a fun, different way to create images that engage. See more here: Axie Breen Photography
In my time outside the studio, I teach tai chi at YMAA Boston, sing classical music, and hike with my dog, Lucy. And belly dance. And read like there’s no tomorrow. Also I’m married and the mom of two fine young men.
BFA in Graphic Design with Bronze Tablet honors,
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Coursework at the New England School of Photography
My focus these days is a combination of web site implementation, technology infrastructure design, and application design/implementation. I think of the process of applying technology to solve business problems very much as a dance — weaving together people, hardware, and software in way a way that creates elegant solutions.
When I’m not working, I enjoy hiking, biking, swimming, running, and skiing—generally anything outdoors.
MBA in Information Systems, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
BS in Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
Andover Choral Society (Andover, Massachusetts)
Boston Classical Orchestra
Boston Saengerfest Men’s Chorus (Wellesley, Massachusetts)
Chorus pro Musica (Boston)
Concert Opera Boston
Daughters of Rhea (Dance; Boston area)
Flying Fish Records (Chicago)
Greater Middletown Chorale (Middletown, Connecticut)
Moody Street Circus (Boston area)
Music of the Baroque (Chicago)
New England Philharmonic (Boston)
Newton Choral Society (Boston area)
Newton Symphony Orchestra (Boston area)
Origins Folkloric Dance Company (Boston area)
Steve Thomas (Jazz musician; Chicago)
David Won (Classical tenor; Boston area)
Business and Professional Services
Business and Education Consulting
Bossed Up (Business boot camp for women; Washington, D.C.)
Alice Cottingham (Research and consulting; Chicago area)
CreateNet (Personal and organizational coaching; New York)
Diagnostic Solutions (Business consulting; Boston area)
Stegner Consulting Associates, LLC (Business development; Boston area)
Willow Resources (Organizational consulting; New York)
The Woolsey Group (Research and technical consulting)
WorkRight (Workplace ergonomics, Boston area)
Delphin’s (French cooking school; Boston area)
Body by Kettlebell (Fitness training; Boston)
Body Movement Solutions (Personal training; Boston)
Boston Kettlebell (Fitness training; Boston)
Yang’s Martial Arts Association (Boston)
Four Seasons Hotel (Boston)
The Cabinetry (Kitchen and bath design; Boston South Shore)
Willow Designs (Interior design; Boston South Shore)
Cohen & Sales, LLC (Law firm; Boston area)
Armatron International (Boston area)
Alife Pharmaceutical, Inc. (New York City)
YMAA Publication Center, Inc. (New Hampshire)
Writing, Public Relations
Arthur Rosenfeld (Author, TV host, Daoist monk; Fort Lauderdale, Florida)
Serendipity Consulting (Public policy writing; Chicago area)
The Sive Group (Public relations, Chicago)
Brookline High School (Brookline, Massachusetts)
Columbia College Chicago – Center for Black Music Research
MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
Village Montessori School (Montgomery Village, Maryland)
Non-profit Policy, Advocacy, Philanthropy, and Service
Advocacy for Specific Communities
NiiJii (Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community, Inc, a partnership of native tribes in northern Wisconsin)
Polish American Association (Chicago)
Citizen Action Wisconsin
COFI (Community Organizing on Family Issues; Chicago)
The Living Room Project (Wisconsin)
National Parent Leadership Institute (Connecticut)
United Parent Leader Action Network (UPLAN)
Economic and Workforce Issues
Advance CTE (Washington, D.C.)
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (Ann Arbor, Michigan)
National Governor’s Association (Washington DC)
National Skills Coalition (Washington DC)
United Way of Central Iowa (Des Moines, Iowa)
Women Employed (Chicago)
Workforce Data Quality Campaign (Washington DC)
Health Research and Policy
Chicago Center for Vision Research
Society for the Advancement of Women’s Health Research (Washington DC)
Inner Voice (Chicago)
Corporation for Supportive Housing (Chicago)
Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (Chicago)
Shriver Center (Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law; Chicago)
U.S. Human Rights Fund (New York)
GCIR (Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees; California)
MIRA (Massaschusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition; Boston)
Public Interest Projects (New York)
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights (Chicago)
U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (Wisconsin)
Axie, All I can say
is sorry this has been the project from hell, and THANK you. You made this look beautiful, and I swear to god these are the last big changes.
– Kate Peyton, writer (Madison, Wisconsin)
In the words of Tony the Tiger…
– David Ripianzi, YMAA Publication Center (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
The report looks great
and we’ve gotten a fantastic response from it—lots of press coverage and lots of inquiries. Thanks so much for all of your great work on this.
– Rachel Unruh, Women Employed (Chicago, Illinois)
I love the new concert postcards.
They have the eye-catching colors of this “juicy” season but also convey the grand spirituality and beauty of the music. Congratulations, Axie. I think I’ll run out and get a frame!
– Peter Pulsifer, Chorus pro Musica (Boston, Massachusetts)
You guys are
terrific and so nice to work with.
–Jo Luttrell, GCIR (Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees; Sebastopol, California)
Great job! I was really
pleased (typical British understatement in play here) to see the various covers. All of them in their own way were great. I’m blessed to be surrounded by so much talent at YMAA.
– Michael Clarke, author (Launceston, Tasmania, Australia)
What a striking, unique
and unusual image for Turandot! She does look contemporary and icy. I particularly like it because it is not the typical Turandot, and it has such authenticity.
– Janet Saad, Concert Opera Boston
What a week!
We survived it all and got so, so, so, so many props for the way everything looked. The most exciting news is that we met with White House domestic policy staff on Thursday and they said that as they were preparing the president’s speech for last Tuesday, they had the Skills2Compete brochure that you designed and they were all going through it with their highlighters and marking up what to put in [President Obama’s] speech… Exciting!
– Rachel Unruh, National Skills Coalition (Washington, D.C.)
I wish you could
be with us in NYC to celebrate the anniversary! You’ve been such an instrumental part of Team GCIR all these years. We’ll raise our glasses to you!
– Alison, Vanessa, Amanda and Rebecca, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees (Sebastopol, California)
You are an amazing designer
to work with, and I will be sending as many of these jobs your way as possible. Everyone at YMAA is floored by your work.
– David Silver, YMAA Publication Center (Wolfeboro, New Hampshire)
The consensus is
that we love love love it.
– Laura Haefner, Center for Black Music Research, Columbia College Chicago
I had a breakfast meeting yesterday
with Martha Jones, President of the Celebrity Series. I had previously sent her a brochure, and she was very complimentary about it. I just wanted you to know what an impact your work has had on CpM and its reputation.
– Alison Palmer, Chorus pro Musica (Boston, Massachusetts)