"Kathy is a for-real contemporary multi-tasker: a person who's not afraid to wear a bunch of different hats and excel at all of them! She brought a wonderful visual sense combined with programming expertise to the project."

John Clark, jazz hornist & composer
Hidden Meaning Music

"Kathy has excellent design strengths and knowledge of web based languages. She is a musician and that makes a big difference for a school like ours. Kathy is very creative. We felt that it was advantageous that she was in the arts. She created something simple, but just what we wanted."

Terry Joshi, Director of PR
and Special Events
Hoff-Barthelson Music School

Our Story

Canfield Design Studios is a full-service graphic, Web and marketing design firm with a focus on creative collaboration. We partner with arts and non-profit organizations to help them realize wealth and abundance, and with small- to medium-sized businesses to help them increase profits through imaginative and original marketing efforts.

Founded by an award-winning musician, artist and businesswoman in 1995, our company has a first-hand understanding of the unique issues our clients face. They appreciate our humor, patience and commitment in easing their path through the marketing and design process. Clients say that we're "utterly professional," "calm," "flexible" and "upbeat."

Canfield Design Studios strongly believes that arts and nonprofit organizations and the for-profit business community can learn a great deal from each other about marketing and positioning themselves.

We guide our clients in defining business goals for their overall marketing or design initiative. Then we develop a plan for making the content clear and accessible to their audience.

We apply our creativity in creating a marketing and design solution that fulfills each client's plan and fits their individual aesthetic style, producing exceptional websites, printed materials and brand identities.

Recently, Canfield Design Studios began to offer design services for the textile and surface pattern design industry.

Kathy Canfield Shepard


Kathy Canfield Shepard created Canfield Design Studios after years spent applying her skills to increase sales for Fortune 500 and other corporate clients. She previously held web design and production positions with three major web design and development firms before starting her own company to work largely with artists, nonprofit organizations and small businesses, in the areas of print and web design and marketing support.

She has presented on marketing and the arts for Chamber Music America, The Juilliard School, New York University, the Arts and Business Council, and the Support Center for Nonprofit Management.

Kathy is a member of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners, The Graphic Artists Guild, Chamber Music America, the International Horn Society and several business networking organizations.

She has enjoyed a successful career as a French horn player since 1985. Kathy has played with orchestras and ensembles including the Detroit Symphony, Orchestra of St. Luke's, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and with such artists as Leonard Bernstein, Frank Sinatra, Joni Mitchell, Renée Fleming and Lenny Kravitz. She has credits in over twenty Broadway shows (including eight years in the orchestra for the Broadway production of Les Misérables) and can be heard on recordings, film scores, radio and TV.

Kathy is also a visual artist with a growing market for her textile/surface pattern, fine art, and commercial works (swimmingpaintbrush.com and kcshepardart.com).

Canfield Shepard holds a certificate in interactive multimedia design from the Pratt Institute, a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School, and a certificate in textile and surface pattern design from the California School of Professional Fabric Design.

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