Bill Thompson Photography Director/Principal

Bill is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, earning a BFA. He began his career in 1993 working for national advertising and design clients. From 1993 through 2004 he began photographing directly for Fortune 500 clients. Bill, with Kathleen Kaiser, formed Pencilbox in 2004. Bill is an executive member of AIGA and an adjunct professor of photography at CSUF.

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Kathleen Kaiser Creative Director/Principal

Kathleen Kaiser is the Creative Director, Owner and Co-founder of Pencilbox. She graduated from (and later became an adjunct professor at) California State University, Fullerton, with degrees in Advertising, Photography and Art. From her internships, to her magazine and ad agency work, to working at a design studio, to running her own studio — Kathleen has gained extensive, valuable experience in multiple, varied environments. She creates identity and branding systems, promotional materials, websites, packaging publication design and photo styling for Pencilbox's broad range of clients. Kathleen is a founding board member of iHOPEoc, an advocacy group for the homeless, as well as one of the founders of The Wellness & Prevention Center, an on-campus, independently funded mental health counseling center for at-risk youth.

Her work has been published in Black Book, Communications Arts, Digital Foundations and Print Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards: Black Book Award AR100, Apex Award, Print Magazine Award, Tube Manufacturer Award, National and World Calendar Award, Crystal Award, Communicator Awards, HPRMA Award, MarCom Creative Award, ADDY Award, OC Ad Club Award and the AIGA-OC Award.

She was a speaker at CommWeek at CSUF and at the preview of the film Art and Copy at Art Institute, and participated in panel discussions at both events. Since 2012, she has contributed portfolio reviews for Chapman University Graphic design students and is an adjunct professor.

Kathleen is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Savannah College of Art and Design.

"I like design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable. I like it to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless." – Massimo Vignelli

Nick Marley Partner/Photography Director

Nick is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Communications, emphasis Photography. He joined Pencilbox in 2009 as a “hired hand” assisting on a photo shoot. Through talent and enthusiasm Nick turned a one day job into a creative partnership. Nick creates beautiful images, manages the photo production team and oversees all technology at Pencilbox. In 2016, Nick became a Partner at Pencilbox.

Recent Projects:

PIMCO
Bevel Specs
BarBakers

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you feel is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." – Steve Jobs

Diane Preston Creative Accountant

Diane Preston is our money goddess. She keeps us all in line whether the funds are coming in or going out. Diane, through Cook Business Solutions, specializes in helping creative firms manage their business accounting and administration. She is instrumental in helping businesses handle daily operations. Prior to joining Cook Business Solutions and Pencilbox, Diane spent many years living in Switzerland. She has a background in photography and video production (another reason we love her so much).

Recent Projects:

Diane touches every project.

"Behind every good business is an even greater accountant." – Unknown (We think Diane said it.)

Bill Thompson Photography Director/Principal

Bill is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, earning a BFA. He began his career in 1993 working for national advertising and design clients. From 1993 through 2004 he began photographing directly for Fortune 500 clients. Bill, with Kathleen Kaiser, formed Pencilbox in 2004. Bill is an executive member of AIGA and an adjunct professor of photography at CSUF.

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Kathleen Kaiser Creative Director/Principal

Kathleen Kaiser is the Creative Director, Owner and Co-founder of Pencilbox. She graduated from (and later became an adjunct professor at) California State University, Fullerton, with degrees in Advertising, Photography and Art. From her internships, to her magazine and ad agency work, to working at a design studio, to running her own studio — Kathleen has gained extensive, valuable experience in multiple, varied environments. She creates identity and branding systems, promotional materials, websites, packaging publication design and photo styling for Pencilbox's broad range of clients. Kathleen is a founding board member of iHOPEoc, an advocacy group for the homeless, as well as one of the founders of The Wellness & Prevention Center, an on-campus, independently funded mental health counseling center for at-risk youth.

Her work has been published in Black Book, Communications Arts, Digital Foundations and Print Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards: Black Book Award AR100, Apex Award, Print Magazine Award, Tube Manufacturer Award, National and World Calendar Award, Crystal Award, Communicator Awards, HPRMA Award, MarCom Creative Award, ADDY Award, OC Ad Club Award and the AIGA-OC Award.

She was a speaker at CommWeek at CSUF and at the preview of the film Art and Copy at Art Institute, and participated in panel discussions at both events. Since 2012, she has contributed portfolio reviews for Chapman University Graphic design students and is an adjunct professor.

Kathleen is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Savannah College of Art and Design.

"I like design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable. I like it to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless." – Massimo Vignelli

Nick Marley Partner/Photography Director

Nick is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Communications, emphasis Photography. He joined Pencilbox in 2009 as a “hired hand” assisting on a photo shoot. Through talent and enthusiasm Nick turned a one day job into a creative partnership. Nick creates beautiful images, manages the photo production team and oversees all technology at Pencilbox. In 2016, Nick became a Partner at Pencilbox.

Recent Projects:

PIMCO
Bevel Specs
BarBakers

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you feel is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." – Steve Jobs

Diane Preston Creative Accountant

Diane Preston is our money goddess. She keeps us all in line whether the funds are coming in or going out. Diane, through Cook Business Solutions, specializes in helping creative firms manage their business accounting and administration. She is instrumental in helping businesses handle daily operations. Prior to joining Cook Business Solutions and Pencilbox, Diane spent many years living in Switzerland. She has a background in photography and video production (another reason we love her so much).

Recent Projects:

Diane touches every project.

"Behind every good business is an even greater accountant." – Unknown (We think Diane said it.)

Bill Thompson Photography Director/Principal

Bill is a graduate of Art Center College of Design, earning a BFA. He began his career in 1993 working for national advertising and design clients. From 1993 through 2004 he began photographing directly for Fortune 500 clients. Bill, with Kathleen Kaiser, formed Pencilbox in 2004. Bill is an executive member of AIGA and an adjunct professor of photography at CSUF.

“For me, the camera is a sketch book, an instrument of intuition and spontaneity.” ― Henri Cartier-Bresson

Kathleen Kaiser Creative Director/Principal

Kathleen Kaiser is the Creative Director, Owner and Co-founder of Pencilbox. She graduated from (and later became an adjunct professor at) California State University, Fullerton, with degrees in Advertising, Photography and Art. From her internships, to her magazine and ad agency work, to working at a design studio, to running her own studio — Kathleen has gained extensive, valuable experience in multiple, varied environments. She creates identity and branding systems, promotional materials, websites, packaging publication design and photo styling for Pencilbox's broad range of clients. Kathleen is a founding board member of iHOPEoc, an advocacy group for the homeless, as well as one of the founders of The Wellness & Prevention Center, an on-campus, independently funded mental health counseling center for at-risk youth.

Her work has been published in Black Book, Communications Arts, Digital Foundations and Print Magazine. She is the recipient of numerous awards: Black Book Award AR100, Apex Award, Print Magazine Award, Tube Manufacturer Award, National and World Calendar Award, Crystal Award, Communicator Awards, HPRMA Award, MarCom Creative Award, ADDY Award, OC Ad Club Award and the AIGA-OC Award.

She was a speaker at CommWeek at CSUF and at the preview of the film Art and Copy at Art Institute, and participated in panel discussions at both events. Since 2012, she has contributed portfolio reviews for Chapman University Graphic design students and is an adjunct professor.

Kathleen is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree at Savannah College of Art and Design.

"I like design to be semantically correct, syntactically consistent, and pragmatically understandable. I like it to be visually powerful, intellectually elegant, and above all timeless." – Massimo Vignelli

Nick Marley Partner/Photography Director

Nick is a graduate of California State University, Fullerton with a degree in Communications, emphasis Photography. He joined Pencilbox in 2009 as a “hired hand” assisting on a photo shoot. Through talent and enthusiasm Nick turned a one day job into a creative partnership. Nick creates beautiful images, manages the photo production team and oversees all technology at Pencilbox. In 2016, Nick became a Partner at Pencilbox.

Recent Projects:

PIMCO
Bevel Specs
BarBakers

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you feel is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." – Steve Jobs

Diane Preston Creative Accountant

Diane Preston is our money goddess. She keeps us all in line whether the funds are coming in or going out. Diane, through Cook Business Solutions, specializes in helping creative firms manage their business accounting and administration. She is instrumental in helping businesses handle daily operations. Prior to joining Cook Business Solutions and Pencilbox, Diane spent many years living in Switzerland. She has a background in photography and video production (another reason we love her so much).

Recent Projects:

Diane touches every project.

"Behind every good business is an even greater accountant." – Unknown (We think Diane said it.)

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