“Diane is a total professional—one of those rare people who makes even the most complicated projects run smoothly. She is thorough, focused, and efficient; she's also meticulous in tending to every small detail while always keeping her eye on big-picture production demands. She's vigilant about meeting deadlines and is proactive about project management, all while remaining a creative designer and art director who isn't afraid to think outside of the box. It's a winning combination. And the best part? She does it all while being one of the most positive, fun and upbeat people you'll ever be fortunate enough to collaborate with.”

Ron Kelly
Managing Editor
Family Circle

“Diane is a mainstay graphic designer for us. We consider Diane a partner because she takes the time to understand our branding goals offering creative solutions with the ability to deliver designs for a wide range of materials from digital banners to promotional pieces to full marketing campaigns.”

Denise Anderson, Ph.D.
Associate VP, Office of Strategic Communications
New Jersey Institute of Technology

“I have had the opportunity to work with Diane Cuddy during my two different stints at First Vision Media Group, first as a staff Editor and more recently when I returned to the company as Editorial Director. Diane is a highly talented graphic artist and art director with the skills necessary to get the job done creatively and on schedule. With her pleasant and professional attitude, Diane navigates both basic and challenging single article and entire publication graphic design/art director endeavors with the capabilities that come from years of experience and accomplishments. She has successfully tackled and completed tasks that range from simple article design to highly complex supplements, magazines and "charticles" on schedule and within budget, always adding her highly creative perspective no matter how tight the deadline. I consider Diane a professional associate who's personable nature makes working with her a distinct pleasure. I would hire Diane without question immediately and frequently for any graphic art/art director assignment, whether for a single article or an entire publication, for both print and electronic projects. Anyone hiring Diane as a freelancer, part-time or full-time employee is making the right decision.”

John Sailer
Editorial Director
First Vision Media Group

“Diane Cuddy worked with me on a contract basis from 2004 through 2009 in my capacity as an editor at Rutgers University. For the first three of these years she was the principal graphic designer of the Rutgers' faculty and staff newspaper, Rutgers Focus, and when the publication transitioned to web-only in 2006, she became the online web producer.

Diane is a consummate professional with excellent typographic and design skills and a keen eye for conceptualizing and directing photographic and information graphics on editorial pages. She has a clear mastery of graphic design principles and is skilled in organizing information and creating vibrant design concepts that communicate clearly and impress. She is able to plan a design strategy that meets the needs of a given project while balancing budget and time concerns and works well with staff to implement. When our publication transitioned to online, Diane embraced the new web environment with characteristic enthusiasm, taking Dreamweaver and programming courses and doing all she could to gain familiarity with the technical processes involved in implementing website design concepts.”

Carla Cantor
Assistant Director Media-Editorial Communications
Media Relations
Rutgers University, New Brunswick

“At a time of intense competition between design firms, Diane Cuddy Design stands out as a consistently original and appealing professional colleague. For many years, and always with the highest aesthetic standards, Diane Cuddy Design has mattered to the huge success of the Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series. It has created a veritable narrative of evocative historical and artistic images on posters that elevated the Series’ stature to a cross section of the general public. The firm’s productions have an iconic quality, one that dignifies the work of its clients. This is no easy feat during an era suffused with images and designs from so many worthy competitors.”

Clement Alexander Price, Ph.D.
Director, Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience
Co-Founder, Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series
Rutgers University, Newark

“I've worked with Diane Cuddy on a variety of projects for more than a decade and she is everything an editor looks for in a designer. She is both creative and flexible - able to adapt quickly to the political necessities that sometimes govern our work. She also takes the time to read and understand the context of a project, and that is a quality that is increasingly rare among those who specialize in the visual presentation. Her work is fresh and tailored to the needs and tastes of the client rather than just repackaging the latest design cliché.”

Carol Pilla
Editor
University Communications
New Jersey Institute of Technology

“Diane Cuddy Design is one of the most important resources engaged by the Institute in planning its public programming initiatives. Her brilliant poster creations for the Institute’s annual Marion Thompson Wright Lecture Series – our most visible conference of the year – have set the gold standard for excellence in design work. Her web design work is thoughtful and artistic, and she has helped to put a “face” to the Institute’s work through her visual acuity.”

Marisa Pierson
Senior Program Coordinator
The Rutgers Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience
Rutgers University, Newark

“Diane Cuddy is a joy to work with. She is a consummate professional who approaches every project with the client’s needs in mind. She never misses a deadline and is always willing to go that extra mile, no matter the task. She is a team player who gets along with anyone and everyone and always comes to work with a smile on her face. I couldn't recommend her more highly.”

Jeanne Muchnick
Features Editor
Daily Voice

“I worked with Diane at First Vision Media Group for a number of years. She was a talented creative expert with an amazing eye for making the pages of the various magazines we produced visually appealing. In addition, Diane’s attention to detail and deadlines and her overall professionalism in a high-stress environment made working with her a real pleasure.”

Beth Schlau
Vice President, Editorial
First Vision Media Group (Retired)

“As an Editor, I found it a joy to work with Diane Cuddy as a graphic designer. We worked for four years together publishing a bimonthly trade magazine. I found her to be intuitive and efficient. She is personally very engaging which helped for easy communication. The overall printed look was very clean and visually appealing.”

Carol Gilhawley
Freelance Writer
Invision Magazine

“I worked with Diane Cuddy for about four years at First Vision Media Group, where I was a freelance writer. Diane strikes a rare balance of being an amazing designer and being an approachable, friendly colleague who is a true professional at every turn. I've been amazed—though not surprised—as she has transformed so many articles I've written from plain old Word documents into award-worthy pieces of design. Each time I've found myself on the receiving end of Diane's great ideas and work, I've been quite grateful.”

Rachel Bozek
Writer/editor
rachelbozek.com

“Diane Cuddy is a gem! She is a pleasure to work with on any project as she listens to what is needed and comes up with exceptionally creative ideas. As a visual and graphic artist she is without question, one of the best!!”

Sharron Miller
Artistic Director
Sharron Miller’s Academy for the Performing Arts (SMAPA)

“As an editor and writer at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, I've had the opportunity to work with Diane Cuddy on a variety of print projects, including brochures and annual reports. She was the designer who launched the first annual report for New Jersey Medical School, one of our schools. Diane is creative and talented and has a great sense of color. One of the qualities we appreciate the most about her is her collaborative spirit. She's always willing to work with us and consider our input. A pleasure to work with her.”

Mary Ann Littell
Senior Editor
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

“The Count Basie Theatre has been pleased to work with Diane Cuddy for a decade. Our staff has an excellent working relationship with Diane, and we feel fortunate to work with a designer who can participate in a productive give and take that always results in pieces that work as far as marketing goes, and yet still have a strong graphic identity. We can't say enough about Diane's work.”

Numa Saisselin
CEO
Count Basie Theatre

“Working with Diane Cuddy has been one of the highlights of my career. I met Diane in 2002, when I was the marketing director at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, and Diane, our graphic design consultant. We worked together daily over the course of three years to develop and formulate a new identity for the theatre’s re-launch.

Diane was a key player in every phase, from a new logo and letterhead, to branded posters, brochures, ad campaigns, fundraising tools, and a total redesign of the web site. Her designs were always original, creative and fitting to the project, whether it was children’s theatre, the annual report, or a fundraising gala with world-class talent such as Tony Bennett and James Brown.

Diane is unique as a designer because she doesn’t impose her vision, she collaborates with her clients, incorporates their ideas, and her designs evolve as a result – producing spectacular results where the sum is greater than its parts.

But creativity is not all that’s important in a designer. Dependability, follow-through and accountability are also critical to any project. In that respect, Diane is an exceptional team player and someone you can count on in a crunch. She’ll work overtime to make deadlines, go on press to make corrections, and basically do whatever it takes to ensure a successful product.

I have never had a stronger, more creative partner than when I worked with Diane. Since my time with Diane I’ve worked with lots of other designers, but no one’s come close to the professionalism or level of collaboration that Diane Cuddy has.

She better than all the rest in my estimation!”

Regina Paleau
Principal
Via Marketing & Communications

“Working with Diane has been very productive and very much a pleasure. She is always attentive to the message that must be communicated in print or in an electronic format, and quickly develops a creative design essential for bringing that message to the intended audience in the most effective manner possible.”

Dean Maskevich
Editor
University Communications
New Jersey Institute of Technology

“I have utilized Diane's services for graphic design for direct mail pieces and have found her to be extremely professional and the work she has done has been exceptionally creative and exceedingly helpful in meeting my intended goals. I definitely will work with Diane over and over again.”

Corey D. Folta
Principal
Folta Marketing Services

“After working very hard to establish a gardening design business in Monmouth County NJ, I felt it was time to begin to advertise my firm on the web. My goal was to find a web designer that was willing to take the time to understand my distinct business philosophy and style and convey that in the design of my web site. I met with Diane who listened to my business philosophy and style and we discussed my overall goals and what I wanted a potential client to experience when viewing my web site.

Diane took this information, as well as a number of photos of gardens I designed, and returned with a series of thoughtful, impactful web design alternatives. We reviewed the designs and culled the options down to precisely what we both felt would achieve my business goals and then Diane proceeded to develop my site. She managed my preferences into a streamlined, very simple site to navigate which conveyed my business goals and the beauty of the gardens I designed.

Diane guided me through the process, answered all of my questions no matter how unsophisticated! She completed the project on time and within my budget. She has continued to update and develop my site as my business has grown and has always been attentive to all details.

I am delighted with my web site and look forward to continuing to work with Diane in the future.”

Diane J. Guidone
Principal
Diane Guidone Garden Design, LLC.

“Dear Diane,

We at Jersey Printing would like to give you a “pat on the back” for the work that you have sent us over the years. Your attention to detail far exceeds that of other designer groups that we have worked with.

Your graphic concepts and design are always ones we feature when trying to impress future business. Your skills are never hampered by changing technology because you keep yourself current with cutting edge advancements in our industry.

This letter says “BRAVO” to Diane Cuddy Design. We are proud to be a vendor of such a fine design firm.”

Patricia Pfleger
Owner
Jersey Printing

Design Tutoring Clients

“Dear Diane:

I just had to write you and tell you how much I enjoyed our tutoring sessions. I appreciate the fact you worked around my schedule, from tiptoeing into my house as early as 7am Sunday mornings, to dodging balls and nerf guns as late as 8pm, with the kitchen a mess and children running all around. Always with a smile, you were eager to help, a sea of calm and patience, tailoring your answers to fit my particular technical questions and design needs clearly and succinctly. You have an easy way about you that made me feel no question was ever too hard or too dumb to ask. I can’t begin to thank you for your help - I’m not afraid of Illustrator anymore! My design sense and self confidence have returned! (Dont just look at the positive but the negative space as well). The result: we're not only saving money by doing in-store layout and design but customer response has been great!

Thanks again for not only being my teacher but becoming a friend.”

Kim Robinson
River Road Books
Fair Haven, NJ

“Working with Diane as my private tutor for Adobe CS5 and design concepts during the summer/fall of 2010 was so much fun. Having her by my side, she took the time to explain techniques and programs to me in a way that I could grasp as a beginner. Each week she would give me actual assignments that were relative to the ideas we had worked on the previous week. I looked forward to turning in my homework so we could ‘pull it apart’ and see how it could improve. In the 3 months I took lessons from Diane, I feel I gained a wealth of knowledge, as well as a passion for design do’s and don’ts. She always made sure that I understood a topic before we moved onto the next item, and I’ve become much more confident in my design endeavors as a result of her influence and support. Though we officially finished up our tutoring sessions months ago, I’m grateful that she still makes herself available to me for a quick phone or email question if I’m having trouble breaking through that wall to get to my ‘a-ha’ moment. She is also happy to schedule additional sessions whenever I need them, so that I can brush up my skills and stay current. I have nothing but great things to say about her, and I will continue to recommend her to my colleagues.”

Alycia Yerves
Multimedia Manager
Count Basie Theatre
Red Bank, NJ