A Family Affair
Squareone is the marketing and design studio of husband and wife team Jamie and Elizabeth Cantrell. From their days as theater majors in college where they met, to their podcast Way Down Deep, to their writing and design work for Squareone clients, Jamie and Elizabeth have been telling stories together for over 25 years. Regardless of the project, both believe that all clients have a compelling story to tell. They help clients figure out how to tell those stories in ways that will be most impactful. Their approach is strategic, honest and artistic. They respect your time and your money and do not waste either.
D. Jamison Cantrell
I was born and raised in Acworth, Georgia and, believe it or not, started my career in theater as an actor. I spent two summers, one in Winfield, Kansas and another in Lincoln, New Hampshire, taking roles in productions such as Secret Garden, To Kill A Mockingbird, Damn Yankees, and Man of La Mancha. Pretty soon, however, I realized that the life of a starving artist wasn’t for me and eventually moved into theatrical design and production, which ultimately led me to branding and design. My parents were so relieved.
I worked in many areas of event production and design and found myself spending more and more of my time on marketing and branding projects. Many clients hired me to design their company exhibits and, once the job was completed, would then ask if I could also design their websites, business cards, or new logos. I kept saying yes and in 2003, I started my studio from a tiny apartment in Washington, D.C. as a multi-disciplined brand design firm.
I remember my mother asking the day I graduated from a small liberal arts college with my degree in Theatre Arts, “This is so great. Now, what’s your job going to be.”
In fact, I’ve had a pretty diverse employment background. After moving to Washington, DC shortly after marrying my college sweetheart, I worked on Capitol Hill as a Senate staffer, office manager in a lobbying firm, and advocacy director for a national organization.
Then, after the birth of our first child, my husband and I returned home to my hometown in south Georgia. Since then, I’ve been a high school English literature teacher, a public relations manager for a small healthcare organization, and, now as an office manager for a non-profit.
A few years ago, I began writing professionally and have a real passion for it. I’m always surprised at how uncomfortable writing can make some folks because I’m most at home when writing. I’m most proud of my personal blog, Way Down Deep, which can be found at my website elizabethcantrell.com