Designer Spotlight: Laurel Mathe

“I knew I wanted to be a designer and illustrator at age 14.”

Laurel Mathe has been designing in the Sacramento area for over 25 years. She graduated from the Chico State design program in 1989 with a B.S. in Visual Communication. After graduation she began her career as a designer with Page Design, Inc. in Sacramento. Although she enjoyed working in a group atmosphere, the daily commute from Auburn started to drain on her. In 1997 she, along with her partner LeeAnn Bigley, opened the doors to Mystic Design, Inc.

Poster series created for the annual Confluence Festival in Auburn CA for Protect American River Canyons (PARC).

“Vision, high standards, a sense of adventure and humor makes for good relationships and successful projects.”

Mystic Design is a full services graphic design studio specializing in “emotional and evocative design.” Laurel excels at illustration, but also enjoys creating packaging, identities and more.

She offers many of the illustrations she has created for PARC (Protect American River Canyons show above) as cards, t-shirts and more. You can check out her Etsy store at:

She recently finished a 400 page, full-color book entitled Hometown Heroes: The Single Franchise Baseball Stars of the 20th Century. She and author Clay Sigg worked for over a year creating this beautiful piece. You might call it a labor of love for both of them!

Interior spread for “Hometown Heroes”

Laurel has been involved with the Sacramento design community for many years. She was a volunteer and president for ADAC (Art Directors & Artists Club of Sacramento) and enjoyed the monthly meetings and conferences the organization sponsored. She is looking forward to a new group of individuals taking charge and creating a new platform for creatives to be meet and be inspired — and she is sure to make that long drive from Colfax to take part!

See more of Laurel’s work on Behance, Facbook, and Etsy; and you can contact her through her website, or LinkedIn.