At WHAT?design for more than 20 years we’ve created quality unique design, illustration and photography that conveys each clients individual vision and identity.
We rock the music world with stunning packaging, ads and supporting materials.
We enjoy projects as small as flyers, and as extensive as full color hardbound books.
We create book jackets that catch the eye and provoke thought. We capture attention on crowded shelf space, while instantly evoking the world the writer creates. We also design entire book packages, so that a well designed and thoughtful interior enhances the pleasure of your readers by visually contributing to the mood of the story.
Steven Parke an award-winning illustrator and photographer, is the head creative at what?design. His clients have included Fortune 1000 firms such as Warner Brothers, HBO, Discovery Channel, ArVista Records, DC/Vertigo Comics, Houghton Mifflin, NBC, and A-list entertainers like Prince, David Bowie, Bon Jovi, Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead, and AC/DC.
In 1988, Mr. Parke began doing art for Prince, and was responsible for utilizing then-cutting-edge digital processing with photography and illustrations as a “one-man art department,” creating everything from stage props to t-shirt designs and album covers. Mr. Parke accepted the position of Art Director for Paisley Park Enterprises, NPG Records, and Prince in 1993, which post he held through 2001.
Mr. Parke’s digital portrait photography has appeared in such magazines as Time, Style, Vogue, Pulse, Guitar Player, Bass Player, and Musician. His fine art photography has hung in the Baltimore Museum of Art. He was also a contributing editor to MacAddict Magazine, and is a contributing writer for Amazing Figure Modeler Magazine.
Read more about Steve Parke and his recently released book Picturing Prince, in the NY Post
Susan Mangan is a graphic designer and project manager who has worked with WHAT?design since 1998. Susan works with varied clients to create projects that reflect their needs and vision. A creative professional who understands the need to meet goals in a sensitive and efficient manner, Susan is able to smoothly coordinate between invested parties to bring projects to completion, and has created and managed projects for diverse and high profile clients. In addition, she is experienced in working in a regulatory compliance environment, meeting the needs of legal and accounting teams for annual reports and prospectuses.
Her design practice currently emphasizes trade and children’s books, graphic novels, magazines, catalogs and cd packaging.
In her artistic practice Susan has exhibited widely in the Philadelphia, Maryland and DC areas and has recently been awarded both the Storefront Improvement Grant and the Stone Soup Saturday Grant from Germantown United CDC. More about her artistic practice can be found at smangan.com