Naissance is an award-winning brand strategy and design studio based in the Midwest with headquarters in Granville, Ohio.

We are a full-service studio creating strategy and design solutions across multiple platforms.

Naissance has been servicing luxury brands since 2006.

Emily Hughes Smith
Emily Hughes Smith is owner and lead strategist of Naissance and has worked for clients including Hennessy X.O, Magnanni, The Original Carrabba's, Victoria's Secret, Site Enhancement Services, Grace's On Kirby, Mia's Table, The Stanley Clark School, The Lebermuth Company, Bertrand Products, Montessori Edison Lakes, The University of Notre Dame, FDC Graphic Films, GiveHear, and many more.

She has received numerous distinctions including the Michiana Forty under 40 award.

Naissance has been recognized for excellence from the James Beard Foundation, Communication Arts, Print, HOW, American Advertising Federation, Columbus Society of Communicating Arts and others.

She is a member of Renaissance Executive Forums and American Advertising Federation.

Select Keynote Speaking Engagements | Emily Hughes Smith:
Engaging Women in Life and Leadership, 2016
Topic: Brand Management: Utilizing Social Media and Strategic Design to Build Equity in Your Brand
Presented By: Thrive, 1st Source Bank, and Saint Mary’s College

Young Professional Network Entrepreneur Panel, 2016
YPN Power Lunch—Shaping South Bend Region: Entrepreneurship
Presented By: St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce

Key4Women Annual Luncheon, 2016
Topic: Millennials and Social Media: The Connected Generation
Presented By: Key4Women

2016 Grace College School of Business Executive Forum
Topic: Engaging Employees in the Company Culture
Presented By: Institute for Enterprise Development at Grace College

Seven Tips. Seven Experts. Seven Minutes. 2015
Topic: Generational Differences: Millennial Perspectives
Presented By: KeyBank, Key4Women

Kirk Richard Smith
Kirk Richard Smith is partner and creative director of Naissance and has worked for client's including ABC News, The Wall Street Journal, Sony Music, Virgin Records, Penguin Books, The University of Notre Dame, Limited Brands, Hennessy X.O, Crucial Detail, Magnanni and many others.

He has worked as creative director and photographer for the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame since 2008. His design, photography and video work there has been recognized by the American Advertising Federation with Best of Show, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards.

He previously owned and operated the internationally recognized design studio Firehouse 101 Art + Design which has received over 200 awards of design and illustration excellence from Communication Arts, Graphis, Print, HOW, Columbus Society of Communicating Arts, American Advertising Federation and Dove Awards.

His fine art is part of the permanent collection at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University.

Emily Hughes Smith
Owner | Brand Strategist
Katie McDonough
Account Executive
Andreana Liew-Spilger
Creative Coordinator
Kirk Richard Smith
Partner | Creative Director
Cory Ehler
Lead Developer
David Stephan
Payroll Specialist