barking dog design
For Rebecca Trahan, the art of communication is a subtle one. Her clean designs communicate client messages clearly, with a simple elegance. In 1994 she established Barking Dog Design, along with her not-so-silent partner, Wilma the Weimaraner. Since then, Rebecca has designed nation wide award winning work for such clients as Methodist Health Care System, University of Houston - Clear Lake, South Texas College of Law, the Menil Collection, United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, The Tate Agency and Asia Society Texas Center. Before opening her own shop, Rebecca worked as a graphic designer with The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where her work received numerous awards. She also spent several years in the New York City design and publishing industries, designing tabletop books. She earned a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from Louisiana State University, and did post-graduate work at the School of Visual Arts, New York. She has recently hung her design shingle in Brooklyn, New York. Rebecca particularly enjoys working with clients who provide services to the community, and is stimulated by the challenge of creating effective visual communication for those with limited budgets. In the past, she has worked with Bering Care Center, Healthy Family Initiatives and The Women’s Museum, among others. And currently continues to build her client base with nonprofit entities as well as for profit entities. Away from work, Rebecca is active in community service projects such as Project Row Houses. She has been a volunteer with Project Row Houses for over the last twenty years and just completed chairing the twentieth anniversary year and gala which far exceeded the fundraising goal. She sat on the Board of Directors for over four years and served as vice chair for two. She served on the AIGA/Houston board for four years as the Public Service chair. In addition she is an avid distance runner and an aspiring horsewoman, as well as a passionate advocate for women with heart disease. She helped found WomenHeart Houston, a support group for women living with cardiovascular disease and is an active volunteer with the Texas Heart Institute. And she hopes to continue her volunteer activities while reestablishing in New York.