About SCD

Swiss Cottage Designs is a custom design studio based in Brooklyn, New York. For the locals, we’re in Carroll Gardens {right near Mazzola bakery- an office staple}.

We specialize in custom illustration, invitations and maps as well as personal and corporate branding. Everything we create is completely unique to our customers. We know that you have your own vision and it’s our job to bring it to life.

Our work has been featured in Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, The Knot and New York Weddings magazine as well as Oh So Beautiful Paper, Style Me Pretty, Apartment Therapy, and the New York Times website. As of 2014, we have a wholesale card line sold in select stores across the country.

Our client list includes Warby Parker, Crown Publishing, and Culture Magazine as well as a number of beauty and lifestyle brands. We also have a collaborative invitation line with wedding stationers, Bella Figura.

When it comes down to it, we are a soul music loving, NPR listening, tea drinking, muffin eating kind of studio. Our versatile style lends itself to anyone from a local Brooklyn bride to a growing new business. We can’t wait to see what we come up with for you!

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Meet Courtney

SCD was founded by illustrator, designer and paper lover, Courtney Jentzen. She received her degree in Illustration from Syracuse University. After working in the New York City design industry for several years, she set out to start Swiss Cottage Designs in 2009.

As an avid list maker (she’ll gladly speak to you for longer than you’re comfortable with about the benefits of list making) she always has a graph paper notebook and pen within arm’s reach. She brings a fun, fresh and sometimes humorous spin to her work and sees every new project, both big and small, as a unique creative opportunity. Few things satisfy her as much as taking a great idea from concept to completion. Most days she’s buried in a sketchbook, plotting SCD’s next undertaking and cracking the occasional bad joke.

Courtney's Tools of the Trade

  • A bottle of (very cold!) San Pellegrino water at all times
  • Her trusty radio permanetly tuned into WNYC
  • L.L. Bean “old lady” slippers
  • A sketch book full of half baked ideas and concepts
  • A mug chock full o’ pens, complete with pencil nubs burried at the bottom
  • And last but never least, her beloved tea without which she could not function
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Courtney's Tools Illustrations

Meet Sunny

After receiving her degree in graphic design from Florida State University, Sunny worked in advertising for several years. Looking to pursue her love of stationery and illustration, she bid the agency world adieu and joined SCD as the studio manager and lead designer in early 2014.

With her trusty calendar in hand, Sunny ensures that every project runs smoothly and that our clients find the perfect option for their needs. Print method? Quantity? Timing? She’s always happy to answer your questions and make the process and fun and stress-free as possible. She lends her expertise on design end of things and brings her cool sense of style to SCD’s projects. Chat with her long enough and you’ll discover her love of cats, reading, taxidermy, and good music (though not always in that order).

Sunny's Tools

  • Complete happiness: a morning coffee
  • Taxidermied racoon claw, sounds weird, but it’s actually pretty cool
  • An ever present calendar to keep things running smoothly around the office
  • Sharpie Pens: they write like a dream
  • Her master (and constantly changing!) to-do list
  • Office buddies! They bring some personality to the studio
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