Debra J. Quinton moved to Lewes, DE two years ago, and has already made a name for herself in the world of graphic design. Quinton has been running It’s a Snap Design since 1989, creating everything from same-sex wedding invitations to advertising designs to business cards.
In 2015, she won the Silver Communications Award for her work with Maryland Public Television. According to Quinton, it’s one of her “crowning achievements in the industry.”
Quinton enjoys working with a diverse group of clients. She prides herself on being easy to work with and creating a great experience. And, many Rehoboth area businesses have caught on to just that. Lewes Yoga and Meditation Center, Java Jukebox, and the Delaware Community Foundation are just a few of Quinton’s satisfied customers.
Tagg had the chance to speak with Quinton about her love for graphic design, lesbian-owned businesses, and the future.
How did you first get into graphic design?
I’ve always been interested in design. I have many wonderful memories of creating designs and building stage sets with my dad. He was a dentist, but he was also extremely artistic. I followed in my dad’s footsteps by becoming a dental hygienist but always wanted to be more creative. I landed my first advertising agency position in 1989 and I was hooked. I’ve been doing it ever since.
Why is good graphic design beneficial for businesses?
Good graphic design is essential when presenting your brand. If the design is great, eye-catching, and memorable, people will identify you easier. My own business card, which is a fold-over with a working snap on it is so memorable, people mention it years after they received it.
Why should people support lesbian-owned businesses?
A lesbian-owned business is like any other business; if the people are good at what they do and do it well, and offer their services at a good price, they should be supported. Hopefully, lesbians support each other to enhance the community. When one succeeds, we all succeed!
What is your favorite thing about living in the Rehoboth area?
My favorite thing about living in Rehoboth is the sense of community with my fellow lesbians. They are very accepting to new faces and it’s very easy to live an “out” lifestyle here, even among the straight community. Now that I’m here, I really have no plans to live out my life anywhere but in Rehoboth amongst my gay family. The gay community is very supportive of one another in business and socially. There are countless times that the community has pulled together to come to someone’s aid when in need.
Where do you see your business in five years?
I hope to see myself still comfortably running this business in five years, doing what I do and loving every minute of it. It’s not work, it’s fun for me, and I could do it forever, or until I can’t. The longer I am in the area and in the community here, the more work comes in. It’s been terrific so far, I love working for myself.