CARTE STUDIO is a creative company based in Victoria, BC, owned and operated by me, Sarah MacNeill.
CARTE evolved from a desire to combine my creative passions into a single professional identity. I earned a degree in architecture from Dalhousie University in 2005, but my unofficial design education has been life-long. As a child I made collages out of magazine scraps, designed and sewed my own figure skating dresses, and listened earnestly as my dad taught me the fundamentals of photography through the lens of his Nikon SLR camera. I am a visual thinker, an enthusiastic storyteller, and a chronic night owl.
After working in the architectural field for several years, I began freelance graphic design and photographic work. I work with architects, interior designers, developers, creatives, art directors, editors and small business owners.
My professional experience has also strayed into the publishing field. While working for a reputable children's book publishing house I expanded my knowledge of visual storytelling and art direction in the book world by learning from the best. My first children's book is set for Fall 2018 publication with Orca Book Publishers, and I could not be more excited! Additionally, I wrote and photographed a design column for Boulevard Magazine for two years.
I have had the true pleasure of meeting many amazing people through the work I do. I'm inspired by anyone who has ever had a good idea and chose to act on it.
Currently, I go about life with my husband and three young daughters in Victoria, BC. I dream about the energy of New York City, the allure of Paris and the style of Palm Springs on an hourly basis.