As Creative Director, Crystal is at once focused and energetic, intuitive and rational. Whether she’s designing a web interface, composing a print piece, or leading a photo shoot, she’s creative and highly organized. If you don’t work with Crystal, these traits will seem mutually exclusive (or at least highly unpairable). If you do work with her, you’ll be so motivated that you’ll forget about what’s not possible.

Her background is as rich as her creative direction, spanning the health food industry, sales, finance, product development, design, and emerging technologies. That combination of business sense, creativity, and leadership—her emotional intelligence—is invaluable to MarketPlace and our partners.

Balancing strategy and execution, instinct and research, medium and message, head and heart, Crystal is more than a valued team member—she’s a cornerstone at MarketPlace.

“People think that design is styling. Design is not style. It’s not about giving shape to the shell and not giving a damn about the guts. Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.”

– Paola Antonelli

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cheese plate!

When I was a child, my mother would always create a “surprise food plate” upon request. As a vegetarian family, it was typically a smattering of items including nuts, seeds, dried fruit, rice cakes with apple butter, and soy cheese, among other items.

Though I’m no longer a vegetarian, I’ve been returning to that early love of food plates, lately obsessing over charcuterie and cheese plates, which I enjoy not only for the flavor combinations but also for bringing my friends together (there’s no better reason for a social event than a gorgeous food plate).

I’ve been thinking about my signature plate, and I decided on dried figs and dates, fresh strawberries, raw cashews, creamy brie, raw sharp cheddar, and prosciutto.