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Fishergate was founded in 1969 by Anthony Drummond in Annapolis, Maryland. In 2001, the company moved to its current location on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. By staying one step ahead of technology and design trends, Fishergate has been able to provide its clients with fresh, current designs. From its early days of paste-up and darkroom cameras to today’s digital technology, Fishergate continues its tradition of creating top-quality work at a reasonable price.
Our clients include businesses, national trade associations, local government agencies, and nonprofit organizations from Maryland’s Eastern shore, Annapolis, Washington, and Baltimore.
Susan Vianna, Fishergate’s president, has been with the company since 1986. She is the main liaison with clients and participates in the day-to-day design and production of publications. She brings writing and editing expertise to
the process along with a thorough familiarity with the technical aspects production, printing, and e-book
development. She was a member of the first graduating class of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and received a bachelor's degree in Communications from that institution.
Fishergate’s founder, Anthony Drummond, named the company after the name of the main street in the town of Preston, England, where he grew up.
The recorded history of Preston, in the county of Lancashire, England, starts in 670 AD. The town is listed in William the Conqueror's Domesday Book of 1086 and was established as a Borough by royal charter from Edward II in 1179.
Every school day in his youth, he walked along that street to Winckley Square. Sometimes, on his way home, he dropped by the premises of The Lancashire Daily Post, where his father was employed as the Circulation Manager. He would enter the heavily paneled public lobby, pass a cavernous space full of thundering machinery and the sweet smell of printer's ink, and ascend to his father's quiet office on the second floor. There, he would occupy himself with an ancient typewriter or bother the staff cartoonist in an adjacent office until the "Late City” edition was safely on the streets.
So, when the time came to name the graphic design company he founded in 1969 in Annapolis, Maryland, USA, the choice was easy. He reached back to the town of his youth and the name of its main street, FISHERGATE, where he first became acquainted with wordsmithing and printing.
Although we have been around for over 50 years, we undertake each client’s project with the same level of excitement and fresh perspective as we did with our very first ones. Each project requires us to create a unique design that will help sell a business’ services, explain an organization’s mission, motivate people to take action, or spark interest in a book’s topic.
Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center Rack Cards
Fishergate designs rack cards for the various programs CBEC offers throughout
the year, including its Critters & Cocktails Speakers Series, Kayak Tours,
Adopt-A-Raptor, and Paddlepalooza program.
2019 NHA Annual Report
For the 10th year, National Hydropower Association selected
Fishergate to design its Annual Report.
2019 Queen Anne’s County Chamber of Commerce
Directory and Resource Guide
For the third year, QAC Chamber has selected Fishergate to design its annual directory. Fishergate has been an active member of the Chamber since 2001.
WDBC Water and Wastewater Design-Build Handbook
Fishergate designed Water Design-Build Council’s 4th edition of its Handbook in 2016. WDBC selected Fishergate again in 2019 to design the 5th edition. This 180-page publication provides information on how essential and effective collaborative delivery is to the water and wastewater sector.
Kent Narrows Development Foundation
Fishergate is working with the Kent Narrows Development Foundation
to create marketing pieces that promote the Kent Narrows area as a
Kent Narrows Boatel
Fishergate worked with the owners of the new Kent Narrows Boatel to
design their logo, business cards, and truck wrap.
Foxy Way to Learn ABCs
We enjoyed working with local author and environmentalist Vicki Paulas combining her text with her up-close photos of foxes to create this educational and fun children’s book. (54 pages, 26 photos, published in 2019)
Silent Maid: A Catboat History
Fishergate provided editorial and design services for this book. The book chronicles the history of a catboat, which sailed on Barnegat Bay, NJ, through the lives of the six families who owned her from 1924 to the present.
(300 pages, 470 photographs and illustrations, published in 2015)
Granville’s Tycoon: John Sutphin Jones and the Gilded Age
Fishergate has worked with the Town of Granville, OH, since 2005 when we designed three books commemorating the 200th Anniversary of the founding of the town. Since that time, we have designed eight more books for them called Pocket Histories. These short books, written by members of the Granville Historical Society, provide a wealth of information about the town’s historical figures and institutions. (82 pages, 25 photos, published in 2020)
Gerard H. Hardenbergh: Artist and Ornithologist
Beautiful coffee table book telling the story of a little-known New Jersey artist who captured the beauty of the New Jersey shoreline and the birds that made their homes there in the early 1900s. (172 pages, over 150 illustrations, published in 2017)
Through the Prism of Love
In this book, Sarah Covington Crooke wrote about her family and life on Maryland’s Eastern Shore spanning the
20th century. She was so happy with Fishergate’s work that we are now working with her to design her second book!
(140 pages, 46 photos, published in 2020)
Truck by Trailer: History of the Truck Trailer Manufacturing Industry
Fishergate worked with author John Conley to present an interesting narrative and photographic history of the truck trailer manufacturing industry from 1900 to present day. (176 pages, 225 photos and illustrations, published in 2016)
Stanley J. Samorajczyk
Website for attorney Stan Samorajczyk highlighting his credentials and services.
Lady Boxers Packing
Website for Lady Boxers a company that offers packing and unpacking services for moves or
decluttering of your existing home.
Website for Queen’s Landing a beautiful waterfront condominium community located
on Kent Island in Chester, Maryland.
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