Charles S. Anderson Design

Happy Kitty Bunny Pony

Another presenter I was really excited about was Charles Anderson. I love the look and feel of all the work that comes out of their studio, and I really love French paper, who they partner with on many of their projects.

The talk, entitled “The Designer as Entrepeneur” wasn’t intended to be a how to about how to get your products produced, so it focused more on CSA’s individual experiences, which seemed to have a lot do with timing and luck in the beginning. But his determination and commitment to their vision came through as what’s held everything together over time.

It is extremely easy to identify a CSA product. Although they are all fun and unique in their design and concept, the attitude/humor/style is instantly recognizable. On top of licensing their own product designs through Target and elsewhere, they maintain a vast stock photography library, constantly design and produce new items to be sold through Pop Ink (a collaboration with French paper and Laurie DeMartino Design) and continue to publish books featuring their artwork.

I’m particularly drawn to some of their soap packaging:
Water Garden Soap

Bird Bath Soap

Wash & Wear Soap

Pictured below are a few of the fun CSA-designed pieces I received from the HOW Resource Center: promos for French’s Pop-Tone and Dur-O-Tone papers.

Pop-Tone Promos

For more of Charles Anderson, see below:
Charles S. Anderson Design
CSA Images
Pop Ink


Courtney is the founder of Design Work Life and Seamless Creative, a small design studio she runs with her husband Brian. She now splits her time between developing brand identities for small businesses and soaking up (and passing along) as much inspiration as she possibly can.

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