Meet Heather Hunt-Casper
Hello I am Heather Hunt-Casper. I am a co-founder of Open Haus Studio, a boutique creative agency located in West Chester, PA. I have over 24 years of experience in building brands and developing relevant creative strategies for a wide range of clients from consumer to B2B both nationally and locally. I am a creative who has worked on both sides of the business—agency and in-house which gives me great perspective on successfully partnering to build a brand. My business partner, creative collaborator and best friend is also my husband. When we aren’t working, we enjoy time exploring with our son Sammy and Boston Terrier, Menu. Check us out at www.openhausstudio.com.
Now, our 12 Questions:
1. What kind of kid were you?
2. What influences have shaped you?
Being the daughter of an engineer was an early influence. It pushed me to want to know how and why things work. Apple in the early 90s made me discover my inner tech geek. Living in center city Philadelphia for 22 years really influenced me to be myself and stay open to change. Traveling gives me perspective and inspiration.
3. Ever done anything really dumb?
Once I had a meeting and printed something for it but the toner exploded. I didn’t want to get my hands dirty so I blew the toner off the page. During the meeting, the man I was talking with kept leaning in and looking closely at my face. Afterwards, I ran to my car to look in the mirror. Much to my horror I had a dusting of black toner around my mouth and lower jaw. It looked like a 5 o’ clock shadow. I was awarded the work but I am sure he always wondered about my gender— I am almost six foot tall, too!
4. How’d you learn to do what you do?
I’ve learned by being curious about the how, why, when and where of things. You have to try something to really know if it feels right and you learn so much in the process. Listening to those around you helps you learn and hone your gut instincts.
5. What are you working on now?
We are working on lining up two new web projects and diving into a website and branding redesign. We also have some on-going client work that involves trade shows, sales collateral and a campaign.
6. Walk us through a typical day at work.
It will vary but there is usually a mix of coffee, emails, phone calls. Then more coffee, more emails, work and a few conference calls. Our days encompass everything from research, planning and strategy to coming up with and presenting work to then execute.
7. Who do you love?
Its hard not to first say my family, friends and dog, but I also really love old people. You can learn so much from their experiences. I also admire—Luke Sullivan, Alex Isley, Sally Hogshead.
8. What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about the people and things I love. In addition to #7: technology, design of all kind, creative problem-solving, history, traveling and cheese.
9. What are you proudest of?
Besides my family, it would be Open Haus Studio. It has grown and succeeded through some tough and challenging economies. I am proudest that we have been able to build and maintain strong relationships by doing great work with great people.
10. Describe a great night out.
A night out for sushi with my husband, son and some friends at a great local BYOB and not being the designated driver.
11. So what’s next for you?
We just revamped our website so we got some great buzz and interest. Next up will be working on some new projects!
12. What will your epitaph say?
Always support finding your truth.