The mind is the real instrument of sight and observation.” — Pliny


My name is Noel Danforth, I am a graphic designer and fine art painter. Gold Star Studios is the name of my graphic design practice.

As a graphic designer, I work on an array of communication projects large and small, and often partner with other design studios. I enjoy working with a variety of clients and value a strong partnership.

Take a peek around and gain a sense of my design work. If you’d like to discuss a design project, please send me an email.

portrait: Lisa Luck

In design, I strive to be a cogent lens through which information is distilled into a form most beautiful in its simplicity. I believe it is this simplified complexity that makes one’s work at once inspiring, surprising, playful, and unique.

Things I believe to be true:
That design enables and elevates communication
That design can inspire action and introspection
That design is about risk-taking and dreaming
And finally, that design makes me happy, at times elated and always engaged because of the ever-changing landscape of projects and clients.

Things I learned from my dog:
Exercise makes you happy
Food is nirvana
Discipline is essential