Leith Design Group

Leith Design Group creates print solutions to help clients develop the right image, expand brand awareness, and respond to a changing marketplace.


Leith finished master's degree at R.I.T. in graphic design with minor in printing technology in 1982. The next 6 years were spent art directing Folio Magazine and then Cook's Magazine in Connecticut. In 1989 Leith Design Group was formed. For 20 years I have art directed several major trade and consumer publications (including several magazine re-designs), designed for several luxury cruise companies, and numerous clients in all types of media. I relocated back to Western New York in 2001.

LDG specializes in organizing your company's information into professional, attractive-looking:
  • Brochures
  • Publications
  • Newsletters
  • Custom Magazines
Let us carry that look into your print ads, direct mail pieces, catalogs, annual reports and sales kits. LDG is also a print and mail services broker, so you can be sure you are getting the best quality print job for the lowest price available.
Let us handle your project from the design, production, printing, mailing and delivery of the final printed piece.
Equipment & Facilities
A multi-computer, Mac studio. My software expertise lies in:
  • QuarkXpress
  • PhotoShop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
Year Founded: 1989
Industries Served
Travel Industry. Educational Institutes. Manufacturing companies. Financial Planning. Food and Cooking Industry.
Major Clients
Elegant Cruises & Tours, Inc.
Preservation Coalition of Erie County
Cable Television Advertising Bureau
Hunt Real Estate
U.S. Tobacco
Networld, Inc.
VT Pure Spring Water
ABC Video
Select International
Advanced Body Care

Publication Design:
Golf Digest Magazine
Tennis Magazine
Non Foods Merchandising Magazine
Taunton Press Magazines
Southern New Engand Telephone
SeaCloud Cruises, Inc.
Seimon Company
Computer Pictures Magazine
Benefits & Compensations Magazine
Ozzie Award for Art Direction of Cook's Magazine
"Excellence In Design" Award from Beckett Papers for the creative use of printing papers
On Sep 9, 2005, at 2:05 PM, Steve Wellmeier wrote:
"By the way, you did a masterful job with the Andrea/Monet brochure. Excellent! Mato thought a shiny cover would be better, but I convinced him that it makes for fingerprints. (The dull satin finish looks much nicer and classier, in my opinion)."
Steve Wellmeier

Vice President, Marketing
Elegant Cruises & Tours, Inc., Port Washington, NY

Letter of Recommendation, January 18, 2006
Dear Mr. _____:
The best art director I have ever had the pleasure to work with, Leith Chamberlain, tells me she is being considered by you for a similar position at _______ Magazine. You are most fortunate.

Before retiring three years ago, I was a reporter and editor for 42 years. For more than 20 of those years, I was managing editor and/or editor-in-chief of several publications covering high-tech industries. They included Electronic News and MIS Week, both Fairchild Publications (New York City) weekly news magazines covering the electronics and computer industries; Computer Pictures, then a 55,000 circulation, bi-monthly slick magazine covering computer-based art and graphics; Multimedia Producer, then a 117,000 circulation monthly covering multimedia technologies, and, most recently InTech magazine based here in North Carolina.

During those 20 years, I had the pleasure of working with perhaps 10 or so talented art directors. The best, by far, was Leith Chamberlain. She was my art director during the five years I was editor-in-chief of Computer Pictures, and also art director of Mulitmedia Producer. Both those publications were start-ups, which Leith designed and layed out from the get-go.

Computer Pictures, in particular, is a great example to use when explaining what makes Leith special. First, you need to understand the subject we covered most often in the magazine was art. We published art done by real artists—award-winning artists, internationally known—all of whom did their art on computers. These were also artists with enormous egos, who could not tolerate their work being poorly presented in a magazine layout.

During the five years I worked with Leith, I never received a complaint from any artist regarding Leith's work. They loved her work because every layout was creative and eye-catching. I loved her work for the same reason—plus another we editors understand: she never, ever missed a deadline.

Leith not only brings with her incredible creativity and adherence to deadlines, but also one more talent—great "people chemistry." During the five years I worked with her, Leith was liked and respected by everyone with whom she came in contact—writers, editors, other artists, production staff, our publisher and business staff.

You are very, very fortunate to have the opportunity to consider having such a talent work for you. I recommend her most highly.

James E. Strothman
212 Edinburgh Drive
Cary, NC 27511
Woman-owned business
Advertising Club of Buffalo
Rochester Institute of Technology Alumni Chapter
Lancaster Area Chamber of Commerce
Southtowns YMCA
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Erie County, Buffalo NY   Region
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Luxury Cruise Guide
Luxury Cruise Guide

Sea Cloud Cruises wanted a folded, self-mailer for a quick promotion of their remaining 2005 programs in Europe. This was designed as an 8-panel, double gatefold and printed on 80# Carnival Felt Cover.

Travel and Tourism
Elegant Cruises & Tours Brochure
Elegant Cruises & Tours Brochure

Elegant Cruises & Tours publishes a catalog featuring all their expedition programs once a year. This year showcased the newest ship in the company, the M.S. Andrea. I printed this 32 page saddle-stiched brochure using both gloss and matte varnish throughout with gold foil stamp on cover.

Travel and Tourism
Cabling magazine
Cabling magazine

Siemon Company, a world-class developer and manufacturer of telecommunications cabling systems, came to me and wanted a re-design of their quarterly magazine called "Wiring." Even the title needed a facelift.

Publication Design
Rio Incomparable
Rio Incomparable

Rio Incomparable, a meeting and Incentives Consortium, commissioned me to design this first brochure as a template for the many destinations they offer. I flew to Rio to art direct the photography. It is printed with both gloss and matte varnish with a vellum locator map inside.

Travel and Tourism
Vermont Pure Spring Water Annual Report
Vermont Pure Spring Water Annual Report

This was the year Vermont Pure built their bottling plant in Randolph, VT. They were positioning themselves as the American brand of spring water, direct competitors of Avian from France. My solution was to go Red, White and Blue and use the new building blueprint as a background throughout. The inside back cover has a flap used to hold the annual report itself during AP season, but to hold sales materials throughout the rest of the year, making the presentation multi-purpose.

Siemon Cabling System Overview
Siemon Cabling System Overview

The Siemon Company, an international leader in the development and manufacture of telecommunications cabling systems, wanted an easy-to-understand graphic translation showing their highly technical cabling system as the foundation of a fully integrated voice, imaging and data network. This 12 page capabilities brochure features a 3 page pull-out gatefold showing an illuminated view of their system at work.

Passport to Health & Adventure-Cycling
Passport to Health & Adventure-Cycling

Sea Air Holidays, an international travel and tour marketing company, wanted to develop a new branch to their services which would appeal to a more fitness-minded audience. I helped launch the "Passport to Health & Adventure" series featuring European travel with health and fitness programs as the centerpiece. Here is the first brochure featuring Cycling through France and Italy.

Computer Pictures Magazine
Computer Pictures Magazine

Knowledge Industries Publishing, White Plains, NY, came to me with their 64-page magazine looking for a re-design and ongoing art direction. I went on to art direct the magazine for five years until it was sold in 1994. Magazine design is a field I have alot of experience in. Other magazines I have art directed are: Folio Magazine, Catalog Age, Cook's Magazine, Benefits & Compensation Solutions Magazine, Non-Foods Merchandising, Cabling Magazine and CAB Report.

A Lifetime of Better Golf (Book)
A Lifetime of Better Golf (Book)

Golf Digest Productions commissioned me to art direct and produce this 80-page perfect bound book. It was offered in a package including a CD, DVD and Video Cassette as well.

Newsletter for NFO Worldwide, Inc.
Newsletter for NFO Worldwide, Inc.

NFO—a respected and established U.S. marketing research firm—wanted to send their clients an up-to-the-minute read on global research, innovative research tools, services and expertise in the form of a monthly newletter. I designed this template for their in-house marketing department to use in subsequent mailings.