Notobella Designs, LLC

Athens, GA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My work is a clear representation of my both my personality and that of my client. 90% of the time I've given the ideas and tools to make sure that every aspect of marketing and design meets my clients needs, and then I'm allowed to create to my hearts content. I don't stop until my client is 100% satisfied with the outcome, and I'm just as proud to put my name on the final product. My work attracts clients that are in the market for a timeless design that will grow with them, and can be easily modified for whatever the future will bring. It's a win-win-win situation for the client and myself, and I think that is what keeps me going and designing at my best.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love taking my dog to work everyday. I work from my home, so I have the freedom to keep a schedule that I'm most comfortable with, and to be surrounded by the art, music, and animals that are important me - without the risk of offending or turning anyone off due to style or taste or allergies. I also love the freedom of being able to pick and choose my projects. I've been a designer for 15+ years, and launched my own business officially 5 years ago ... it took 3 years just to make sure I paid my dues. Now that I have a reputation and most of my business is word of mouth, it's nice to know that if a project doesn't appeal to me, or if I don't feel I can do the project the service it requires I can pass it on to a networking skilled professional, or turn it down all together, without any guilt.
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Athens, GA 30601


10 Reviews
  • Cheryl C. Sep 13, 2011
    Sara is absolutely amazing! I have worked with her on several projects and she never fails to impress. Not only is her work completely in line with my vision but she is quick, makes great suggestions and is just a pleasure to work with.She is extremely responsive, and although we live in different cities and have never met, or even talked on the phone, we are able to clearly and effectively communicate. She listens well and totally gets what I need. I feel so lucky to have found Sara. She's everything you could hope for in a designer: super talented, easy to work with, and incredibly fast. I look forward to working with her again, again and again. Sara, I am nothing without you! Thanks for everything. =)
  • Daniel T. Aug 1, 2011
    Sara consistently delivers, applying her brand of creative spunk to everything from large scale projects to 'I need this one simple thing done super quick' items. Great quality and amazing turnaround time on work that delivers real business results- all while being genuinely fun to work with. Get Sara on your team.
  • Kim L. Jul 14, 2011
    I have had the pleasure of working with Sara for 5+ years. Sara's creative talent reigns supreme! When I approach Sara with a project, I always know that the work will be on time and speaks to the message I need to portray. I am always willing to refer others to Sara because I know her work is excellent. Sara always finds time to lend her talent to charitable projects. I am thrilled to call Sara my friend, colleague, and designer!
  • Haley C. Jul 6, 2011
    Sara is a graphic design goddess! She has been amazing to work with. Sara was recommended to my be a friend, and we are so lucky to have found her. When we first contacted Sara to design our website, we didn't even have our store front yet, and all we had was the smallest, dimmest idea of how we wanted our store (and, in turn, our website) to look. But Sara somehow just knew what we were looking for, and our website turned out FANTASTIC. Our customers are always telling us that our adorable website is one of the things that made them choose us. Next, Sara designed our business cards. They are unique and creative, and nothing like your typical "business card." Then came stickers, brochures, gift certificates, and frequent buyer cards. I don't think there is anything Sara can't do! We can't say enough wonderful things about her. She is just the absolute best in the business. Thanks Sara!
  • Andrea W. Jul 6, 2011
    Sara "saw me" and that is what makes her truly unique. We sat together and talked about my vision. She took her gift for "getting people" and translated me perfectly to logo and webpage. I did not make one change to her design. She nailed it. I also have to believe that what she saw in me reflects how others may see me as well. Keeping this in mind...her perspective is a valuable tool if I am brave enough to embrace it. Often we think we know what others see as we impose our opinions on the world...maybe the mirrow of another is more accurate than the one we choose to see??? I LOVE her honesty. I can tell you that I feel safe in her capable hands and that feeling is priceless.
  • FaithfulFish K. Jun 30, 2011
    We have been working with Sara for over two years and she is wonderful! I don't know what we would do without her. She is creative, efficient and awesome to work with. She completely gets us and always comes back with something creative and fun! I highly recommend her to anyone!
  • Margaret R. Jun 30, 2011
    I love working with Sara. She picked up right away on the flavor that I wanted in all my projects and ran with it. I have never been disappointed. She is easy to work with and completes all projects in a timely manner. I look forward to continuing a wonderful working relationship.
  • Linda S. Jun 30, 2011
    Sarah has been great to work with - she has a nice eye for design, she handles everything from beginning to end, and she has a quick turnaround. Love it!
  • Susan C. Jun 29, 2011
    Sara Noto is no doubt one of the best service provider referrals I have received in my long career. When I launched my company, a colleague proactively recommended Sara because she was incredibly impressed with Sara's talent, creativity, knowledge, and responsiveness. I made the call to Sara three years ago and now she can't shake me! She's been with me from the ground up for both my consulting practice launch as well as my ministry launch. The ongoing feedback I receive from my client base regarding my branding and design all points back to Sara - the feedback could fill volumes. Over the three years, Sara has performed what you might expect from a world-class design provider...incredible upfront brainstorming and design options that hit the mark first round. What has totally surprised me is Sara's deep knowledge and skill base in actually building out websites from start to finish. In addition, Sara has gone above and beyond in responding when urgent situations arise. She will do whatever it takes to get the job done and get it done well. As my trust grew in Sara, I began to think of her more like a business partner that I can bounce ideas off of. Another great surprise - I now consider Sara a great friend as we walk this journey of life. I am extremely grateful my journey crossed paths with the path of Designer Extraordinaire Sara Noto.
  • Harry R. Jun 29, 2011
    Sara: Thanks for the logo, letterhead and constructing my company a magnificent website. You're a real pro and I look forward to developing other projects with you.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
My pricing system is incredibly simple. I have flat rates for most of my common design projects and I always provide a price accurate estimate and contract before any work begins. Contact me with your design needs and I'll be happy to get back with you with a proposal ASAP.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I'm currently far to busy to take time off for outside schooling, but I subscribe to numerous design magazines that keep me up to date on the latest tips and techniques of the programs I use ... including new technology out there that will help expand my services to my clients.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Art runs in my family ... most of my uncles are artists, one is even an art teach at a university. I thought, while in school, I wanted to go the business route ... I soon learned it just wasn't for me. I think far too outside the box for that. I took an art class my senior year of high-school and got a job at a local newspaper doing the pagination (layout) of the paper itself ... it was love at first typesetting.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Currently my most common jobs are working with start-up companies in creating their branding/marketing. We start with logo designs and work our way to stationery, advertising, websites and whatever else the client needs. I've been incredibly busy with website design and brochure design as of late. While most of my work is in the web field, I still have a fondness for print design and love working in that medium whenever possible.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I just recently wrapped the development and design of A local PR firm and close friend of mine who relates closely with Whales ... as it turns out, the whale was a great inspiration for me within her logo and her website. It's unbelievably cute and functional and really captures her personality. I'm very proud of the final outcome of all of her marketing materials.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your research. It's easy to find the cheapest most accessible designer out there, but to find a quality designer that is reasonable will save you time, headache and money in the long run. Be sure that the designer you choose can stay within budget, and meet your design needs. It's also always a good idea to be sure that your chosen provider has a network of other designers, programmers, or skilled professionals that they can turn to should you hit any bumps in a road. Last, but not least, be clear in your communication about what you are looking for. It's easiest to let a designer run with their creative energy, but as the client, it's always a good idea to be there to reign it in when necessary.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish it wasn't so harsh, but I'm not a phone person ... I'm also not a "meet in person" person. This isn't because I don't enjoy people - it's because I work on multiple projects at once. In any given day I'm working on at least 6 projects, and it's easier for me to communicate via email and continue to multi-task. I'm always willing to meet in person and have a cup of coffee with a client, especially if they are local. It's good to put a face to a name/voice/email, and I'm all for that, but I have to schedule it way in advance so I can prepare my other clients' for my absence from the work day.