OUR TEAM -- scroll down to see who we are.
LINDSAY NOHL : OWNER / LEAD DESIGNER
Lindsay is a creative visionary with the full spectrum of design skills, pattern-making mastery, and product assortment know-how.
Originally from Mequon, Wisconsin, Lindsay moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota to earn her Illustration degree from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
After Graduating, Lindsay worked as a Designer for both the Seasonal and Kids teams at Target Corporate Headquarters and then as the Art Director for the Paper Prince Brand of Stationery & Gift Products at D.G. Inventive. In addition to her full-time experience, Lindsay has contributed on a freelance basis to nearly 70 manufacturers and retailers including Walmart, JoAnn Fabrics, Kohl's, JC Penney, Babies R Us, Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, and Department 56. She is the founder and visionary behind Paper Bicycle LLC's creative studio and lives her dream of working with incredibly inspiring designers on some of the most fantastic client projects imaginable.
In addition to her contributions to Paper Bicycle LLC, Lindsay is in her 8th year of teaching for the Design Department at MCAD both for the BFA program as well as the Continuing Studies program. She has led courses in digital illustration, product design, traditional painting and mediums, licensing, pattern making, and trend forecasting. She has also been on the board of the Twin Cities Licensing Group, and participated in curating artwork for the Tea Garden, a small series of tea-houses in the Twin Cities area.
Lindsay is married to her sweetheart, Chris Hajny, and lives with him and their many cuddly pets in South-East Minneapolis. In her freetime she loves to drink tea, dream big and construct crazy plans, and read as many non-fiction books as she can fit into her schedule.
FRANCESCA BUCHKO : DESIGNER / INNOVATOR
Francesca is an incredibly versitile, super-fast art machine.
Francesca was raised in Ironwood, Michigan in a loving family as the eldest of 6 awesome siblings and two caring parents. She moved to Minneapolis to earn an Illustration degree from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
Francesca has been with Paper Bicycle LLC since the beginning in 2007. She's had a hand in projects for some of our most important clients and her work has been featured in retailers like Kohl's Department Stores, JC Penney, and Target. Additionally, Francesca is a regular contributor to the collectible lines for the Bradford Group. Francesca is extremely versatile in creating and mastering different artistic looks and trends as well draw everything from turn-around technical views of licensed figural décor, to painted repeat patterns for kids flannel fabric.
Francesca has been an advanced digital arts instructor at the College of Visual Arts in St Paul, Minnesota, in addition to leading courses and tutoring in Photoshop, Illustrator and Corel Painter.
Besides working, Francesca maintains several art blogs featuring her personal work, loves spending time with her close friends, and savors trips to the grocery store. She lives in Uptown Minneapolis with her cute cat, Edna.
CHRIS HAJNY : DESIGNER / INNOVATOR
Chris Hajny is our details guy, décor master, and all-around creative genius.
Chris was born and raised in Stoughton, Wisconsin and moved to Minneapolis to get his degree in Illustration from the Minneapolis College of Art & Design.
Chris has been working as a product design freelancer and illustrator for the past 5 years. His clients include Department 56, the History Channel, and Target Corporation. He has also had over 200 pieces of licensed product under the brand DRAWLGRAPHIC. He has also been featured in 3x3 magazine, Computer Arts Magazine, Le Toile Magazine, the City Pages, and MNArtists.org's access+ENGAGE.
Chris has a knack for pushing ideas into awesome-mode, making them unique, adding a twist, and really delighting consumers with his humor in innovation.
In addition to his contributions to the commercial art world - Chris participates in a variety of Local art shows, wears sweet kicks, and makes all 13 year olds (and 30 year olds) jealous of his massive video game collection.
ALYSSA NASSNER : DESIGNER / INNOVATOR
Alyssa is a stellar surface designer and marketing genius.
She is a new Minnesota resident, having come all the way from Baltimore, Maryland, where she got her illustration degree from Maryland Institute College of Art, to join forces with us in October, 2011.
Alyssa has a long client list that spans a series of fantastic publications and exciting projects. Her clients include Chronicle Books, UPPERCASE Magazine, REAL SIMPLE Magazine, Dwell Studio, Galison, and many other great projects. In addition to her illustration and design work, Alyssa co-run a collaboratative art blog called Ten Paces and Draw, which has gotten a ton of great press since it's start in 2011.
Alyssa is a die-hard art-aholic, with insatiable ambition and an incredible lust for creating. She's a go-getter and her enthusiasm for a good project is contageous! We're so happy she's here!
In addition to working on all sorts of projects, Alyssa adores watching Friends, rooting for the Ravens, eating all the donuts, and hanging out with her adorable dog, Sully.