About Stark Imagery…
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For 23 years, Stark Imagery Digital Design has been helping to change the face of businesses for the better. From company identity packages to social media management, Stark Imagery can help you put your best foot forward and make a more vivid impact.
Stark Imagery was founded by Keith Stark in 1995 when he purchased a custom-built PC with scanner and printer, along with a copy of Adobe PageMaker (the predecessor to InDesign) and Macromedia Freehand (prior to the merger with Adobe Illustrator). But that wasn’t the beginning of his graphic design journey.
In the summer of 1983, Keith worked his first job mowing lawns at the age of 14 to buy a new Commodore 64 computer. Along with the optional dot-matrix printer and 5-1/4″ floppy disk drive, Keith was able to create direct mail letters for his father’s insurance business, and a database of clients and prospects from the Bossier City Chamber of Commerce, which allowed him to print mail-merged letters well before mail-merging was cool.
Shortly thereafter, Keith acquired The Print Shop software and was immediately bitten by the graphics bug. He was able to create greeting cards, banners, and even custom wrapping paper on his B&W dot-matrix printer.
The 1986 release of Van Halen’s 5150 came with some cool album cover artwork and a challenge. The cover was the first artwork that Keith challenged himself to recreate. It is rumored that a printout of this first artwork is still in existence in a box in Bossier City, Louisiana. If the rumor is true, this artwork will appear here in the near future.
Keith’s time at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts introduced him to professional desktop publishing software – Aldus PageMaker 1.0 on a Macintosh computer. He knew from that point forward that this was the field he wanted to be in.
Attending the University of Louisiana at Monroe (then Northeast Louisiana University) on full scholarship, Keith began taking junior-level advertising courses as an incoming freshman and made the president’s list for academic achievement. His first year, he won the Peter T. Beckish Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in the School of Communications. Keith served as Vice-President of Campaigns for the student chapter of the American Advertising Federation, Treasurer for the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), and was a student member of the Northeast Louisiana chapter of the Public Relations Association of Louisiana (PRAL). He graduated in May of 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, majoring in Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in marketing. It was his publication design and photojournalism classes, along with time spent in the University’s Mac lab, that prepared him for his future career.
After graduation, Keith took a job with a healthcare consulting firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana doing public relations, design, and marketing. His resume thereafter includes working for Image 4 Prepress, serving as Senior Graphic Designer with Austin Technical Companies / Health Care Options, Graphics Supervisor for Associated Grocers, and Communications Director for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. After 5 years of designing for national commercial accounts with Moran Printing, Keith re-entered the healthcare field in the hospice arena in 2009 — a field that he still contributes to today.