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Design that speaks.


What do you want to say?

Design isn’t about looking pretty. It’s strategic. It’s powerful. And it says something. Whether in a printed invitation or a website, visual communication sends a message—and that message should be effective and on target. 


Our clients are our partners and great design requires a great client. We recognize the value our clients bring to every project and listen to their goals and ideas so that every project is a partnership and collaboration.


Cyan Design Studio is honored to work with businesses and individuals, large and small, nationally and internationally. Our client projects also cover a wide range—from branding, package design and illustration to design for digital, print, and exhibitions. Additional examples of client projects are website design, email campaigns, presentation graphics, invitations, brochures, corporate identity, annual reports, event graphics, and packaging.

  • InHealth Technologies

  • K&L Wine Merchants

  • Level C

  • Loyola Law School Los Angeles

  • Marty Neumeier

  • New Zealand Manuka Group


  • Great Place to Work!

  • Palapa Azul

  • Aspen Institute Latinos & Society

  • Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara

  • Casa Mexicana

  • Coastal Kitchen Dana Point

  • Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI)

  • DaVita Healthcare

  • Dream Foods International

  • Ian Somerhalder Foundation

  • Pitzer College

  • Santa Barbara Museum of Art

  • Santa Barbara Wildlife Care Network

  • Santa Maria Business Park 

  • Simpler Systems

  • University of Southern California - multiple schools and departments

  • University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

“Cya Nelson Drew is that distinctive designer who not only possesses optimum expertise in the tools required to create in both print and digital formats but also has the creativity, balance and understanding to make the medium of her work the ultimate approach to any message. Her work is superior, her work ethic indisputable, and her approach always balanced and full of understanding. From scientific papers to gala invitations and collateral to year-end reports, she takes on every project with a special aplomb through tireless revisions to a superior final product. Ms. Nelson Drew is smart, savvy designer who complements her professionalism with kindness and understanding that gets the job done. Hats off to this talented designer.”

Director of External Affairs, USC Schaeffer Center

Nice to meet you.




Cyan Design Studio is owned by Cya Nelson Drew, an illustrator and graphic designer with 20 years of experience in the field and a life-long passion for all things creative.

Prior to forming her company, Cya worked as the art director for a notable design firm in the Los Angeles area. During her time there, Cya partnered with such clients as the Disney Channel, Honda/Acura, Nintendo, and the MGM Grand Las Vegas.


In 2006, Cya had a near-death encounter with a deadly jellyfish in the Australian waters. This led to a change in life perspective and with this, a desire to create her own company and utilize her well-developed style to create her own niche. As such, Cya formed Cyan Design Studio and returned to her favorite city, Santa Barbara. The flexibility of running a small firm has allowed Cya to focus on select clients and projects that translate into successful partnerships.


Cya’s experience includes a broad range of national and international projects — from branding, illustration, and print collateral, to websites and event graphics. Examples of Cya’s work have appeared in Communication Arts, HOW, Graphics, Rockport books and various other graphic arts publications.





Mari Bellefeuille was born and raised in beautiful Santa Barbara, California. She spent three and a half years discovering her passions within an extensive design program at Azusa Pacific University and graduated in 2017 with a Bachelors in Graphic Design. Her experiences at APU changed the way she viewed what her career as a designer could look like and offer.


Shortly after graduating from APU, Mari began working as a junior designer at Cyan Design Studio where she was taken under the wing of the very talented Cya Nelson Drew. As the first official employee of Cyan Design Studio, Mari was able to fine tune her skills as a designer in a more intimate setting. She continues to embrace the diversity of her role in the company and makes the most of her experiences. She enjoys the fluidity and creativity that the graphic design world has to offer and is constantly amazed by the role that design plays in every day life.


Mari has been happily living and working in Santa Barbara ever since and looks forward to the adventures and challenges that lie ahead.

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