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Our Philosophy

We find joy in excellence

As artists and craftspeople, we are passionate about preserving the time-honored traditions and techniques of artists and print-makers from the 20th Century. We pick up where masters from the Golden Age of Illustration left off, building on what they began to create a whole new body of poster art for our generation. We travel all over America for inspiration, but we love our hometown, Nashville, Tennessee. Each day, we get up and go to work, using our talents to create affordable, accessible art that makes us smile. Our goal is to connect with others by producing high-quality prints, books and gifts that beautify everyday life. When you buy one of our creations, you provide opportunity for artists, print-makers, book binders, paper vendors, shipping partners and many others who take pride in working with their hands. Every print, postcard or book we produce is printed in the USA.

We believe in generosity

It is our pleasure to donate prints and books to local charities who sell them at silent auctions to raise funds for their ongoing work. It is our privilege to donate 10% of our annual profits to a number of non-profit organizations, including the National Parks Foundation. Proceeds from your purchases improve the lives of battered women, homeless people, nature-lovers and students who want to pursue a career in the visual arts.

We love to encourage young artists

We often host tours for college design and illustration classes to see our studio, meet our artists, ask questions, or apply for internships. If you are an illustration or design professor and you would like more info about scheduling a class tour, please call us at 615-327-9894 or e-mail: [email protected]

Our History

Our founder Joel Anderson graduated from Ringling School of Art & Design in 1986. He was recruited straight from college to work as a staff illustrator and designer at Carden & Cherry Advertising in Nashville, TN. While at C&C, Joel won an Emmy Award for his work on a CBS show, Hey Vern, It's Ernest. Joel worked at C&C for 7 years, learning the art & science of advertising (and how to talk like Ernest P. Worrell.)

In 1993, Joel and his friend David Thomas founded Anderson Thomas Design, Inc. The firm focused on CD package design at first, and quickly grew into a diverse print & web design company with a client list that included Universal Studios, MCA Records, DreamWorks Pictures, Golden Books, Hasbro and more.

In 2007, the partners decided to pursue different interests, so Joel reorganized the design firm as Anderson Design Group, Inc., narrowing the studio's focus to specialize in illustration and poster design. When Joel and the art team is not doing illustration work for clients, they create new poster art. Averaging 6-10 new designs per month, Team ADG has produced over 1,100 designs.

Our Techniques

Through the years, we have studied the Masters of the Golden Age of Poster Art. Inspired by the graphic design and illustration from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s, we enjoy doing as much as possible by hand. We start out by sketching up ideas. Then we draw, paint, and hand-letter our poster concepts before we move to the computer (a finishing tool that helps us spend less time cleaning brushes and allows us to edit our work more easily.)

Our goal is to do art the way it was done before the era of cameras and computers. We strive to create prints that look like they were produced in the early part of the 20th century. Once we have finished a design, we produce prints on gallery-grade paper, working closely with local printers who are dedicated to creating the highest quality and most affordable art possible.

We hope you can see and feel the quality that goes into our prints, books and gifts. And we hope you enjoy our creations as much as we have enjoyed producing them! Thanks for supporting the arts and small American businesses like ours. 

Creatively Yours,
Joel Anderson--Founder of Anderson Design Group


Our Team


Videos

This video was produced by the Channel 2 News crew who dropped by to interview Joel about the ADG studio store.

This video was produced by Deny Design, one of our awesome licensees who uses our art to create wonderful products for the home.

This video interview by Barry Amato was created for Line Dancing Magazine.

This video was produced by one of our clients after we created their logo and fell in love with their products.

This video was produced by Alex Hoffman, a film student who is a fan of our Spirit of Nashville art.


We are a full-service Illustration Studio.

You may know us for our prints, books and gifts. But did you know that we also provide professional illustration, hand-letter and design services for companies of all sizes?

We have been doing award-winning artwork for clients such as Macy’s, Uinta Brewing, Universal Studios, Coors, Chrysler, Denny’s, Harper Collins, and others since 1993.

Feel free to contact us if you are in need of our professional creative services.

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