To work together with smart, creative clients, on projects large or small, to produce idea-driven solutions that engage, enrich, and resonate.


@smartdesign is the Santa Monica-based design office of Susanne Manheimer. For the previous vigorous and exuberant 20 years, Susanne has been recognized for her work by its elegance, sophisticated humor, style, and wit. Her knowledge, understanding and respect for innovative design, is incorporated in her invention of new design approaches. Simplicity and directness of communication are the main elements of her style. Her work makes people smile, laugh, and…think. Today, she divides her time between running the studio, teaching, and lecturing to corporations and schools on the importance of The Democratization of Creativity™ as well as Conceptual Thinking and Problem Solving.


Susanne graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a BFA in design. Susanne a native New Yorker worked in "The City"  as a Creative Director for Tiffany and Co. where she was awarded a Certificate of Distinction for Typography, Creative Director for Bloomingdales by Mail, Revlon, and also The Museum of Modern Art, to name a few. Disney called, and she moved to California to work for Disney + Co. as Creative Director for the Disney catalogue. Susanne has a history of success mentoring young designers, both in academic roles and as an industry leader. She has been described as a “needle in a haystack,” a conceptual designer who is creative yet has strong business acumen.

   client list includes:

  • Advanstar Communications
  • American Express
  • Anrev Tennis
  • Apple Design Source
  • Art Center College of Design 
  • Barney’s New York
  • Big Blue Bus Santa Monica 
  • Birken Interactive
  • Bloomingdales by Mail
  • Chermayeff & Geismar 
  • CHP (Community Health Project) 
  • City of Santa Monica
  • Columbia University
  • Diane Von Furstenberg
  • Dixon & Parcels
  • EF Hutton 
  • FAO Schwarz 
  • First Step Nursery School
  • Granite Graphics 
  • HBO 
  • J.E.Caldwell & Co.
  • Jhane Barnes 
  • Knock Knock
  • Lady Gaga 
  • Lesley Hill Inc.
  • Lightolier
  • Manhattan Transit Authority 
  • MCI
  • Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Mount Sinai Hospital
  • MTV 
  • Museum of Modern Art 
  • Otis College of Art & Design
  • PanAm
  • Revlon
  • Ross Simons
  • Siegel & Gale
  • Smith & Noble Windoware
  • Spiegel Labat/Simon 
  • Ted & Debbie Photography 
  • Tiffany & Co. 
  • The Art Institute of California
  • The GAP 
  • The Metropolitan Museum of Art 
  • The Michael Hirsch Foundation
  • The Smithsonian Museum 
  • The Walker Group 
  • Touche Ross 
  • Trish McEvoy Cosmetics
  • USC (University of Southern California)
  • Vanity Fair Lingerie
  • Vogue/Butterick Patterns Magazine
  • Walt Disney & Company 
  • Warners Lingerie 
  • Watson-Guptill Publishing 
  • Wells, Rich, Greene 
  • Working Women Magazine