Easty Lambert-Brown has been in the graphic design business for 34 years, first in the Boston area and now in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Upon graduating from Lycoming College (Williamsport, PA) in 1974 with a degree in near eastern archaeology, Easty moved to the Boston area to pursue a career in that field and begin work in archaeology.
While working on her master’s in biblical archaeology at Drew University in New Jersey, she discovered that working on the illustrations and reconstructing artifacts visually was far more appealing to her than the field work. So, she went back to Boston shortly thereafter and started her apprenticeship under two staff artists at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University and became the staff artist there in 1985. Easty’s focus at that point was book design, illustration, and exhibit design.
The Lambert-Brown family (husband Ian and two children, Avery and Cabot) moved to Tuscaloosa in 1991 where Easty worked in both corporate and educational settings. In 1999, she went out on her own and started Borgo Design, a graphic design studio that provided a variety of design services. Since most of Easty’s work entailed designing complete books, she decided to start Borgo Press in January 2010 to produce print-on-demand and offset-printed books. In January 2011, Borgo Design and Borgo Press merged to form Borgo Publishing to focus on the book design and publishing services.
Easty shares her perspective on being a book designer, “When I was a junior in high school I knew I wanted to be an archaeologist. Well, it’s funny what directions a career path will take you. Book designer — never would have guessed that one! The Peabody was a pivotal place for me and am eternally grateful for the opportunities it provided.”