Our Story

Oh Plesiosaur began with a joke. One morning in late 2013, I woke up with a burning desire to illustrate dinosaur puns. Things escalated, as puns often do. Now I make things I love and dream big dreams.

I'm a graphic and web/UX designer, ex-librarian, succulent aficionado, and dinosaur enthusiast. I've been in love with illustration as long as I can remember. My childhood heroes were picture book illustrators; Chris Van Allsburg, Edward Gorey, Mercer Mayer, Alice & Martin Provensen, Maurice Sendak. During my years as a librarian (hey, once a librarian always a librarian) I couldn't wait to share these beautiful images and words with my students. As an illustrator, I strive to capture the same beauty, playfulness, and wit in my work.

Seeing my art in print never fails to excite me. Web design pays the bills, but illustration fills up my heart. And when I create a new product, I get to share that feeling with the whole world.

I am constantly revising my process, improving my materials, and searching for inspiration. I use recycled paper for my coloring book, and work with small local businesses to produce most of my products. Heck, even my shipping materials are recyclable.

Little things make me happy. I love hearing from customers, getting a chuckle over a silly pun, or seeing a design come to life as a real, tangible product. I love fanning out my Pantone swatches to choose the perfect shade. I love quiet afternoons with the sun streaming in the studio window, cat sleeping on the couch, while I draw new designs.

Most of all, I hope Oh Plesiosaur makes your day, or at least makes you laugh.

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Meet the Team

Serena

Owner / Designer
Serena draws the pictures, makes the stuff, manages the shop, and is responsible for our very worst puns.

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Erin

Co-punspirator
Erin provides at least 78% of the sass for our team. Her hobbies include dinosaurs, making fun of the cat, and eating frosting.

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Loki

Quality Control
Loki supervises all work produced in our studio. His rigorous work ethic and meticulous attention to detail inspire us all.

Our Process

Most of our work starts out with a simple pencil sketch. We then flesh it out on the computer, finalize the design, color match, and test print.

Greeting cards are printed on bright white, ultra-thick (270 gsm) cover stock. We cut, score, and fold each card by hand, then package them in a clear protective cello sleeve along with a matching envelope and a business card.

Our coloring book is printed and bound by a small, independent printing company in Boise, USA. Our rubber stamps are laser-cut and mounted by a small woman-owned business in Oregon.

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Sustainability

We care deeply about the environment. We print all our greeting cards, coloring books, and art prints on 100% post-consumer recycled paper, which is manufactured in a facility run on renewable energy.

We use recycled (and recyclable) materials in our packaging whenever possible.

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