Tori Thomas

CEO & Creative Director

 

A Texan by birth, Tori spent eight years in Nashville, Tennessee working for a variety of studios and in-house departments, including design director for the Ensworth School before partnering with her long-time collaborator, Laura Deleot, to form Circa growing their design-company-of-two into a collection of full-service creative studios across four states.

As a graphic designer, Tori received her BFA from Auburn University. Since then, she has continued her education by studying architecture at Oxford University, art history in Florence, Italy, and receiving a certificate in Creative Business Management from Yale. Her design work has received Addy awards and AIGA national recognition as a Command X finalist. She has spoken about creative partnerships and building business with strategic design on podcasts like Creative Waffle and Down the Foxhole, and taught typography as an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University.

Tori is passionate about good ideas and great business. She has a unique passion for creativity with a focus on efficiency and data. As a mother/designer/business owner, she juggles tasks and babies (don’t try this at home) while dreaming up the next big idea for Circa Creative (see Politiquo). When she’s not designing, Tori is either: cleaning her kids, somewhere out of cell service with her husband, Harrison, or talking, likely about something she heard on a podcast.