Heather Strycharz

Heather Strycharz

Owner & Principal Designer

Heather has been working as a designer and front-end developer since 2007. She founded Love Local Design in 2011 in order to dedicate her talents to helping startups and small businesses establish their digital brands, and has since been named as one of New Haven’s Rising Stars. She is the owner and design lead at LLD, and her talented team members share her passion for delivering high-quality digital and design solutions.

Kristin Holda

Kristin Holda

Designer / Developer

Kristin joined Love Local Design after graduating from Quinnipiac University’s Interactive Digital Design program and hit the ground running at full speed. With her fresh perspective on digital media design and her unmatched work ethic, Kristin has been a valuable addition to the team. Unafraid to lend a hand or apply a little elbow grease, she’s our MVP when it comes to getting things done.

Rachel Petersen

Rachel Petersen

Designer / Community Manager

Rachel is a digital media generalist with almost 3 decades of experience turning clients’ visions into reality. With a background in educational game design, she has helped develop projects for UNESCO, The Royal Opera House, The University of Thessaly, UniMarconi and more. Rachel has recently joined the Love Local Design team as a designer and copywriter with a focus on social media community development and support.

What People Say About Us

We always try to make our clients happy. Check out some reviews below!

  • “The Love Local Design team helped us bring to market innovative, delightful, best-in-class products in the midst of major changes and challenging deadlines. Their designs and overall influence will be part of our offerings for years to come.”


    — Dave Marmon, Product Director, Leadership Connect

  • “The LLD team is amazing and we are very thankful for their partnership. Love Local Design had the right talent when we needed it. They helped with design, project management, development, across the board they were there when we needed them. ”


    Peter Glyman, President and Co-founder, Geezeo

  • “The Love Local Design team was a pleasure to work with. They were extremely proficient in understanding our user interface needs, and enabled us to effectively communicate specifications with our back-end team to build intuitive user experiences within a very complex, multi-sided platform.”

    – Ray Leavitt, Founder & CEO, Evolux Transportation

  • “Love Local Design has been the user’s champion in the design and development of our enterprise platform for online communities. We have been working with them since day one, and we wouldn’t consider working with anyone else! In addition to meeting all our deadlines, they provide world class insight and best practices via local, personalized service.”

    – Christina Balotescu, Founder, 360Alumni