Hi, we’re Familiar.

We’ve partnered with artists, nonprofits, and creative businesses for more than a decade. We design and develop communication tools that matter  — they matter to us, to our clients and their audiences.

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Kunsthall Stavanger

Creating an identity and digital presence for a 21st-century contemporary art institution

Interior of Gallery 4, featuring artwork by Marthe Elise Stramrud, 2013.

Art Matters

Refreshing the website, mobile presence, and online tools of a venerable arts foundation

Detail of Mended Spiderweb #19 (Laundry Line) by 2013 grantee Nina Katchadourian

Paula Hayes

A fluid web experience for an artist with 20 years of work to explore

Manhattan Forest, Planted 2009. Photo by Béatrice de Géa, courtesy of Paula Hayes.

Takeshi Murata

3D printed video edition slipcases

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Surround Audience

New Museum Triennial Catalogue

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Human After All

International Economics Conference

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Cory Arcangel

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Filthy Lucre

Darren Waterston

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Architectural Record

Website Redesign

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Film Posters

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About Us

Familiar was founded in 2011 by Ian Crowther, Carl Williamson and Keith Mancuso. The partners have backgrounds in activism, art, politics, publishing and the non-profit world.

Over the last few years we've expanded our team and capabilities. We work together to create interactive tools, visual systems and technological solutions for a wide range of clients.

We believe that our clients do great work. We know that well-constructed, simple tools improve the way our clients operate. The work we do makes our clients more expressive, more efficient, and more flexible.



  • Branding
  • Information Architecture
  • Salesforce Configuration
  • Social Media Integration
  • User Experience
  • User Interface
  • Web Application Development


  • Creative Direction
  • Logo & Identity Design
  • Style Guide Development
  • Print Collateral
  • Publication Design & Production
  • Annual Reports
  • Signage & Wayfinding
  • Posters


  • Front-End Development
  • Web Application Development
  • Content Management System Programming & Integration
  • E-commerce systems
  • Responsive & Mobile Site Design
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • User Accessibility
  • Systems Integration
Selected Client List
  • A Public Space
  • Abrams Books
  • Anonymous Was A Woman
  • Cory Arcangel
  • Art Matters Foundation
  • Atlanta Contemporary
  • Cinereach
  • Creatures of Comfort
  • C41 Media
  • The Financial Clinic
  • Sam Green
  • Paula Hayes
  • Housing Works
  • In Geveb
  • Institute for New Economic Thinking
  • The Kitchen
  • Kunsthall Stavanger
  • Light Industry
  • Makerbot
  • Matthew Marks Gallery
  • The New Museum
  • Partnership for After School Education
  • Per Scholas
  • Posse Foundation
  • Rhizome
  • Rizzoli
  • Ira Sachs
  • Salon 94
  • Slow and Steady Wins the Race
  • Watson Foundation
  • UrbanGlass
  • Urban Arts Partnership
  • The Urban Assembly
  • Verso Books
  • Visual AIDS

The Team

Photography by Magic Jewelry

Ian Crowther

Partner, Designer

Ian has over 10 years of professional experience designing and developing for the web and print. He acted as Design Director for Housing Works before becoming Senior Designer for the New York State Senate. In 2011, he founded Familiar with Carl Williamson.

Keith Mancuso

Partner, Developer

After graduating from RIT with a degree in New Media, Keith spent 8 years working for Housing Works, culminating in his role as Director of Marketing and Technology. He has consulted various non-profits and small organizations on their online marketing and technology needs.

Carl Williamson

Partner, Designer

Carl has worked as a freelance designer in the NYC area for the past decade. His experience ranges from interactive and publication design and art direction for small publishers, artists and non-profits to branding, interactive and print design in ad agency settings.

Debra Ohayon

Senior Designer

Our resident Canadian, Debra is a multi-disciplinary designer with a graphic design degree from Parsons, and a background in architecture. A general enthusiast, she enjoys working on all phases of a project, from concept through front end development and production. She dabbles in 3D printing projects and websites about space.

Dave Fischoff


Dave still remembers his first coding experiments as a child, writing Choose Your Own Adventure-style games on the family home computer. After an extended stint in the music business, he's returned to programming and loves to create digital tools and websites that are both elegant and effective.

Gina Doherty

Support Associate

A native New Yorker, Gina grew up on Long Island and received an English degree from Binghamton University. She is an experienced writer and communicator whose background in customer service helped prepare her for a transition into technical support. Some of her favorite things include cheese, concerts, cats, and glitter.

Scott Ries


Scott started working as a developer after finishing his MFA in Media Study from the University at Buffalo. He likes watching screens come together from nice sets of data, and in his spare time makes experimental theater and video, bothers his cat, and eats oysters.

Brian Bier


From finance to a developer, I've transformed my career to pursue my passion in technology and creating web-based applications that can change the world. I enjoy sports cars and driving with no set destination, so I'm always available for road trips. My favorite scotch is Macallan 21. I am big fan of dark chocolate but any kind of chocolate is just fine.

Minkyoung Kim


Minkyoung Kim is a designer developing visual systems with a focus on repetition and evolution. She explores ways of presenting a series of iterations based on a system to orient new readings of their shifting contexts. Minkyoung holds an MFA in graphic design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in Painting from Hongik University.

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