Team heads of design, marketing & media AT 52 CENTER STREET

Here we share the floor and collaborate with varying clients and projects.


Ken Murphy

Designer, Owner, Murphy Empire Design & Marketing

Owner, Artist, Designer, Bell & Beacon

Maine College of Art and Design
University of Southern Maine

From South Portland, ME, Ken has twenty-five plus years of design and creative experience with extensive life-long knowledge of many design, art and media processes and applications.

President of the Empire Reindeer Christmas Club, which hosts an annual charity gala to benefit Toys for Tots Foundation.

Art and design has always been the biggest part of my life. Having a fine art background, and a design education from The Maine College of Art has allowed me to approach design from a foundational perspective. I learned the rules from some of the finest instructors. Now, I try to make new ones and break them regularly.

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Web development, Social Media Marketing, Operations Strategist, Murphy Empire Design & Marketing, and Bell & Beacon

Izze brings a vibrant, fresh view on everything involving communications through the lens of an 'old soul'.

Originating from New Portland, ME (Near Sugarloaf), Izze has a unique yet well connected understanding of current marketing and social platform communications that has proven highly successful. She is fully dialed in and understands hers, the  Millennial generation, in how messages and images are shared and received within these avid web users, and knows how to optimize this for any/all online promotions.


R. J. Condon

Designer & Director at
Rugged Coastal Branding & Design Studio

Maine College of Art & Design

R. J. Condon, originates from Near Cape Cod, MA, lives to a. fly fish, b. create elaborate cuisine, and c. develop robust, comprehensive identity, branding, and business marketing operation concepts that have proven enormously successful for clients both small and large. In that order.

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Film Producer, Owner, 
& Emmy® Award Winner at Timber & Frame

Originating from New Hampshire, a regional EMMY® Award winning director/producer, Ben has executed projects in diverse and challenging locations including Bosnia, the Mexican/US border and the Ecuadorian Amazon.

As the founder of Timber & Frame he has had the privilege of working with some of the organizations he admired as a kid growing up in the woods of New Hampshire, including the National Geographic Society, Nature Conservancy and Trust for Public Land.

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We have a true passion for FINER design AND MEDIA.



Murphy Empire Design & Marketing is an award winning firm located in an 1850's small brick historic building at 52 Center, in Portland Maine's Old Port District on the waterfront. 

We at Murphy Empire Design, Rugged Coastal Branding and Design, and Timber & Frame Media are interested in finer graphic design and media development in a new era of visual communication. Providing design & concept development for logos, identities, branding, promotions, marketing, film, websites, and social media content  for select companies and organizations.

Our primary focus is aesthetic quality and originality of concept, design development and execution for any visual design. Forever striving to re-invent ourselves on a regular basis, we are inherently interested in pushing ideas to reveal the purest form of visual representation.


We love exploring and being inspired to generate concepts to be the most effective for our clients and projects, and work to create the best possible solution for any challenge.

We are artists, and we love type, and pride ourselves on pushing the limits of typography and letterforms, and the integration of type with graphic content. Combining our love for art and design is what we strive for to set us apart.

Because of our love of Portland, Maine, and the northeast, we draw inspiration from the everyday beauty of the beautiful-meets-rugged natural scape around us. We feel lucky and proud to live here and are deeply passionate about our world we emulate through design.


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