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Meet Ari and Peter Krzyzek of Chykalophia in Evanston

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ari and Peter Krzyzek.

Ari and Peter, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My fiancé at the time shared this “freelance” concept to me when I was still living in Bali. I was working at a major hospitality & entertainment company as a graphic designer assistant. I was paid $250 per month. When my fiancé–now husband, found out about this, he suggested that I should freelance for design projects.

Fantasized with this idea of being a freelance designer, I quit my day job a few weeks after. My parents were furious as they are a traditional minded and thought it was the “safe” job for me.

After a month or two, they finally let it go and try their best to support me. A few years later, in 2011, I moved from Bali to Chicago and built my own design and marketing company with my husband. I get to work on many fun design projects that I have always wanted to do, from branding to packaging.

Today, I am the co-founder, creative director and chief designer of Chykalophia, I implement powerful branding strategies to provide distinctive designs for maximum impact via web, mobile and/or print. Additionally, I founded and hosts Creative Women’s Co., serving as design consultant, mentor and professional peer in support of fellow female entrepreneurs.

Has it been a smooth road?
Of course not. A lot of the struggles were around not having enough exposure and understanding our value that we bring to the projects for our clients. After educating ourselves, going to select networking events to build the relationships, getting a mentor and going through some trials and errors, we feel that we’re well prepared, but of course we also still have a lot of things to learn.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
Ari & Peter Krzyzek founded Chykalophia as a full-service design studio to meet every need for maximum brand impact via web, mobile and/or print. In fulfilling each design request, their studio provides stellar ROI—top value for every dollar of your investment. Moreover, mentoring and guidance in marketing, coding and website building are available for DIY entrepreneurs.

Peter Krzyzek is a master programmer and seasoned Internet marketer; Ari contributes extensive professional experience as a designer sensitive to the demands of multiple media channels. Since each partner brings unique talents, training and mastery to every endeavor, Chykalophia is able to provide a range of services—all at the highest level. So, clients can count on the team to expertly address every aspect of each project. In fact, the alchemy of their combined efforts creates amazing results: a whole much greater than the sum of its parts, indeed.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
I think Chicago is so diverse in its people, the community and the culture that our people bring, do, and celebrate. Anyone who is starting out with their business can start their business anywhere, but if they are looking to find a place where they can get support with a diverse community, Chicago is a great place to start their business and flourish here.

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