We are an award winning, strategic brand identity and design studio proudly located in Newburyport, Massachusetts. Lead by Creative Director, Kelsy Stromski, we are boutique by choice — a small team doing big things — creating thoughtful, timeless brands for brave clients looking to stand apart from the pack.  


We help brands figure out who they are, what makes them different and how to show it. We listen intently, we ask lots of questions and have an incredible team of professionals we partner with on a regular basis which allows us to scale up or down depending on your project's unique needs. 





Brand Identity 

Logo Design


Creative Direction







Menu Design


Mural Design  

Hand Lettering

Custom Typography

Editorial Design

Wordmark Refinement


We strive to create original work that we, as well as our clients, can be proud to call our own. From a global corporation to a little local business, we put the same amount of genuine hard work into every single thing we create.



Kelsy Stromski is a habitual travelholic, dog mom, foodie, former USA biathlete, boss lady, brand aficionado, wife, farmer's daughter, owner, founder & Creative Director of Refinery 43.

After graduating from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design Kelsy spent several years working for lead advertising and design agencies, as well as an internationally known travel company and taught Graphic Design at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Since founding Refinery 43 in 2014 she has lived on an island, quit commuting, received a tattoo from a monk, adopted three fur babies, and has significantly grown the business — all the while pausing the studio for a month every winter to get outside her comfort zone, live somewhere new in the world and recharge creatively.

Favorite places

  • Rome, Italy    

  • Santa Teresa, Costa Rica  

  • Azores, Portugal  

  • Boothbay Harbor, Maine

  • Zermatt, Switzerland  

  • Beaune, France

  • Isla Mujeres, Mexico 

  • Lillehammer, Norway  

  • Burlington, Vermont

  • Koh Lanta, Thailand   

  • Reykavik, Iceland 

  • Newburyport, Massachusetts



CREATIVE Conferences

  • First Round | San Fransisco, CA

  • Brand New Conference | Chicago, IL

  • Brand New Conference | New York, NY

  • HOW Design Conference | Boston, MA

  • HOW Design Conference | Atlanta, GA

  • Designers Roundtable Retreat | Nashville, TN

  • HOW Design Conference | San Fransisco, CA

  • AIGA Brand Strategy Workshop | Boston, MA

Speaking & Judging Events

  • Boston Love Your Brand event | speaker

  • Society of Printers | speaker

  • AIGA BOSTON & Society of Grownups: Freelance Best Practices | speaker

  • ADOBE: Boston Creative Jam | judge

  • Branding, Marketing & Orange Juice | speaker

  • Salem Performing Art Center | speaker

  • You can not afford a $5 logo (coming soon)

Recent Press & Praise

Awards & Publications

  • Scripted — Custom Lettering in Graphic Design

  • 101 Business Card Designs Volume 1

  • Logo Talks IV

  • LogoLounge Volume 9, 10 and 11

  • MUSE CREATIVE AWARDS: Platinum (Menu Design), Gold (Corporate Identity) & Honorable Mention (Logo Design)

  • Baltimore Magazine

  • Tarnished Magazine

  • Sample Magazine

  • WellWed Magazine

  • Walter Magazine

  • Chaumont Global Poster Competition