about Design Hickory

…but just sort of.

Design Hickory was started in 2019 by me, James Gaffney (the boyishly charming guy pictured,) soon after I found myself moving to Hickory.

A veteran of the creative industry for 30 years, we landed in Hickory after a couple of years of traveling with our kids.

For the past 20 years, I’ve owned and operated Blue Dozen Design, LLC in Asheville. While I still hold a role, I thought it was time to start something new and bring my skill set and experiences to my new home town.

Meet your team

James - Design & Branding - Design Hickory


Design & Brand

Beth - Design & Project Management - Design Hickory


Design & Project Management

Cade - Lead Programmer - Design Hickory



A Few Other Things we’re involved in…

Blue Dozen Design - Asheville

Blue Dozen Design, LLC

A true Asheville Original. Since 1999, we’ve served countless brands around the world. Everything from brand to web to marketing to artsy stuff. We do that!

Uncle Jimbo - James PM Gaffney

Uncle Jimbo

The online home of our fearless leader, James. Brand consultation, superhuman silliness and marketing mayhem, all rolled into a perpetually incomplete website.

Team Rocket Podcast Production

Team Rocket Podcast Production

Team Rocket helps established brands launch top-ranked podcasts with exclusive done-for-you setup, launch and production. Need a podcast? Let’s go.

LilyGiggle Sewing Patterns


An ecommerce store selling Beth’s amazing sewing patterns. With a playful, whimsical style – these clothes are meant to be played in!

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Design Hickory - Hickory, NC

1502 21st Ave. NE • Hickory, NC 28601