About Encompass…

Encompass Design Studio

is a boutique graphic design and sign shop located in the historic Piano Works Mall in East Rochester, NY. Kristine Merz (a.k.a The Graphics Girl) will craft your vision with care and give you the best customer service experience possible.

Here’s what you can look forward to…


  • 20+ years in the industry
  • 1992 Bachelors Degree – Graphic Design (R.I.T)
  • 2012 Associates Degree – Web Design (Art Institute of Pittsburg)


Listening to your vision and creating just the right thing. Always thinking outside the box to give you a one-of-a-kind design.

Customer Service

Every client project is taken under the wing and cared for until it is ready to FLY! Communication is the key to successful, long-standing client relations.

How to WOW a client: Think outside the box and treat them like gold!

Your Graphics Girl

Kris (Dow) Merz started her journey as a graphic designer as a student at RIT in the late 80’s – early 90’s. Just out of college, she opened her first sign shop (QualiGraphix) in her home town of Byron, NY. After 4 years, and realizing there was a lot more to learn about owning a business, she went to work for other sign companies for the next two decades, all the while keeping her freelance design business on the side. In 2019, armed with all of the knowledge she had acquired, it was time to open Encompass Design.



It all begins at the drawing board (aka the iMac)...

Problem Solver

Problem Solver

Thinking outside the box to design the perfect kind of sign for each project




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Let's talk about it

I welcome the opportunity to quote your next project. Fill out this quick form, or feel free to call 585.613.5810.