Who We Are

Hi, we're Love Local Design.

Heather Strycharz

Owner & Principal Designer

After working as a designer and front-end developer in a corporate setting, Heather started Love Local Design in order to work on a wider variety of projects and to connect one-on-one with clients. Awarded as one of New Haven’s 2012 Rising Stars, Heather has been fully committed to growing Love Local Design with talented team members that share her passion for delivering high-quality digital and design solutions.

DJ Pannella

UX Designer & Front-End Developer

His many years of experience working with popular brands and providing quality designs and development for them speaks for itself. DJ can’t help but to think about the user first and is always mindful of the best practices. He’s constantly challenging himself and the team to learn and evolve. DJ’s infectious positive energy and dedication is a driving force in our commitment for thinking outside of the box and coming up with the best solutions for our clients.

Kanwal Kazmi


A graduate of the King's College London and Queen Mary University of London, specializing in Information Technology and Mathematics, Kanwal is the backbone of Love Local Design’s development team. She comes to our team by way of Pitney Bowes and Brandshop. When she’s not developing websites, Kanwal is devoting her time to raising her three children; Haider, Fatima, and the newest arrival, Reza.

Kristin Holda

Designer / Developer

Kristin joined Love Local Design after graduating from Quinnipiac University’s Interactive Digital Design program and hit the ground running – at full speed! Kristin has been a valuable addition to the team, bringing her fresh perspective on design and digital media and her unmatched work ethic. Always willing to help out the team, she’s our MVP when it comes to getting things done.

Brian Heim

Project Manager / Development Assistant

Brian is the newest member of Love Local Design. He holds a bachelor’s from the University of Texas at Austin, and recently graduated with a master’s degree from the Yale School of Music. When he’s not developing scripts that make our jobs easier or helping with project management, he composes music and performs improvised electronic and noise music. His musical work concerns the intersections of art, technology, and philosophy.


Morale Engineer

Björk has been with Love Local Design since the beginning. Much like the Icelandic pop singer, she is whimsical and alluring but has quite the temper when provoked.

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What People Say About Us

We always try to make our clients happy. Check out some reviews below!

  • "Love Local Design has been the user's champion in the design and development of our enterprise platform for online communities. We have been working with them since day one, and we wouldn't consider working with anyone else! In addition to meeting all our deadlines, they provide world class insight and best practices via local, personalized service.”

    - Christina Balotescu, Founder, 360Alumni

  • "The Love Local Design team was a pleasure to work with. They were extremely proficient in understanding our user interface needs, and enabled us to effectively communicate specifications with our back-end team to build intuitive user experiences within a very complex, multi-sided platform."

    - Ray Leavitt, Founder & CEO, Evolux Transportation

  • “Love Local Design has been our go-to vendor for all of our design and web development needs. We consider Love Local an extension of our internal team and highly recommend them as a talented and reliable creative agency.”

    - Akeel Haider, Chief Mobile Officer, Ifficient

  • "From the very beginning Heather was open and available, meeting with me multiple times before starting the project. She was able to create a dynamic, illustrative and easy to navigate site that fits beautifully with my aesthetic and with the needs of my practice."

    - Rachel Bernsen, Owner, Alexander Technique with Rachel Bernsen