Kate Smith Company owners and their dog Frank in front of their Airstream

Our Story

We’re Kate and Ryan. We have supremely generic, mid-western names. We like each other so much that we got married. And we work together. 

We launched our first company, From Frank, together in 2012. We quickly grew the line of 50 greeting cards into a full-fledged character brand — signing multiple licensees — covering publishing, stationery, novelty, gifts, home accessories, drink and dinnerware, plush toys, lottery games (Yep…forreals, scratch off tickets!), apparel and digital entertainment — and even collaborating with some super cool companies like Zappos and BarkBox.

In 2018, we decided to expand our repertoire of fart jokes and created Kate Smith Company — making From Frank the official animal arm, or paw if you will, of the brand. We find the good, the funny and the happy in everything. We make art about it. And we put that art on some sweet greeting cards, stationery and gift products. 

Because we think life is best served extra light with a side of non-sense and a big gulp of laughter. And we're serving it up on the daily — all to make you smile.

Our Manifesto

  • Quirk is the spice of life.
  • Retro is bestro.
  • Made up words are the greatish
  • Improper grammar is funner.
  • Gratitude is everything.
  • Kindness is too.
  • Funny is king.
  • Farts are funny.
  • People are good.
  • Dogs are better.
  • There is happy in everything (if you’re looking for it).

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Drunk on Lettering, Podcast Interview, July 2019

Personalization Mall, Meet the Artist: Kate Smith Company, May 2019

Midwest Living Magazine, June 2018

Journal and Courier, Lafayette pooch featured in nationwide dog film festival, July 2017

Present Magazine, Presents for Pets: with comments from Frank the bulldog, November 2016

WLFI, Have a cup of joe with Frank at "Perks for Pooches", November 2016

BarkPost Blog, Frank the expert advice dog answers all the questions you never knew your dog had, March 2016

Dogster.com, We chat with Frank the advice giving Frenchie, January 2016

Journal and Courier, Company built on family pet expands in Lafayette, August 2015

WLFI, News 18 This Morning gets "Frank" about small business, November 2014

Card & Gift Network Blog, New greeting card friends for From Frank, September 2013

Indianapolis Monthly Magazine, From Frank named best greeting card in "Best of Indy", November 2013

Ecka & Pecka Blog, Kate Smith of From Frank: On the road to success and overwhelmingly cute, September 2012

Purdue Alumnus Magazine, How a french bulldog stormed the U.S. greeting card business (Pages 34-37), September 2012

Purdue Exponent, Alumna uses dog as inspiration for greeting card company, March 2012

Card & Gift Network Blog, Fun, humorous greeting cards From Frank, January 2012

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