Opportunities are like sunrises…

Opportunities are like sunrises…

Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them. - William Arthur Ward I recently had the opportunity to design 2 books on tight turn around. I design a book every few years, so it was interesting to have these 2 overlap, but both projects turned...

Greeting Card Campaign

Greeting Card Campaign

We are in the middle of a pandemic and a lot of people are looking for new hobbies and crafts to do. So when my client from Create Next Step designed this greeting card campaign for her Edmonds, WA community to participate in, I got really excited to help...

How to design a logo 101

How to design a logo 101

People ask me all the time "How do you make a logo? What is your process?" I thought it would be fun to track a project from start to end and show how I approach designing a logo. Initially I thought this logo would be an easy one. I have designed over 100 logos and...

Event Poster Reveal

Event Poster Reveal

The Spotlight Cabaret just happened! It was fun seeing that logo on everything for the event and then the big hype of the night was the reveal of the spring musical. $1000 was raised to the lucky person who got tear off and announce that the show this year will be...

Rusted Metal Signs for Ballard Companies

Rusted Metal Signs for Ballard Companies

2 clients recently moved to Ballard and have been renovating a cool space down by the ship canal. It has an industrial look to it and the exterior has both modern and re-used materials, so we wanted a rusted metal sign to hand from the door. After searching around...

Eclipse Camp Out

Eclipse Camp Out

It was big news this summer…The Solar Eclipse! I had the chance to help Red Barn Communications with a very special event in Oregon at a ranch with 100% totality. We put together a sponsorship brochure, participant flyer, and site map graphic. The event was a success....

designing a conference for top creatives

designing a conference for top creatives

I love working with creatives... especially the gurus of creative software. This year, I had the privilege of combining all the CPN.co events into one gigantic conference called Creative Pro Week 2017. Indesign, Pepcon, Photoshop, Illustrator (PSAI), developers...

If at first you don’t succeed… try, try again.

If at first you don’t succeed… try, try again.

I've been working with skincare guru Diane with SolSea for quite awhile to rebrand her company and skincare product line made from seaweed. She has a farm here in the Northwest and makes everything local. We had a simple plan to redesign the logo and some of the...

When you don’t know what else to do, create art.

When you don’t know what else to do, create art.

Life is hard right now. It’s not enough that there is a global pandemic going on and we’re supposed to be in quarantine, but we have to watch black men being killed by white men and white police officers and government leaders doing nothing, well... nothing good to...

Self-Publish Your Book

Self-Publish Your Book

Have you ever had the dream of writing, creating or publishing a book you can give away or sell? It's easier than you think! And really, what better time than right now during the Coronavirus and quarentine to collect you thoughts and complete something you've always...

Lifewire Event

Lifewire Event

Click here to see some recent work done for Lifewire Honored to work with and support Lifewire at their annual breakfast this year. Powerful stories were shared by board members and survivors. Lifewire answers over 10,000 calls and helps over 4,000 families each year...

Promoting restoration through social media

Promoting restoration through social media

nwBuilt is a local construction company and I get to help them with all kinds of jobs. Brought on to design a logo and build a brand for their marketing pieces a few years ago, I also consulted on the website and acted as project manager to all the moving pieces of...

S.W.A.G. (stuff we all get)

S.W.A.G. (stuff we all get)

You could call me a stuff maker, but that's not fair because I don't really make the stuff, I just design, manage and help get it printed for clients. That said, there's a big market for SWAG because everyone likes their gear... be it the new Seahawks sweatshirt, a...

Rain City Referrals… give a little, get a lot!

Rain City Referrals… give a little, get a lot!

"Success doesn't just come and find you, you have to go get it!" For over 20 years my business has depended on solid referrals. Word of mouth marketing is the easiest, cheapest way to get leads on new clients. So I was very excited to join a referral group called Rain...

Ladywell’s Spa – a barter well worth it!

Ladywell’s Spa – a barter well worth it!

I've been helping the local spa LadyWell's with some marketing and was asked to put together a series of product labels with an "old apothocary" look and feel. They are making their own scrubs, mists, hair products and lotions. Because this business is stil in it's...

Great gift for a graduate

Great gift for a graduate

Do you know anyone graduating this year? Or maybe next? Well, keep in mind this great idea.... A healthcare kit for kids going off to college. It has everything they need for when mom isn't there to fix the boo-boo. Small enough that they can keep in their dorm,...

What are you an expert on? Write a white paper!

What are you an expert on? Write a white paper!

Many companies during the coronavirus pandemic are closed and paired down to a minimal staff. If you have the bandwidth, this can be a great time to write and develop some marketing materials that you might not otherwise have time for. A white paper is a document...

Making an impact during the pandemic

Making an impact during the pandemic

Uness you a scientist in the lab working on a vaccine for COVID-19, a nurse or doctor on the frontlines, or a teacher trying to keep the kids of the world digitally educated, it can feel helpless as to what we can do or how to help. There is the obvious of taking care...

Looking for Love

Looking for Love

Love is everywhere. Sometimes it doesn't feel like it is, if you're watchig to much news or having a hard time with something in life. But when I try to remind myself to see the good, absorb the light, and spread the love, it's like the universe conspires...

BBHS Drama Department Logo

BBHS Drama Department Logo

Giving back to my kids schools has always been a goal of CMYKate Designs. By the time kids get to high school, the school doesn't need as much help, but luckily this month I was able to help the Drama department for their Spotlight Cabaret event fundraiser logo. It...

Donating design to help new mothers

Donating design to help new mothers

Helping Next Step has been a true blessing! When I started working with them back in 2016 they really needed to revamp their newsletter and get ready for a big auction. I donated my design time and was very happy to hear now that they have received a 1 million dollar...

Cheap, yummy coffee at Costco

Cheap, yummy coffee at Costco

One of my least favorite things to do is go to Costco Warehouse! The place fills me with anxiety with it's lines and crowds, but the one thing I can look forward to is getting a cup of coffee at my clients coffee kiosk - Rubi Micro Coffee. Next time you're at Costco,...

Making Art for charity – a summer campaign

Making Art for charity – a summer campaign

I believe art can make a difference in the world. It can be fun and therapeutic, thoughtful and political and an escape that expands you mind and explores feelings. The great thing about art is it can create change in our community. The other great thing is, anyone...

Photography eBook on the ‘Fine Art of Living’

Photography eBook on the ‘Fine Art of Living’

“Wherever you go, there you are.” - Jon Kabat-Zinn I think that quote kind of summarizes this exciting project both literally and figuratively… It has been so fun this year working on several books, but very happy to launch this eBook at a time when everyone is...

Reflect on 2019 | Ready for 2020

Reflect on 2019 | Ready for 2020

I feel like I really do (for the first time in a long time) have 2020 vision. Anyone who knows me, knows I  actually have terrible eyesight, but the feeling clarity about work, life, health and purpose is really happening, as it often does at the beginning of a new...

Setting Goals

Setting Goals

Some people just DO NOT like bucket lists. I am not one of those people. I have a bucket list that includes a list of things I want to do in my personal life, family life and business. I think of this as a set of goals. For me its not checking the box to say I did it,...

a dogs purpose

a dogs purpose

There are no words to describe how much our family will miss Mr. Griff. To many he was this shy, anxious, timid little guy, but to us he was a 8 lb. ball of fur with the heart of gold and personality of a lion. We called him the “powerpoint pooch” because our daughter...

Same concept, new logo

Same concept, new logo

A long, long time ago, I created a hand drawn butterfly that I felt represented the design process. I like all the colors and woodcut style, but it felt time to update and modernize. The butterfly to me has always represented change and transformation, which is what I...

What’s up with the name “CMYKate”

What’s up with the name “CMYKate”

People always say "cute business name". And I always say thank you, realizing they probably have no idea what it means. When people know what it means, I get "clever name - you a designer?" or "haha, CMYK, you must be in the print business". It took me a long time to...

The best studio dog ever

The best studio dog ever

On easter this year, I lost one my best friends. Nilly was the first dog I’ve raised from a pup, and she went almost everywhere with me. I estimate we walked, ran, swam and hiked atleast 15K miles together over the past 10 years. She was my studio mate, keeping me...

Good Tech Support = Priceless

Good Tech Support = Priceless

Anyone who has had a computer die on them with no warning, knows where I have been for the past 2 weeks... that's right - in living hell. However, I'm happy to report, that while the backup drive had stopped backing up a week before the hard drive failure, I was able...

the face behind the design

the face behind the design

The last time I had a professional headshot, I worked for someone, so coming up on my 20th anniversary of full time freelance, I enlisted Suzy Petrucci to capture who I am as a person, and designer in my mid-forties. Her great little studio located in Magnolia was...