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...

Neighborhood Expo

Neighborhood Expo

It was great to have the opportunity to design the event graphics for a local expo right in my neighborhood. On top of that, I actually get to attend as an exhibitor with my networking group Rain City Referrals. Come check out! Wednesday April 6th from 4:30-7:30 at...

Small budget  booklets for Non-Profit Auctions

Small budget booklets for Non-Profit Auctions

When you're putting on an event, sometime you just can't do it all. Recently for a few events where I had produced invitations and other materials for an auction, I was asked if I could help put together the auction guide at the last minute. After setting up a simple...

nwBuilt – award winning design in the hood

nwBuilt – award winning design in the hood

Love working with Keith Hammer and his company nwBuilt. It's been fun getting the logo and overall brand developed for his marketing. Just received great news about his award winning green build design in our very own neighborhood of Ballard, Seattle. Check it this...

Indesign Conference Event Materials

Indesign Conference Event Materials

It's always a bit strange when people in the design industry hire me to do design work. It can feel like a few too many cooks in the kitchen, but in the case of working with CPN (Creative Publishing Network), I have had fun designing a number of logos and other...

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,...

Children’s School updates their look

Children’s School updates their look

I have worked with Children's School for over a decade. I first had the chance to work with the owners of this popular group of preschools in the Northwest when they had nothing more than a simple flyer. I designed a folder, brochure and some template for each...

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,...

Book for Auction raises $5000 for school

Book for Auction raises $5000 for school

When my daughter transferred schools, I was asked if would consider a probono design project to design a memory book for the 8th grade class that would be sold to all auction. I accepted the challenge an also decide to take on the publishing aspect of the project to...

JDRF – Evening of Hope Gala raises $114,000!

JDRF – Evening of Hope Gala raises $114,000!

Whoop! Whoop! Last Saturday's event at Tacoma Yacht Club for JDRF was a big success. It raised over $114,000 to help find a cure for Type One Diabetes. This is my 5th year working on this event and it has raised over 1/2 a million dollars already. I am honored I get...

Jog.A.Thon Branding for Schools

Jog.A.Thon Branding for Schools

I love doing design for events - especially when it's for my kids school! I decided we needed some splashy new graphics to get everyone excited about this fundraising event. And we have a parent sposnoring our event, who is giving away the grand prize of a Springfree...

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...

Powerpoint Pooch

Powerpoint Pooch

I have a new little studio buddy. Meet "Griffin" aka Griffey or Little Fin. If you haven't heard the story of how Griffin came to us, well get ready for your Sales 101 lesson of the day. Our daughter prepared a powerpoint this summer on the benefits and reasons our...

Holiday Gift Show for local artist

Holiday Gift Show for local artist

Whenever possible I like to promote the artists! So if you live in Seattle and enjoy little holiday gift shows, then please visit my friend and client Jennifer Carlson / Haven Illustrated at the Holiday Exhibit Show from Dec 4-23 or Dec 12 at her home studio. She is a...

Little Free Library – Art Auction Project

Little Free Library – Art Auction Project

I was lead co-ordinator for our auction art projects this year and the big night is next week. I also took on working on my daughter's 7th grade project and chose to do a few Little Free Libraries. It's a differnt kidn of art project for the kids and parents to buy,...