New Brand for Red Barn Communications

New Brand for Red Barn Communications

I recently had a lot of fun completing an identity project for Brit Kramer, owner of Red Barn Communications. We're off and running with a logo and wordpress website. One of my favorite types of jobs is working with small business owners through the process of...

Logos, logos and more logos

The first quarter of 2014 marks a record of completed logos at one time! There are still more in the works, but here are few of the finished logos for a variety of small businesses. Always fun to make a mark that is meaningful and hopefully memorable. For more...

Marketing your sports teams

I played a lot of sports when I was young, so when the Guyer Wildcats our of Texas asked me work on the graphics for their basketball program, I was delighted. You can get programs and banners printed relatively cheaply now a days, so why not get some fun full color...

Evening of Hope raises over $70,000

I've said it before that I LOVE designing for JDRF and the hope of a cure for TYPE 1 Diabetes. This year's Seattle fundraiser was a success brining in over $70,000 and as we get ready to prepare for the 2013 event, I hope you will consider supporting JDRF by attending...

Designing templates for reoccurring events

My client Sante Pediatric Services does a lot of internal events. It's a simple event with an email and paper invitation and posters. So instead of re-inventing the wheel every season, I created a template and just haven fun with the seasonal design changes. This is...

Reality TV show becomes the theme for event

My client in Texas, Sante Pediatrics, must be a fun place to work! I spend a lot of time creating fun invitations and event materials for internal programs. It's nice to work with a company that really values happy employees and this little event "Dancing with the...

Designing for JDRF events

One of my long time clients is out to find a cure, and I think they might just do it! My work with JDRF started a long time ago when a client got a job in the Spokane branch and needed help getting some nice new event graphics going for their annual golf and...

zenfolio – a great portfolio and blog tool

I just finished a logo for a photographer in Seattle. For his online portfolio he uses Zenfolio.com. I was able to check it out while updating his logos and was very surprised how user-friendly  the interface was. Low cost, lots of templates to choose from and no...

designing for events of all sizes

I love designing for events – whether it's a one-time deal or an annual gig! A lot of my event work has been for non-profit fundraisers where we do with a save the date, sponsorship brochure, invite, registration packet, posters, signage, catalog, flyers, brochures...

Haider Construction Renews Brand

Haider Construction Renews Brand

I really enjoy working with Haider Construction - a local company located in Mountlake Terrace. It started with a review of their brand and developement of brand guidelines and new website (haiderconstruction.com). After we completed these steps, I helped them with...

Business Newsletter for MPI

Business Newsletter for MPI

Meeting Professionals International (MPI) hired me to redesign their quarterly newsletter. Even though the paper forms of many newsletters have gone away, this online version reads just like a magazine and provides links throughout making it very user...

Children’s Book Design hits the shelves

Children’s Book Design hits the shelves

I have designed books before, but never such a fun and colorful children's book! My friend, artist and mom of 3 Jessie Daly has written her first book "Turkey and Mr. Bear". This story is very funny and great for 3-7 year olds. Perfect timing for thanksgiving or...

Simple Clean Website Brand = Effective Marketing Plan

Simple Clean Website Brand = Effective Marketing Plan

I have been working with a client for over a year to come up with a fresh new website. She was reinventing her company and wanted something simple and clean but unique and personalized. It took us several attempts at concepts because "simple" is sometimes the hardest...

Rubi Micro Café

A new coffee vending machine "Rubi Micro Café" is getting ready to launch and might show up in one your local hangouts soon! This company went through a change of ownership and management as it was about to launch, so I was hired to pick up some of the pieces, revamp...

Food Labels – be different but follow the rules!

Food Labels – be different but follow the rules!

I can't wait to see this new label on a jar of the delicious Apple Salsa, made by Clover's Marketplace! Where better to make Apple Salsa than Wentachee Washington - the apple capital of the world! We had fun creating the wood cut, old school looking label but it was a...

Designing an architect’s mini-portfolio

   Developing a brochure for an amazing architect is kind of a challenge. The website, of course, is where they can post all their projects and details about materials, and they often have a portfolio on hand to look at together for ideas, but what about a leave...

Identity Facelift

It happens all the time. People ask me what I think of their business card! I try to be honest without being rude, because chances are they've made it themselves and know they need some help if they're asking me. When starting a business, the first step is just to get...

Turning a Client’s Word Doc into a High-End Brochure

A lot of my clients like to design their own marketing materials. It's fun to be creative and if you have an idea, sometimes its easier to do it yourself than spend the time explaining it to someone else. This works a lot of the time, especially internal web and...

Memorable Photo Auction Piece

Memorable Photo Auction Piece

I always enjoy working on the school art auction projects. With a daughter in 8th grade, some parents recruited me to help them with a photo idea where the bodies are in the shape of letters. I took the photos from birds-eye view, did some photoshop work and with the...

Raising money for T1D, one shirt at a time….

I've posted about the great work JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) does, in their race for a cure for Type One Diabetes. I do a lot of design work for their events and marketing, but had the honor of designing a shirt this spring for a dear friend of my...

Short Run Candle Labels

I have a client who has been making candles for several years. They are really nice quality - soy wax and all natural, but in order to get them into natural stores like PCC, she needed a label that was a bit more professional. That said, she didn't have the budget or...

Eye catching design for local food truck

I really enjoy all the restaurant work I've been able to do and lately I've been working with a few local food trucks. These are the people who set up trailers or truck in your communities and you can stop in, line up and eat right there. They serve everything from...

Wearables – funny and relatable

I'm not a huge dessert person, but chocolate is serious weakness for me, so when my good friend and client Wendy Tinker asked me to help with the packaging, wearables and marketing of her new Chocolate and Caramel Business, my answer of course was "yes, as long as I...

Spicing up some label designs

For the past 6 months, I have been working with Variety of Spice to create a more eye-catching label design for all their products. Items range from spices and rubs to salts and sauces. Most purchases are made online, at trade shows/events and in stores, and while...

designing unique wine labels

This year I have had the pleasure of working with a Washington wine maker, Alexander the Grape out of Richmond. This reserve bottle needed a special and unique label that could be hand numbered. With a small run, we had to get creative... The outcome? We worked with...

Accepting “the cloud”

Today I upgraded with Adobe Software to have constant updates to all my graphics software through "the cloud". I was hesitant to change. I guess I'm saying that I am an old-school designer.... In general I like the way my computer runs and I know the software and...

Auction Artwork – 5th and 7th grade

I've always said that I should have taught art. I just didn't realize when I was in art school how much I liked kids. Too bad for me I missed that boat, but I have had the chance to teach art here and there over the years, and now that I have my own kids I get to jump...

Updating a logo with more color and depth

Sometime my clients don't want to design something new from scratch. In the case of "City Kitty", they have 15 years of success as a cat groomer with an image that had meaning but wasn't well done or in any kind or electronic format that made it easy to reproduce....

Online printing… burned again

I manage a fair amount of printing at my business. It's really just an extra service I offer. Most jobs start with the design portion and then they don't know where to go to get it printed, so I can help. I have accounts, relationships and experience with local and...

My homework for BNI & thoughts on “Givers Gain”

I have recently joined a BNI group. This was an effort to get out my little studio, do something for myself both personally and professionally not related to my children, as well as hopefully gain some new clients too! BNI = Business Network International...

Learn from me – backup your backup

Favorite quote of last week... "We all find religion when faced with death". Isn't that the truth! Last week I said several prayers that my work would be saved from a sudden hard drive failure on my iMac. I had been working remotely and didn't take my backup with me,...

designer-dog turns 4

My 3rd and very fuzzy child turns 4 today. She is loyal, funny, sweet, gentle, thoughtful and almost human. She is without a doubt my kids best friend and the world's best studio dog. Known to most as Nilly (shortened from Vanilla), she also responds to Nills,...

Greetings!

I am in the process of updating my portfloio and creating a bigger website, but you can still view some of my work at the portfolio tab of this site. For now I am playing around with wordpress and trying to stay current on new projects that I have completed recently.