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...

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...

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...

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 friendly.

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...