Managed Moves LLC

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Managed Moves is a moving company located in Portland, OR that caters to the Senior community. Managed Moves not only assists in moving Seniors, but also offers packing services, estate clean-out services, estate sales, professional downsizing assistance, and free estimates.

Here is a promotional card I designed for Managed Moves in 2017. I also streamlined their existing logo. If you would like to see the back of the card, please click here.

Hill-Ten Construction LLC

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Hill-Ten Construction LLC is a concrete focused contractor in Albany, Oregon. While they performed all phases of construction, their specialty was stamped-concrete and other artistic concrete applications.

Here is the official logo for Hill-Ten Construction LLC.

I worked closely with the owner Mike to create a logo that honored an older tradition of branding, a style that was incorporated in their signage, vehicle decals, apparel, advertisements, and business cards.

Mike was very pleased with my work on this project and often passed along compliments he had received from other contractors and businesses he worked with.

Originally, they had wanted a logo that incorporated an excavator, so many of my early sketches were heavy with construction image equipment. After a number of conversations and meetings, it was decided that we would go with a retro-inspired look and feel – something I felt I would particularly excel at.

I thoroughly enjoyed creating these pieces and working with Hill-Ten Construction and thank them for the opportunity to help them realize their image and goals.

Operation Wellbeing

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Operation Wellbeing is the website of Counselor and Personal Development Coach, Lisa Loewenthal.

Lisa was looking for something different, to help set her apart from the more common styles of counseling websites, one that was warm and welcoming and reflective of her love of art. She allowed me a lot of artistic license with this design, and I am happy to say that she is beyond pleased with the outcome.

Seeking to really make Lisa comfortable in her new online home, I used pieces of her own artwork to help build the header image, namely the colorful textures that make up the sun, sky and the background for the sub-header, where the video, quote, and image of Lisa resides.

She expressed a desire for some kind of wood accent, which, fittingly enough, was incorporated into page borders, thereby framing the entire site. While there are a lot of lovely textures and layers within the design, it’s the header image that really brings it all together.

Operation Wellbeing Logo
Operation Wellbeing Logo

Outside of the site design, I also shot and edited the video you see on the home page and within the sidebars on the internal pages, took the photo of Lisa that appears below the header, and designed two versions of the logo: the one visible within the header, and the orange & charcoal minimalist version (seen here, to the left) for her business card and other print-related materials.

Working with Lisa was both ridiculously fun and ridiculously rewarding, and I can’t thank her enough for allowing me the opportunity to help design and develop her website and identity!

The site is designed on top of the ever-popular, WordPress CMS.

You can view an image of one of the internal pages, here.

Visit Lisa’s site at OperationWellbeing.com

 

Wendi Kali Photography: Logo and Card Design

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Wendi Kali asked me to design a logo for her photography business, to help further establish her identity. She requested a clean, professional, and “laid back” design, and with that, I got to work.

She liked my first card design, but wanted me to focus more on a friendly, fun look, while still maintaining a professional edge. After a few attempts to modify and enhance the first design, I scrapped it altogether and went for something completely different. This next piece hit home with her, and after a few minor adjustments, the new logo was complete and ready to go.

Breaking out of the typical “name and iconic image” look that is often seen in photography logos, this one was more illustration based, with a thick, modern serif font that was both bold and friendly. The font chose is called Chunk Five, and it’s a real beauty that fit in nicely with the illustration of Wendi.

Wendi is currently working on  photo book project called “The Butch/Femme Photo Project” which was recently funded through a KickStarter campaign. What is the project all about? Read about it in Wendi’s own words, below:

“Everyone in the world has an identity. With identities, we tend to want to give them a strict definition without recognizing that we are constantly redefining ourselves and those identities as we grow and evolve. Within the LGBTQI community there are many identities. Among them are Butch and Femme.

Both identities date back to the beginning of the 20th century and, for the most part, are part of the lesbian and bisexual sub-culture. Both have taken on many definitions and in claiming either identity, each person has their own definition and reason for doing so.”

You can read more about Wendi’s Project at http://butchfemmephotoproject.com/ or check out the February write-up at Huffington Post.

Wendi’s online portfolio is available at http://wendikaliphotography.com/

Blue Brigade

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The Blue Brigade is a walking group headed by my friend Darby for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s MS Walk Oregon chapter. She emailed me a font that she had found and asked if I could incorporate a neuron (that little multi-armed thingy at the end, for those unfamiliar) to create the team logo. Darby also had me adjust the lower swoops of the B’s for a more dramatic effect, as well as “dirty up” the overall graphic for a sort of worn, sporty look. I was thrilled to help her with this doubly thrilled to participate in the walk myself.

BioCrest Remediation

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BioCrest Remediation was a business that offered an inexpensive and environmentally friendly product to help clean up ocean oil spill distaster.

Because they were eager to meet the needs of the BP oil spill of 2010, I was crunching to deliver their logo and website within a 7-day window – from conceptualization through to the building. The site design ended up saving me in the end, a they were in the market for something extremely minimalist: header image, menu bar, and single sidebar with limited content. Since that was fairly easy to achieve and still meet the deadline with room to spare, my bigger focus was on the logo.

Their ideal branding objective was a soft, ‘green’ influenced logo that evoked Eco-consiousness. The image shown here is one of the two final versions. The other is a shortened acronym version, which can be viewed here.

The folks at Biocem Remediation were quite pleased with the final product, expressing that their needs had been more than met. I was happy too!


Into the Ether…

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This project was a bit new for me – a UFO focused blog/news source, but I had some ideas churning around and was eager to get started. I felt it best to stay away from the typical sci-fi look, so there are no cheesy UFO images or alien faces in this design!

After a few very rough sketches, I opened up Adobe Illustrator and got to work. What I came up with was a stylized, yet unobtrusive theme that allowed for the reader to focus on the articles without being distracted by design elements. Two of the ways I achieved this was by using a light gray for the section outlines and a predominantly white background, while the headings and post-text were a significantly darker charcoal gray. This allowed the content to sort of ‘pop out’ at the reader .

The sidebar content layout was of particular focus. A lot of blogs (and I’m not going to name names) have so much going on in their sidebars that it makes navigating the site a bit of a headache. Without using a bunch of separating lines or background colors, I stuck to the use of padding, margins and colors to separate individual blocks.

This site was built on top of Blogger for use as a CMS. I have worked with Blogger in the past (see my Deirdre and the Sorrows design) and admittedly, its kind of a pain – mostly because unlike WordPress and other popular content management systems, Blogger uses it’s own propriety code. Because of this, Blogger blogs are not W3C compliant and do not validate. That said, I managed to create a solid 3 column theme without running into any major bumps along the way. And in Blogger’s defense, it is a very good, banner-less, & free blogging and CMS service, allowing users complete customization.

You can find the blog here.

Country Girl Roundup

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The Site

Country Girl Roundup is a site that I have been brainstorming on, over the last few months. My current vision sees it as a website for all women – Queer and Straight, to discuss Country-life. Whether it’s cooking, decorating, gardening, music, art – whichever. My temporary tag-line is “Country Living For the Self-Proclaimed Country Girl”.

The site will consist of a forum, occasional articles, photography & artwork, though the majority of the focus will be on discussion.

The Logo

I figure most people will “get” the logo. When I first began conceiving of the site, I imagined a group of cowgirls sitting around a campfire, telling stories & heating up food in a soup pot, so after a few stabs at campfire and cowgirl hat based designs, I decided to try one with a pot. I sketched out an idea, pulled it into Illustrator and finished it off. The result is the image you’re seeing to the left.

The font used for “Roundup” is a free font called Scriptina. I am not a fan of script fonts, in general, but when I saw Scriptina, I kind of wanted to kiss it. It also works well for a sort of “lasso” look.

Logo: Dwarven Brassiere

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This is the logo for my original portfolio site, which, at the time, was called “Dwarven Brassiere”. I could explain why, but it would likely bore the pants off of you. Suffice it to say, that there is a hammer, or more specifically, my version of a blacksmith’s hammer, used to denote the forging of… well, websites, logos, etc. The brassiere bit, that was my way of pointing out that I’m a woman in design.

There are two versions, which are nearly identical, the only change being that the one to the left is ‘grunged’ up, and the other, is clean. You can view that one, here.


Logo: Project CK Design

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Because of economic concerns, the client decided to keep the companies old logo –  but I will still be designing the website.

CK Designs is a landscaping business in Southern California that provides sustainable, “green” landscape designs.

The client expressed the need for an attractive, aesthetically pleasing logo, invoking a sense of serenity. She also requested a simple design, easily recognizable by current and potential clients. Before I began to sketch out ideas, I decided on a style and a few choice colors. Many of those initial concepts are shown in the mock-ups below.

Process
Process

Inspired by the client’s mention of serene design, the word harmony also began to float around in my head. That word lead me to thoughts of Zen and Eastern symbolism. I attempted to draw upon some of those base elements while providing a more streamlined, balanced design.

As harmony is a key component in many genres of music (particularly in more calming compositions), my first idea (top left) was based on a musical half-note.

My fourth design embodied not only the idea of newly sprung petals, but also of sun rays – a very important factor for most forms of vegetation and something that is particularly abundant in the state of California.