I recently designed a logo for a local tri-county chapter of Young Democrats for which I was later elected the Director of Communications. The Blanchard Valley Young Democrats are dedicated to education, enlightening, and empowering young people in the Hancock, Hardin, and Putnam county areas. Check out their website here!
As logos go, this was one of the easier ones. Ashley, now the Executive Director, gave me pretty free reign, and was quite happy with my first proposal. It is now being used widely to brand and publicize the group.
AHEAD stands for Allen and Hardin for Election Action and Democracy, and since I helped found the group, I got to create the logo. AHEAD is growing constantly, and the group has a wide variety of people in it, all of whom had an opinion on the way the logo should work. Trying to make everyone happy was definitely a challenge! I ended up going through fifteen different logo designs (some of them just color variations, some of them more complex) before our Communications & Publicity committee settled on this one:
Here’s the logo without the text, which is equally as effective, though not quite as self-explanatory. That’s okay, though, because to try to sum all 200+ members up in one logo would be near impossible!
Lessons learned: Working for a lot of people can be fun, but also AHEAD-ache! Get it? 😉
Inspired by a story I read online about Mitch McConnell silencing Elizabeth Warren, I designed this little graphic. Enjoy, and share around!
I have designed a postcard to send to Paul Ryan and other Members of Congress who have been acting like invertebrates lately.
Download a sheet pre-addressed to Paul Ryan here: sendaspine-paulryan
Download a blank sheet of them to send to your own MoC here: sendaspine-blank
When I was asked to design the menu for a Mexican restaurant soon to open in my hometown of Bluffton, I was needless to say pretty thrilled. Don Jose Mexican Restaurant was the talk of the town, and the chance to design their menu was an honor. After many hours of work (and a couple late nights), I finalized this design.
Main menu inside
Main menu outside
Breakfast menu front
Breakfast menu back
The entire project, from the owner’s initial email asking me to do the design until the menu was printed and ready for the restaurant opening, took less than five days. Throughout this experience, I learned about working under a tight deadline with many constraints, cooperating with local printers to achieve the desired result, and interacting with design clients.
For a project I had in my college typography class, I was required to design a quote of my choice in two different ways. I chose a song lyric from the musical Les Miserables that spoke to me at the time: “Somewhere beyond the barricade, is there a world you long to see?” Here are my two finished products.
While working for International College of Integrative Medicine (ICIM), I was asked to design and brand their conference entitled “It’s a Gut Feeling.” I started with their pamphlet, which once complete was mailed out to all 500+ doctors on their mailing list (a mailing that I helped put together as part of my job as their administrative assistant).
Among my next tasks: designing miniature versions of the pamphlet (one for each doctor speaking at the conference), creating cards containing welcomes and a blessing to go on each table, making a magazine ad, and putting together a huge sign for their variety show.
I also made numerous other designs, as shown below.
Here you can see my work in action at the conference:
Throughout this experience, I consistently met deadlines, designed using many different constraints, worked with multiple professional printing labs, and interacted with the public in a professional manner.
Here’s a graphic I made tonight for Facebook:
Inspired by this week’s Illustration Friday challenge, which was ORANGE, I drew this in pen, scanned it, image-traced it in Illustrator, and finally filled in gaps using Live Paint and my tablet.