During the Summer of 2016, I had the pleasure to provide design (and a little strategic) support to Kai Degner’s U.S. Congressional campaign in Virginia. Unfortunately, he did not win (he was up against a heavily entrenched opponent in a predominently Republican district) but his campaign was an excellent experiment in bringing the kinds of engagement techniques I championed through NCDD to the political arena. Below is a scrapbook of many of the items I created for him, using his signature “orange and steel blue” palette.
First of all, let me also say thank you for the above appreciation. Sandy texted me the photo soon after it was taken and it really made my day. Having the opportunity to continue supporting the organization that defined so many years of my life is still very rewarding. It was sad I couldn’t be there for the conference, but it was so amazing to see all of you in the picture. I hope you had a wonderful event!
Even though I am no longer part of the day-to-day management at NCDD, I have remained involved as much as I can. Besides the conference material from this year, I’ve enjoyed contributing to our fundraising efforts, created a small booklet about NCDD (which you received in your tote bag), and worked with Sandy on publishing a report on a project started at the last NCDD event in Reston, VA. I was even a sponsor of NCDD2016 — which, now that I write it down sounds really weird, sponsoring the thing I helped create.
But more excitingly, I have found myself working closer to the NCDD community then ever before. Although it wasn’t originally my plan, several NCDD members reached out over the past year and invited me to help them in the same way I helped build NCDD. I am so fortunate they did.
Being offered these opportunities has only encouraged my desire to do more work within the network, to strengthen my connection with members of the NCDD community. If you are looking for someone with my skills and experience in engagement, please let me know and we can set up a call to talk about your needs.
And truth be told, although I do love being a free agent, I suppose my long term goal is to bring the skills I cultivated at NCDD to another program, especially one that is just getting off the ground. Supporting NCDD was very gratifying, but it wasn’t as much fun as starting it. So if you know of an upstart program that needs a little grassroots creative mojo, I just might be able to help.
But if you’re not in search of a designer or consultant — if you were just curious about what I’m up to — don’t be a stranger. Shoot me a quick message. I’d love to reconnect!
Anyway, thank you for making NCDD great! I hope there may be an opportunity for us to connect in the future, and maybe even work together.
For years, when preparing material for NCDD’s website or our conference guidebook, I found myself helping members and sponsors determine the proper logos and personal photos appropriate for the tasks at hand. Often times, I would rebuild logos or offer to clean-up photos just to speed up the procecss of getting professional-looking material for the site. At the end of the process, I would recommend they prepare a collection of images to be ready for the next time a logo or photo was needed.
But that’s easier said then done. At least until now…
Your Logo Should Always Look Awesome!
Your logo is your brand! You should never leave it up to a third party to determine how your logo appears in print or online.
The proper response to any logo request, whether for print or web, is to have a properly prepared “vector art” version of your logo, a hi-res “bitmap version” of your logo, a web-friendly, transparent-background version of your logo, and a “styleguide” with instructions on color usage and proper presentation available for the designer who is making the request.
With my Pro Logo Package offer, I’ll take your existing vector logo and create a styleguide, working with you to define proper usage and color guidelines for future logo use. Along with the styleguide, I’ll create a package of ready-to-go logos in multiple formats. If you do not have a “vector version” of your logo, I will create one for you for an additional fee.
Vector-available package only $250! Let’s get your logo ready for any situation.
Photos for Every Occasion
In this day and age of social media, it’s extremely useful to keep a folder on your computer dedicated to photos of yourself for use online. But even with photos at hand, are you prepared for every need?
You may have a great photo, but is it sized and scaled, or even just cropped properly? Sometimes you need a vertical headshot, other times a square avatar is more useful. Some sites require large photos, while others reject anything over 150 pixels. And why can’t you have rounded corners when you want them?!? This doesn’t even take printer-quality versions into account.
With my Perfect Photo Package deal, I’ll take the photos you provide me and create a folder of images for every possible need. I’ll also advise you on the best types of photos to have at hand, give you tips on getting a quality professional photo taken, and help you choose the best candid photo for social media use.
All for $100! Let’s set up a call and talk about what you need.