I designed this colorful map for a dear friend of mine who is an elementary school teacher. It was nearly impossible for her to find a vibrant map that was also a bit understated, so we created this piece for her students to enjoy. I wanted to share the printable PDF with you this holiday season, as I think this would make a sweet gift for a teacher or friend. There are dozens of canvas art sales happening this time of year, which would be a durable solution for a classroom or playroom. Here's a 18x24" canvas for just $28.00. Enjoy!
Discovering new fonts is one of my favorite pastimes as a designer. I spend several hours a week scouring myfonts.com and although I purchase the majority of the typefaces I use for my clients, sometimes budget restrictions mean I find myself looking for 100% free (for personal and commercial use) fonts. It is so incredible to me that many type designers are willing to share their work with the world for free. Type design is such a unique and detailed art form, and I have so much gratitude for the designers who created these beauties. Enjoy!
Linmay is a modern hair studio located in Chicago, Illinois. Lindsay Mayuga came to me with a vision for a fresh and feminine visual identity that would allow her to stand out among competitors while simultaneously conveying a chill, California vibe. Lindsay herself is incredibly talented and sought after by clients, consistently booked, often so much so that she is unable to accept any new clients! The definition of a girl boss, Lindsay owned and ran an incredibly successful salon called The Comb for several years, but recently decided to forge a new path and launch a new venture on her own. I am thrilled with the laid back vibe we landed on and can't wait to watch as Lindsay sets the world on fire! Happy launch week!
A little illustration of my favorite words from Nikita Gill, who is an incredible modern poet.
Running a business is a wild ride. Some days I am on top of my to-do list and have everything together, other days I am four cups of coffee deep and barely hanging on by a thread. I wrote a little bit about the past two and a half years and a few lessons I’ve learned along the way over at The Style Theory. Lisa asked me to put together a few pull quotes from my interview which you can see below! It's always a little strange to see your own reflections in writing, but these pieces of advice have really carried me through the past few years. They have helped me create wonderful relationships with my clients and lasting friendships with other creatives. So, for what it's worth, I hope they help or inspire you as well.
BCU Risk Advisors is a Chicago-based insurance and risk management agency that serves high net worth individuals and their families. After 10 years of tremendous growth, it was time to rethink their logo and outward-facing communications.
Our number one goal was to create a clean and versatile mark. We also wanted to diversify BCU's color palette, which was previously very limited. We created a five color palette that is both professional and diverse, and allowed each employee to select their preferred business card color.
The end result was a logo that matches both their level of professionalism as well as their personality. It was a joy to work with this team!
Really excited about this identity project for an incredible client. The vibe is California cool, minimalist and some really dreamy colors. Can't wait to share the final product in a few weeks!
Happy Homecoming week! I worked on this eight page booklet project in conjunction with Mounds Park Academy. MPA runs an incredible Homecoming operation that engages their entire community. Not only are there major JV and Varsity-level athletic events, there's also a fun run, 5k, food trucks, alumni campus tours, and more. Each year they send out a beautiful eight page mailer to a wide constituent group in an effort to inspire current families and strike up a bit of nostalgia for their alumni. This self-mailer was printed offset on uncoated paper.
Marin Academy is an incredible school located in San Rafael, California. They are a joyful, diverse, rigorous, and compassionate institution that provides a challenging academic experience while simultaneously encouraging their students to push the envelope. At MA, students:
- Learn with joy
- Think critically and creatively
- Work with, rather than compete with
- Welcome diverse voices
- Imagine a better tomorrow
I immediately connected with this list — especially given recent research that supports the concept of collaboration over competition. This NAIS article predicts that in the future, collaboration will be the focus of successful independent schools.
I worked with Marin Academy to complete a series of four admission brochures that answer some of the key points they wanted to emphasis in their enrollment packet. The end result is a 7x7" square with vibrant, eye-catching content on the front, and detailed information and statistics on the back. Easy to use at recruitment events, affordable to print, and incredibly impactful.
Be the Nice Kid is an inspiring company owned by Bryan Skavnak of the Happiest Golfer. Bryan is an energetic, optimistic, glass half full kinda golf instructor whose wisdom about life went viral within the education space. Bryan reached out to me to help create a visual for his new brand. This included a custom mark and alternate marks, icons and patterns. Stay tuned for the official launch within the next few weeks!
Some kids are smarter than you. Some kids have cooler clothes than you. Some kids are better at sports than you. It doesn't matter ... you have your thing too. Be the kid who can get along. The kid who is generous. The kid who is happy for other people. The kid who does the right thing. The kid who tries his best. Be the nice kid.