New Branding and Website Project, A Military Coin Design and Inspiration

Hi,

It’s actually turning out to be a pretty busy week. It surprised me as I wasn’t expecting it to be—but—here we are. As you know, I recently wrapped up a portfolio site for a fellow designer. As I hoped, we are staying in touch and she gave me the nicest shout-out on the podcast that she co-hosts, The Deeply Graphic Design Cast. I was blushing for an hour and was over the moon that I had such a happy client and now a new friend.

It’s back to it now though and I have started a couple of exciting projects. One is another custom website for a woman who is launching a new business as a Holistic Style Coach, She Inspiration. She is an amazing, warm and inspiring lady that I met in an Entrepreneur group. We hit it off right away and have been masterminding and supporting each other as we venture into breaking away from corporate life to start our own businesses. I’ve started working on a Moodboard of color palettes, fonts and some branding graphics for her. Below is where we are with it. For the website, I’ll be starting with the Practical Theme from Themeforest.

She Inspiration Moodboard

As you can see, I’m enjoying myself so far!

I also have started a coin design for a battalion on the military base that I work on. Definitely new territory for me but I’m having a blast. Their goals were to communicate who they are, what they do and where they are stationed. Below are a couple of samples from the drafts that I submitted. **Disclaimer: the tire graphic is a comp that I did my best with in Photoshop. If tit is approved I’ll purchase and finalize.

Military Coin Design DraftsI also have recently stumbled upon a captivating photo that my mucho-amazing photographer friend took in her travels to Hong Kong. It’s a street scene that she is calling ‘Train Tracks.’ Take a look and see which part of it draws you in. For me, it’s the man crossing the street with the black umbrella. See him?

Morgan Photo Hong Kong

Train Tracks by Morgan Willemsen

Well, I hope that all of you have a wonderful weekend. The holidays have kicked off with high energy, as always. I love it—it’s contagious!

Until next time,

Jen

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Custom Portfolio Website

Hi there,

MKM Design Custom Portfolio Site

Screen Capture from my latest work: a website for MKM Design.

It’s been a little while since I posted, but there’s a good reason why. I’ve been working on building a website for a fellow designer, Ms. Mikelle Morrison, independent designer at MKM Design. Mikelle is a senior graphic and web designer who specializes in User Experience and Brand Design. She’s incredibly talented and was inspiring to work for, to say the least. As with many projects, seeing this one come to an end was bitter-sweet; on the one hand, I am thrilled to see the site launch and to have my client be happy with my work. On the other hand, I’ll miss our day to day interactions and collaboration. I do know, however, that Mikelle and I will stay in touch and talk often. I’m very grateful that our paths crossed and that we were able to work together.

Also…If you happen to listen to podcasts that center around design, you can hear Mikelle on The Deeply Graphic Design Cast, a wildly popular podcast led by Wes McDowell of The Deep End design firm. I find myself relating, laughing and being inspired by the speakers and topics each time I listen. It’s great stuff!

Below are screen shots of Mikelle’s homepage as well as a shot of her ‘Print’ portfolio page. The theme I started with was Wildfire from Themeforest.

Visit the Site

Homepage of Mikellemorrison.comHomepage of Mikellemorrison.comFooter of Mikellemorrison.comPrint page of Mikellemorrison.comIt’s been a great experience. I’m looking forward to many, many more. I was certainly not alone in making this project a success though. Mikelle gave amazing art direction and was a true team player. I also had an angel on my shoulder, Mrs. Lindsay Siegel Beckman of Stoke Interactive. Lindsay graduated from the same program I am currently in for my Masters Degree at Academy of Art University and has been guiding me in all areas of my career. We connected through the Alumni Association a couple of months ago and it’s been, as they say, history ever since.

Stoke Interactive

Stoke Interactive is a design firm that specializes in delivering web technology and branding solutions for socially conscious companies. Connect with them on twitter, @stoke_ntrctve, and—read more about them below…

We strongly believe that every company has an opportunity to change the world. Every small detail makes a difference, which is why we are dedicated to putting extra time and love into helping others that otherwise might not have a chance. We embrace the stories of your how your non-profit or company is bettering the world. It’s all about working together toward a common goal; a better tomorrow.

You’ll be hearing a lot more about Stoke in my upcoming posts as I start to work on projects with them. To put it bluntly…I’m STOKED. Pun intended.

Talk to you soon!

Jen