Saturday, December 15, 2007

Arts & Minds Logo Concepts

I was contacted by a school in California looking for logo concepts for a new fundraising campaign. Here are a couple of the designs I created. I am very happy with my results!

Title: Arts & Minds Logo Concepts
Software: Illustrator

Urban Parks and Gradens Magazine Cover & Spread

Title: Urban Parks and Gardens
Software: InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop

Olympic Poster and Logo

Title: 2008 Beijing Olympics Poster & Logo
Software: Illustrator

Brand Identity - The Sushi Co.

For this assignment we were to redeisgn a logo for an exsisting company or a made-up one. I chose to create a logo for a fictitious sushi restaurant. For the final mounted presentation I also created chopstick sleeves, pinback buttons, a take-out bag and t-shirt designs.

Title: The Sushi Co.
Software: Illustrator

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Logo Redesign Assignment

Back to school and back to homework. One of the first assignments in my new Commercial Art class at Madonna University was to design a logo for myself and then we had to switch with another person in the class and redesign their logo. We had to keep in mind what the other person wanted to convey with their logo. Jackie, whose logo I redesigned (and who preferred her middle name Amy), wanted to convey duality or opposites. These are just a few of the designs I came up with. Overall I think this a was a very clever assignment!

Title: Logo Redesign Assignment
Software: Illustrator

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Silly Monkey Designs

I recently opened up a Cafepress shop to sell some of my Silly Monkey designs. I thought it might be a good way to make some extra money to help pay for school. Available are various t-shirts for men and women, baby clothes and bibs, hats, tote bags and note cards. Check it out!

Title: Silly Monkey Designs
Software: Illustrator

Monday, July 30, 2007

Buttons, buttons, buttons!

Title: TV Dinner Monsters
Software: Illustrator
My wonderful husband gave me a button making machine for my birthday. I plan on incorporating a lot of my graphic design work into the buttons I make. I'll post them as I make them! These buttons are available from my Etsy shop Barrel of Monkeys.

Title: Holga, I Love Pirates and Pug Power buttons
Software: Illustrator

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Combining Graphic Design with Jewelry Design

Among all the art that I do, fiber art - paper art - graphic art, jewelry design is one of my favorites. Recently I decided to take elements of my graphic design work to create pendants using shrink plastic (yes, shrinky dinks from the good old days). These little pieces of art are now available from my Etsy shop Barrel of Monkeys.

Title: Little Shrink Plastic Pendants
Software: Illustrator

Title: TtV Shrink Plastic Pendants
Software: Photoshop & Illustrator
For these pendants I used a few of my TtV (Through the Viewfinder) photographs.

Title: Colorful Bird Shrink Plastic Pendant
Software: Illustrator

Theatre of the Absurd Business Cards

A friend of mine asked me to create a business card for her brother. Craig is a DJ... well he's more than that... he is a performance artist, musician, downtempo producer who composes awesome mood music. His work has been described as lounge music, background music, minimalist music that doesn't like minimalist music. Craig's music is so different that I knew the card I designed for him needed to be different too. The card measures 3x3 and has his logo on one side and his info on the other.

Title: Theatre of the Absurd
Software: Illustrator

Monday, July 9, 2007


This is the logo I designed for the doggie bandannas I have created. They are now available for sale along with my other hand-made art. You can check them out on my Etsy site Barrel of Monkeys.

Title: DOG GEAR Logo
Software: Illustrator

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Photo Safari

Recently my husband and I went on a short photo safari to Belle Isle in Detroit. I'm pretty happy with the shots I got and thought I'd share a couple here.

Title: Solitary
Medium: Photograph

Title: Infused
Medium: Photograph

Donna's Business Cards

Title: Donna Hamilton Business Card Design - version 1 (two-sided)
Software: Illustrator
Donna asked me to create a card design that was simple and included a lot of white space. I came up with a couple different designs. She liked them both and wants both designs printed.

Title: Donna Hamilton Business Card Design - version 2
Software: Illustrator

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Selective Focus

Title: Selective Focus
Software: Illustrator
My version of a flyer design for the photography show I am going to exhibit in next month.

Title: Ride's Over
Medium: Photograph
One of the photos I will be showing in the 'Selective Focus' exhibit.

Owl for Abby

Title: Owl for Abby
Software: Illustrator
My niece Abigail recently had her 'Bridging to Brownies' ceremony. My sister asked me to design an owl for a tree to use as a prop for the ceremony (an owl is part of the Girl Scout story). I liked the little owl so much I decided to give him his own little world to reside in.
Congrats Abby! Love you!

Loveland Designs Logo & Business Card

Title: Loveland Designs
Software: Illustrator
My friend Deb asked me to design a logo and business card for her to represent her fiber art. I gave her three different logo designs. She chose her favorite and I then created the card design. Thanks Deb!

New Business Cards

Title: JNHK Graphic Design
Software: Illustrator
The other week my new business cards arrived that I ordered through an on-line printer. I started the JNHK logo for a couple of college assignments last semester and then developed it into a business card. I'm really happy with the quality of the printing and the overall look.

Now on to finding lots of fun freelance work!


Title: Zuzana Licko Poster
Assignment: Notable Typographer Poster Design
Software: InDesign

Title: H
Assignment: Letter Art Collage
Software: Illustrator

Title: Schoolcraft College International Institute Cookbook
Assignment: 'Elegant' Cookbook Cover Design
Software: InDesign


Title: Aperture Newsletter
Assignment: Four page newsletter
Software: InDesign


Title: USA Cycling (t-shirt design)
Assignment: Olympic Sport Illustration
Software: Illustrator
Our final project for this class was to create a t-shirt, web page, CD label and CD case designs for our chosen Olympic sport.


Title: Constant Chaos
Assignment: Autobiographical design using type
Software: Photoshop
This piece won 'Best of Illustration' in the 2007 Schoolcraft Computer Graphics Technology Student Art Show

Title: Mannequin
Assignment: Manipulation, Collage, Printing on various substrates
Software: Photoshop
This piece won 'Best of Fine Art' in the 2006 Schoolcraft Computer Graphics Technology Student Art Show

Design Concepts

Title: Africa Craft
Assignment: Book Jacket Design
Software: InDesign

Title: Carnivale Toys & Gifts
Assignment: Color Wheel Logo Designs
Top to bottom: Triad, Monochromatic, Complementary
Software: Illustrator
You can see the original photo that inspired this design here.