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We recently created a website for The Law Offices of R.D. Skelton, Ltd. in Geneva, Illinois.

Located just outside of Chicago, the firm, which specializes in business law, estate planning, and probate and trusts, wanted to establish a web presence that would set them apart from other attorneys without being overly complicated and sterile.

With the use of bold graphics and a brown/green palette, we created a website that was understated, yet strong enough to stand out and emphasize the firm’s experience and qualifications.


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We recently worked with Family Focus, a Chicago-based Early Childhood and Family Support Organization, to create their most recent Annual Report. (This is third in a series of Annual Reports we have designed for Family Focus.)

The organization’s annual reports focus on the key elements of families—people and relationships. This recent annual report revolved around a fictional story told by “Linda,” a 12-year old child and Family Focus participant. The design featured a touching story, bright primary colors, and sketches and drawings you might see in “Linda’s” notebook.

We are happy to report the client loved the design!

Printer: Blooming Color (Chicago, IL)

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We worked with our longtime client BAI to create a graphic identity and printed collateral for their newly-updated conference, BAI Payments Connect.

The challenge was not only to convey a complicated concept (the evolution and transformation of the payments industry), but also to create a functional design that allowed them to clearly market three different events. We created a bold, high-tech design that was versatile enough to be adapted to different types of printed pieces, including the Brochure and Postcard shown at left.

The client was clearly happy with the result, commenting, “You always make the marketing team look good!” And that’s music to a designer’s ear.

Shown: Conference Brochure and Direct Mail Postcard. Printer: GH Printing (Lombard, IL)

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2010 Quick Peek Calendars - buy online!

I’m delighted to share that my 2010 Quick Peek Calendar is featured on the Artisan blog as an example of creative self-promotion.

After many years of sending holiday cards to clients and friends in December, I decided to start sending a New Year card and Calendar instead. The response has been very positive. I love walking into a client’s office and seeing my calendar posted on the wall. And this year, I even got several requests for calendars in advance of mailing them!

With the boom of online promotion, I think people like to get something in the mail (that isn’t a bill, that is). Not to mention the calendar concept fits perfectly with my policy of sending gifts that are beautiful, yet practical.

Thank you to my friends at Artisan in Chicago!

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A great way to say thank you to clients and coworkers is with a set of decorated notecards. We all know how meaningful a handwritten note is, but it’s easy to forget—especially during the busy holiday season. Make it easy for your gift recipient and give them a set of notecards plus a fancy pen and packet of stamps. In fact, maybe you should pick up a set (or two) for yourself too!

Shown are favorites from (left to right) our own line of greeting cards, Night Owl Paper Goods and fellow Chicago artist Laura Berger.

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Watch the bright spot for new business gift ideas each week! And for more ideas read our Tipsheet How do I Find Alternatives to Traditional Gift Giving?

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We are delighted to be featured in the 2009 Indie Biz Chicks Holiday Gift Guide!

Brought to you by Indie Biz Chicks, the Guide featuring holiday tips, ideas and recipes also showcases artisan-designed gifts ranging from holiday cards and greeting cards (by yours truly) to handcrafted jewelry, totes, and kids wearables. Start your holiday shopping—all in one place.

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We worked with our new client, the Chicago Theological Seminary to update their marketing materials. The goal was to convey the energy and spirit of the Seminary— as well as to create a design that could easily be used throughout the marketing campaign.

Starting with a View Book for prospective students, we created an overall look that was bold and engaging—yet flexible enough to be used in many different print formats, such as posters, banners and special event materials.

The new CTS “look” has been very well-received both by staff, as well as current and prospective students. It has also been adapted to their recently-updated website. But we’re not done yet! Stay tuned for more samples of updated CTS marketing materials.


Shown: CTS Look Book and Groundbreaking Ceremony Program. Printer: Vision Integrated Graphics Group (Tinley Park IL).

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