Branding & Design

One of my clients is the new Milwaukee-based band, The Hungry Williams. (Ok, full disclosure, this is John's band - John is my sweetie.) Being that I'm a branding and digital designer, and John has played with dozens of bands over the years, we bring...

Along my journey in the visual design industry, I've accumulated a list of best practices on handling graphic files. I find that people who do not walk this road every day tend to get confused. JPGS and PNGS and TIFS and EPS files, what to...

How do you make your marketing stand out? Catchy headlines? Yes. Striking design? Of course. Arresting imagery? For sure! Stock photography and illustration is a great way to go if you're on a budget - but getting something that's custom designed for your brand and message is even better, right?...

Infographics is a relatively new word. It's used to describe visuals that combine data and images to illustrate a complicated idea. The intent is to make complex data easy to understand by turning it into a visual presentation. You'll have noticed them in use everywhere, but...

After many years of working as a professional designer and illustrator, I tend to focus on design all around me. When I notice a great design it's usually because it has a strong focal point, and you can tell right away this designer knows what...

The vernacular long ago dictated "email" over e-mail and "internet" over Internet, and today the rules have finally caught up. High time, y'all....

Ever wonder where the beautifully styled Irish type faces came from? You see these fonts often used on signage for Irish pubs and shops, on throw pillows embroidered with charming Irish sayings, and on pretty much anything marketed as Irish or to those who romanticize the Irish....

The ampersand. The central graphic in the Andiamo Creative logo, it is a favorite mark for a typography geek like me. Originally formed by a ligature of the latin word ‘et’ which means ‘and’, it is a combination of the letters E and T. This...

I just love when people get creative. Last year, we worked extensively with Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce to develop a new brand identity, including tons of print work, HTML emails, infographics and maps and an extensive custom-designed directory website in WordPress. This branding design project was one of my...