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My husband has a new, small contracting business and is looking
for a graphic designer to help him create a logo as well as
business cards, letterhead, etc. We're not too picky about the
cost, but would like someone with experience who will be able to
take direction and translate our ideas onto paper. We know what
we want, but we need to find the person who can make it a
reality. Are you this artist, or do you know where I can find
I highly recommend Kimberly Cross, who just designed the business
web site for my acupuncture practice.
She's done a lot of work for big brands (like Noah's) but she really likes
smaller clients. She took the time to develop a real understanding of my
goals and customer base, gave me a number of excellent options, and
project on time and on budget. I couldn't be happier with the results - my
look fantastic, and client response so far has been great!
She also had a number of valuable insights into how to present my services
reach customers more effectively. I really felt like I ended up getting
more than I'd
You can see the site she did for me at
probably more feminine than what you're looking for, but she has a broad
styles, so don't get too hung up on that. I don't think she has her own
site up yet
(she just left an agency to start her own business), but her email is
kimberly[at]alamedanet.net. She could probably send you samples or something.
Hope this helps!
I want to recommend a fantastic graphic artist, Thomas Morris. I
know him very well personally and have also seen many of his
logos, brochures, etc. Thomas is a very warm and easygoing man
who works well with clients. He is full of energy and ''out of
the box'' ideas when needed. I highly recommend him. You can see
his work, which is very diverse (and includes fine art such as
60's rock posters that are really cool), at
thomasmorrisdesign.com. Good luck.
You can search for graphic designers here at creativehotlist.com
You can narrow your search by zip code and specialty.
You can also look through craigslist under ''Services - creative''
and search by ''graphic design''
Before you even begin, do you have a rough idea(s) of what you
like - or don't like? Samples of other logos, typefaces,
brochures, similar businesses, a sketch on a napkin. Have a
starting point. Cuts out a lot of wasted time. One color, two,
full spectrum? All that will affect design and printing costs.
What you want to ask/look for:
Someone who has done business stationary and knows the size and
Someone who has done PRINT not just web design (BIG difference
when it comes to actually producing files that will work for your
Someone who can help guide you to the right printer, or at least
give you the right questions in figuring out which one.
Make sure you negotiate all aspects of the contract (and have a
contract!) - do you want to pay a flat fee, by the hour? How many
rough ideas do you want to see/go through/pay for?
How involved do you want the designer to be in the printing -
and will you pay for their time?
Believe me, if you are new to this, you do not want to hire a
student or a friend of a friend who is ''kinda arty''. This is YOUR
business and deserves a professional, experieced person. It need
not be a graphic design firm, but you don't want to get either
ripped off or screwed around.
Graphic Production Person
My cooking class party business needs someone to do a series of
print items for us. We don't need a web designer, but rather
someone who will help us extend the look established on our web
site into print ads and other materials.
I have looked at the recommendations on the web site, and want
to find more recent referrals. Berkeley or Lamorinda locations
would be especially handy.
Thanks for any referrals you all can give me.
I have used Tia Stoller in Berkeley for the redesign and printing
of my small business's letterhead/logo. I really like her a lot
and she is good to work with. I had done some preliminary work
on our graphics and she took what we had established and improved
upon it. That way we didn't have to ''reinvent'' the wheel. I
appreciated her versatility and laid back manner.
She, herself has a small business so I think appreciates the
tight budgets, etc. that all small businesses deal with. She
also works extensively with my husband for his company for a
couple of years. And he has been very pleased.
I would highly recommend her. Her website is
I can highly recommend Marisol Quintana for all your print design needs. She is very
experienced (over 20 years) and can help you through the print production process
as well. She can do initial concept through final production, including press checks.
You can contact her at mquintana AT lmi.net
I don't know if this is exactly what you are looking for, but the mom of our daughter's
school friend (Rosalind Boukis) runs a business called Advertising Magic. You can
check it out at http://www.advertisingmagic.com/. It's in Walnut Creek. They have an
online catalog. And as an aside, Rosalind is a really nice person. :-)
I would like to recommend Bruce Rohrsetzer
[firstname.lastname@example.org] as a website designer. He is reasonably
priced and reliable. He even took the digital pictures for my
site! (www.leighcostain.com) Check out his site at:
http://www.maukachamber.com/ You can contact me if you want
Graphic Design for a Small Job
I need a graphic designer to redo my business card.
I'd prefer someone in Berkeley or close by, and not
very expensive - it's a very small job, as I pretty
much know what's going on it, just need help with
layout. Any good experiences?
In response to recent queries about Website and Print-related graphic
designers, I would like to mention two studios:
Philip Krayna Design (of which I am the principle) is based in Berkeley
at the Strawberry Creek Design Center. We specialize in print design
and do a great deal of work with local businesses and non-profits, as
well as large corporations such as Ask Jeeves and Schwab. We can be
reached at email@example.com or 510-644-9914
In terms of web designers, I highly recommend another local studio,
Neuwirth Design. Jacqueline Neuwirth is very friendly, accessible
and professional: www.jndesign.com or call 510-525-9082
Best of luck with your prospective projects.
My son, Chris Houston, has a website design company in it's early
stages. He does a tremendous job at a most reasonable price. You
can check out his work at http://www.sublimenetworks.com
Eva Cohen, in Rockridge, is an experienced print designer/layout
person (who also does web design). She's got an MFA in design
from the Chicago Art Inst. and has more than 15 years experience.
She specializes in marketing collateral for small businesses. Contact
her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Through my job I have used a designer based in Berkeley (Fourth St.) who I
would highly recommend. I do not think her rates are "bargain basement", as
she is pretty much full service, but definitely cheaper than an agency. I
have found her willing to work within my company's small budget, however.
The quality of her work is excellent and it might be worth it just to
contact her to see if she could assist you with what you need. If not I am
sure she could refer you to someone else.
Her name and contact details are:
Nicole Watson Design
1807-B Fourth Street
Tel: (510) 665 9599
You are welcome to give my name as a referral if you like. Good luck!
This is the same recomendation that I gave for web design. Michael
Behrens does everything graphic and has done many logos. He is
fantastic, has a good eye and is quite reasonably priced for his
evel of expertise. He is also very easy to talk to. Check out his
web site to see the kind of work he has done at
http://users.lmi.net/mbehrens/ or e-mail him at mbehrens AT lmi DOT net.
This is to recommend Albany web designers Alon Orion and Noa Weiss. They are a cheerful design team, and have worked with both start-up companies and established corporations. They have little kids, and are very accommodating to parents. Checkout their website at www.mimshak.com or call them at 510-524-2892.
My sister is a graphic designer and designed my business cards and
ads. She says that if it's just minor text changes and you already
have the art and electronic files, it shouldn't take more than half
an hour ($25 minimum charge; she charges $45/hour). She also designs
letterhead and brochures. Send her your current card, either
electronically or regular mail, and she'll give you a better estimate
on how long it will take. You can email her at: susan AT canndesign DOT com.
Need stationery for consulting firm
My husband has a city planning consulting firm and
needs business cards, letterhead, etc. We are looking for someone who is
easy to work with, has portfolio that illustrates quality work with
type. We need a simple solution in black and white to start. We are not
looking for logo development--just type.
I am sure you can find all you need (and more if your needs change)
in an excellent graphic designer Estera Alvarez. She is doing an
outstanding work with type. I am sure you will be impressed when
you see her portfolio. You may contact her
by email at: danseq at slip dot net Lilianna
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