Day 200: Good association can bring refreshment

Tonight I entertained a house of guests with a small dinner party. There was no special occasion, rhyme or reason, I did it just because.

It was nice to have a night off of work and put aside every distraction to focus on good company and food.

I feel so relaxed and refreshed, and am ready to conquer the day – starting tomorrow.

Yes, it’s necessary to work hard to keep bringing in that cash in to pay those bills, but it’s even more important to find joy in life. We can’t work 24/7 and it’s not healthy.

Plus, your brain needs time to rest before you come up with the big idea. For me, the rest equals to rejuvenating my creative juices to continue designing more Thank You cards.

Which brings me to today’s card. It’s inspired by a social media infographic.

Social media infographics are all the rage on the Internet. Basically, they’re a narrow, long graphic filled with statistics, colors and images. You can have an infographic for just about anything. Companies are using them to capture online viewers attention to their products or services.

Now, I don’t have enough stats for an exact replica of an infographic, but I wanted to start working with the colors and layout for when I am ready to create one. I just might create one for a Thank You card at a later time.

In the meantime, here is today’s card.

Graphic Designer & Production Artist "From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production."

Graphic Designer & Production Artist
“From idea to page – flawless digital/print design & production.”

07.22.14 Inspired by a social media info graphic © 2014 Stacy Schilling

07.22.14 Inspired by a social media info graphic © 2014 Stacy Schilling

 

 

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Yes I can design more than Thank You cards

If you’ve been following my blog, or have breezed by out of curiosity as to what it’s all about, thank you.

You’ve also probably been wondering if I can design anything else besides a Thank You card.

Well, the answer is, “Yes, I can!”.

I’ve been a graphic designer and production artist for over 16 years, and I even have experience designing and developing websites from the ground up for clients.

This blog is just one way I’ve decided to keep up with my creative juices between client projects. And yes, my schedule is open and available for any new design projects so if you need something designed for print or web, just let me know!

So, now you’re probably wondering, “What can Stacy create?”, and that is an excellent question.

I specialize in branding your company’s identity from print to web.

I have created the following items:

  • Ads
  • Banners
  • Brochures
  • Catalogs
  • CD Packaging
  • Charts & graphics
  • Collateral
  • Direct mail
  • HTML emails
  • Illustrations
  • Internet landing pages
  • Logos
  • Newsletters
  • Newspapers
  • Onesheets/flyers
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Presentation folders
  • Print inserts
  • Proposals
  • Signage
  • Social media graphics
  • Stationary
  • T–shirt applications
  • Web graphics
  • Websites 

My design skills include:

  • Color Theory
  • CSS Style Sheets
  • File Nomenclature
  • Graphic Design
  • Mechanicals
  • Page Layout
  • Photo Retouching
  • Pre–Press Production
  • Press Checks
  • Print Services
  • Project Management
  • Proofreading
  • Proofs
  • Typography
  • Web Design
  • Web Development

And yes, my clients love my work and are even more surprised not just with the final project, but I’ve been known to beat their project’s deadline.

Here’s what a few of them have said about my work.

“Stacy Schilling is a rare breed of designer: she sees every job as a consistent whole rather than the sum of its parts. Her ability to think through the entire design to production process—along with her structure and organizational skills—were instrumental in assisting our Creative team to do likewise. Stacy is a tangible asset to any business.”

Mike Pirone, VP/Account Director, YesDesignGroup


“Stacy did a great job on the CHAMPIONS promotional materials. Her professionalism, ability to stick to a strict deadline, and creativity in fusing multiple ideas together were just a few of the qualities that impressed us with her work. Stacy took the ideas, often very opposing ideas, and blended them into a format that appeased all members of the staff and have proven immensely effective with our clients.”

– Brad Lupien, Co–Owner, Champions


“It’s a gift to work with a graphic artist who not only listens and imitates design concepts, but also contributes and improves them with fluid precision and creativity.”

– Julie Munjack, Shadowbox Keepsake Gift

So if your marketing materials need a fresh, update or you don’t have a website promoting your company, then drop me a line and let me know what your project needs are and I’d be more than happy to help you achieve your business and sales goals.

Just fill out the brief form below and I’ll get back to you very soon.

In the meantime, here’s just a few of my design pieces I’ve created for my clients.

Logo Identity Design and Redesign © 2014 Stacy Schilling

Logo Identity Design and Redesign
© 2014 Stacy Schilling

 

Presentation Folder with Step Down Inserts & Illustration Added December 3, 2011 15 of 19 Client: Champions; Work performed: Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production, Print Services

Presentation Folder with Step Down Inserts & Illustration
Client: Champions; Work performed: Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production, Print Services

 

25th Annual Twilight Dance Series 2009 Poster Competition; Client:  Santa Monica Pier; Work Performed: Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production

25th Annual Twilight Dance Series 2009 Poster Competition; Client: Santa Monica Pier; Work Performed: Illustration, Graphic Design, Pre-Press Production

Client: Tri-D Center; Work Performed: Logo Identity redesign, Website redesign and implementation; www.tridcenter.com

Client: Tri-D Center; Work Performed: Logo Identity redesign, Website redesign and implementation; http://www.tridcenter.com

 

Day 57: I love a BIG smile!

When I see a sunflower, I get the BIGGEST smile on my face.

I love, love, love sunflowers!

Most people don’t love sunflowers and that’s okay. I’m sure you probably pegged me as a rose or tulip kind of girl, and although I do love a good bouquet of roses, sunflowers make my heart melt.

Sunflowers just make me smile. 🙂

Today’s card is inspired by my own artwork: The Sunflower Garden.

Years ago, I created a sunflower series of brightly colored sunflowers on a black background. I know what you’re thinking, “A black background?”. Well, yes.

What’s wrong with a black background?

Before I finish my explanation for my series, let me give you a little background on me as an artist.

I’m considered a contemporary artist – and some of my work clearly reflects it, especially my money series (Yes…there is real money in some of my paintings and they are all for sale so just ask for the price and let’s make a deal!) Anyhow, in college I was known to do something highly unusual. From my seventh grade art class, I learned how to draw upside down, and I used to do this technique in my college art classes. Well, in my Drawing II class, we had to pick an artist from a list and draw in their style. The artist I wanted to draw from wasn’t on the list, but I got permission. Can you take a guess who it was?

Give up?

It was Henri Matisse, who has a thing for drawing and painting from nude models, and…do something unexpected in his work.

Yes, I did a drawing of a nude model (because I was an art student this is pretty normal in the art world and not inappropriate) and put something unexpected in the drawing – because I couldn’t get the model’s hand to look right, I drew in a big flower where the hand was supposed to be. Then, I drew a stem from the flower to the right edge of the paper – something Matisse would totally do.

Well, when it came time to get feedback from my peers, most didn’t like what I did with the flower. However, my professor made the comment, “this is something Matisse would do”, I knew I got an A on my final piece and in the class. 🙂

Okay, back to my painting series and today’s card. So, I decided that my Matisse moment would be to put the sunflowers on a black background so they would “pop”.

For my card, I just did a quick drawing of what a painting would look like in my series. Check out my artwork – which by the way is all for sale (hint, hint).

In a tribute to myself, here’s today’s card.

02.26.14 Inspired by my own artwork © 2014 Stacy Schilling

02.26.14 Inspired by my own artwork
© 2014 Stacy Schilling