Day 251: Remember the past, move forward to the future

Today marks the 13th anniversary of an event that changed many American lives.

It was 13 years ago on this day that the World Trade Centers located in Manhattan, New York were destroyed with two planes carrying flight crews, passengers, and hijackers that deliberately crashed each plane into the World Trade Center buildings.

Life in New York was turned upside down, and so was the rest of America.

Millions watched from television screens and computer monitors how life in this country changed within a matter of minutes. Ask any American where they were that day, and they will be able to recall every detail.

On that day, I was working as an Website Design intern at my college campus, Northern Kentucky University, and I was in the middle of designing a new layout for the website when one of my co-workers just caught what happened online. We quickly turned on the T.V. to the news and watched in shock the second plane crash directly into the second World Tower. I was stunned. Everything seemed so surreal. It was like I was in a dream, but it wasn’t a dream. Unfortunately, it was reality. A very sad reality that day because over 3,000 American lives were lost on planes, in the towers when they were struck, and from suicides by jumping out of the buildings to escape fire and further harm. Mothers pregnant with unborn children lost fathers they would never know except through pictures and family stories.

Life today 13 years was devastating, and many people still cannot forgive or forget.

So, today’s card has two inspirations: 1. I was initially inspired by a logos, and 2. September 11. The September 11 reference didn’t even factor in until after I put the card together and felt that it was missing something. Then I realized, after looking at my calendar, that it was September 11 and thought I should add some reference to it. So, I added two gray rectangles that represent the two World Trade Center towers that were lost on that day. I didn’t want to add any details of the disater because if someone who lost a family member in that tragedy saw the image, I didn’t want them to break down in tears. Then I realized that the two buildings looked like the number ’11’, and then added a number ‘9’ between the two very faintly so it could be seen without been seen. To represent the lives that were lost that day, I drew a simple black line.

To everyone that lost a loved one today when that horrible tragedy took place, my condolences to you on your loss and I hope you have found peace.

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.”

09.11.14 Inspired by logos and Sept. 11 © 2014 Stacy Schilling

09.11.14 Inspired by logos and Sept. 11
© 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