City of Clayton logo

In 1992, the city of Clayton sent out a postcard announcing a contest for a new city logo. The prize for the winning design was to be a free one-year membership to Center of Clayton, the combination community center and health club near our home. My husband and partner, Gary Kodner, and I decided to…

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Vintage color history

I inherited a vintage book “Achievement in Photo-Engraving and Letterpress Printing” 1927, it’s ONLY 488 pages with over 600 illustrations. Published by the American Photo-Engravers Association (Chicago, IL). “Definition: Photo-Engraving is an interpretive art founded upon photo-mechanical processes enhanced by skill and artistry, which translate and convert tone values into relief printing surfaces, from which…

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The St. Louis Riverfront Logo

It was approximately 1985, while I was working at PGAV Design, that I designed the St. Louis Riverfront logo. The client was the Riverfront Development Committee / Downtown St. Louis, Inc. Our department was a team of seven designers. For this assignment, each designer had the opportunity to develop rough layouts. The project was intriguing,…

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New logo identity

When Magnus Accounting Solutions contacted N-K, they were in the early stages of their start-up and needed a new logo identity.  The company had a name but no marketing materials. Magnus specializes in small- business accounting with temporary/flexible services. 

What did they need for their new company?  We identified the following and provided a creative…

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A quick list for authors: from a graphic designer’s point of view

This article, “A quick list for authors” was originally published on the St. Louis Publishers Association website, addressing book design. slpa.memberlodge.com/blog?mode=PostView&bmi=906763 I’m a graphic designer. You’re an author. Your manuscript is ready for layout . . . or is it?  
Here’s a list of tips and mistakes to avoid. 1. Your manuscript • Can you…

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