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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Keeping old things

Recently, I was compelled to recover some very old files from our DAT (Digital Audio Tape) drive (Third Wave Technology), we hadn’t used in several years. We kept this relic for retrieving archived projects. It’s connected to an ancient Power Computing tower through a big fat SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) cable. (Now, we use…

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