Annual Poem 2020

Dear Friends and Family, As I start to write my yearly poetic salute,All I can think is “I want to give this year the boot!” As the year began, I was hopeful for a better shotthan ’19, but what a shitstorm 2020 brought! The first two weeks of the year were going…

Annual Poem 2019

Dear friends and family, Apologies for the annual poem being tardy, I was with the kids at a hotel New Year’s Eve party. 2019 was a year filled with plenty of change. But not writing a poem about it would feel quite strange. The year started with our standard family unit: The…

Annual Poem 2018

Dear friends and family, This poem’s deadline is coming down to the wire, So much to discuss regarding this year prior. The year twenty-eighteen kicked off in our hometown. Dan and Emma left for a trip minutes post-countdown. Off in a flash to see the Northwest’s top goods: Seattle, the Oregon Coast…

Annual Poem 2016

  Dear family and friends, With a rhyming dictionary and a steady flow of caffeine, It is time to review and say goodbye to 2016! In January, amid loved ones, and with zero aplomb, We celebrated the life and passing of my bonus mom. After looking for months for a dog—we’re quite…

Annual Poem 2015

Dear Family and Friends, As the year 2015 winds down to an end, It’s time we share our year with those on which we depend. January began with a trainer who helped advise, It took lots of work and strength but I went down a dress size! Despite this, I continued the…

Annual Poem 2014

Dear friends and family, As is the tradition—now ten years’ time— It’s time to review our year in a clever little rhyme. The year was full of trips, visits, and too many school breaks, And—this is no exaggeration—at least a thousand cupcakes. I started a local movie night, the first cupcakes looked…

Responsive Web Design

One of the most common questions I get nowadays is, “Do you know responsive design?” (For those who are not familiar with responsive design, it is the notion that websites will be viewed on various devices. Gone are the days of browsing the web from a home computer with a minimum resolution…

Job’s Daughters International Branding Campaign

Job’s Daughters International, after a number of years of stagnant or even declining membership, in 2010 established a Long Range Planning committee to ensure the organization’s long-term success. The committee decided that one of the first things it needed to do was create a brand-new brand to get people excited about Job’s…

USITC Awards Ceremony

The United States International Trade Commission has an annual awards ceremony and picnic to recognize the hard work of its employees. I was responsible for photographing the afternoon in a photo-journalistic style. Afterwards, I color-corrected the files, created a web album and uploaded it to the agency’s intranet for all employees to enjoy. Shown…

Wedding Branding, etc.

Invitations, save-the-dates, a wedding website, programs, a guestbook, a wedding album… this is kind of stuff a graphic designer loves to do. It’s even more satisfying when the client is yourself.