I have been being paid as freelance graphic designer since 1999. I’ve worked for myself most of that time and from time to time, for non-profit organizations, companies (large and small) and universities.
I’m currently operating my design business as Sanders Creative. I lost domain name www.inkyshadows.com around 2012 (having owned an used it since 2001). I decided it was time to let go of that name and rebrand myself. Though I didn’t want to work as an independent freelancer anymore. I wanted to build a small design agency with a few other designers so I could spend more time with clients.
This is mildly happening. But in the process I’ve decided I want to move away from graphic design all together and pursue more education and further my capabilities as designer and artist.
What is it you need?
Give us a call and let’s talk about it.
Your brand is the foundation of your business, product and marketing.
It’s a big deal.
It’s great to have it all figured out from the start. But if you don’t, it’s always okay to create an implement a strong brand even once you’ve been operating you project or business for a while.
Your brand isn’t just a logo, though that’s a piece of it.
Your brand is:
- Your Values
- Your Mission
- Your Logo
- Your Look & Feel
- Your Style
- Your Soul
- What’s your objective?
- What are your goals?
- What’s your plan?
These are a few of the questions you’ll be asked when you inquire about any of our services. Why? Because these things matter. We don’t just give you what you think you want.
We want to make sure you get what you need to accomplish your goals.
Organizing information, planning and developing a strategy of implementation is what is really important. Aesthetics and design come next.
We can help with all kinds of planning and strategizing, including:
- Marketing Plans & Calendars
- Operational Streamlining
- Business Plan Writing
- Bookkeeping Procedures
We’re not just graphic designers.
We’re Designers, Inventors, Problem Solvers and Solution Makers!
We make life easier and better through a process of exploration, research, design, development and implementation.
Design isn’t just about making things look good. It’s about clean and effective functionality first, then applying your ‘brand’ and making it all look seamless.
We’re designers and work across all platforms.
Website consulting, designing, developing and promoting.
Video graphics, shooting, editing.
Social Media graphics and content.
Print is our favorite. It’s tactile. You can enjoy it without being plugged into something; hang it on your wall and make it do things in the real world (like flying a paper airplane).
While I was going to college a friend and colleague offered me the url: www.inkyshadows.com in 2001. He had purchased it for fun but never used and saw no use for it. So we transferred the domain to me and I began using it to tinker around in school and then to post my portfolio after I graduated. I hadn’t intended for it to be my business name, but ‘inky shadows’ was quirky and cute and I liked it. And it stuck . . . for many years. I ended up creating a logo for it and using it as my brand. It suited me for a long time. But at some point I was traveling and had no clients and so wasn’t paying attention to my site or email. Once I was reestablishing my business in Sebastopol, CA I discovered my site was down. Then discovered my domain name had expired and someone had bought it immediately. They were happy to sell it back to me for several thousand dollars. I debated, but quickly decided that this was the time to let it go and become someone new.