“Why do I need a vector logo?”

Why do I need a vector logo explained by Thumbnail Designs

Recently I designed a stand & repeat banner for a client. It’s one of those jobs that requires more puzzle-making skills than design skills. But, it was an eye-opening experience. I was absolutely shocked by the quality of the company logos that were sent my way. I’m not talking about small start up companies that are running things out of Mom’s basement either. I’m talking about established businesses from the community who have donated thousands of dollars to be on this banner. So, why are they sending me low quality logos? Okay, okay, I know that file formats can be confusing. I know …

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Kitty Harbor Calendar: Hot Off The Press!

Kitty Harbor Calendar

I’ve been looking forward to sharing this project for a few weeks while it was at the printer: Hot of the press is the 2017 Kitty Harbor Calendar! This design had been done by a volunteer who moved too far away to continue so I took over the reigns this year and did the photography and pre-press work for the shelter. Taking photos of cute cats is my kind of volunteering! Kitty Harbor is a wonderful no-kill non-profit cat shelter located in Griswold, CT with so many wonderful cats and kittens up for adoption!

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Packaging Design

If anyone ever doubts the power of package design, have them open an Apple product. It's like Christmas in September over here as I got to open the beautiful white box to find my new phone inside. Yes, I have made the leap to the iPhone 7. Here's to life without an audio jack -- I'll let you know how it goes. #SoFarSoGood

If anyone ever doubts the power of package design, have them open an Apple product. It was like Christmas in September over here as I got to open the beautiful white box to find my new phone inside. Yes, I have made the leap to the iPhone 7. Here’s to life without an audio jack — I’ll let you know how it goes. #SoFarSoGood

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Stand & Repeat!

Stand and repeat banner for Newington Chamber of Commerce, by Thumbnail Designs

This is the first stand and repeat banner I’ve designed — pretty cool to see it with red carpet treatment! Some projects are about developing structure and keeping files organized more than being creative. And I like that change every once in awhile.   But, my eyes were opened by the alarming lack of vector-based logos from the businesses who were on the banner!   Does your business have a vector version of their logo? Have you heard this term? It may sound like just another format, but vector-based art is created in such a way that it can be …

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Food for Thought

Photographed by Thumbnail Designs | http://thumbnail-designs.com/

I’ve been enjoying taking photographs more and more for my clients lately. Especially food photos! These three shots are from The Back Porch Restaurant in Old Saybrook. (Yummy, right?) A couple of years ago I purchased a new lens for my camera and it made a huge difference — I love the short depth of field! I also edit my photos in a way that embraces depth and highlights rich colors. All photographers have different styles when it comes to their photos and I seem to really by finding my visual “voice” which is exciting. Anyhow, if you’re feeling hungry I recommend …

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Marquee Website

Marquee Events website designed by Thumbnail Designs | http://thumbnail-designs.com

This site launched a couple of months ago, but in the craziness I forgot to share! Marquee Events featuring The Gershon Fox Ballroom was in need of a site refresh and so we created an elegant and beautiful website which is, of course, fully responsive. http://marquee-ct.com/ For those of you who aren’t familiar with the the term responsive, it simply means that it reformats to fit whatever screen size you’re viewing it on, which makes it mobile-friendly. With about 50% of searches now being done on mobile, this is so very important! Plus, Google has stepped up and made it very clear …

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