Posts Tagged ‘Website design’

2011 American Graphic Design Awards

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

TWO MIX CREATIVE PROJECTS REPRESENTED IN DESIGN ANNUAL

GDUSA American Graphic Design Awards 2011 coverThis year’s Graphic Design USA American Graphic Design Awards Annual (November/December 2011 issue—in print and online) features roughly 1,000 pieces, selected from among nearly 9,000 entries, from design and advertising firms across the United States. Featured categories include: annual reports, advertising, announcements/invitations/cards, brochures/collateral, calendars, catalogs, direct mail/direct response, editorial design, identity/corporate identity/logo design, internet, multimedia/broadcast, packaging, POP signs/environmental graphics, posters, public services, sales promotion, and students.

Mix Creative is proud to be among the firms represented, with recognition for both Corporate Naming and Identity Design (Ditto & Co), and Internet Design (Halleland Habicht, PA). Credits include Katrina Hase (art direction), Rod Wilson (photography), Diane Autey and Barb Prindle (copywriting), and Steven Ray (web development).

This year’s  judging panel included leaders in the graphic design community, including Walter Porras (Walmart), Jenn David Connolly (Jenn David Design), Steve Perry (Bailey Brand Consulting), Lee Gobbi (Daymon Design), and Martha Heath.

A big thank you to Gretchen Ditto from Ditto & Co and Katheryn Gettman/Natalie Wyatt-Brown from Halleland Habicht for their insight and collaboration in their respective projects. Each of these companies truly understand and appreciate the importance of visual branding for reaching their critical target audiences.

Announcing Mix Creative’s newest website design

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Mix Creative is proud to announce the launch of our newest website design for the Minneapolis law firm, Halleland Habicht PA.

Halleland Habicht website design by Mix Creative
Rationale
The site design centers on the theme that Halleland Habicht is a part of their clients’ teams; Halleland Habicht staff go the extra mile, getting to know the client and their needs. The design expresses the team approach and a sense of going the extra mile with warm colors and dynamic images. Headlines emphasize the firm’s dedication to their clients, while the rest of the copy reinforces the underlying conviction that the client comes first. (more…)

Designing for the Times: Changing Design Formats

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

This morning I’m thinking back on projects I’ve completed in the last few years, and it’s made me realize that part of being a graphic designer is constantly learning and adapting to accommodate the huge variety of media available for presenting our clients’ brands.

It wasn’t too long ago that a designer went to school and studied print, with maybe some schooling in television or animation. Then came this new-fangled category of new media, which largely meant websites and interactive CD-ROMS (remember those) and later, DVD interface design.

Today’s designer must understand the ins and outs of designing for ever-evolving printing presses, digital billboards, competing browsers, and do-it-yourself-ers, just to name a few. Some designers select to work within a single medium, while others—like Mix Creative—keep adding to their skillset. Here’s a sampling of the variety of projects we’ve worked on in the last couple of years:

PRINT

  • Offset and Digitally-printed business cards
  • Direct mail (including personalized pieces)
  • Booklets, catalogs, and magazines
  • Bookmarks
  • Magnets
  • Bag stuffers
  • In-store and exterior signage
  • Print billboards
  • Brochures (offset and digital)
  • POP
  • Pocket folders and media kits
  • Print ads
  • Microsoft Word stationery, flier templates, forms, labels, etc.
  • Printed address labels
  • Envelopes
  • Package design
  • Tradeshow graphics
  • Notecards
  • Buttons

Social media avatars

Social media avatars created for a client

An html e-blast template

A custom Twitter Background

A custom Twitter background

DIGITAL

  • Desktop icons
  • Avatars
  • Email signatures
  • Custom Facebook pages
  • Custom Twitter backgrounds
  • Digital billboards
  • Profile images
  • Browser window icons
  • Websites
  • Custom blogs
  • Email stationery
  • Email newsletters
  • Fliers printed to pdf only
  • Email fliers
  • Email ads
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • Video graphics
  • Animated gifs

I’m sure I’m forgetting some, but hopefully you’re getting the idea: today’s designers are VERSATILE!

So, for all of you designers out there: what’s the most unusual product you’ve created in the last two years?

Announcing the Minnesota Writers Hall of Fame!

Monday, October 5th, 2009

Mix Creative, a St. Paul, MN multi-disciplinary graphic design firm, announces the launch of the Minnesota Writers Hall of Fame web site, created to recognize Minnesota writers, past and present.

A project of the Minnesota Book Awards, coordinated by the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Mix Creative was selected as agency of record.  The site was established to recognize writers whose work distills the essence of the state; the people, the land and the spirit of Minnesota.

Katrina Hase, Creative Director of Mix Creative, sought to convey the spirit of the state through color; “Colors of the site represent sky, water and wheat; colors represented not only by the lakes and prairies throughout the state, but also in the palette of buildings standing tall in Minneapolis and St. Paul.”

Minnesota Writers Hall of Fame Website

Minnesota Writers Hall of Fame Website

Mix Creative researched dozens of hall of fame sites, writers’ resources and even the nominees’ works for inspiration. The firm also designed the site’s logo, a mix of elegant san serif and serif type, punctuated with a writer’s quill.

“The site manages to capture the historical aspect while still keeping it fresh and vital,” commented Alayne Hopkins, director of the Friends of the St. Paul Public Library.  “We were quite pleased with the design.  Katrina brought so much to the project and brought it alive.”

Programmer Brian Sutherland provided technical expertise, creating a database-driven website supported by cascading style sheets that allows the site owners to update content themselves, with a simple form.

While the first nominees were selected by a committee and the Minnesota Book Awards, future nominees will be determined from nominations from literature lovers. Site users can register and nominate a writer using a simple online form.

The site is supported with funds from the Minnesota Historical Society’s Sesquicentennial Commission.  Visit the site at:  http://www.mnwritershalloffame.com.

Announcing Pixelle8Media.com

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Take a look at another website we recently launched for a full-service video editing and production firm called Pixelle8 Media:

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Owner, Brenda Piekarski, has a wealth of experience in creating corporate videos, and wanted a site that would appeal to both her current market of corporate professionals with new markets, including small businesses. The site design merges playful and friendly with competent and experienced. Subtle film elements and pixels reflect the company’s name. Visit the site here.

Announcing ConnectionConcierge.com

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

We’ve just completed a fun web project that we’d like to share with you! The site is www.connectionconcierge.com. For this project, our client came to us with a strong vision for the homepage: she was looking for an animated “super-hero”-like person who’s sitting at her desk and offers to help you. She wanted the office itself to be clickable and interactive.

Our initial concept for the Connection Concierge homepage

The challenge for this project was to create an interactive, animated homepage, without using Flash programming—which would have been the logical choice, but is cost prohibitive. Our solution was to create sections of the homepage as animated gifs that swap in when the cursor rolls over that portion of the image. While low-tech, it created the same feeling our client was going for, while sparing her the expense of hours and hours of Flash programming.

For the illustrations, we printed out a photo of Connection Concierge’s owner, Teresa, traced the contours and added our own details with a Sharpie marker on Graphics 360 marker paper. Then, we scanned the image and brought it into Illustrator. Using a combination of Live Trace and the pen tool, we created the vector art and added color. We repeated this process for the office (thanks, Beata Rydeen for letting me snap some photos of your space!), and the various objects within the office.

The back end of the site was built initially in html and will be converted to CMS shortly, so our client will be able to update the site herself.

We’re pleased with the results of the site so far, but better yet—our client is happy! We thank her for such a fun project.

Mix Creative turns 1!

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Happy 1st year, Mix Creative! As we celebrate our first full year of business as Mix Creative, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to our awesome clients who made it possible! It’s truly a pleasure to associate with such intelligent, driven, and creative people every day.

To mark our one-year milestone, I thought it would be fun to reflect on some accomplishments:

  • We built our client list from one company to over twenty
  • We added custom e-newsletters to the suite of print and web products we offer
  • We produced our first content-managed web site
  • We published advertisements in about a dozen different publications
  • Our website design for GoFishCommercial.com appears in Forbes Magazine
  • Our press release for Saint Paul Classic Cookie was picked up by the Star Tribune and featured on the cover of their business section
  • We worked with some brilliant photographers to shoot food (catering and cookies), fashion, and interiors for our clients
  • We created Flash presentations for web clients like the Semple Mansion and Chromis Fiberoptics

Thanks to everyone for a terrific year. We look forward to continuing our work as your partner in your marketing and design efforts in the years to come!

Sincerely,

Katrina