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Toast of the Town

Marketing and event materials designed for TechTown Detroit’s first annual Toast of the Town fundraiser. “Let’s cut to the chase: We work with rock star-status entrepreneurs who make our beloved city what it is today. Our inaugural fundraising event, Toast of the Town, will highlight the rich diversity of these phenomenal people. Want to celebrate their work and Detroit’s entrepreneurial community? Join us for an evening jam-packed full of fun and inspiration, and you’ll quickly see why supporting our work is important, not only to us, but, more importantly, to the city we serve.” — TechTown Detroit
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Simply Honest

What started out as a way to keep busy during the summer vacation months away from college, Simply Honest surpassed my original ideas and became something a lot more exciting. As someone who still keeps every Birthday, Christmas and Thank You card she receives, you could say I’ve grown attached to the idea of a handwritten sentiment. In a fast-growing digital age of e-cards and social media shout-outs, there’s just something about opening your mail box to find a piece of mini-artwork that someone took the time to pick out and write inside, just for you… And so Simply Honest was born. As the name suggests, my goal was to create simplistic designs while allowing individuals to write their most honest affections inside. Since opening the shop on Etsy in June 2011, I’ve had the privilege to work with so many wonderful and creative customers. Bringing someone else’s ideas to life is perhaps the best feeling in the world—and I hope to reopen the shop sometime soon.
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Redesign & Restoration

When Redesign & Restoration first approached me with the need for an updated logo and still photography, I immediately fell in love with their storefront along East Jefferson in Detroit, Michigan. The space was filled with one-of-a-kind pieces, each up-cycled and refinished by owner Lisa Milton’s own hands.
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Logos

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A collection of various logos and wordmarks I have designed in recent years.
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TechTown

TechTown was founded in 2000 by Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health System and General Motors. In 2004, TechTown incorporated as a nonprofit and established its headquarters in a landmark 1927 Albert Kahn building just north of the Wayne State campus. Originally founded to support tech-based spinoffs from the university, they soon realized that their incubation and acceleration strategies for tech companies could help strengthen neighborhood small businesses and commercial corridors across Detroit, Michigan. Today, they offer a full suite of entrepreneurial services for tech and neighborhood businesses, with satellite offices across the city. Their five-story building serves as an entrepreneurial hub, housing the TechTown administrative offices, J440 coworking community, meeting and event space, and numerous businesses working across sectors to drive progress in Detroit. As a former in-house designer and freelance contract designer for Techtown, this page showcases just a few of the many projects I had the opportunity to create.
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Made Up North

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Venture north in the summer to the quaint town of Roscommon, Michigan and you’ll find the streets lined with “home town” shops and eateries. Among those storefronts is Made UP North, a retailer exclusively housing the products and wares of Northern Michigan makers, artisans, crafters and food entrepreneurs. Diane Love-Suvada is the proud owner of this establishment. Former Director of Events and Community Engagement at TechTown Detroit, and current Executive Director of The Sawmill Rural Business Center, Diane headed north in 2016, following her love for the outdoors and dream of owning a business. I’m incredibly lucky to call this woman a friend, and look forward to seeing her dreams proper!
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Nankin Hobby

As the in-house designer for Nankin Hobby, I have created a wide range of print and digital marketing materials for the company’s retail locations, events, website and social media channels.
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Livonia I.P.M.S

Having been a chartered chapter of IPMS USA since 1976, the Livonia, Michigan chapter’s members range from beginners to national award winners. They jokingly refer to themselves as the “Biggest, little club in IPMS.” Although they may be a small group of people, they whole-heartedly share the same interest in scale plastic model building. With an outdated logo and website, Livonia IPMS approached me with the task of “rebranding” their club, to aide in attracting new members and to showcase their current club-goers. To date, their meetings have been the largest they’ve had in years, and I look forward to watching them grow! Fun Fact: I was a proud scale model builder during my childhood years.
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