25 JunCincyInk Public Art

Can I share an awesome project with you? I keep pinching myself to make sure that it’s really happening… and that I was chosen to be a part of it.

Here’s a little back story…

There is a project in Cincinnati through ArtWorks called CincyInk. You can read all about it at that link, but I’ll sum it up quickly. ArtWorks asked people to submit reasons why they love Cincinnati. 1,000+ entries later, the info was passed on to a poetry collective, Chase Public, who crafted the most beautiful poem about Cincinnati. This poem, titled “Seven Hills and a Queen to Name Them” can be seen in its entirety here.

This poem was intended be be shared publicly and that’s where I come in. No, I didn’t get a phrase of the poem tattooed on my body like some, but I was chosen to participate in the public art part of the project.

37 outstanding artists were chosen to illustrate assigned stanzas from the poem, to be displayed around downtown Cincinnati. Talk about a humbling experience… the talent in this group was unreal. The best part… we had complete creative freedom!

My stanza was “I drive Montgomery Road to our centennial house. From the porch, I hear the baby cry, a new squall storming old plaster.” And, while I found this to be challenging, I think my artwork turned out just lovely. I even got some hot pink in there. (duh) You can see this artwork in person at 13th and Vine downtown. And of course there are 36 other pieces to hunt down as well. Make a day of it!




26 MaySmall Business Bodyguard

For a long time and despite a handful of bad experiences, I did business without a contract. I always knew that I needed a contract, but the task of creating one was pushed aside with all of my other well-meaning, I’ll get to it some day, list of to-dos. That was until I ran across The Small Business Bodyguard.

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8 JulFresh Facebook Cover

Facebook Cover
Hello gang! I’ve designed a FREE Facebook cover image just for you! So go ahead, treat yourself to a fun new look on your business or personal page! And if you like the artwork, please let me know in the comments below or share this post with your friends!

Download your cover right here!



17 AprAnn Arbor Art Show Poster

Last year, I collaborated with artist Julie Beyer to create the Ann Arbor Art Show poster. And this year, the poster was recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as the “Overall Best” art show poster!
They received 58 entries from 20 states… so as you can imagine, I’m quite honored. The judges were so convinced that this entry deserved the top prize that it was the first award they assigned. “It was an instant reaction,” said Jules Davidson. “It kind of does everything right,” said Ken Hannon. “It’s big, it’s bold, it’s colorful and if you’re familiar with Ann Arbor at all, it fits. Everything works,” said Hannon. Concurring, Davidson added: “The text and the information all works perfectly with the image.”

So that’s a little toot of my own horn. Check out more work I’ve done for Julie Beyer here.



7 FebMeet the Intern!


Ladies and gents, Cormier Creative is proud to present Rachel: part-time intern, full time mother of her darling 7 year old (a domestic shorthair, Yoshi). She is following in her boss’s footsteps as a second year graphic design student at DAAP. When she isn’t designing, she is either designing or getting in-over-her-head with a DIY project. A die-hard coffeeist and mint green’s biggest fan, this girl is ready to help out on some awesome projects!



14 DecHarry the Dog

This is just a photo of my dog, Harry, wearing my Claire Goldsmith glasses. I hope it makes you smile today!




4 MayCincinnati Wedding Interview

Cincinnati Wedding Magazine leans on professionals in the industry to provide up-to-date information about what today’s bride needs and wants. Since I have worked for Cincinnati Wedding for 7+ years up until my departure, it’s easy for them to hit me up for the inside scoop. My quirky answers to some of their questions about what pieces you need for your wedding ensemble can be found in the latest issue, seen above. But here are some nuggets I’ll share here:

1. Have fun with your save the date! Who says it has to match the invite? The wedding police?
2. You won’t have people come to your wedding without an invitation. Duh, right? Make it good.
3. What’s trendy this second? Letterpress, gray backgrounds with floral patterns, hand-drawn artwork…
4. This isn’t in the article, but my advice is ALWAYS… It’s your wedding. Do what YOU want!

Check out some invites by Cormier Creative here.