18 DecArtWorks Installation

Over the summer, I had the honor and privilege of working on a huge project for ArtWorks Cincinnati. I lead a team of student apprentices over 6 weeks to complete a massive graphic installation at the Duke Energy Convention Center. Our objective was to highlight some of Cincinnati’s landmarks. First we created an icon system of some famous structures. With the icons in place, we created coordinating artwork to cover 50+ huge glass panels. We even included quotes from locals about why they love Cincinnati… a fun touch! Check out the end result in the beautiful photos below, courtesy of J. Miles Wolf Photography. Or, check out this video clip of me on the local news!

Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center. Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center. Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center.
Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center. Cormier Creative installation at the Duke Energy Center.



16 JanInside the Studio

It’s always fun to get a sneak peek into somebody’s studio. So today, I’m sharing a little photo collage of images from my office where I spend so so so many hours making the magic happen for all of you! So, without further ado… here’s my studio!




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!



28 JulShe Believed She Could So She Did!


When I decided to take the giant leap into operating my own design business, it certainly wasn’t on my own. I had been secretly snooping around for everyone’s blessing. Even the most strong willed, pumped up people need to feel as if they are doing the right thing. My friends were behind me 100% because they are awesome and super-supportive. I took an online mentoring course from Isa Maria Seminega and that girl was behind me 110%! (super courses, btw… I highly recommend!) My closest family members took a bit more convincing. How many times did I hear the warning “Don’t you dare quit your job, Sara!” from my dad? Ironically, my dad is a successful entrepreneur and so was my great-grandfather. But dad’s look out for their little girls and he knows first hand that running your own show is not easy. But as usual, I got my way and ended up with his blessing. Yay! My husband had valid concerns about being the only one with a “real job” and insurance… but if I have a number one fan, it’s him so it didn’t take long to turn him around either.

But let me tell ya about my mom. My mom has always been behind me 120%. I know, the percentage thing is out of control now. But really, my mom had my back all along and knew that Cormier Creative would be a hit! So, in April when I said adios to the steady gig, my mom made me a little artwork for my office (seen above). She might not always get a lot of props for being artsy, but she totally is. She can sew, paint, decorate and craft the hell out of anything she puts her mind to. “She believed she could so she did.” That’s my motto now. I can’t think of a better one… mom that is.



3 JulExperiment Boldly.

I was reading one of my favorite blogs recently, Zen Habits, and I ran across the phrase “Experiment Boldly.” I’m going to remember this whenever I try something new in my life or in design. I think it’s a great little motto! It inspired me to make this mini-poster for my office, which ended up looking pretty cool.

Because I’m feeling super nice today, I’m providing this artwork as a free download. Use it however you like.
Get your free mini-poster here!

How will you experiment boldly in your life?