The Promise of Fall

posted on: Friday, August 30, 2013

We’ve been so busy at KILMERHANSEN with web projects that we’ve had no time to devote to our little website here. This year has shown a huge increase in business use of social media and we are working on practicing what we preach. That means more posts about our work here, what we are learning, what we are moving on from. I’ll be searching for time this late summer and fall to redesign the blog page. More attractive and modern, less scrolling. Fall means a lot of things to us as our favorite time of year. At KILMERHANSEN, it really means pumpkin spice lattes at our desks and less heat to keep us from getting the tough stuff done. I’m looking forward to it!

I’ll leave you with a logo we recently designed for a church. We’re almost finished with the website and some other marketing materials.

Gathering Place Church Logo

Brand Building

posted on: Friday, July 27, 2012

Even though most of us despise those annoying commercial jingles that get stuck in our heads you have to admit, they do the trick! It’s easier for us to recall brands when we’ve heard the name repeated over and over again. Brand recognition comes in other forms as well: the smell of a shampoo, the crunch and taste of a particular chip, and (where designers come in) the logo, its colors and the colors of the packaging.

If someone needed your services, what have you been doing to make sure they think of your company first? Do you wear your brand wherever you go? This doesn’t mean matching shoes and shirt to mimic your logo (but you could!). Do you have a logo and business card that capture attention? How about a brochure that cleanly and professionally outlines what you offer (all while displaying your company name and logo)? Does your website match your business cards? It should!

Branding is about taking a visual idea and running with it. Showing potential clients that you have taken the time to develop a consistent and strong identity across web and print platforms is key in building interest and trust in your company. Reinvestment in oneself is a subconsciously charming attribute, I’m sure of it. : )

Here is an example of one of our clients, Better Builders, using their logo in multiple ways.
kilmerhansen design seattle web logo signs

An a-board sign, a booth sign, and various print pieces within the booth all display the company’s name and logo.

Better Builders also has office space. Here we took an element from their print design and moved it to all of the windows. A once dark and unimpressive corner building is now very hard to miss.

kilmerhansen design seattle web logo signs

kilmerhansen design seattle web logo signs

Another client has just changed office spaces and needed help with getting their logo onto the door.

kilmerhansen design seattle web logo signs

Is your office hidden or hard to get to from the street? Let people know they are in the right spot with an A-board design.

kilmerhansen design seattle web logo signs

Winter in KILMERHANSENland

posted on: Monday, January 30, 2012

Hi all! In what is usually a slower time of year with the holidays and tax time approaching, KILMERHANSEN has been pleasantly busy. With three web projects already in various stages of our design process and a fourth project’s work agreement just in the door, 2012 is already starting as our best year yet. 2011 and now 2012 are showing us a more diverse set of businesses as well. Our web design clients range from photographers, foundations, and health associations to financial advisers and lawyers.

2011 also gained us three website maintenance projects, welcome tasks to fill the hours between major design work. We are excited to continue to offer this service to individuals and businesses who need small changes made but don’t have the time or knowledge to complete them.

Thank you to our past clients who continue to spread the word about our services!

Shift Massage Logo

posted on: Monday, March 28, 2011

Sometimes a dramatic and fun design change is on order! This was the case for Shift Massage, a craniosacral and massage therapy company run by Kathy J. Rose. Her motto “Where Head Meets Heart” got a literal translation with the design of her new logo.

Japanese “kawaii-style” characters represent her fun and happy nature and break away from the traditional look of businesses in the massage industry. Shift Massage is truly a welcoming and relaxing massage location in South Lake Union.

The logo has already found a new home on redesigned business cards. Up next? A new website!

New Gallery and More

posted on: Sunday, April 25, 2010

We are working on sprucing up and our new web and print galleries are almost ready to share! We will be making other minor changes to the rest of the site but nothing major.

Check back next week to see the new!