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About

I am a midwest-based artist, currently living at working in Iowa City, Iowa. I work as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator with a heart for non-profits. In my spare time, I have a fine art printmaking practice and I love to draw. I also enjoy yoga and meditation, walks in the wilderness, and learning about edible plants, off grid housing solutions, and sustainability.

I love the Iowa City creative community, and I spend much of my time printing and teaching workshops at the Iowa City Press Co-op and attending events at Public Space One. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from the University of Northern Iowa with emphases in Printmaking and Graphic Design and a minor in Art History.

As an artist-designer hybrid, I seek to maintain creativity and quality, and work on projects that promote organizations with a positive mission. If you have any questions or would like to propose a project, please send me an e-mail at desireedahlprints@gmail.com.

FAVORITE THINGS

Since I was a child, it has always been my dream to illustrate for children's books. As an adult, I'm also interested in creating illustrations for book covers, short stories, ebooks, and literary journals.

Since I was a child, it has always been my dream to illustrate for children's books. As an adult, I'm also interested in creating illustrations for book covers, short stories, ebooks, and literary journals.

 
My first experience with publication design was as the design editor for my high school's yearbook. Over ten years later, I still get the same joy from setting type and photos so that they play together on a page.

My first experience with publication design was as the design editor for my high school's yearbook. Over ten years later, I still get the same joy from setting type and photos so that they play together on a page.

 
I love music, and it has inspired a lot of my visual art. Some of my favorite genres include psychedelic, garage rock, folk, surf, punk, and a bunch of freaky subgenres that I'm not hip enough to mention.

I love music, and it has inspired a lot of my visual art. Some of my favorite genres include psychedelic, garage rock, folk, surf, punk, and a bunch of freaky subgenres that I'm not hip enough to mention.

WORKING WITH ME

I love when clients come prepared and know exactly what they want, but I'm also happy to provide guidance and help you to clarify your creative vision. To get started, the first step is to e-mail me.

I'm a big fan of e-mail over other forms of communication for a few reasons. First, it streamlines the process and creates a written record of the details of your project. It allows me to send files directly to you and receive feedback in response to each iteration. From there, I can go back to the e-mail numerous times to ensure that I captured every detail of your request before sending along revisions.

Second, it gives me time to process my thoughts and communicate more concisely. While I love the presence of a person that is shared through face to face and verbal interaction, the pressure of the immediacy of verbal communication can sometimes cause me to leave out important details. Two of my biggest strengths are that I am efficient and detail-oriented, so to make the most of those strengths, written communication is the way to go.

So, what should you include in your e-mail? Below are some points to consider.

  • What material/media is the project? (Facebook banner, Instagram ad, website heading, logo, t-shirt, poster, brochure, flyer, postcard, book cover design, album cover design, magazine spread, sticker, promotional product, etc.)

  • What is the purpose of the project?

  • Who is the intended audience?

  • Do you have any existing artwork or copy that you'd like to include? (Logos, photos, etc.)

  • What are the dimensions/size specifications for the project?

  • What color scheme would you like?

  • What typefaces or lettering style would you like the design to incorporate?

Once I receive your request, I will send back a pricing estimate as well as information about exactly which services the estimate covers, as well as how many revisions and variations are included in the price. After the pricing estimate is approved, I will begin work on the design and send it for feedback. It is best to send all proposed design revisions at once, rather than spreading them out over multiple e-mails, as each revision can affect the pricing of the project.

If your project requires printing, I worked in a commercial print shop for three years, and I would be happy to coordinate with printers directly.

If you have any questions about the process, I'd be happy to answer them. Can't wait to hear from you!

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