Friday, January 13, 2017

Happy New Year - 11 Years in the Design Industry

On January 1, 2017 Susan Searway Art & Design 
11 years of being in business!!!

Susan Searway Art & Design specializes in Graphic Design and Website Design services. Susan has years of experience working in the print world from designing and laying out advertisements, brochures, educational materials, exhibits, fliers, identity packages, logo design, posters, direct mailers, e-mailer campaigns, etc.

From there Susan can then convert anything into a web format for the World Wide Web. By knowing both the print and website world Susan creates effecting marketing and branding for your company that works best for you. 

It has been an honor and pleasure to work this past year 
with the following companies and individuals: 

     Art Works Downtown (
    The Bay Institute Aquarium Foundation
    Bay Model Visitor Center
    Clare Michael Interiors (
    Cynthia Nowicki Moore, CFP (
    Cindy Mack Personal Trainer - Cindy Mackenzie
    Eva's Delights – Eva Morrison (
    Front Porch Realty Group (
    Ilani Kopiecki - Ilani Sessions (
    JC Williams Group
    Kay Karchevski - Multipure Drinking Water Filters
    Main Professional Women's Network (
    Maryon Maass – Master the Pause (
    Novato Fence & Lumber (
    Pragito Dove (
    Presbytery of the Redwoods – Zephyr Experience
    Ross Valley Wellness Center - Connie Prodromou
    San Geronimo Valley Stewards (
    San Rafael Business Improvement District (BID)
    Susan Hope Berland – Personal Coach for Parents of LGTBTQ kids
    Saute 2000 – Claire Buchanan (
    S. L. Pemberton, Inc. (

I love what I do and am always looking for new clients to work with. If your company or another company you know of needs assistance with graphic or website design work to help market an upcoming event, exhibit, products, or services Susan Searway Art & Design would be happy to assist you in any way I can.  

Thanks in advance for your referrals.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Start Up Companies - Eva's Delights

Designing a brand and website for any company is one of the most exciting and challenging things a business owner does.  I am here to assist and work with my clients to help design a website-brand that they are proud of and can grow as their company grows.  I love my job. Not only do I get to work with amazing clients but I get the honor to promote their companies visually.  

The best advice I can give any business owner when they contact a designer is to begin to look at other business brands, websites, and marketing pieces they like and don't like: for design, layout, content, colors, picture ideas, etc.  This gets them thinking about what they specifically want and gives your designer a visual idea of where the client eventually wants to end up.  Once we determine this we can figure out how to proceed with creating your website look and feel.

Below is a sample of my latest project.  It is for a start up company that officially went into business in fall 2016 that my dear friend Eva Morrison created called Eva's Delights.  Her company specializes in homemade artisan chocolate truffles.  A few things that were key to her website creation was simplicity, eye catching, having the option for the client to make adjustments to her site in the future, and of course sell her products directly from the website.  Her truffles are fabulous and make great gifts for yourself or others.  Feel free to purchase a box and try them for yourself.

Friday, November 11, 2016

New Graphic Design Projects

One thing that I love about my job is that I get to design projects that I have never done before.

For the 20/20 Vision Exhibition at Art Works Downtown, that closes tonight, I not only got to design the regular marketing pieces for the exhibition: postcard, ecard, front signage, image banners for the website, update website, create advertisements in the 2nd Friday Art Walk map, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Marin IJ, but within the exhibition itself I created a word cloud, a timeline of AWD's history, and a quote scroll.  I hope you can all come out to see the exhibition tonight, but if not below are samples of some of those extra projects.

Word Cloud


Marin IJ Ad for 2nd Friday Art Walk

If you need help or assistance with any graphic design or website design project please keep Susan Searway Art & Design in mind.  Thanks.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Consistency of Marketing Materials

One thing to remember with marketing your company whether it is for an event, special exhibit, new product, or your services is to be consistent in all avenues you can for getting your information out to the public - direct mailers, websites, emailers, brochures, flyers, social media, etc.  One thing to note as you do this is to continue the consistent branding through all your marketing materials through the use of same fonts, imagery and colors.  The public will begin to recognize, associate, and remember your company.

Below are examples of one of my clients' upcoming event 20/20 Vision: Past, Present, Future on Saturday, September 24, 2016 for Art Works Downtown.

Donor Invitation

Donor Invitation Insert

Envelope Design for Donor Invitation

Marin Magazine Full Page Ad

San Francisco Chronicle Ad

Banners for Light Poles in Downtown San Rafael on Fourth Street between C & D Street.
11x17 Posteer Design

Window Signage

20/20 Cocktail Napkins

If your company or another company you know of needs assistance with graphic or website design work to help market an upcoming event, exhibit, products, or services Susan Searway Art & Design would be happy to assist you in any way I can.   Thanks for reading.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Marketing Materials

I love working on marketing materials.  I get to troubleshoot, explore new ideas and concepts, and get the honor of promoting my clients' products and services in a visual manner to assist them with growing their businesses. 

Below are just a few recent graphic design projects I have been working on for my clients. Click on any of the images for links to their websites.

This is an ad layout that will be printed in Marin Magazine in the upcoming month to promote Art Work's Downtown's 20/20 Vision event on Saturday, September 24, 2016.
Restore ~ Revive is a new yoga series being offered by my client, Maryon Maass of Master the Pause.  Classes run Mondays from September 12–December 19, 2016 in Larkspur.

Connie Prodromou, L.Ac., M.S., M.I.M. of Ross Valley Wllness is offering a special for the month of August on her energy medicine and acupuncture services.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mobile Friendly Website Designs

Recently I have been working on two new website design projects.

The first website was actually a redesign-modernize project.  My client, Ilani Kopiecki of Ilani Sessions,  already had a website up and running but it was not mobile accessible.  You could view it on your smartphone, but the navigation was not easily accessible without zooming in and out.  Since the website was originally designed in WordPress I was able to select a new mobile friendly template that would display well on computers, tablets, and smartphones.  Once selected it was cleaning up the design of each page, update banners, change color palettes to Ilani's brand colors, sometimes adjust the template coding by hand to get the new desired look and feel online.  Now finished Ilani has a website that can be viewed and accessible on any device.  We also added some basic SEO keywords, alt tags, descriptions, etc. throughout her website to be more search friendly.

The second website I have had the honor of getting up and running over the past month is Master the Pause for Maryon Maass.  Maryon Mass is an experienced Yoga (Himalayan Tradition and Iyengar), and Feldenkrais teacher.  Her earlier website was not working for her.  So we started from scratch with new content, a new domain name, setup her WordPress account, and began designing her new website that has all of her current contact information and listing of her classes and workshops.  

Speaking of workshops she is offering her Yoga Nidra Workshop on Sunday, June 26, 1-4pm.  You can register and pay through PayPal now through her website.  

I have also had the pleasure of creating her a Facebook Business Page  Feel free to like her page and keep up-to-date on whats happening.

I love assisting and working with my clients to get their marketing materials in print form or online up and running.  If you need assistance with your marketing materials I would be happy to help is any way I can.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Print Ads

Recently I have been designing on a lot of print ads for my clients.  Below are a few examples highlighting Marin Open Studios at Art Works Downtown for the Marin Open Studios catalogue ad, San Francisco Chronicle print ads, and posters designs.  One thing that we tried to do is keep a consistent look and feel to all the ads.

Marin Open Studios catalogue ad

San Francisco Chronicle print ad

posters design