Dana Brown Design

Dana Brown Design Midwest based graphic designer, turning ideas into meaningful visual communication pieces. Print & web graphics, identity, branding - concept to completion.
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I enjoy learning about clients' needs and contributing to their success through custom design work. I have extensive experience in both print and web based design with a strong background in marketing and online media. Lets work together to make your ideas come to life!

Stationary share 🖤 Raise The Bar Initiative
06/12/2020

Stationary share 🖤
Raise The Bar Initiative

Website refresh, coming atcha. I usually shy away from web design, but helping Forever Strong Training Center with this ...
05/01/2020

Website refresh, coming atcha. I usually shy away from web design, but helping Forever Strong Training Center with this site update was amazingly fun and a great learning experience!

We focused on a simple/clean design and beefed up the content to really paint a clear picture of what Forever Strong is all about - wholeheartedly transforming clients into strong competitors and athletes (and even better people) for life. Strong body, strong mind! 💪🏼 Forever Strong Training Center

https://www.foreverstrongtrainingcenter.com/

🖤 New brand alert 🖤 Same mission, new name. Meet Raise The Bar Initiative. "What started as an event has now grown into ...
04/30/2020

🖤 New brand alert 🖤

Same mission, new name. Meet Raise The Bar Initiative.

"What started as an event has now grown into a full organization. Since day one we’ve been on the mission to raise the bar for women in our community and couldn’t be happier to announce that our organization is re-branding to reflect our expansion since inception. Today, we’re so much more than a powerlifting meet." [Women's Barbell Classic]

I'm so honored and happy to have worked with this fierce team of women as they continue to move mountains in their community and beyond. Even though the launch of this exciting news happened differently than planned, this new look is the start of something BIG.

Congrats RTB, keep doing what you're doing. 💪🏼

Chalk your logo, Adel Veterinary Clinic edition! Thank you for the request! 🐶🐱 #chalkthetown #thisisadel #encourageadel
04/09/2020

Chalk your logo, Adel Veterinary Clinic edition! Thank you for the request! 🐶🐱 #chalkthetown #thisisadel #encourageadel

Taking the #chalkthetown challenge today on my front sidewalk! Of course working from home isn’t anything new here 🙂 Sen...
04/08/2020

Taking the #chalkthetown challenge today on my front sidewalk! Of course working from home isn’t anything new here 🙂 Sending a huge shout out of support to other small biz’s who are managing storefronts and a list of other challenges at this time. Give me a holler if you want me to chalk your logo ❤️ #thisisadel #supportlocal #encourageadel

❤️ Support local Adel businesses! ❤️ Purchase a t-shirt or a window cling at Iconic Apparel, then choose a small busines...
03/28/2020

❤️ Support local Adel businesses! ❤️ Purchase a t-shirt or a window cling at Iconic Apparel, then choose a small business to support with your purchase. #encourageadel

Hey Adel, thanks for the encouragement!

During this time of hardship and uncertainty for everyone, we believe it's important to remember that we are a compassionate community and we are here to support each other. Covid-19 has affected all of us to varying degrees, but the economic consequences of social distancing and forced closures have devastated small businesses, especially those in our wonderful town. In order to see our neighbors succeed and to ensure that Adel continues to be the best destination for supporting locally owned businesses, we are producing Encourage Adel shirts and decals and sharing the profits with our neighbors in need.

$10 of each shirt purchase and $5 of each window cling will go to the local business of your choosing.

https://encourageadelbenefit.itemorder.com/sale

We will print orders and send donation payments to the businesses weekly.

Please help our cause and support in any way you can. Even if you can't purchase, we encourage you to share the cause with your friends and family. Your support means the world, not only to us, but to everyone here trying to fulfill their dreams and running the best businesses in Adel.* #EncourageAdel

*If you would like your business name added or removed from this list, please email us - [email protected] or [email protected]

03/25/2020

Hey all. A quick note here since I've been awful quiet lately! I want to send some big love to the bulk of my clients who are small businesses or non-profit organizations. As we find ourselves in this gray area of unknown, many of us forced to scale back our work or change focus, here are a few things I want to recognize:

❤️ People simply doing their best.
❤️ Businesses making crazy hard decisions.
❤️ Teams getting creative to make sure their work (whatever they are doing) still has purpose.

Keep the faith, stay healthy, bright days are ahead ☀️

Project wrap up = sharing some new looks! 😍 Flower-Tique & Covered in Flour Bake Shop reached out looking for a logo ref...
01/07/2020

Project wrap up = sharing some new looks! 😍 Flower-Tique & Covered in Flour Bake Shop reached out looking for a logo refresh for the new year. Being a full service floral business with a bakery shop inside, they needed not one but TWO new logos. And the challenge - the logos needed to stand alone but also feel related/cohesive!

We landed on the following logos that share the same color scheme and similar styling elements. The possibilities for this double duty brand are endless - thank you Flower-Tique/Covered in Flour! I need to make the trip to Centerville for a cinnamon roll sometime soon 😋

01/02/2020

Happy New Year!
Thank you to the 26 unique clients who allowed me to help in their special projects in 2019! Cheers to 2020 🎉

🗣 Say it with an infographic! No better way to celebrate an AMAZING year than to send your most important business conta...
12/05/2019

🗣 Say it with an infographic! No better way to celebrate an AMAZING year than to send your most important business contacts a custom, catchy holiday mailer 🤓

As always, thank you Project team for letting me be a small piece in bringing your loving, passionate mission to life. Cheers to more growth and lives impacted in 2020!

Local love alert! Happy to help with these designs for Forever Strong Training Center - they offer training for athletes...
10/15/2019

Local love alert! Happy to help with these designs for Forever Strong Training Center - they offer training for athletes (middle school through college) and adults! And friends needing apparel checkout Iconic Apparel right on the square - they will take care of you well!

We've been cranking these sweatshirts out today for Forever Strong Training Center. Thanks so much for your order!
Design by: Dana Brown Design

#shopsmall #adeliowa #shoplocal

Logo update share! PITCH is a non-profit group that seeks to provide fellowship, offer educational opportunities, be a c...
10/04/2019

Logo update share! PITCH is a non-profit group that seeks to provide fellowship, offer educational opportunities, be a connection to resources, and provide a source of encouragement to Iowans living with HIV/AIDS.

They strongly expressed wanting to "stick to their roots" in their refreshed logo. This is a great example of how making simple changes can modernize a brand while still feeling familiar and true!

Rack card design completed earlier this year.

Thanks PITCH! ❤️

I've been spending some quality time developing event creative lately. [sneak peek - vibrant colors, elegance & florals ...
09/17/2019

I've been spending some quality time developing event creative lately. [sneak peek - vibrant colors, elegance & florals 🌺] Can't wait to see this all come together!

SEVEN. Last week, Dana Brown Design turned seven. Seven, man! Even though this is not an even number or milestone self e...
09/09/2019

SEVEN.

Last week, Dana Brown Design turned seven. Seven, man! Even though this is not an even number or milestone self employment anniversary I'm feeling inspired to reflect a bit on this journey with a touch of transparency. Please feel the real with me.

Over these years I've felt emotions that are all over the board (guilty gemini). If you've never wondered, "Am I crazy?" are you really doing it right? 😁 I've spent a decent amount of my earnings on color booklets, software, mouse batteries and silently prayed when my computer sounds like it may combust. I've navigated an insanely messy office, done my own math (YIKES) and worked in sweatpants for weeks. I've managed my own time while simultaneously agonizing over how much my time is really worth. I've encouraged others to take risks and go for it, while some days questioned if I'm on the right path myself.

I've spontaneously taken my kid to the zoo on a random Tuesday morning because I can, while also missing the camaraderie of a traditional office atmosphere, team and predictable hours. I've cried because I've been too busy and stressed because I don't feel busy enough. I've worked in the middle of the night, on weekends, on 8 different clients in one day and with a needy kid at my side. I've said NO (a couple times!) I've also not worked for an entire week straight with zero f's given.

I've learned and grown with grace, but a time or ten I've taken things to personally. I've been my own biggest fan and also my own worst critic. I've had projects that absolutely stump me - and being a one man show comes with a fair amount of pressure. I've also sat down discouraged and then miraculously had the most beautiful work spill out of me faster than my mouse can move. I've made some things I'm really, really proud of.

It's the people and projects that keep me going, hands down times ten. I've met countless people over these years through this and that who have been so impactful. I've seen people start to believe in the power of design. I've been told "I appreciate you" and have witnessed my work genuinely help people around me. I've swam in the goodness that is providing a personalized service and end product that both sides are in love with.

So I'll end with this - thank you to all who have had a piece in my journey thus far. I know we all have ups in down in the paths we are walking. I'm so grateful. I plan to keep grinding here as long as it makes sense for me.

And for those utilizing services of small business owners, [SLOW CLAP]. For those out there consistently working, failing, growing and believing... you keep that up 👊

DBD

No better way to start off a week than with some positive chick vibes. I recently helped one of my fave non profits, the...
08/26/2019

No better way to start off a week than with some positive chick vibes. I recently helped one of my fave non profits, the WBC, with some new apparel designs! These are a few fun in process mockups - head on over to https://www.womensbarbellclassic.com/apparel to see what design they chose (pre-order now!) 💪

Wilson Brown, age 5CityApple Pencil on iPad Pro☺️Summer has been filled with lots of play, adventures, family time and v...
08/22/2019

Wilson Brown, age 5
City
Apple Pencil on iPad Pro

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Summer has been filled with lots of play, adventures, family time and volunteering. Fall is near with work routine to follow. Give me a shout if there are any design needs on your list, I hope to regain total ownership of my iPad soon!

It's SCF week! Check out this year's vendor map to hit all your favorites!
08/05/2019

It's SCF week! Check out this year's vendor map to hit all your favorites!

Thanks, Dana Brown for the amazing Sweet Corn Festival Map!

What are you most excited for this year?

Daytime & Evening ads for this year's Fest! These will be out in print soon - what a line up! #SCF2019 #ifweshuckit
07/25/2019

Daytime & Evening ads for this year's Fest! These will be out in print soon - what a line up! #SCF2019 #ifweshuckit

Check out all that is happening on August 9 and 10th.

07/20/2019

Hey friends! Special shout out for the 40th Annual Sweet Corn Festival (August 10th) and info on this years t-shirt design!

Locals with kids, this sounds great!
06/22/2019
Restoration Harmony

Locals with kids, this sounds great!

Restoration Harmony Presents Outside the Lines a week long creative adventure with Iowa Artists.

Boys and Girls ages 5 and up can participate June 24-28starting at 1-3pm Monday thru Friday.

$130 per child cost includes all art supplies to complete 6 projects, snacks, and games.

**Parents please drop your children off at 12:30 on the first day of camp so we can sign them in and complete orientation. You can pick your child up at 3pm.** On the last day of OTL graduates will be hosting an art show open to the public.**

Space is limited and we don't want your kiddos to miss this exciting event. Register below. Harmony Hall on Riverside by Restoration Harmony #dreamdesigninspire #arthappy #positivelychanginglives
https://www.restorationharmonyhomes.com/store/p79/outsidethelines.html#/

New share! The Dallas County Fair is coming right up and I had the privilege of helping with a few of their printed info...
06/20/2019

New share! The Dallas County Fair is coming right up and I had the privilege of helping with a few of their printed info pieces for 2019 including a brochure and newspaper insert. These recently made it through production and I can't wait to see them in person soon! As usual it looks like a great line-up of events this year - happy to be involved and hope to see ya'll at the fair in July.

Great day supporting ADM Athletes at the Booster Club tourney (and playing with my besties/alumni gals!) ❤️🖤
06/15/2019

Great day supporting ADM Athletes at the Booster Club tourney (and playing with my besties/alumni gals!) ❤️🖤

06/11/2019
Adel Sweet Corn Festival

The 2019 Adel Sweet Corn Festival Tee design is dropping soon... who is excited?!

Who excited to see this year's Sweet Corn Tees.... Here's a little sneak peek of them.

📌You will be able to purchase them at:
-Fareway
-Raccoon Valley Bank
-Chambers office (City Hall)

Will be available by the end of this week :)

CHECK OUT AND FOLLOW OUR INSTAGRAM @ADELPARTNERSCHAMBER FOR A FULL REVEAL BEFORE ANYONE!

Newsworthy! My cousin's Trailcheck app was featured on local news in Portland. He developed and launched this app aimed ...
06/10/2019
Portland developer designs phone app to address hiking trail congestion

Newsworthy! My cousin's Trailcheck app was featured on local news in Portland. He developed and launched this app aimed to help hikers prepare for trail conditions, I assisted in some of the design elements. Hiker friends - check it out!

Click here to view this video from kptv.com.

Sharing design work I completed for a very unique client: a 16-year old who is dreaming big by starting his own business...
05/30/2019

Sharing design work I completed for a very unique client: a 16-year old who is dreaming big by starting his own business! It was very fun to work with Spencer on a logo and label design for his hand-poured soy candle business, Sixteen Candles. Talk about a cool Summer job 😉 Spencer has been working on perfecting his candle formula, continues to develop many unique fragrances (Lemon Lavender, Birthday Cake, S'mores & more) and tackles his own label printing. As an entrepreneur, he's really doing it all!

Spencer desired a rustic/modern/farmhouse style to pair with his product materials (jute, kraft paper, black matte lids). My focus in his brand was to capture little flairs of youth & masculinity while appealing to a very wide audience. These candles are visually tasteful and something that everyone can find a place for in their home!

Thank you, Sixteen Candles! Give Spencer a follow on Instagram: @sixteen.candles_ 🔥

Running errands earlier and came across something familiar 😀 I designed this info panel layout for the Dallas County She...
05/09/2019

Running errands earlier and came across something familiar 😀 I designed this info panel layout for the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office kiosk display at JC Mall. Great things happening out here in Dallas County!

04/27/2019

Swag in real life! Supporting friends and BA chicks today at the Women's Barbell Classic. 💪🏼❤️

04/25/2019

More from Tollakson Law - loving how their business cards turned out. Gold foil on the back adds a special classy touch!

Finally sharing a new brand completed last year! Tollakson Law isn't your standard family law practice. They provide an ...
04/25/2019

Finally sharing a new brand completed last year! Tollakson Law isn't your standard family law practice. They provide an innovative approach to collaborative family law including customized plans and services for families where compassion is the focus. When forming their new logo and brand elements, we tried to emphasize a professional yet peaceful and welcoming visual message through shapes, patterns and colors.

04/24/2019
This New Old House

I officially enrolled in this yesterday - excited to learn and share with other amazing ladies! Check this out if you're a woman owned creative biz looking for support, ideas and fun - This New Old House has reopened registration for 2 more days!

ATTN SMALL CREATIVE BUSINESS OWNERS: Are you ready to take your business to the next level? Increase your brand awareness? Grow a loyal and engaged following for your creative small business?

If you don’t promote yourself, then who is going to? Nobody, that’s who…START NOW!

Learn more about my VIP Creative Coaching Group for small business owners to grow their brand+ following and here from others in the coaching group on successes in their businesses with Erica Flanery Harlan, Country Lane Lodge - Event Venue, Harvey's Greenhouse, Empower & Inspire by Melissa Teggatz, @www.in2itsocial.com, Helps Homestead, Timberline Designs, Blonde Toast: Beauty & Lifestyle, Fusion Boutique + Picnic Life Foodie!

The VIP Creative Coaching Group will be open for new members April 23, 24 and 25 and I would love to have you a part of it!!! Join the wait list on my website to be notified when the free "Build Your Dream" video series launches this week and when the cart opens to join the group! {Link for more info and to join the wait list in comments.}

#vipcoaching #dreambig #goforit #businesspassion #successstories #thisnewoldhouse

Spent an amazingly fun and inspiring evening with The Project team at the Red Ribbon Gala dinner last night! Despite los...
03/10/2019

Spent an amazingly fun and inspiring evening with The Project team at the Red Ribbon Gala dinner last night! Despite losing power, the leadership team and guests made the best of the situation and celebrated on ❤️ I saw a lot of my creative in action, from programs to swag to snap filters. Cup filled - thank you Project team for the opportunity to make a difference!

The Chamber's new ads are up and running in current and future Adel Living Magazines (mmm, love that new brand smell!) 😁...
03/08/2019

The Chamber's new ads are up and running in current and future Adel Living Magazines (mmm, love that new brand smell!) 😁 Be sure to check them out! #adeladvantage

03/02/2019
This New Old House

Kicked off a NEW and exciting project this morning! More coming soon! 🎉🔥

Meeting of the minds on logo design for the new brand + product launch coming soon from the This New Old House family with Dana Brown Design!!!

Who can’t wait for us to spill the beans on this announcement??!!! More coming soon...

#youngentrepreneur #bigannouncement #comingsoon #weekendvibes #inthefamily #coffeecheers #thisnewoldhouse

Hey locals! Get your little artists signed up for Art Camps this Summer! Sounds like limited availability so act fast 🎨
03/01/2019

Hey locals! Get your little artists signed up for Art Camps this Summer! Sounds like limited availability so act fast 🎨

VERY limited spots left, if you're interested in summer art camp, dont wait, once spots are filled they are gone. I do not foresee the ability to add more spaces this year. If you share the post on your personal page, take $10 off of enrollment cost.

Happy Friday!

Hey! I did a thing for the town I love. I'm very honored to have worked with a great committee / Adel Partners Chamber o...
02/26/2019

Hey! I did a thing for the town I love. I'm very honored to have worked with a great committee / Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce over the past months to update their logo & brand and apply this new look to the Chamber's 2019 advertising campaign.

The new logo was revealed at last night's Celebrate Adel Annual event.

"The newly designed logo is a good representation of what the Adel Partners Chamber of Commerce stands for. By working with businesses and government, we improve the quality of life of both residents and visitors to our community. This logo says, “Adel is a great place to work, live and play.” The new mark gives gentle nods to our historic square, bustling business districts, friendly neighborhoods and increasing recreational opportunities. The vibrant colors represent the vitality of a growing community looking to the future and maintaining a positive outlook."

Lookin' good A-town ❤️

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I enjoy learning about clients' needs and contributing to their success through custom design work. I have been creating art and design for eleven years. I have extensive experience in both print and web based design with a strong background in marketing and online media.

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Dana, your awesome logo work will now be seen by crowds as Team RunFree runs our custom chariot through local races. I am thrilled beyond words at the opportunities that have come our way, and I am excited to have such a great logo to help tell our 'story'. Thanks again for all you have done !