Colleen Hartley Creative

Colleen Hartley Creative Graphic design & branding for business.
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Graphic design + brand strategy for business. Education, small business, art, design, color, farm kid stories. Sign up for FREE design tools + updates: bit.ly/2s5Kuog

New client work up on my site! This team of women will move mountains with travel when the time comes! I loved working w...
07/10/2020

New client work up on my site!
This team of women will move mountains with travel when the time comes! I loved working with them and their vision. ✨✨✨
“Discover worth, understand value, grow into courage and connect with passion while building relational connection and exploring the world.” ✨✨
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If you are on my newsletter list you already know that yes, I made the decision to pause on freelance design to pursue f...
07/02/2020

If you are on my newsletter list you already know that yes, I made the decision to pause on freelance design to pursue full-time salary or contract-to-hire work. While I need a little more consistency back to the income flow, I will always be 'side-hustling' as they call it nowadays. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I have learned SO much about running a business and designing all the things for it - websites, email marketing, social media, project management - the list goes on. My one-on-one clients are people that I now call dear friends. For all of this, I am extremely grateful.

Recent client work for Rebecca Bedell Consulting. She was a treat to collaborate with remotely as she is in Charlotte, N...
07/02/2020

Recent client work for Rebecca Bedell Consulting. She was a treat to collaborate with remotely as she is in Charlotte, NC. We utilized all the video meeting technology (and timezone awareness) to get this identity into tip-tip shape.
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Rebecca is a certified leadership coach, speaker, and trainer, skilled in partnering with executives, entrepreneurs, and organizations. She helps guide them into a fuller understanding of self and others in order to accomplish their goals.
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With movement in the logo lettering and a reference to her K.N.O.T. Method (TM), we worked to create a system that showcased her creativity and Celtic knot strategy. It also references the brainpower that she believes all of her clients possess. See her new website design at www.rebeccabedellconsulting.com.
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Visual brand strategy is key because having a logo isn't enough. I wanted to help small businesses strategize a complete...
05/20/2020

Visual brand strategy is key because having a logo isn't enough. I wanted to help small businesses strategize a complete visual brand that would appear cohesive in print, on the web, and beyond to create a compelling experience for their followers.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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You see, your brand can’t be boiled down to just a graphic. It’s the gut feeling a customer gets around your business - does your business feel happy, calm, bold, quiet, corporate, relaxing, approachable, high-end? Read more of this article on my blog!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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On of my top values is Creativity. ✨💖✨
05/15/2020

On of my top values is Creativity. ✨💖✨

Vector files include some magic math equations that result in smooth lines of color for your art. It can be scaled from ...
05/11/2020

Vector files include some magic math equations that result in smooth lines of color for your art. It can be scaled from a large size like a billboard to a small size like a pencil eraser. No pixels are visible.
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They are high resolution no matter how big or how small they are sized.
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They are also typically editable, so you can send them to your sign printer and they can change the color of something (example: from black to white) before hitting print.
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This is the type of file I create for all of my clients using Adobe Illustrator from concept to completion for all logo design art.
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A vector can be made into a raster, but not the other way around.
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Photographs are not vector graphics. Only illustrations that are made to look like photographs can be created in a vector workspace.
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Honoring my artist book club group today with a piece inspired by our most recent book: Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn. ...
05/08/2020

Honoring my artist book club group today with a piece inspired by our most recent book: Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn. ✨ In her 20’s, Susan O’Malley would share positive advice with people who needed it. Her friend would type it up and give it to that person to keep, along with a button to wear saying that they got a pep talk that day. The two called themselves the Pep Talk Squad.✨ Our group has become this Squad as we Zoom every week while we create. It has been essential during Covid-19. ✨

A quick snap of a few file formats. At the end of my process of creating your brand, I will provide you with ALL of the ...
05/06/2020

A quick snap of a few file formats. At the end of my process of creating your brand, I will provide you with ALL of the necessary file formats - in color, in black, and in white (with a transparent background). Also, I will help you understand which one you need for a specific task.
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It has taken me YEARS to understand the details behind each one and how they affect anything I design.
"Why does this logo look super fuzzy when I print it out?"
"Why is this file not loading on the internet?"
"My printer says they need a logo as an eps. I don't know what that means but can you help?"
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These are a few of the many questions I have received from clients and non-clients. Trust me, I get it. Unless you live in this digital file format world every day, the language can be extremely foreign.
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iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, procreate app, Bardot Brush tutorial, getting to know Drawing Assist. ✨
05/01/2020

iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, procreate app, Bardot Brush tutorial, getting to know Drawing Assist. ✨

Now that smartphones are the norm for daily website surfing, having a mobile-optimized website is crucial for SEO (searc...
04/27/2020

Now that smartphones are the norm for daily website surfing, having a mobile-optimized website is crucial for SEO (search engine optimization) purposes. And, if your website doesn’t look good on mobile, potential clients will head to the next option. With Squarespace, every page on your website is automatically optimized without having to do any extra work. Win! Sign up for my newsletter (click here: https://www.colleenhartleycreative.com/instagram) to get more insights to help you sparkle in your business.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Having a responsive website is absolutely crucial. When a website doesn't load correctly on my phone, I immediately clic...
04/13/2020

Having a responsive website is absolutely crucial. When a website doesn't load correctly on my phone, I immediately click out of it. Have you ever done the same? I don’t want that to happen to you and your business! Perhaps the best benefit of using Squarespace is that it formats your site correctly for ALL devices, no matter where your audience is viewing it from. To read the full article about *why I use Squarespace*, click >> https://www.colleenhartleycreative.com/blog-all/why-i-use-squarespace
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Entertaining kids 4 and under is testing us. “Try Everything” is song by Shakira from the movie Zootopia. We all get up ...
04/10/2020

Entertaining kids 4 and under is testing us. “Try Everything” is song by Shakira from the movie Zootopia. We all get up and dance when it comes on. 🎶 ✨
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One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from clients who are starting a new business is:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀"How much ...
04/08/2020

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from clients who are starting a new business is:
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"How much does it cost to keep my website going after it has been designed?"
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This is a great question to consider because a few steps go into “hosting” your site, and your choices will affect your budget. In my link in bio are the top three types of hosting a new business owner needs and give you some recommendations!
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#colleenhartleycreative #freelance #graphicdesigner #branddesigner #savvybusinessowner #branding #inspiration #color #collaboration #dallasgraphicdesigner #dallascreatives #brandidentitydesign

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from clients who are starting a new business is:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀"How much ...
04/08/2020

One of the most frequently asked questions I receive from clients who are starting a new business is:
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"How much does it cost to keep my website going after it has been designed?"
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This is a great question to consider because a few steps go into “hosting” your site, and your choices will affect your budget. In my link in bio are the top three types of hosting a new business owner needs and give you some recommendations!
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A little birthday art I painted today for my friend. 💖 My bday was on Saturday and I was very thankful for my little fam...
04/07/2020

A little birthday art I painted today for my friend. 💖 My bday was on Saturday and I was very thankful for my little family at home on that day, and for all the in-person bdays I’ve celebrating with other family and friends over the years. This one was something I will never forget!

Online presence. As a small business owner, you know that establishing a presence online is crucial to the longevity and...
04/06/2020

Online presence. As a small business owner, you know that establishing a presence online is crucial to the longevity and sustainability of your success. Intentionally establishing a presence — not just hoping that it will happen organically as you go — will truly set you up for great things.
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A massive — and critical — component of that online presence is your brand design. Without crafting a cohesive and consistent brand, you’re likely to get lost in the digital noise. (Read more in my article: https://www.colleenhartleycreative.com/blog-all/positioning-your-brand-visually-online)
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With so much content available to consume online — on social, search, and more — your audience only devotes a split second to evaluate whether or not they want to delve deeper into your content. You have less than a second to win their attention, and that first impression is made by design.

Whatever you are up to - breathing, reading, making art, working-from-home, social-distancing, crisis-schooling, self-qu...
04/03/2020

Whatever you are up to - breathing, reading, making art, working-from-home, social-distancing, crisis-schooling, self-quarantine…
Keep at it.
Keep feeling the feelings.
Keep moving your body.
Keep drinking the water.
Keep using your hands instead of overthinking... two different parts of the brain.
This is our first time with a global pandemic. It cannot last forever.

You CAN run a business on your own with the right online tools. If you're just starting out, there are many free trials ...
04/01/2020

You CAN run a business on your own with the right online tools. If you're just starting out, there are many free trials and subscriptions to get in there and see what you like (or don’t like) before you commit to something that may end up not being perfect for you and your unique business. Set a timer for 10 minutes and do some research. ✨✨✨Here is a link to an article I shared a few of these tools and why I like them: www.colleenhartleycreative.com/blog-all/top-5-online-tools-to-run-a-successful-business

03/06/2020

A little animation practice. #vibes

Nothing like a clean work space on a Friday! It will look like this for about 5 minutes before the flow begins. 😂  •••••...
03/06/2020

Nothing like a clean work space on a Friday! It will look like this for about 5 minutes before the flow begins. 😂






#boss #creativepreneur #creativebusiness #smallbusiness #businessowner #colleenhartleycreative

Be You Not Them poster available in my online shop! Along the way, I learned a TON about e-commerce. The internet is the...
03/06/2020

Be You Not Them poster available in my online shop! Along the way, I learned a TON about e-commerce. The internet is the best! Sharing my art is still scary, but if not now, when?!?!

https://www.colleenhartleycreative.com/shop
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The internet is the best... but so is a juicy blind deboss on a pillowy soft paper. Letterpress cards - may need a repri...
03/05/2020

The internet is the best... but so is a juicy blind deboss on a pillowy soft paper. Letterpress cards - may need a reprint soon! - by the super talented @missingqpress
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03/04/2020

A little rough... but I made an animation! #giddy @everytuesday - Thanks for making this so easy. ❤️

Sharpen your Sharpies, creative people! 2020 is coming and I'm ready! Get your favorite tools together and let's make so...
12/29/2019

Sharpen your Sharpies, creative people! 2020 is coming and I'm ready! Get your favorite tools together and let's make something great this year.

If we haven’t met, 👋🏼 Hi! I’m Colleen, and I struggle saying no to warm chocolate chip cookies! I shared a gift today an...
12/15/2019

If we haven’t met, 👋🏼 Hi! I’m Colleen, and I struggle saying no to warm chocolate chip cookies! I shared a gift today and made some art to go with it. 🎁 #niftygifty #colleenhartleycreative #makearteveryday

PRINTS are now available for sale in my brand spanking new online shop! Three for now and more to come. Design and lette...
12/07/2019

PRINTS are now available for sale in my brand spanking new online shop! Three for now and more to come. Design and lettering created by yours truly. 🤗 Inspired by my love of art and design and how it helped me in the darkest days of postpartum depression. ✨ Asking for help and motivating messages worked for me and could work for you or someone you know. ✨ We are in this together!
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What I love is sharing more than the design. Ask the questions - you never know what your designer has had experience wi...
10/17/2019

What I love is sharing more than the design. Ask the questions - you never know what your designer has had experience with OR what they are willing and able to help you figure out. 🙌🏼
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November 9-10 - SAVE THE DATE! Highly recommend this event as I've learned more about these amazing artists and their cr...
10/15/2019
MAST | McKinney Art Studio Tour | McKinney, TX | Artist Studios

November 9-10 - SAVE THE DATE! Highly recommend this event as I've learned more about these amazing artists and their creative work:

McKinney Art Studio Tour (MAST) is an opportunity to see local artists at work with their studio spaces here in McKinney, Texas

Helping business owners look better online is the juicy result of design. Creating moods using color and imagery is my f...
08/20/2019

Helping business owners look better online is the juicy result of design. Creating moods using color and imagery is my flow state!
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My watercolor from @aholmesartstudio Still Life Nights a couple of weeks ago. This was a great exercise to get my mind w...
08/18/2019

My watercolor from @aholmesartstudio Still Life Nights a couple of weeks ago. This was a great exercise to get my mind working in a different way...without the Cmd-Z (undo) option! I’m happy with the way it turned out.✨💖✨
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Per my latest blog post, here is the space reserved for making with my daughter. We color, paint, sticker, play-doh and ...
08/13/2019

Per my latest blog post, here is the space reserved for making with my daughter. We color, paint, sticker, play-doh and create messes here. The BEST part is that we have wonderful conversations here... about friends, school, life, whatever. I soak it all in and sometimes don't clean this magic area so we can come back to it later. ✨ What are your favorite spaces for play?
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#play #magic #drawing #artwork #sketchbook #inspiration

Inspiration and mood for the creation of a design identity for a wonderful painter! Artists are super fun to work with! ...
08/10/2019

Inspiration and mood for the creation of a design identity for a wonderful painter! Artists are super fun to work with! Congrats to @christenbenat on the launch of her new website look!
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NEW POST // In my line of work, nurturing my creativity is a priority, and I carve out time to do this daily. One of my ...
08/10/2019

NEW POST // In my line of work, nurturing my creativity is a priority, and I carve out time to do this daily. One of my greatest joys is seeing and supporting the creative child in everyone! Read the ways I find inspiration throughout my creative process and my best tip for handling a creative slump. >> www.colleenhartleycreative.com/blog/fostering-creativity

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