PlanetGraham Design | Graphic Design by Kerry Graham
 
Richard III
For the past eight years I have designed the Cornerstone Christian Academy annual Shakespeare Festival playbill. This will be my last year as our son will be moving up to Pusch Ridge Christian Academy next year. Here is my last hurrah -- Richard III.

 
 
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Gospel Concert Artwork
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Easter Concert Artwork
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Easter Season Banners
 
 
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True Son of Tartarus by M.R. Tighe is now available for purchase at Amazon. I designed the cover and interior pages a few months ago. It's the second book in a planned trilogy. Check it out!

 
 
Here's a design I created for a frozen yogurt and coffee shop in Colorado.
Be sure to check out their website at cameezfroyo.com and find them on Facebook.
 
 
I've got a few projects in various stages of completion...

Working on the second book of the Tartarus trilogy -- True Son of Tartarus. I just finished the interior layout and sent in a cover design. Looks like it will be published soon.

Just about ready to begin work on the brochure for the Great Adventure Men's Conference, coming up this October. The guest speaker this year happens to be my boss, Dr. Randy Carlson.

Colorado Backcountry Rentals needs some more ATV Rack Cards.

Nuclear Shielding Supplies has given me feedback on their new website design... hope to launch it in the next few weeks.
 
 
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In a previous post, I mentioned several Font Management software choices for Mac users, and that I was using FontAgent Pro. Well, I've become increasingly frustrated with FAP (fonts won't auto activate, and manually activated fonts won't always show up in my applications) so I decided to give the brand new FontExplorer X Pro 3 a whirl. 

There's no comparison... FontExplorer X Pro 3 is currently the best font management software out there. It works flawlessly. You can check out all the features here. Selected new features include:
  • Organize Smart Sets in folders
  • Ad hoc Sets from current font selection
    • Character Toolbox with
      • Character coverage
      • Ink usage Information
      • Paper usage information
      • Font Language Support Information
  • Enhanced Document font scanner
  • Improved Backup functionality
  • Plug-In updater
  • FontAgentPro import
  • Suitcase Fusion 2/3 import
At $79 US, it's well worth it for any Mac design professional. The only thing that would make it better is if it were available in the Mac App Store.

 
 
FLR Logo
Big news... as of April 19th, I will be the new (and first) Web Content Administrator for Family Life Communications (Family Life Radio and Intentional Living with Dr. Randy Carlson). The organization is launching a completely new website on a different content management system. I will be involved with that and other web and internet related initiatives. 

This is a full-time position, but I will still be available for much of your graphic design needs here at PlanetGraham!

 
 
I was at the grocery store last night, and one of the items on my list was cat litter. I saw something there called 'Amazing Cat Litter.' With a name like that, of course I had to check it out. I turned the package around to inspect it closer and was 'amazed' at how terrible the packaging was. Here's a photo I took... see how many typos you can find. Click the number '2' button to see the answers.
I didn't even bother looking at the rest of the package. I'm sure there were even more mistakes. How this ever made it to the store shelves is beyond me.

Everyone that writes—even a simple email—needs to proofread. Just take a minute or two and re-read what you have typed before you hit 'SEND' on that email. For a brochure, advertisement, or book, you should consider using a professional proofreader, like my friend Bill Dinardo (aka, 'Billy the Proofer'). Save yourself some embarrassment: Proofread!

PS: If you find any typos on my website, let me know!
 
 
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Have you ever 'Googled' yourself? If you haven't, you may be surprised at what you find. In my case (as of today) when you search for 'Kerry Graham' you will find countless links to news articles that mention Senators John Kerry and Lindsey Graham. There's also a woman on Facebook that shares my name (I've probably been on FB longer than her, so not sure what's up with that), and LinkedIn says there are 25 people by the same name on their network. It's not until the third page of Google search that this website shows up.

I can't compete with high profile senators, but if you search for 'Kerry Graham designer' – I'm all over it. And that is not by accident... in the last eight months I have spent time developing my online presence. When I started this process, I was nowhere to be found, except on Facebook. It's important to take a proactive approach to getting your name out there in the way you want it to appear. Maybe it's time for you to take control of your internet presence. Here are a few do's and dont's to help you optimize your online reputation.

DO:
  • Join LinkedIn and complete a thoughtful profile of your professional life.
  • Visit profiles.google.com and create a profile that displays the information you want the public to know about you.
  • Consider getting your own domain name and website to build your personal brand.
  • Update your profile(s) and/or website on a regular basis.
  • Be careful about what you write in blog posts, website comments, Twitter, etc. 

DON'T:
  • Don't post anything you wouldn't want your friends, neighbors, family, or prospective employers to see or read.
  • Don't share confidential information about yourself or other people.
  • Don’t miss out by having no online presence at all.

It will take a bit of time and diligence, but a few simple steps such as these can make sure your online reputation is an asset, not a liability.

Articles for further reading:
Take Charge of Your Online Reputation
Your Online Reputation is on the Line
Manage Your Online Presence
Protect Your Privacy on the Internet
 
 
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Mockup provided by the client.
Here's quick little project I completed not long ago. A publisher asked me to finish a book cover design they had mocked up. They provided the high resolution images and a rough layout, then I had to take it to print-ready form. To the right is an image of the mock up. Here's the process I went through:
  1. Background image provided by client.
  2. A copy of the background that has been blurred is placed on top, 45% transparency.
  3. Another copy of the background with a larger blur is placed on top with 15% transparency.
  4. The background image is placed with 'Soft Light' transparency to boost color.
  5. The road sign image is placed
  6. The road sign image is color adjusted to be warmer.
  7. Drop shadow is created under the road sign.
  8. An orange color bar with 'Hard Light' transparency added.
  9. Author's name placed on orange color bar.
  10. Book title added, with a bevel and drop shadow to make it pop.
  11. Finally, the subtitle is added, and the cover is complete.

The publisher and author were very happy with the final product... it turned out much better than they anticipated.