About

LEARNING TO WALK.

My experience started as an Art Director working in ad agencies, PR firms, and eventually I ran my own successful graphic design firm. I further honed my skills teaching college-level marketing & design classes, learning to explain the rules that go into good design. I climbed more than a few mountains… working on websites, email blasts, online ads, direct mail, brochures, banners, signage, annual reports, postcards, and print ads, thinking strategically, integrating the results, while navigating the various requirements in web and print.
I get there on my own two feet, meaning I do the work myself. This makes me ideal for small clients with big ambitions.
Work

Work

WALK AWAY A DIFFERENT PERSON.

Advertising needs to move you. Take a closer look at some of the terrain crossed during a lifetime of design work.
Experience

Experience

PUT ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE OTHER.

I’ve worked in this field a long time and learned that great design requires innovation combined with strategic messaging and an awareness of your audience. Boiled down, it’s a mix of these four ingredients… a checklist of every great design.
01. CAPTURE ATTENTION.
02. DETERMINE PRIORITY.
03. CONVEY INFORMATION.
04. EVOKE EMOTION.

Skill

STEEP AND DEEP.

Fundraising- a science that requires art and is measured in results. I began working with the Mercer Island Schools Foundation in 2002. It had become clear that public school districts needed more than government funding could provide so I provided advertising and marketing help. Back then, their fundraising efforts were stalled at approximately $500,000 annually; money that went to curriculum, textbooks, computers, enrichment, and programs. I continue to help students and teachers through the Mercer Island Schools Foundation.
2001 $583,000
2002 $529,000

MISF hired Rhodes-D-Signs

2006 $842,000
2010 $1.4M
2014 $1.6M
2018 $1.7M

And we continue to work together to help students within the Mercer Island School District.

Clients

FROM MANY WALKS OF LIFE.

I have been fortunate to do work for:
  • BUSINESS: Ablestock, AT&T, 3M company, eSociety, iPromote, Global Metal Technologies, Puget Sound Energy, Toro, Milgard, Kenworth, Flexcar, Shurgard Storage, the Port of Seattle
  • EDUCATION: Apex Learning, School of Visual Concepts, Mercer Island School District, Seattle Country Day School
  • ENTERTAINMENT: AT&T Fireworks, Seattle Jewish Film Festival, Summer Nights at the Pier, Minneapolis Opera, Seattle Opera
  • FOOD/SKIN CARE: Fratelli’s Ice Cream, Skippers Seafood, Pyramid Ales, Thomas Kemper, Berry Beautiful
  • FUNDRAISING: Mercer Island Schools Foundation, Mercer Island Guild (Seattle Children’s Hospital)
  • MEDICAL: Blue Cross, Blue Shield, King County Medical, and Group Health Insurance, Hope Heart Center, HealthLink, Swedish- United- Providence- Seattle Children’s- Hospitals  
  • NEWS: The Seattle Times, The Seattle PI, KPLU, The Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald
  • PRO-BONO: Harborview Injury Prevention & Research Center, Save the Children, DSHS, Washington Trails, PAWS, Glacier Institute, King County Search and Rescue
  • POLITICS: Northwest Passage Consulting, Moxie Media, WinPower, Free Range Productions, and directly for Initiative and Candidate campaigns
  • SERVICE: Roto Rooter, WACAP adoption, Janco Fiduciary & Estate Services, Senior Supportive Services, Meadow Lake HOA
  • SPORTS & TRAVEL: O’Brien, Mountain Safety Research, Jansport, YogaBliss, Platypus, Therm-a-rest, Holland America Cruise Lines/Westours, West Coast Resorts 
  • STORES: Bellevue Square, Benson Optical, Salvation Army, Spree Thrift Stores, Harold’s, Tatters, 801 Westside Apartments
  • And more
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Let my experience take you places you’ve never seen.