Hi. I’m Christie.
Originally this “about” page had all sorts of irrelevant information written in a really cheesy way. One night at 3am I thought… “Do people really need to hear some repetitive details about what their business needs?” Probably not. “Do they want to actually know more about the main person they’d be doing business with?” Definitely.
I started CMD Graphics in 2007 upon graduating from Cleveland Sate University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and a specific program certificate in Graphic Design. Throughout college I knew the end game was to work for myself. After education I needed the next most important element. EXPERIENCE.
I worked for several creative companies part time, always building up my skills and knowledge along the way. I believe every single job you work teaches you valuable lessons you’ll use later on. For one year I attended marketing gatherings in Downtown Cleveland. My goal would be to hand out at least 10 business cards. After that year I wouldn’t market my business again. Word of mouth became the absolute marketing tool for me. While that may be dangerous to admit since marketing is a huge part of my work, I feel it is worth mentioning. If people continue to positively pass my name along, I’ve got to be doing something right.
“If you do good work for good clients, it will lead to other good work for other good clients. If you do bad work for bad clients, it will lead to other bad work for other bad clients.” – Michael Bierut
I love the clients I work with. I like learning about so many different industries. I enjoy listening to your vision and navigating my way through revisions to provide designs that really represent your message.
I am incredibly grateful for the partnerships I have built with my clients, print vendors, IT companies, and mentors.
For the most part, I’m a small fish. I’ve got a trusted right-hand man who helps with all of my website development and handful of great designers who jump in to help keep things fresh and bounce ideas. It is amazing to see the BIG stuff we can put out. We strive to provide the highest level of professional design.
I have an incredibly supportive husband and two wildly entertaining children, whom I adore.
Ever heard of Clifton’s Strength Finder? My top 5 may assist in explaining me a bit more.
ACHIEVER • COMMUNICATION • STRATEGIC • WOO • EMPATHY