That's me over there, Dennis Dickerson. I've been doing graphics, illustration, and my own artwork all my life. It's the closest I've come to real work since college. I started out as an in-house designer for a pharmaceutical company then worked for a couple of design studios in the Boulder area before going independent as Respond Grafiks.
Check out the sidebar stories - Every year I've made a point of traveling to design conferences and visiting other design, advertising and marketing firms more than 50 in the last ten years. I've met and picked the brains of dozens of the best designers, advertising and marketing people in the country. The ideas I've picked up are the root of the little essays you'll find on this site. I urge you to have a look at them to understand how I think about this business, and how I approach this work.
Smaller really is better . . .
Working with a small company has benefits for you, the client. First, I will value our relationship; you'll be more important to me than you will to a large design firm. I enjoy design and I value our work. Being small means I HAVE to pay attention to your needs and give you the best work possible, a fast response and a reasonable price. My goal is to overproduce on every project. It's the only way to survive in a highly competitive field.
But being small doesn't mean I scrimp . . . I have a roomier, more comfortable studio, better equipment and more up-to date software than almost any studio or ad agency I've visited. But my overhead is quite low, so you'll never be smacked with outrageous invoices. You'll know before I start what everything will cost.