I recently was contacted by client who wanted some simple head shots for herself and her father. We took the photographs near the Mill City Museum in Minneapolis and had a great time, despite hot summer weather! 🙂 Take a look below.
Very excited to announce the website launch of kirk-freeman.com . Kirk Freeman is a potter and was my ceramics professor (a really excellent and funny one too) at Bethel University. Definitely take a look at his work – it’s stunning.
The design was based off of a free WordPress theme where I altered the CSS and PHP to fit Kirk’s website goals. CMS is the way to go.
– Shalanah Backus
I had the pleasure of creating Dr. Wayne Roosa’s artist/art historian website. His website reflects these dual hats of artist and art historian including books, publications and art essays, as well as, images and statements about his art. I am also definitely a proud owner of one of his “Idea of Order” (specifically No. XI) prints. Check it out!
I had the pleasure of photographing a good friend of mine. We go all the way back to George Washington Elementary School. It was simply a beautiful wedding, and I had the Utah mountains and the Sundance Resort as a back drop. Enjoy these few sneak peaks.
Take a look at the catalog I designed – and just hit the mail this last week! My good pals at CBE International asked me to create a bookstore catalog for them, and I was thrilled to do so. One of CBE’s main missions is to create resources on the biblical equality of men and women to lead in the church.
Ben Karnes, Waconia High School’s police officer, approached me one day about a design for his nonprofit S.A.F.E.R started with Mario Cortolezzis. They created the nonprofit out of the need for finding loved ones – children and adults – with special needs. In the case of these loved ones wandering off, S.A.F.E.R provides wrist/ankle bands that can be tracked. They give peace of mind and also provide classes for general safety. They have been featured in Minnesota news several times and are expanding the S.A.F.E.R program community by community.
My Commercial Art students tried out some designs near the end of the trimester, but didn’t nearly have enough time to create a finalized logo. So in lieu of time, I decided to try a couple logos out myself and see if one stuck. Ben suggested having a logo with a heart of some sort, and I added in the radiating beams to signify their search and find process using radio frequencies and radio towers. I was proud to have been a part of the process and to have worked for such a great cause.
I was asked to work on a brochure for Midway Driving School that mimicked the style of their new website I redesigned. The company wanted to make sure that they could print it in house – which is always an important thing to know! I made sure that: 1. There were no bleeds 2. The ink was minimal 3. The brochure looked professional 4. It was cohesive with the website appearance. A difficult act to balance, but the end result printed without a hitch. Take a look at the final product above.
Check out Midway Driving School (midwaydrivingschool.org) which I have been working on to design and code for the last month or so. I’m excited for its unveiling. Our last step is working with some SEO experts but we’re hitting the home-stretch.
Midway specializes in teaching nervous drivers and ESL services. They help prepare adults for taking the road exam, provide vehicles, and pick drivers up for free for their lessons. Midway serves the Twin Cities Metro area and could not be run by a nicer person. I had the pleasure to work with Tony Ryan on the site taking feedback and having fun coffee meetings and not to mention he has the ability to make the most amazing shots with the smallest angles in broomball! Check it out!
Check out Grant’s new site! Grant was living in Houston, TX and moving up to Minnesota. He had created a small following while in TX and I encouraged him to create a website and a myspace page so his fans from TX could follow him even though he was moving to the Twin Cities. As time went on, he outgrew his first site, and we had some better images to work from. We decided on a blog-based design. Blog designs are great because they allow for easy updates without knowing code and as time goes on, provide a very easy platform for redesign too.
Our process, in particular, was very cost-effective. I gave Grant about 10+ choices of free WordPress layouts. After he chose one, I tweaked it by adding a banner with background, changing link colors, and adding widgets he would use for music, contact, photos, and gigs. The great part is now he can update these on his own while blogging about shows, music or concerts while have fan input. I could not have been more happy with the process, and since I was paid per hour it worked out quite well for Grant too.
His music is great so check it out! And keep on the look-out, he’s coming out with an album this fall.
> Grant Dawson’s Website
> Shalanah’s Design Gallery