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I love to blog about my design work, share tips & personal experiences! My recent blog posts are below:

Natalie Gingrich Website

Natalie Gingrich Website Design

BlackStone Studio just launched a brand new website for Natalie Gingrich, a talented and dedicated professional offering business planning and project management services to entrepreneurs and local businesses.
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UIW Marketing Design & Prints

BlackStone Studio has worked with several schools from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. Recently, I had the opportunity to design and print various marketing pieces for them. I started by working on a project that involved several schools, a promotional recruitment booklet which promoted their Health Professions programs to prospective students.

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The Undercover Co Website Design

Take a look at a newly redesigned website by BlackStone Studio for The Undercover Co, a local home improvement contractor that does beautiful outdoor spaces like patio covers, pergolas, and sun rooms!

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2016 American Graphic Design Awards

It’s been a while since I blogged. It was super busy and exciting summer filled with life changes, business growth, and new adventures. I’m hoping that this week I can catch up on sharing some of the awesome projects I’ve been lucky to be a part of recently. But this post is to announce how thrilled I was to learn that BlackStone Studio was a multiple winner of the recent 2016 American Graphic Design Awards.

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Professor Joe Website Design

I’m excited to share the launch of a new website designed by BlackStone Studio for Professor Joe, one of my newest clients and a true master at programs like Excel, Access, and Powerpoint! Professor Joe Garza provides on-site and personalized classes for programs that are essential to almost any career.

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Thank you Google! Say goodbye to mobile popups!

Raise your hand if you hate popups… yeah, I know there’s a bunch of hands going up right now. While they are easy to close on your laptop or desktop, those pesky popup boxes that appear on mobile websites are sometimes hard to get rid of, and most definitely annoying.

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Your Queen Bead Website Design

Check out this new Shopify website Your Queen Bead, Wendy Bolerjack, just launched! Wendy has been a BlackStone Studio client and friend for a long time and, this year she decided to revamp her site by moving to a full e-commerce platform such as Shopify.

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The basic, the sleek and the bold! Find your perfect business card stock.

There is nothing like the feel of the smooth, crisp surface of a brand new business card. In a digital world, business cards are still very much relevant and useful. When you hand a potential client your card, it makes you look credible, prepared and professional. It also creates a memorable, personal and tangible impression. Choosing the right card stock is important because you want it to represent your business well, and in some cases, you may need it to serve a practical purpose, such as being able to write on it.

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Camerata San Antonio Website Design

I’m happy to share the launch of another website designed by BlackStone Studio for Camerata San Antonio, a talented chamber music ensemble whose latest album, Salon Buenos Aires, received two Grammy Award nominations.

Emily Freudigman, co-founder of Camerata San Antonio, hired BlackStone Studio to do a full web redesign in order to create a contemporary, attractive and user-friendly site to promote their upcoming season performances, which start this September.

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Real Estate Bash Logo and Website Design

Check out this new logo and website designed by BlackStone Studio for 2016 Real Estate Bash, a fun and free event presented by the San Antonio Builder Guide. We started by designing a vibrant and playful logo for the annual party and carried the same look and feel to their brand new website.

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Howell Holland Website Redesign

Check out this newly re-designed website by BlackStone Studio for Howell Holland Real Estate Brokerage, a Dallas-based company that represents Buyers, Sellers, Landlords, and Tenants. The owner, Cameron Holland, is not only a client but also my amazing brother-in-law. I’ve had the pleasure of being part of many Howell Holland branding projects, but we recently decided that the website needed a full revamp.

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Resendiz Real Estate Logo Design

I’d like to share this new logo designed by BlackStone Studio for Resendiz Real Estate, one of my newest clients! Raul Resendiz is part of the Keller Williams Portfolio Real Estate Alamo Heights office. He and his wife, Steph, contacted me to help with his branding. We started with a new logo design.

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WordPress.com vs WordPress.org: A Quick Comparison

Almost everyone’s heard of WordPress, one of the most popular open-source website platforms today. But most people don’t know that there are two versions of WordPress, and those who do know, don’t usually understand the differences between them.

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Airborne Beans Website Design

One of my long-time clients, Randy Pike, just launched a website for his new coffee business, Airborne Beans! Now, their delicious organic roasted coffee is only a few clicks away! Randy hired me to design the logo, business cards and coffee bags for Airborne Beans.

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Hye Beautiful Logo Design

I’m excited to share this latest logo designed by BlackStone Studio for Hye Beautiful Beauty Supply, a cosmetic store that will be opening soon in San Antonio. Owner Tracy Campbell is one of my newest clients and she is just awesome to work with!

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Online Builder Guides Website Design

I’m excited to share this recently revamped website designed by BlackStone Studio for Online Builder Guides, formerly known as ibuilderguide.com. Online Builder Guides is a company that helps Builders maintain a consistent and ongoing relationship with the Realtor community in multiple cities across the US.

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Monte’s Water Works Logo Design

Starting the week with this brand new logo designed by BlackStone Studio for Monte’s Water Works, a new company that specializes in residential and commercial water treatment.

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UIW Feik School of Pharmacy Brochure Design

BlackStone Studio has worked multiple times with the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio. I’ve designed and printed promotional booklet brochures for the Rosenberg School of Optometry and the School of Physical Therapy. The booklets are used to promote the school around the nation in hopes of attracting more potential students. This year, I am happy to say that we started working with the Feik School of Pharmacy as well.

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Mikey’s Cheesecake Logo Design

I’m happy to share a fresh new logo designed by BlackStone Studio for one of my newest clients, Mikey’s Cheesecake. Mike Ellis is the man behind Mikey’s Cheesecake. He makes both beautiful and delicious cheesecakes in Harborcreek, Pennsylvania.

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5 Things That Will Delay Your Website Launch

If you’re a BlackStone Studio client, and you’ve just finished reading this post’s title, then you’re probably thinking this article is inspired by your web project. And, in a way it is, but you are not alone. Almost 85% of my web clients go through some, or all, of the hurdles listed below.

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The Pointless Pencil Logo

BlackStone Studio just designed this new logo for Iris Garcia’s new business, The Pointless Pencil. Located in Cotulla, Texas, this new boutique store will focus on selling teacher supplies and educational resources.

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Airborne Beans Coffee Bag Design

Airborne Beans is a new company that will be selling delicious organic roasted coffee very soon! One of my awesome clients, Randy Pike — a former US Army Airborne Paratrooper, is the owner and Roast Master. Randy hired me to design the Airborne Beans logo, and most recently their new coffee bags!

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Simply Massage Website Design

Simply Massage is massage studio in Ft. Lauderdale owned by one of my amazing clients, Erin Copelan. Erin is an incredibly nice and talented massage therapist who I’ve worked with for a long time. She was once located here in San Antonio providing wellness services to the local community. When her family relocated to Florida, she opened Simply Massage to continue her journey. She has hired BlackStone Studio multiple times to help on various design projects for her business.

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Frontera Produce Habanero Pepper’s Bag Design

Frontera Produce is a relatively new client for BlackStone Studio. We started working together last fall, when I designed the Straight Up Texas Fresh logo for their new brand of fruits and vegetables. Since then, I’ve designed a couple more projects for them. Working with the Frontera Produce team has been an absolute pleasure! This last project was particularly fun. I created the artwork for a clear bag that they will use to package their delicious habanero peppers.

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More Mom Movement Website Design

Last week, the More Mom Movement launched their brand new website! Natalie Gingrich, the founder of this awesome movement, is a lively, smart and lovely lady that has been a long time friend of mine. I was very excited when she hired BlackStone Studio to work on the website design for her new business.

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Luedeker Homes Website

I started working with LeAnn and Luke Luedeker from Luedeker Construction back in 2010 when they hired me to design their company website. Since then, they have been amazing BlackStone Studio clients and have hired me on multiple occasions to update and revamp their website and promotional pieces such as business cards and signage. Recently, they decided to rebrand their business as Luedeker Homes, and with that big change came a fresh new logo and a brand new online presence.

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Straight Up Texas Fresh Backdrop

I’m excited to share this event backdrop designed by BlackStone Studio for Frontera Produce, a South Texas grower that I started working with last fall. Frontera Produce introduced their new brand, Straight Up Texas Fresh, at this weekend’s Viva Fresh Produce Expo.

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Behavior Building Blocks Identity Package

This year, I was fortunate to add a new client to my list of favorites! Alexandria Arriaga is a board certified behavior analyst and the owner of Behavior Building Blocks. I recently blogged about her company’s new logo design, but Alex also hired BlackStone Studio to create and print her full identity package.

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Airborne Beans Logo Design

Long time client Randy Pike, from Watchtower Defense, just started a new business venture in the coffee industry! Airborne Beans is a family owned and veteran owned business that will be selling delicious organic roasted coffee. Yum! Randy hired me to do the logo design for his new company.

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Learning To Say “No” Is The Best Thing I’ve Done For My Business

I’ve always considered myself to be a people pleaser in my job — and sometimes in my personal life too. However, when it came to my work, what I once considered a strength was starting to become a significant source of stress and exhaustion.

What I once considered a strength was starting to become a significant source of stress and exhaustion.
I used to believe that always saying “yes” was an advantage because it kept work coming in and it made customers happy. I quickly became…

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Behavior Building Blocks Logo Design

I’m so delighted to share another custom designed logo created by BlackStone Studio for our newest client, Alexandria Arriaga from Behavior Building Blocks. Alex is a board certified behavior analyst and her company provides applied behavior analysis therapy to individuals with disabilities in San Antonio. She wanted her logo to have a contemporary design that clearly represented the name and purpose of the business.

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Luedeker Homes Logo Design

LeAnn and Luke Luedeker from Luedeker Construction in Bellville, Texas have been wonderful BlackStone Studio clients for over six years. Their current logo was created by another designer, and while it was a great logo for them, LeAnn and Luke decided it was time for a change. They chose to rebrand their business as Luedeker Homes and this created the opportunity to reimagine their logo artwork.

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