Hello everyone. Happy Summer! As we all keep trying to balance work with the craziness of Summer, this is a simple reminder to “Stop and Smell the Flowers”.

It’s so easy to get caught up in work or the news or even in business. But too often we forget to take time to have some fun and go out into the great outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. Before we know it Fall will be here and then the snow will be flying. Time goes fast and everything changes constantly.

Here at Hannes Design, we are moving forward with new clients, new designs and new technology. But we try hard to refresh by taking some time to enjoy the outdoors too. I hope you all enjoy the season – and give us a call if we can help you with your next design project.

Photo by Tom Hannes, Hannes Design – Goodman Pool, Madison Wisconsin

Are Blogs Dead?

I assume most people think the same thing I did when I built my website – “Should I have a Blog?” I chose to do one but clearly looking back, I like others do not post often enough to create interest. Its been 1.5 years since my last post – that’s crazy. But as you all know time goes fast. We all make priorities and blogs just aren’t one of them. So are they dead? I think in some businesses and industries they are. If you are in a business where constant communication is key, they could be important. But I believe most have been replaced by a Facebook page. So much easier to keep up on.

So I’ll let you tell me. Do you read this? Do you think I should keep this page? I take no offense either way. I plan on doing some website updates soon. I’ll decide then whether or not to keep this page. Feel free to contact me with your opinion.

2017 is here!

I can’t believe the new year is upon us already. It definitely came here quickly. As like so many of my clients, I have not been the best at keeping up with my blog. You know what? That’s OK. I’ve been busy keeping my files and software up to date and delivering high quality design to my clients.

Speaking of clients – I have a few new ones that I think you should check out and watch for future changes with them during the year. First is Savvy Woman Secrets magazine. I started working with them last year and the holiday issue was my third issue that I was deeply involved with. This is a great Dane County area magazine featuring many wonderful businesses. The holiday issue even had a secret section that featured some amazing deals. Another new client is Jada’s Garden & Greenhouse. Jada has been doing personal gardening and landscaping for some time and does amazing work. She will be opening a new Greenhouse in the Mount Horeb area sometime this year. Watch for more information on her website which we were very proud to work on.

Lastly, I hope you all have a great 2017. I look forward to working with you all and hope it is a wonderful year!

Website 3.0

Rabbit with magic gift box

Some of you know my background story – but for those of you who don’t, here is a brief summary of how I have come to this point in my career as a Graphic Designer.

In the early 90’s, I fell in love with Graphic Design while attending the school of Art at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. While in school, I worked for the University’s extension printing services as an LTE designer. We worked on many publications including text books, pamphlets and more. I was fortunate to work along side a few wonderful designers who’s experience I appreciated.

I then found myself working for a small pre-press house doing high-end photoshop work, along with trapping and editing layouts prior to outputting final press ready films. Any industry that doesn’t exist anymore – having gone all digital – I still appreciated the knowledge of how the prepress world worked.

I then went to work for an offset sheet fed printer in their in-house design department. Working on a huge variety of projects, I gained lots of experience as a designer, and an invaluable knowledge of the printing process.

Next came my time in advertising, working as Art Director for an In-House ad agency for a national franchise company. I was both designer, marketing manager, production manager and much more.

Finally, I decided to go freelance and take my experience in the many fields I worked in and start my own business. I have had the pleasure to work with a great deal of companies from small to large and continue to find new challenges each year.

Now in our 13th year of business, I am happy to be completing the third version of our website for Hannes Design. I know this is the best site to date and I hope it reflects the abilities that we can offer.