Monthly Archives: January 2010

The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.


Truman Women's Basketball

Being a graphic designer gets you used to rejection of your brilliance. So it’s good practice for dating.

Heather Phillips

Coal Mine in Bisbee, Arizona

Creative Improv started over a year ago as a way for Michael Goldsmith and I to work together and provide web, print and identity design to clients. It has been a joy to continue to work closely with ‘Goldie’. It feels like a dream come true, to be crazy busy with design for such a wide range of projects as fellow artists, bands, museums, a math curriculum, and even a bridal shoppe.

We’ve had business cards since the beginning, but we’ve just now got letterhead and envelopes. Check them out below!

A technical note – we used for our printing and everything came out perfectly. The color was spot on and the ability to do a full bleed on the envelope was freeing!

Letterhead and envelope for Creative Improv

Business Cards for Stephen Emlund at Creative Improv

I want everything we do to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or that the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything. It’s worth it to me. It’s the way I want to live my life. I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.

Saul Bass

beer bottle caps on a storefront in Bisbee, AZ

Everybody’s a web designer until, you know, they actually try to do it.

Gabe Boning

Design is creativity with strategy.

—Rob Curedale (

Retro-Painted Wall in Bisbee, AZ