Garison Plourde Design
Freelance graphic & web designer located in the Greenville, SC area. Graphic design, print design, website design, website content management, advertising, digital graphics.
Bad Designers Only Make Things Pretty.
Good Designers Solve Problems.
There’s a nasty rumor going around that says: designers only make things look good. This is a stereotype, and like any stereotype, it has a grain of truth. We do try to make things look good. It's important! But it's more than defining look and feel. Design, for better or worse, guides how people use products and how they interpret information. So, a website, an infographic—anything that needs design—requires me to identify and solve problems related to usability or communication.
When I was in college, I considered becoming a psychologist. Instead, I became a designer. Really, that was not the radical detour I first imagined. Contemporary design draws heavily on studies in human psychology. Most forms of design demand understanding how people think—and how to avoid making them think too much. We fail to serve real people if we only think about pretty pictures and trendy tricks. That's why, in a nutshell, design should be about problem-solving.
Our old postcard is cluttered and wordy.
Decide what can be removed, structure information in a hierarchy, and use white space.
I am not a minimalist. However, a lot of bad design results from cramming too much content in one space. And often that content can be overwhelming if you don't help people understand it. In general, concise wording is more memorable. Headings and subheadings divide content into manageable chunks that can be easily navigated. White (or negative) space gives a layout room to breathe, and it can be used to draw attention to certain elements.
My website is outdated and disorganized.
I don’t know whether to fix it or start over.
Let’s build a site that’s up with the times and easy to use, even on a smartphone.
Your website may need to be restructured or restyled without a total overhaul. I can help with that. But if you want a fresh start I will work with you to craft a site that fits your image and effectively communicates what you have to offer. Typically I work on theme-based platforms like WordPress or Squarespace — customizing when appropriate. If you want something totally unique, I can create a design from scratch and tap my network for a developer to build it.
Working with Garison has been fantastic. Our business is a new startup and very fast-paced, with constant changes and new needs. Garison is highly responsive to our requests and questions, and we’ve come to trust not only his skilled and beautiful work, but also his guidance and suggestions when he feels changes would make the designs more powerful. We consider Garison a partner versus a contractor and he plays a critical role as we crystallize our brand. I highly recommend him to my clients and friends."
Founder & Chief Experience Designer, In The Know Upstate
Garison has a number of tools in his toolbox. On a tight schedule he created a logo, post card, website, stickers, and a large truck wrap design almost simultaneously and met all of my deadlines. We were thrilled with the results. He proved to be a great resource and created T-shirts, guitar picks and other promotional products. Working with designers and artists can be challenging at times. Garison made this process easier through his very articulate emails. He is a wordsmith. This made our communication very fluent as we were bouncing ideas back and forth in the design process.
Garison continues to help with projects as we are always developing new marketing ideas and products to better communicate our message. Currently we are working on a sign and banners for our company. He has been and is a valuable resource with great integrity. He does what he says he is going to do.”
President, Disaster Plus
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