Book Design: Niki Hardy Journal


Charlotte’s Niki Hardy launched a new book, Breathe Again, last month. The book, “like a cup of tea with an old friend”, is a humorous, down-to-earth story of her cancer survival and a guide for THRIVING (not just surviving) in the face of life’s difficulties.

Niki and I worked together this summer, in advance of her book launch, to create an inspirational journal, Breathe Again: The Journal, that she’ll offer at her book signing events.

Read about Niki and her book in a recent article in Southpark Magazine by Page Leggett. Find her book at

Website: The Artful Arranger

Janet Miller of The Artful Arranger is warm, reassuring, and talented — the perfect partner to help an overwhelmed homeowner with a decluttering and organizing project, or to help manage a move. We recently completed a new, easy-scroll website for her professional organizing business, where she has relayed her beautiful style and generous personality.

Website: Multiple Blessings by Caroline Simas

Caroline Simas and I go way back — about 14 years, to when we were both designing stationery — and it has been a special pleasure to reconnect with her to create a new website for her art licensing business, Multiple Blessings. She has had some terrific websites in the past, but Caroline was feeling the need for a fresh start, and a simpler, mobile-friendly site that was easier to maintain.

Art: "Amplify The Signal" SouthEnd Charlotte

“Lance COlor Study”, installed at Bland/South intersection, in front of historic Lance Factory Building.

“Lance COlor Study”, installed at Bland/South intersection, in front of historic Lance Factory Building.

In Charlotte's Historic South End eight utility boxes have been transformed with the application of artwork. The "Amplify The Signal" project, lead by artist/designer Laurie Smithwick, invited artists in the Charlotte area to submit works that reflected the SouthEnd spaces where utility boxes were targeted for art installations.

The project will mingle beauty and function by printing artists’ work on vinyl wraps and adhering them to the gray utility boxes at intersections along South Boulevard. Each artist featured is a Charlotte-based artist who submitted a piece of their work to be considered by a panel of judges. After more than fifty-four submissions, the panel selected eight works that will be featured on throughout South End.

It is an honor to be included in the eight artists whose works were selected for installation. My submission, "Lance Color Study", resulted from a morning spent at the corner where the old Lance Factory building sits, collecting photographs, having breakfast, searching my swatch books for the the colors I witnessed, then returning to the studio to find those colors again in oil paints. 

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I rendered my findings in squares, an homage to the orange peanut butter crackers I packed throughout my lunchbox years.

Branding: Art Salon Charlotte

Corrie Manis and her partners at The Art Salon Charlotte have been hosting pop-up art shows in the Charlotte area for years. Just in time for her fall art show, we've rebranded Art Salon to create a more modern look for the company, which attracts an exciting variety of contemporary fine artists. 

In the coming months, The Art Salon Charlotte will be also launching a new website.

Branding: Jobs4CLT

Economic Development Professional Leslie Dwyer is working to establish a new not-for-profit organization, Jobs4CLT, to create entrepreneurial opportunities in Charlotte's underserved neighborhoods. We've created branding to represent her innovative model as she gains community support. 


Learn more about Jobs4CLT on her in-progress website here.

Branding: Embolden Creative

Embolden Creative Logo

Respected broadcast and print journalist Michelle Boudin has launched a new video production company, Embolden Creative. While she is off to an impressive start with several major clients already booked, she continues as a reporter for WCNC and a freelance writer for People Magazine and other publications.

It was a pleasure to work with Michelle to create a logo for her new firm, which she plans to expand to offer a full suite of creative services. I love her clever company name, a homophone with her name, M. Boudin, and meaning to give confidence and courage, to draw attention.

Business cards: Embolden creative

Business cards: Embolden creative

Branding: Rohr Rockstars

I have been working with the tireless Trish Rohr to create new branding, website and marketing materials for her non-profit Rohr Rockstars.  The organization, which provides educational enrichment to children facing long-term illness, is in a period of great growth and change and it is a pleasure to help Trish navigate her new phase with fresh and consistent visual messaging. Stay tuned for more from this great organization as they roll out new pilot programming at Hemby Children's Hospital in Charlotte.