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Our Clients Are Saying

Studio 2D Makes You Look Good

When I get a piece of literature or a form [back from Gretchen], all I know is that it looks fantastic.

—Amy Brenner, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

We’re all about web presence, as a lot of small companies are, and she’s really helped us. It really upped our game regarding the way our website looks and how it appeals to our clients.

She’s helped us recently with a beautiful paper manual. She helped design the way it looks, the graphics, the spacing. We were very, very happy about this particular manual. She’s also helped us recently with an online survey and how that would appear to the clients who are taking it and really up the game on that. With other training documents as well. We’ve had probably half the clients comment on the professional look of the documents, the manual, and the survey and how professional they appear.

—David Moorefield, Wisdom Works

 

You can actually almost feel the texture in my logo. I am just super happy with what she’s created and very proud to hand out my business cards.

—Cynthia Halverson, Outside the Box Marketing

 

Gretchen Listens and Strategizes with You

One of the biggest things that I really enjoy from Gretchen is that she asks the questions. She digs in and it really, really makes for a great end product because she’s asked a lot of good questions that leads us to the right end product.

—Amy Brenner, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

We appreciate her professionalism. She really, really listens. It’s something you don’t get in today’s world very much.

—David Moorefield, Wisdom Works

 

While we definitely want something that’s visually appealing, she certainly will look at the strategy behind it too. So, the functionality is something as well. It’s not only visually appealing, but it makes sense to our audience and the purpose of each project that we bring her.

—Heather Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

 

Gretchen will take the time to fully understand our needs and she is able to quickly and efficiently translate our ideas of what we’re looking for into a deliverable. We’re able to get to a finished product really quickly, which is highly desirable.

—Tom Gawne, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

She looked at a previous book I had published and she showed with that book, what she found difficult and unappealing. (My books are very photo heavy, like my first book has over 800 photos in it and they have to be really clean.) She came up with a much better design and explained to me why, and it made sense to me. I had some ideas about the covers and she then would do better than what I had even envisioned.

—Lois Steinberg, Iyengar Yoga Champaign-Urbana and Parvati Productions

 

Studio 2D is Creative

Gretchen’s skillset is amazing. She can take some of our most abstract thoughts and break it down into details and deliver something that I would have never expected to see. She is very creative and also very analytical and asks the right questions along the way.

—Amy Brenner, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

She didn’t just come up with some generic thing that everybody else has, and I feel like what she created for me is very unique and very creative.

—Cynthia Halverson, Outside the Box Marketing

 

She has very clever ideas, very clear ideas on approaches to take with graphics.

—David Moorefield, Wisdom Works

 

Sometimes we can kind of verbalize what we would like to see and then she will produce our ideas into a visual for us. But then sometimes we’ll say, oh, can you do this? Or maybe help us try and see it differently? And she always has creative ideas to bring to the table.

—Heather Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

 

Studio 2D Can Help You Develop a Powerful Brand

She’s created all of our branding. It was really through her work and creativity that we have been able to create a brand and from that brand really delivered and pushed our message. So we have not only a brand logo that she’s created, but she’s created all of our identity and messaging through all of our product lines.

—Tom Gawne, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

She helped us to create a style guide which we never had before. She’s very familiar with the library and working together all these years she’s been able to suggest, for example, infographics for us to utilize. That’s just one example, but she’s got a definite knowledge that she uses to create visuals for us.

—Heather Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

 

You should work with Studio 2D because you will get a professional and lasting graphic impression for your potential customers.

—Cynthia Halverson, Outside the Box Marketing

 

She was really good with logos that I needed designed for my Iyengar Yoga business. I just let her have free rein with it because her work is so good.

—Lois Steinberg, Iyengar Yoga Champaign-Urbana and Parvati Productions

 

We have a unique industry, I would say, and some of the things that we’ve brought to her are definitely problems that our clients need help solving. She couples our need to solve our clients’ problems with her great work.

—Amy Brenner, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

Gretchen is Detail-Oriented

When I started, there were a couple of different graphic designers that we worked with. Since then I have pretty much exclusively decided to work with Gretchen because of her attention to detail, and her editing is so on point.

—Heather Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

 

Gretchen is a pleasure to work with. She has amazing attention to detail. She’s very professional and she provides her work quickly.

—David Moorefield, Wisdom Works

 

I really enjoy working with her because she’s very detailed and she’ll get into the nitty gritty and she’ll ask the really good questions that maybe we haven’t considered from a marketing perspective.

—Amy Brenner, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

You Get Good Value for Your Money

My husband wasn’t on board with me paying for her expertise and I said, you know, that’s why we have experts in different fields—so we can get the best. I totally thought that she was worth the investment, and after it was all said and done, I think he agreed.

—Cynthia Halverson, Outside the Box Marketing

 

Every project she has worked on has created value for us, and we really look at it as her as an extension of our company in that we don’t employ a person, we employ her company to be our design hub.

—Tom Gawne, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

We can get projects done in a timely fashion and we find her to be very reasonable when it comes to costs.

—Heather Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

 

I interviewed three people. The other two were less expensive, but I go by that motto “You get what you pay for.” So if I went the cheap route, I’d probably be crying. Gretchen came prepared, showed me her work and that she could do it, she was taking notes and stuff, and the other people didn’t compare.

—Lois Steinberg, Iyengar Yoga Champaign-Urbana and Parvati Productions

 

She offers her services for a fair price and there’s no surprises, which we really appreciate in our world because we’d get those periodically with some of our other vendors.

—David Moorefield, Wisdom Works

 

Studio 2D is Professional

She’s extremely talented. She’s extremely professional and I have no second thoughts about referring her to anyone who wants quality work done.

—Cynthia Halverson, Outside the Box Marketing

 

She is very timely as regarding turn around with her work, and professional is the word I would use to describe her overall. She returns her calls.

—David Moorefield, Wisdom Works

 

Revisions are Not a Problem

Not only are [revisions] done with a smile, but they’re done quickly. I’ve noticed through other vendors that potentially you could be going through a lot of back and forth, which I feel wastes everybody’s time. With Gretchen, once we do it, it’s done and I really, really appreciate that.

—Tom Gawne, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

She’s always happy to make corrections, or even have suggestions for things when I’m not sure which way looks better or which is the correct way to do it.

—Michelle Marquart, University of Illinois Conference Services

 

She’s always very gracious and never complains about [revisions].

—Amy Brenner, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

She usually offers two to three ideas, in other words being very creative in saying, here’s your three ideas. Which one do you like the best? And we may say, well, Gretchen, this time, you’re usually right on, but we don’t like any of them. And she is fine with that. She said, well, let’s start over. She’s very accommodating. Never pushes something that we don’t want.

—David Moorefield, Wisdom Works

 

I paint murals and so I’m probably fussier than most when it comes to picking colors for your logo. But she was very patient with me and very creative.

—Cynthia Halverson, Outside the Box Marketing

 

We’ll come back on a project with some edits and she will do them quickly and without question and very efficiently.

—Heather Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

 

You Own Your Files

She shares all of the work. We get copies of everything.

—Tom Gawne, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

When you’re creating a logo, the whole purpose is to use it in many different applications. So that’s what we’re paying her for, not only for her excellent design, but also the fact that we need those files.

—Cynthia Halverson, Outside the Box Marketing

 

With other contractors, you may or may not own those files, but with Gretchen, it’s upfront that you do own the files. With Gretchen, we do own the property, which is a big plus.

—David Moorefield, Wisdom Works

 

There’s never been any question with or hassle with getting those files. It’s been a real benefit for us, and a time saver too, because when we need to make very quick edits for something, the artwork is there and it’s ready to go.

—Heather Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

 

Studio 2D is Your Partner

We’re on the same page all the time. Really efficient. So we really view her as an extension of our company.

—Tom Gawne, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

I am an independent business person and I appreciate other independent people. I feel like I sometimes might be their only client because I’m just getting all the attention I need.

—Lois Steinberg, Iyengar Yoga Champaign-Urbana and Parvati Productions

 

I feel more comfortable and confident about things because I’m not having to deal with somebody less experienced or get to know somebody else’s style. I trust Gretchen’s judgment and expertise.

I’ve worked directly with her now for probably nine, close to 10 years, and it’s given us time to really develop a good relationship and know each other’s styles and it makes it much easier. We’ve just been really happy customers overall and look forward to working with her for years to come.

—Michelle Marquart, University of Illinois Conference Services

 

I find it extremely valuable to be able to talk to the face of the small business or the senior leadership because they’ve got great perspective and they can provide a really strong, solid, comprehensive look at what we’re trying to accomplish.

While we may want to make a slight change, she might actually look at it and say, well, you know, that’s good, but here’s something else to consider. I am not a marketing person. I don’t have that skillset and I really value that coming from her.

—Amy Brenner, Elemental Solutions, LLC

 

It’s basically a partnership between the both of us and I’ve never felt like somebody else was handling it. She’s always devoted herself completely to a project and I felt like everything that we’ve done together has got gotten her full attention.

—Heather Murphy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library

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