Carter CreatiV Design & Photography

Dayton, OH

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

REASONS TO HIRE US: - AIGA Member - Over 15 years experience in Graphic Design. - Expertise in a variety of design specialties including : - Logo/Brand Systems Design . Typography . Vector/Raster Editing . Motion Graphics . Illustration . Print/Web/Mobile/Video - Product Packaging Design - Can adapt visual presentations to any print/display/social formats (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Wordpress/Bigcommerce, business cards, stationery, flyers , posters, business signs etc...) -VETERAN OWNED AND OPERATED

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Outside of a professional with a variety of skill-sets in the design trade, I am an artist and a passionate enthusiast. Obsessed with everything visual, and finding myself making sense of everything I see in the world (business signs, TV, Billboards, Adverts etc). I always strive to achieve a visual presentation that connects with people. I find the ultimate gratification, when I create something out of a blank canvas-and that something transfers from an idea or concept, to a real solution for my client. Communication, to me does not only manifest itself in words or type. As I see it, finding a visual presentation that suits an individual and/or business-is the ultimate communicator between us & their target/s. Also, I enjoy that I have very few limits in this trade. One day I can illustrate something amazing, and the next I can do an outstanding video/photo shoot. Clients usually find they can come back with a different task and I can tackle their challenges and obstacles. It is ever-changing & ever-evolving. I love what I do :)
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Dayton, OH 45426

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5 Reviews
  • Anna C. Apr 20, 2017
    exceeds expectations every time
    If there is anyone who takes care to really listen to you and deliver something that exceeds your expectations and before deadline it's Carter CreatiV. We have been repeat customers on last minute projects and have been beyond impressed and pleased with the result. The company works exceptionally well at listening to the client's needs and then meeting them and producing top quality, professional content that achieves it's objective. I would give them a 5+ rating, an A+
  • Mikel T. Apr 8, 2017
    Great service and willingness to listen to your ideas.
    I just finished up my 3rd project with this company and am about to start my 4th. I have worked with them designing 2 company logos and a complete eCommerce website. Their service is amazing and they are very responsive. I am very picky and they are always quick to send me revised designs based on my requests. I will continue to go back to them for future projects and would recommend them to others.
  • Brandon G. Apr 6, 2017
    Great service!😄
    Excellent service and fast response time great with understanding your ideas.
  • Tanya C. Apr 3, 2017
    Anything But Average!
    Orlando is incredibly smart, he demands a lot of himself, he is very passionate about his work. Lastly but not least, he is allergic to anything average. He is uniquely creative!
  • Patrick C. Apr 3, 2017
    Highly Recommend Carter CreatiV Design and Photography
    We've worked with Carter CreatiV Design for over three years on multiple projects from the simple to complex. They're creative input, technical skills, and ability to understand their client makes their work top-notch, affordable and on schedule. From photography, graphic design , 3D Modeling, packaging and web site development, they're passion makes them a treat to work and produces strong results in our overall image, thus leading to ever-increasing sales.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Pricing varies with the type of service inquired.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
In a brief summary, my typical process always begins with communication. Consulting & understanding what it is my potential client needs. It is very important to understand the scope of the project as well as knowing if a solution can be accomplished before beginning. Once a client commits to my proposal (solution is discussed, retainer deposit is made, project terms & turn-around time is agreed), we go forth with the creative process. During the creative process I provide my clients with presentations I create in which he/she would discuss what visual changes should be made, does it meet his/her solution, while I interact with the client using my expertise in the trade and understanding of industry-standard design principle. Once the creative process is completed and we arrive at a solution, we proceed to the packaging stage of the design project. During the packaging stage, I refer to original consultation with my client were discussed his/her needs and purpose for their needs-and create a set of files which meet the need & purpose. I always include original project files, style guides, transfer of copyright document, and any other file format that applies to the job. Once the client pays their remainder balance, I send their package of files & conclude our exchange with a final brief discussion for any possible future endeavors to come.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied for my b.s. in Computer Information Systems. I have CompTia Network Professional certification, and 15 years of experience in the design trade with notable clients.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I began doing this type of work overseas while I was in the military. Prior to that, I was more of a hobbyist. I had the unfortunate honor of designing programs, for our fallen heroes in Iraq. I felt connected to those soldiers when I took the time design and edit their images for people who wouldn't have a chance to walk with us again. There was an art & connection aspect to the work that always stuck with me. When I came back from overseas, I arrived at my home city of New York. This is where I visited Time Square, and my mind exploded with ideas-as I watched signs & colors everywhere connect with me. It was at that moment I said " this is what I want to do".
What types of customers have you worked with?
I have worked with many entities in many different industries around the world. After becoming a preferred Freelancer at, I created my own design firm in the state of Ohio. I had the chance to work for the NFL Houston Texans, Sunderstorm Scientific in California, and TIM Media (Documentary Film Makers) in District of Columbia. There have been countless works I have completed for many different entities in between those notable clients.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
The project I am most fond of has been kept secret under a Non-Disclosure Agreement with the NFL Houston Texans. I was contracted by executives from the team, to create something that has never been done before. I created it overnight. The result is now the Texans holding several US Patents on this design thanks to a hard-working team of lawyers, for an apparel product that has never been done before. This work is still on-going we have been working on this project for almost 2 years.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Communication. The most important is to hire someone they can communicate well with. That is the main attribute to a quality final product. Next, is knowing they are skilled enough to get the job done. Some have great portfolios some don't & some don't have the time to even make a great portfolio because they are too busy & swamped with deadlines for work. Use your instincts, the material they present, their communication skills & understand their process of work to see if they are the right fit for you.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
What exactly it is I need? Be as specific as you can. What do I need it for? What is the value and what should I expect to pay? Research styles, colors, layouts, elements, see competitors presentations and create the needs of your project.