Sick Picnic Media, LLC

Claremont, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have an imaginative and impressive range with regard to style and output. I am (truly) equally comfortable and competent designing a brochure for a corporate client as I am creating whimsically cartoonish characters for a children's animation property.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love the never-ending variety! And I get to put my imagination to the test every day. The diversity of clients and projects mingled with my passion for following the creative impulse down uncharted paths yields some really eye-catching and unique products.

Location

Claremont, CA 91711

Times hired on Thumbtack

1

Reviews

6 Reviews
  • Mark L. Oct 13, 2014
    Working with Matt Geiler on my PosiKids Book Series was a wonderful and patient collaboration. As a first time author I made many mistakes that had to be corrected and Matt was so patient. The creativity and beautiful illustrations that Matt merged with my stories, were a delight for me and the reaction I get when people look at the covers of my books is the best compliment I could share. Hoping to work with Matt again on a second series!
  • Sara P. Oct 10, 2014
    Matt is super amazingly talented! A one stop shop, he brought my animated project to life in so many ways. He was a delight to work with and every suggestion I brought to the table, he'd run with it and make it even more spectacular. I'm so pleased with how my project turned out. I highly recommend him!
  • Natalie M. Jun 6, 2014
    I am thrilled with the finished product that Matt designed for me, and I'm so excited to use it to promote myself. I had sent him some concepts that I liked, to use as a jumping off point, and the results were extraordinary. He captured the spunk and energy that I wanted, and made the product so visually exciting and appealing. It's so much better than what I had in my head. I will definitely use him again, and highly recommend him to anyone.
  • Scott F. Apr 12, 2014
    Matt is my cousin. I grew up with his form of genius at work in the many creative types of adventures in each others' company. This will sound like nepotism, but his work really does withstand all criticism. When he was going to college, he had me take notes and read his textbook with him. I looked in his journal, and it was like an revolving door of art, notes, personal remarks, and a diary. It was kind of a life changing experience for me to go to Matt's many improv comedy shows and music show. Though I am a born skeptic, Matt has won my ardent support. Please check his other references. Matt is above-board and really good at creating solid products. I think I love him most because his heart is in a good place, and that is not so with a lot of people I've known.
  • Scott F. Mar 3, 2014
    Matt's logos and graphic designs have definitely helped my business grow. He worked with me to get the image I needed and I will definitely be using his services again.
  • Fiona H. Feb 17, 2014
    It was an absolute pleasure working with Matt! Not only is he an extremely talented artist, who came up with great out of the box ideas for our film poster but he didn't stop working on it until all of the team where 100% happy with it and we have a lot of people in our team True dedication. Matt was easy to get hold of and very patient. He's very easy to communicate with and took all of our notes on board. We are extremely happy with the finished poster and will certainly be using him again. Thanks Matt!

Q&A

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Absolutely. For me, the learning is ongoing because tastes, styles, and technology are always evolving and changing. So I'm always doing something to stay in step, whether it's a painting and illustration techniques class to keep my drawing skills sharp, stocking up on the latest design books, or learning new animation software. I want to have as diverse an array of skills at my disposal as possible, so learning and continuing to educate myself is of paramount importance.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My normal hourly rate is $50/hr. My rate is $65/hr if the job is a quick turnaround (client needs finished product in 1-5 days). However, if the project is so enormous in scope that hourly pricing becomes cost-prohibitive for a client's budget, I am willing to do a flat rate that is commensurate with the work and satisfies the customer's budgetary constraints. Let's have a conversation about it!
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I came into it almost as a matter of course. I've been drawing and painting since I was two years old. In grade school, a friend's mom asked me to draw some cartoon illustrations for an educational newsletter her company was printing to ship to schools statewide and I got paid $200 for the job. That was the first time I realized that doing something I loved and enjoyed so much could also be a job. Ever since then it seems I've always had requests like that. And the world is full of people who need a little illustration or design help, so I have always just thought of myself as someone who's able to help people out when they need artwork or something designed.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I do a wide variety of work, but the most common are posters (theatrical one-sheets and promotional pieces for film, tv, and live events), packaging and label design for DVDs and compact disc, and freelance illustration for a variety of projects (new media, video animation, online platforms and magazine articles).
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
In 2013 I was hired by Educational Service Unit #3 in Omaha, NE to create, write, and animate a series of online learning videos for their Trait-Based Writing program. I wrote the copy, storyboarded and designed the videos, created and animated all of the frames, and did the voice-over. It was such a great project because I got to use a variety of my skills and abilities on one project. The initial order was for 17 videos and I'm excited that they're making more this year.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
First, the customer should be a fan of the illustrator or designer's style. Their work should make you think "Wow! I'd love to have her design our stuff!" Second, the designer should be able to provide you with some samples of work that's reasonably close to the work you want from him. It doesn't mean that they have to have already done a roll-out for a medical center, but they should have something that looks or feels in the same ballpark as what you're envisioning -- something that shows you on paper that this person can visually achieve what your company wants. This is especially important if you already have a well-developed brand image and need to maintain continuity there. Last, the designer should be someone you feel you can easily work with. Flexibility is just as key as versatility. You want someone who knows that the end goal is to create material that adds value to you or your product and can adeptly apply their talents to that end. You don't want someone who's so married to their ideas as to be stand-offish. You want someone with a great eye who will help you bring your vision to completion.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
That things are continually evolving at an almost indescribable pace. What's in vogue one month can be considered trite or outmoded the next. So as a designer, a large part of my work is to expose myself to those trends while continuing to develop and nurture my own style and visual voice. At the end of the day, the client has to be pleased and excited about the work they're getting. But it would be great if more customers knew that a good designer is always looking for ways to make their product or organization current and relevant -- and that the process sometimes involves an embrace of the new and untested.