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Alternative Designs
Alternative Designs

Alternative Designs

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Introduction: Design • Original Artwork & Photography • Writing/Editing • Campaign Strategy ORIGINAL: I create unique, vector artwork and design layouts. All files sent to you for your ongoing use of logos, etc. in both print and web formats. EFFECTIVE: Designs that conveys your message and mission, I listen to you and take pride in making you happy with final product. EDUCATED: An understanding of campaign strategy and marketing goals and how great design supports those objectives (BA Journalism, Creative & Campaign Strategy emphasis). EXPERIENCED: Designing since 1978, using my creativity and experience to help you succeed. I enjoy meeting business owners, managers, and dedicated non profit employees, all unique individuals who strive to make things happen for themselves and others. I enjoy helping write and design a wide variety of campaigns and advertising formats to meet your communication needs. This can include, but not limited to: branding (logos), business cards, stationery, capability brochures, newsletters, annual reports, web sites, posters, billboards, e-blasts, and interactive pdfs.

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43 years in business

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3 reviews


Judy F.

Alternative Designs has done many posters, banners and flyers for our church. They are eye catching and informative.
Sep 13, 2016
Geneva H.

Barb is fantastic! She took my sad, ordinary resume and turn it into an eye catching and clear document. I'm so happy with how it turned out.
Oct 6, 2016
Ruth H.

I have served on several committees for which Barb Lyman has designed the advertising, created brochures, response cards, posters, slogans, logos, and much more. These have been used for events as diverse as major financial campaigns or large social events. Her work can be in a professional business style or fanciful as the occasion requires. She readily meets deadlines. I am happy to recommend Barb's designs for style, creativity, and excellent writing. Ruth Hagander 651-484-7394
Oct 10, 2016
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Barbara Lyman


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    Most jobs are given a minimum-maximum written estimate. Some clients only have a fixed budget and stay within their limits. If job details are less defined or complicated, then work is done at an hourly rate of $60.00 per hour.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    My typical creative process begins with communicating with you about your marketing and advertising goals, your personal likes and dislikes, deadline and budget. I often send draft via the internet in low resolution pdf or jpg format. this way you can show design options to others and we can begin synergistic process of refining design. The project may be perfect at first draft, but often design is improved by feedback as design evolves. I feel YOU must love the design and be happy with all elements—this is when I have succeeded in helping you succeed.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I have a BA in Journalism from the University of Minnesota with an emphasis in Campaign Strategy, Design and Writing. I have owned and operated my design business, Alternative Designs since 1978. My father was a printer and I grew up in his shop. Grandfathers worked in publishing, so I have "ink in my veins" so to speak. I have also taught design part-time at Minneapolis Community Technical College for over twenty years—I enjoy sharing what I have learned and staying up-to-date with software and changing technologies.

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