Brochure Mockup, Folded View, by Christine G. Adamo of

1,000 Words? Pics of Recent Projects

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1,000 Words? Pics of Recent Projects

by Christine G. Adamo

Is a picture really worth 1,000 words? You be the judge!

The images included here form a gallery you can peruse at your leisure. These pics and the projects they’re related are discussed in greater detail in individual Write Revise Edit blog posts here at WordPress. If you like what you see, let us know! If you wanna see more? Follow our blog.

If I could just sell my work at a rate of $1,000/word (or image) I’d be set!

A girl can dream, can’t she?


Branding Guidelines Cover Sheet created by Christine G. Adamo of

Establishing Brand & Identity Guidelines

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Establishing Brand & Identity Guidelines

by Christine G. Adamo

What’s your brand? Your identity? Do you even have ’em? It’s likely!

Whether you own a business or are simply going about your business, your brand and identity are inextricably linked with your personality. They’re what tell other people whether you’re friendly, raucous, outspoken or demure. The way you package yourself (via product design or personal effects) speaks volumes.


EX 4 - Brand Guidelines (1)

Brand guidelines ensure that you send a consistent message to consumers, lenders and even the media. (Created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)


The guidelines I’m sharing here are for a fictitious company.

But nearly any business, publication or endeavor can benefit from a set of guidelines for logo use, color schemes, typography and more. By consistently adhering to those guidelines, you help others take you more seriously. If you’re looking for a loan, I recommend bundling such guidelines into your business plan.


EX 4 - Brand Guidelines (2)

Notice how every page of my free leaf brand guidelines is built upon the same general template. I intentionally repeat colors, fonts and art elements so that it’s cohesive. (Created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)


So, you know you need a set of brand guidelines. But what do you include?

What I initially included in the brand guidelines I’ve shared here (beyond a cover page, that is) were pages for: logos (w/alternate designs), color palette, typography and graphic elements. What I later added were consumer packaging and staging. Just about any client can benefit from at least a few of these elements.

EX 4 - Brand Guidelines (2b)

Making note of CMYK, RGB or other color specs ensures that no matter who designs what the results will be the same. BTW, this is no time to wield an ego. (Created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)


I’m going to play devil’s advocate here and say it for you: Why should I care?

Good question! Designers sometimes worry about becoming obsolete. In other words, say I establish a set of branding guidelines for you. Within it, I detail every color, font and image you’ll ever use in subsequent marketing materials. What’s to stop you from having someone in-house do the work for you?


EX 4 - Brand Guidelines (3a)

At a minimum, every business – and, more importantly, every publication – needs a set of typography guidelines. Without them? You’re just floundering. (Created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)


Nothing. But your in-house designer has clearly dropped the ball already.

Hmmm. See where this is going? Don’t be so fearful that you wind up doing your clients a disservice. In the end, guidelines also make life easier on you. And creating them takes time and effort. That’s billable time I’m talking about. Get paid to do your clients and yourself a favor, why don’t you! It’s about time, right?


EX 4 - Brand Guidelines (3b)

NOTE: Yes, guidelines should set a universal standard. But don’t treat them as if they’re etched in gold. Revist and update them at least once a year. (Created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)


While we’re on the topic of what you can do for your clients – and yourself …

There’s no better time to mention that, when you’re working for a client, you really need to check your ego. It’s not your project your working on. It’s theirs. They need to be happy with the outcome. They need to trust that you took their concerns seriously. They need to know you have their best interests in mind.


EX 4 - Brand Guidelines (4a)

Avoid making your brand guidelines boring. Let loose! Make them something you’ll want to refer to again and again. Because you’ll probably need to! (Created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)


If you don’t, why bother working for them? Work on your own stuff instead!

I’m being cheeky here, but I’m trying to drive home an important point. Why would anyone pay you to force your own agenda on them? Or their clientele? Collaboration and brainstorming aside, if I have needs which must be met, I want you to meet them. Be creative, but don’t force your brand on mine.


EX 4 - Brand Guidelines (4b)

OK, so I’m no wizard when it comes to forcing perspective on flat images. Glitches aside, using Adobe products to bring mockups to life is a lot of fun. (Created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo using Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)


An even better strategy is to work with clients who “get” you.

They’re out there. They exist. Believe me, they do. It’s not always easy to find them. But, the minute you cut a client (who’s a bad fit) loose, you’ll stumble right into one who thinks you’re the cat’s meow. And there are few better feelings than knowing that clients thoroughly appreciate the work you do for them.

Now get out there and find an identity to brand – with guidelines no less.

If I can do it? You can!


Christine G. Adamo | Owner, Lead Writer & Designer |



Non-Western Design Survey by Christine G. Adamo of

Other People’s Work: Why It Matters …

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Other People’s Work: Why It Matters … & Why You Should Care

by Christine G. Adamo

What can we learn from other people? A whole lot, as it turns out!

Consider the world of Visual Arts and Graphic Design. By the time an artist has achieved a level of recognition that’s worthy of their talents, they’ve typically endured years of rejection. If not rejection, you can at least be sure they’ve spent countelss hours toiling on projects not one other person is ever likely to see.

Quite possibly, they’ve worked ’round the clock on this or that design.


A survey of other artists' work, with emphasis on striking graphic design.
A 2016 survey of other artists’ work: Michael Bierut, Jacqueline S. Casey, Paula Scher and Bradbury Thompson. (One sheet created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo, using Adobe InDesign)


There’s so more to great design than meets the eye. And that’s my point. If you never dare dig into a designer’s history, you’ll never know what brought them to the insights which now inform their signature style. You also do yourself a disservice, thinking they have some magical powers that’re entirely out of your reach.

We’re not all equally adept, but we all possess unique skills and perspectives.

EX 2 - Non-Western Design

A 2016 survey of Non-Western designs in Product Packaging, Information, Publications, Type and Advertising in three countries: Argentina, Morocco and The Philippines. (One sheet created by WRE’s Christine G. Adamo, using Adobe InDesign)


Culture plays a role here, too. Consider “A Day in the Life” (above). This Non-Western design survey says a lot about the visual communication strategies, color schemes and ideals embraced by others. It even says something about the way humor is used in marketing tools aimed at entirely different markets.

Creating these layouts was a process in itself – one that’s informed by my own design style, history and heritage. The concepts of Contrast, Repitition, Alignment and Proximity heavily inform my work. (Thanks, Robin Williams! Don’t know who I’m referring to, look ‘er up.) It’s a challenge to achieve all four, but it’s worth it.

I dare you to conduct your own survey. I double dare you even!

Happy hunting,


Christine G. Adamo | Owner, Lead Writer & Designer |

Are You an Unlikely Writer? Take Our (5) Question Quiz Today!

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Are you an Unlikely Writer?

You just may be an Unlikely Writer and not know it…

Professional writers who are honest with themselves admit that there are many among them whose work sometimes pales in comparison to that of novices. That is, the work of the Unlikely Writer whose ability to craft compelling prose comes from within and has no basis in formal training, education or experience.

As a professional freelance writer for of 10+ years, I take pride in clients whose skill level rivals mine. Reading, editing and proofreading their work is immensely rewarding – ’cause what I do is fine tune and streamline their speech. But the grand ideas are theirs. And I love being exposed to their unique viewpoints.

Are you one of them? A closeted wordsmith with unsung skills? Let’s find out!

Answer “YES” or “NO” to the following questions:

1.) ADVICE MAGNET: While you sometimes question your own ability to write well, do others seek out your opinion and ask you for writing advice?

2.) AT YOUR LEISURE: Do you gravitate toward activities that include reading and writing blogs, highly personalized e-mails, letters, Thank You cards, etc.?

3.) CONTENT MATTERS: When picking out greeting cards, do you spend a lot of time focusing on content or even waffle between options looking for ones which truly resonate with you?

4.) FOCUS ON CLARITY: Along the same lines as #3, when sending greeting cards are you compelled to add text that makes your feelings or wishes that much clearer to the receiver?

5.) OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: Do you jump at the chance to write anything you can on behalf of your boss, friends, family or community group – eager to flex your writing muscles any way you can?

SCORING: Give yourself a writerly pat on the back for every YES answer.

Developing writing skills with technical training can increase your confidence. It’s also a big part of learning to prepare your work for publication. But, every YES answer above puts you one step closer to being ahead of the competition. And you deserve to celebrate the writing tendencies you’ve cultivated on your own.

As needed, seek out the help of professionals who recognize your skills and want to keep your “voice” in tact while polishing up what it is you pass along for their review. But know that there’s an audience for every writer. And there’s a set of unique perspectives which everyone brings to the table. In short?

Reward the Unlikely Writer in you with the praise you obviously deserve!