About

Derek KimballHello, my name is Derek Kimball. I’m a 40 year old independent graphic designer specializing in brand identity services. For over 13 years I’ve helped hundreds of clients establish a stronger brand presence through better design and visual messaging.

My clients range from small startups and entrepreneurs to industry leading companies and organizations. After a decade working out of Nashville TN my wife and I relocated to Corning NY to be closer to family, though I continue to work remotely with clients from around the world. With the conveniences of modern technology distance is no factor.

Design Services Offered:

I provide a variety of graphic design services including: brand identity, logo design, website design, image editing, graphics creation, print design (brochures, album design, posters, flyers, stationery, etc) and more. Please see the services pages in the site menu for more info.

View Work Samples:

My portfolio showcases some of the design projects I’ve worked on over the years. When time allows I will be updating the portfolio to include some of my best and most recent work which has yet to be added. Additional portfolio samples can be provided upon request.

Advantages Of Hiring:

  • Over 13 years in business, having worked with clients from various industries.
  • Affordably priced when compared to larger agencies with greater overhead costs.
  • You will be communicating with me directly rather than an intermediary.
  • Unlike multiple designer agencies, you know which designer you’re hiring with me.
  • A straight forward approach to projects, easy to understand proposals and contracts.
  • No confusing royalties. You receive 100% ownership and profit rights to your files.
  • A thorough approach is taken with projects to avoid generic and ineffective design.
  • Dozens of testimonials and positive reviews show my dedication to clients.
  • Specializing in brand identity design allows me to hone my abilities and services.

Testimonials From Select Clients:

Below are just some of the testimonials I’ve received from clients who were kind enough to share their experience of working with me. More testimonials and reviews.

Matthew Hill – President of “Smith Hill & Company”, Nashville TN:

“Art: – \ ˈärt \ : Something that is created with imagination and skill and that is beautiful or that expresses important ideas or feelings. – Merriam Webster’s Dictionary. You give a man five adjectives and he crafts a simplistic, yet elaborate, graphic representation of those five adjectives in one symbol. That is art. And Derek does that better than any other graphic designer we have ever had the pleasure of doing business with. His first proof was our final design. I need not say more. Derek is not a graphic designer, but rather the perfect example of a graphic artist. Thanks brother, we appreciate your craft, your transparency and honesty. My partners and I would recommend you to anyone. Cheers my man!”

John Rodeo – Entertainer, Beverly Hills CA:

“My name is John Rodeo, and I proactively offered, and wanted to write a testimonial for Derek Kimball’s artwork. Finding him on Google, I was so impressed with his original designs, I contacted him to bring my original design to life.  He took my sketch, talked with me in depth on the specifics, and brought it to life. For those reasons, I highly recommend him for both his artistry, and his professionalism.”

Adam R Hill – Hill Law – Nashville TN:

 “Derek is an artistic and gifted professional who can assist any business in developing an identity. I would highly recommend Derek for his work, responsiveness, value, and ability to implement his client’s goals while also explaining a complex and new environment to those unfamiliar with the artistic realm.”

Denise Chastain – Modern Wedding Photography, NYC:

“Hire Design Buddy now! When I saw my logo I was so excited I wanted to scream! It was perfect and just what I wanted for my photography business. I’ve worked with many graphic designers and art directors throughout the years (from Grey Advertising, Ogilvy and Mather, you get the idea). I was looking for an experienced designer.

What I really appreciated about Derek’s approach is he had a series of questions for me. He helped get to the heart of what it was I was looking for and to provide clarity. Design Buddy has the perfect balance of extraordinary talent and business acumen to help you define your brand. Look no further! I would recommend Design Buddy 100% for all of your design needs.”

Marcella Bryant – Hillcrest Healthcare, Ashland City TN:

“Derek was great to work with. He took my ideas and created an impressive advertisement. His emails were prompt and the advertisement was completed days before the deadline. This was my first experience with a graphic designer and it was a positive one. I plan to use Derek again.”

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Ready To Get Started?

If you’re interested in my services please tell me about your design needs and I’ll provide you with a free proposal.