Hello, my name is Derek Kimball. I’m a 40 year old independent graphic designer specializing in brand identity services. Over the last 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. I still however work with TN clients and folks from all over the world. With the conveniences of modern technology distance is not a factor.
Design Services Offered:
I provide a variety of custom graphic design / brand identity services including: logo design, website design, image editing, graphics creation, print design (brochures, album design, posters, flyers, stationery, etc) and more. Please see the service pages in the site menu to learn more.
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:
- 13+ years in business, having worked with hundreds of clients from various industries.
- My rates are below the industry average for an experienced branding designer.
- You will be communicating with me directly, rather than through an intermediary.
- Unlike with multi-designer agencies, you know who’s design work you’ll be receiving.
- A straight forward approach to projects and simple easy to understand contracts.
- No confusing royalties. You receive 100% ownership and profit rights to your designs.
- A thorough approach to projects with the goal of providing unique and effective design.
- Dozens of testimonials and positive reviews show dedication to client and craft.
- Specializing strictly in brand identity design allows for a honed set of skill sets.
Sampling Of Client Testimonials:
Below are a few of the many testimonials and reviews I’ve received from clients over the years.
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!”.
Gina Kavanaugh Ph.D – Research Coordinator at Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN:
“Derek was wonderful to work with. We asked for many different variations during the design process of our logo and he was very patient in working with us until we found the one that worked best for us. He is very professional, easy to work with and very responsive. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for design services!”.
Halana Rothbort – Owner of The Center For Healthy Minds, Cedarhurst NY:
“Derek created a logo for my psychiatry private practice. He was very professional, prompt and a pleasure to work with from start to finish. He came up with a terrific logo that I am very happy with. I am proud to post it everywhere; on the sign outside my medical office, all of my business cards, stationery, mouse pads, coasters… I would definitely recommend Derek from DesignBuddy to do your professional logo”.
Adam R Hill – Owner of 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”.
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