What is it, and seriously, what's with that name?
I'm a Vancouver-based Art and Interactive Design Director with a solid understanding of branding, web and graphic design.
I offer processes that result in high quality, great looking, fully functional design packages that can include anything from visual identity/brand assets to printed material to an interactive web presence. Additionally, discounts are offered to clients looking to bundle services together. For instance, if you purchase a logo package and bundle it with a website you will save 50% on the logo package. So I'm basically like Costco without the free samples.
Over the years I've been fortunate enough to have contributed interactive design services to projects for the NHL's Vancouver Canucks, Germany based, but globally renowned Nero AG, Hewlett Packard, Dish Jeans and Future Shop. I've been even luckier to have Dave Kreut of Level Up and various other local developers and development teams available to provide clean, effective front and back end development behind a lot of my interactive designs. Together we design and build your websites using the Drupal and Wordpress content management platforms. These allow us to provide you with not simply a website, but an evolving online presence that allows you to publish the most current information for, and stay in constant contact with, your audience.
I get asked this question a lot, so I'll just tell you... The name Donkey Ink Design (often shortened to "DID" throughout this site) started as a joke at school in the late 90s and was born in Death Valley, Nevada. I had every intention of changing it to something more “media-ish” when I started to take my design career seriously. However not long after I struck out on my own, I realized both my current clients and prospective clients found it quite easy to remember the silly name, so it stuck.
There’s another reason I still call this thing Donkey Ink Design after all this time, instead of perhaps some awkward attempt to fuse “Jamie” with “Media”. You see, sometimes your project will require only me, other times it's me and Dave, other times it's me and any of my other service providers and then other times it's just me again. When I consider the collective of people who have contributed to DID in the past and continue to do so today, using only my name seems a bit egotistical and lame. That’s also why you’ll see the word “we” instead of “I” used here and there around this site.
I'm based in Vancouver, Canada and I'd like to welcome you to the website that showcases my design portfolio, which features some of the work I've done in the past for clients like you. There’s a blog and other stuff too, so have a look around and contact me should you decide we ought to work together.
Thanks for popping by,