CowValley comes from the early Saxon adulteration of "Choille-dun" which originally meant "wooded or hazel hill"; the Saxons transliterated it to the early form of "Cowden" meaning "dweller in the cow valley". This site serves to share some of my work in web design, graphics design, illustration and copy writing. I have experience in logo design, graphics, web design, illustration and copy writing. If I can be of service, please Contact Me.
I unwittingly started learning to design for the web with a word processor called "Wordstar" that ran on a computer with 5 1/4" disks and a 9" amber monitor. To format the text and apply effects such as underlines and strike throughs for the printer, one had to place the command or "call" within opening and closing tags. The first on line bulletin board I participated used HTML which was essentially the same coding. Now I design standards compliant and responsive web sites for business and personal use. I provide complete web design services including graphic design and illustration as needed. Read on or Contact Me if you have any questions.
Graphic design and production has come a long way since I started earning money at it. Everything had to be drawn and prepared for printing by hand. Ink, Amberlith, Friskit and airbrush were the tools of the trade. Type was set by a typographer and pasted by hand onto the art board, colored artwork was done in black and white and the ink colors were specified using a standard set of formulas and masks had to be cut to "strip" in the colored areas.
A "photostat" was taken producing negatives and those in turn were burnt into plates or screens for printing. Each color had a separate plate (up to for colors) and the document had to line up exactly. Now one can do all that with a computer, from rough to a finished design that sometimes took days can now be done in hours. The workflow is the same, but if you mess up you don't have to start over, you can back out to a point before the error. Another nice thing is you cannot spill your ink and dyes on the art board; you can spill your coffee on the keyboard however.
The Lawn Care Logo was done on an art board in all black and white. The final artwork that was submitted to the printers had four layers of masks, acetate and a color comp specifying the PMS color matches. It was printed in three colors.
As I mentioned, the workflow is very similar to the manner in which graphics have always been designed. The main difference is the medium is light and pixels which allows for very versatile and timely design. As a designer I present the artwork in four color (CMYK) and RGB so that my clients have options optimized for both web and print. If an offset printing process is desired, I can produce a "color prepped" file suitable for use by the printers. Here are a few Samples of My Graphic Designs. If you need a design, consultation or are having a difficult time viewing the examples on your device and would like examples sent to you directly; Contact Me.