Services

As you might guess from the name of the business, I offer assistance with both text and design. Although I’ve described these services separately here, in practice the two are interconnected. The structure and content of the document informs the page design, and vice versa.

Text

As an experienced writer, editor and proofreader, I’ll help you polish your content until it shines! I do a light proof of every document that comes my way, to ensure (at a minimum) consistent grammar, spelling, and formatting. In addition, I can:

  • write content from scratch
  • edit and/or proofread, either as part of a larger project or as a stand-alone job
  • assist with “information architecture,” i.e., organize your content into sensible, discrete sections such as web pages or folds of a brochure

Graphics

Top-quality content is absolutely critical, of course, but bad design can drive people away as sure as I’m sitting here. I pay careful attention to typography and composition, and my personal preference is for clean, simple designs with plenty of negative space. I can:

  • create custom graphics
  • retouch old photos
  • scan artwork
  • optimize digital images for web or print publication

Web design

My main focus is on small to medium brochure-type websites like this one. I’ll incorporate your branding in the design or start from scratch if you don’t have any pre-existing marketing materials. My websites are mostly standards-compliant and always hand-coded. I can:

  • design and develop websites
  • create custom blogskins and themes for a variety of blogging platforms
  • provide instruction in website maintenance
  • provide ongoing website maintenance, including updating text and optimizing images
  • register domain names and set up hosting
  • upgrade old table-based layouts to conform to current standards for accessibility and cross-browser compatibility

Print design

I’ll help you with every step of the process, from initial concept and design to choice of paper and printing method. I’ll either work directly with your service bureau or provide you with printer-ready digital files, whichever your prefer. My portfolio includes:

  • business identity (logos, letterhead, business cards)
  • fundraising packets (letter, response card, inner and outer envelopes)
  • books and handbooks
  • newsletters
  • brochures and flyers
  • newspaper ads
  • CD covers
  • invitations

Rates

Pilcrow is a home-based business. My overhead is low, and I pass the savings on to you. Nevertheless, if you are on a particularly tight budget I’ll work with you to find creative ways to cut costs even more. Also, I offer discounts to nonprofit organizations and repeat clients.

Every job is unique. Depending on the requirements I may quote a flat fee or an hourly rate. Please contact me with the details of your project and let’s see what we can work out!