About

Offering creative design solutions to define your business, promote your event or tell the world who you are.

Carol is a freelance graphic designer based in the Seattle area who has been applying her multidisciplinary skills to creative projects for over thirty years. She has extensive experience in designing, fabricating and installing signage, illustrating logos, invitations, posters and packaging as well as navigating the printing process. She can assist you in branding your new business or giving your existing image a fresh look. Her experience can direct you towards decisions that will give you the most value for any budget. Carol holds a BA in Fine Arts and a Computer Graphics Certificate from the University of Washington.

  • Carol Buchan is not only extremely talented with her gift of design, but she also is wonderfully efficient in the process from start to finished product. My clients are always commenting on how great my graphic pieces look, and I owe this to Carol.
    John Heller, The Heller Company
  • Carol combines a unique talent in graphics with an unparalleled attitude of providing great customer service. Her work is professional and she provides a great value.
    Bob Breilh, Strategic Solutions

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Christian International Scholarship Foundation

Scholarship Foundation

The CISF logo was rejuvenated using strong color branding elements for monthly newsletters and an annual report.  A template system for digitally printed invitations allowed for cost-effective printing with a short turn-around time.

Maas Rowing

Maas Rowing

This brochure produced for a rowing shell manufacturer collated five pieces into an outside folder. The hull and specifications for each model was shown with an action shot on the covers.

World Vision's Women of Vision

Women of Vision

World Vision’s Women of Vision newsletter and calendars were designed for on-line distribution. Each month’s edition features bright colors to compliment the photos and graphic elements used throughout the four-page design template.

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Tasar News

These quarterly sixteen page newsletters feature a colored cover with black and white articles and photos inside. Designed to label and mail without an envelope reduced overall cost. Digitally printed.

BC Services

This project encompassed an original logo design and full-color postcard mailer. Collateral was created highlighting the two-color logo. All pieces were digitally printed on white card stock.

Bellevue Christian School

Bellevue Christian

The school logo was updated and illustrated graphic icons created to communicate the essential tenants of the school’s philosophy. Additionally, a two-color poster illustrating the school’s essential questions.

The Heller Company

The Heller Company

A series of advertisements for a local publication were designed to coordinate with the client’s new website. The project extended to signage, additional ads and collateral pieces.

UPC Urban & Global Missions Menu

UPC Missions

This menu style catalog highlighted all the mission activities offered by the church in categories similar to courses offered in a restaurant. It was printed tabloid size paper and folded into thirds.

Medical Teams International

Medical Teams Intl

This case statement brochure illustrates the organization’s mission, using a variety of infographics, charts and photos. A strong graphic grid system keeps the eight pages unified, allowing the photos to tell the story.

Embrace Joy

Embrace Joy

The invitation design plays off a repetitive circle theme, using text, graphics and the dye-cut invitation shape. All pieces, save-the-date, invitation, reply card and envelopes were offset printed white paper.

 

Viva!

Viva!

The invitation is printed on vellum and tied with ribbon to copper colored Stardream cardstock. The photo on the invitations draws you down a charming alleyway in an Italian hill town.

Grow in Grace

Grow in Grace

The invitation suite features an all over paisley pattern reversed on a teal background with brown text. The invitation details are printed on vellum enclosed in a folding card.

Hope Rocks

Hope Rocks

The gritty font and guitar background set the tone for this invitation system. The design was adapted for posters and t-shirts.

Be Courageous

Be Courageous

The invitation fits into a legal size envelope, and opens length-wise to emphasize the mountain peaks across the top. A blue background gradually dissolves toward the bottom with reversed text in the sky.

Be Transformed

Be Transformed

The tri-fold invitation cover is black with white text and spirals that move the eye towards the inside section filled of brightly colored butterflies. All pieces were offset printed on matte cardstock.

The Valley

The Valley

This wedding invitation suite features a typographic layout with a modern flair. The invitation and RSVP card are printed on Crane’s 110# ecru white cardstock. The map is printed on vellum.

The Penninsula

The Penninsula

This invitation featured a gate-fold dividing the front photo, opening to reveal the event details on the inside. All pieces were digitally printed on 90# white paper.

The Beach

The Beach

The save-the date card was digitally printed on matte cardstock and folded into an envelope mailing package The invitation and reply card were printed on a letterpress, the map digitally printed on vellum.

The Lake

The Lake

This invitation suite was printed on a letterpress by Thomas Printers on Crane’s pearl white cardstock. The antique floral design showcases the traditional printing process. The map was digitally printed on vellum in matching colors.

The Garden

The Garden

This invitation suite included a map, save-the-date card, monogram letter seal and thank-you card. The all-over pattern on the thank-you cards was printed on the back of the RSVP cards.

La Jolla

La Jolla

The save-the-date card was digitally printed on glossy cardstock. The invitation was printed on vellum and attached with blue ribbon over the striped cardstock. The sand colored starfish adds a subtle color.

Happy Hollis

Happy Hollis

This small business owner wanted a playful image for her hand made children’s clothing line. The logo was used on hang tags, and printed marketing materials.

Hinman Trophy

Created for a national sailing event, this design emphasized the unique venue below the Seattle skyline. The logo was placed on clothing, trophies and their website.

SYC Foundation

SYC Foundation

A non-profit organization, the SYC Foundation logo uses a simple graphic element to represent the wide variety of boating activities it supports.

ICSA

The distinctive setting of the Columbia River Gorge is reflected in this logo designed for a north american sailing championship event. The logo was embroidered on clothing, printed on banners and programs.

First Tour Golf

First Tour

Created for a junior golf club line, the black and white logo echoes the distinctive black carbon material used in production of the actual product.

Bellevue Christian School Gym

Viking Athletics

Bellevue Christian School wanted their athletic logo to illustrate the different aspects of the school’s mission—highlighting the shield, sword and helmet. The logo was painted in the center of the school gymnasium floor.

Acme

Acme

Acme Carbon required a logo system for their line of carbon sailing tillers. The two color logo was printed on business cards, letterhead and envelopes.

Greatest Goal Ministries

Greatest Goal

This not for profit organization provides care to amputees, disabled and children affected by Sierra Leone’s decade long civil war.

 

CISF 25th Anniversary

CISF

This logo was created to celebrate the Christian International Scholarship Foundation’s 25th year anniversary. The logo was used in branding all printed pieces and digital communication.

Black & White

Black & White

The CD case and CD labeling features black and white photos of the musician. A pop of gold directs attention to prominent text.

Aqua Limpia

Aqua Limpia

This logo and packaging was designed for an environmental non profit fundraising bracelet. Agua Limpia taught kids ages 8-12 about the importance of clean marine water in Valencia, Spain.

Acme Carbon

Acme Carbon

The Acme logo was paired with text to label their line of sailing tillers and tiller extensions. The logos were printed on clear adhesive material and attached to the product.

In a Pickle

In a Pickle

This quilt was accepted into the 2006 Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters show and published in a three part series beginning in the January/February 2008 Quilters Newsletter magazine. The center is the traditional pickle dish …

Water

Rippled Water

Strip pieced on muslin, this quilt is a study of color value. Dramatic fabric pattern contrast and stippled machine quilting accentuate the overall visual texture.

What Goes Around

What Goes Around

This quilt’s center is based on Karen E. Stone’s rattlesnake pattern. The original border design plays off the center and is machine pieced and hand quilted.

Montana Cartwheel

Montana Cartwheel

A riot of color in motion, this quilt was accepted into the 2006 Association of Northwest Quilters show. Machine quilted by Linda Tellesbo, the pattern was designed by the Quilt Gallery.

Crowning Moment

Crowning Moment

A slight twist on the traditional New York Beauty pattern, this quilt was accepted into the 2004 Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters exhibition.

A Thousand Lights

A Thousand Lights

This quilt design uses an asymmetrical star pattern. Paper pieced and machine quilted with striking batik fabric colors that glow atop a night black background.

Circle of Friends

Circle of Friends

Inspired by a quilt featured in Quilters Newsletter, Circle of Friends takes advantage of rich fabric colors with hand and machine quilted design details.

Sunrise to Sunset

Sunrise Sunset

This row house pattern design uses color gradations throughout the square backgrounds and border to show movement through time. Machine pieced and quilted.

Squares

Squares

A simple four patch pattern is framed in white and black stripes. The black and white corner squares and polka dots in the border create a festive mood.