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Jonathan Mulcare

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence

With the world as my resource, and a foundation of collective experiences, I craft ideas to inspire, inform and communicate. Jonathan Mulcare (Design) was formed in 2002 as a means to perpetuate my vision of design excellence and creative integrity. I have 20 years + background in design and production and ample experience with collateral, packaging, web layout, and environmental design. I currently assist a variety of clientele with their creative endeavors, servicing multi-national, government, private industry, non-pofits and service organizations. I also wield a mean x-acto blade. Jonathan Mulcare (Design) proposes to assist in the design of communications vehicles which are targeted to convey a creative, inspired, and effective message. It is important that the designs brand together to address a broad-based audience with a call to action to benefit the client. In addition, the successful design will evoke a strong, emotional response from the audience, which will motivate, instruct or guide them.

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Jonathan Mulcare (Design) proposes to assist in the design of communications vehicles which are targeted to convey a creative, inspired, and effective message. It is important that the designs brand together to address a broad-based audience with a call to action to benefit the client.
In addition, the successful design will evoke a strong, emotional response from the audience, which will motivate, instruct or guide them.

What information do you need from a client before you can start work?

Listening closely to a client's strategic objectives and target audience are paramount to the success of any design program. Research methods to collect pertinent information might include client meetings and interviews, researching similar projects for the target audience, and exploring current design trends and how they are implemented. Every new design project is unique unto itself and requires the appropriate foundation for its success. It is also important that the design addresses and incorporates the current company/organization's brand standards. Brand integrity is critical to perpetuating the strides achieved by the company/organization.

What do you love most about your job?

I relish the relationships created with the client interaction and the creative process.

Why should our clients choose you?

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“Jonathan is the best graphic designer I have ever worked with. His end product is always gorgeous and he is easy to work with. Five out of five stars!”

Steve Strauss
USA TODAY columnist

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“When our designer left us without our files, Jonathan took the project with enthusiasm and created a beautiful catalog that enhanced our business tremendously. Five catalogs later, the compliments from customers are endless. We’ve been thrilled with the clean, simple style Jonathan uses to create our tradeshow booths, brochures, mousepads, invitations, ads and more.
He has been so easy to work with, good communication and projects are always on time or earlier than we expect. We highly recommend him.”
Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Catie Anderson
Communications Director | Carlton Plants
Tel: 800 398 8733
Tel: 503 997 1477

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“I have worked with Jonathan for almost seven years on Mercy Corps print projects. His professionalism, easy-going style and good humour are hallmarks of his work ethic. He is incredibly reliable and hard-working, always willing to dive into fresh challenges. Jonathan has provided Mercy Corps with beautiful as well as practical designs ranging from brochures, cards, reports, posters, and more. He has an especially honed skill for identity work. We have had him develop several sub-brand logos. Jonathan would make an excellent addition to a creative team anywhere.”
Please feel free to call me with any questions.

Jennifer Dillan
Communications Director | Mercy Corps
Tel: 503 896 5744

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“I have worked on three large graphic design projects with Jonathan Mulcare while Development Director at Cascade AIDS Project and Oregon College of Art and Craft. Jonathan impressed me and our team(s) from the outset with his presentation during the RFP process and his designs quickly rose to the top with a fully organized, well thought out and interesting proposal.

Jonathan guided our team through every stage of planning for our projects with his calm and professional communication style and followed our calendar planning better than we actually did. He helped refine our internal process, kept us on task and track, had choices in graphics that improved our marketing out to the community and ultimately helped to brand our two projects resulting in stellar visual products that were easy to market.

I would absolutely work with Jonathan again and had hoped to when I began working at Oregon Ballet Theatre (OBT) one year ago. We have an internal graphic designer at OBT, which is a wonderful luxury, however,
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Jonathan and was hoping to have the chance to work with him once again. Jonathan is a pleasure to work with, has a wonderful sense of humour and is a good listener when working closely with his clients to provide the right products each and every time. Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have further questions.”
Roma Peyser
Director of Development | Transition Projects
Tel: 503 280 4667

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“Having never developed a brand or an image for a company before, I had no idea where to begin. Jonathan’s talent and patience made the process easier than I could have imagined. He made a point to keep me on budget, despite the many creative changes my team would request. He was efficient, always met deadlines, and understood my creative jargon such as not enough swirls or a little less swoosh. What I truly appreciated about Jonathan was his quick response to all my questions and needs even after hours, and always with the utmost service and priority. When I have the need for a future creative project, I will definitely call upon Jonathan.”
Maili Morrison
Senior Director Business Development | CoHo•Res
Tel: 360 816 6114

What inspired you to start your own business?

Jonathan Mulcare (Design) was formed in 2002 as a means to perpetuate my vision of design excellence and creative integrity. I have 20 years + background in design and production and ample experience with collateral, packaging, web layout, and environmental design. I currently assist a variety of clientele with their creative endeavors, servicing multi-national, government, private industry, non-pofits and service organizations. I also wield a mean x-acto blade.
After graduating with the highest honors in my class from the Rhode Island School of Design, I found my way back west and started my professional career in San Francisco. During five years of work with Emery/Poe Inc., I produced award-winning design and identity programs for a varied national clientele including Almaden Vineyards, RYKA Shoes, Security Pacific National Bank and Charles Schwab.
I moved to Portland in 1991 and helped launch ID Incorporated as Senior Designer. There, I produced identity and communication programs for business, industry and professional organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Merix Corporation and Columbia Financial Center.
In 1997, I started the partnership Reardon Mulcare which morphed into Fieldtrip Incorporated. These collaborations perpetuated the drive for intelligent, well-crafted design and its execution. Clients included Tektronix, Grass Valley Group, Evineyard.com as well as Portland State University.
Since leaving Fieldtrip and embarking on my own I have diversified my client base. A partial listing includes:
Mercy Corps
Equity Foundation
Earth Share of Oregon
River Network
Compassion in Choices
Children’s Trust Fund of Oregon
Neighborhood Partnership Fund
Portland State University
Portland Community College
Oregon Institute of Technology
Oregon College of Arts and Crafts
National History Day
Saint Alphonsus Medical Systems
Jensen Investment Management
AAI Engineering
Organic Partners International
Creative Media Development
Staccato Design
Moto Interactive
Big Shot Pictures
Brightworks
Carton Plants
Multnomah County Library
Cascade AIDs Project
My work has been honored in many national publications and design shows.
BFA Graduate, Rhode Island School of Design, 1985 (Shewman Award for outstanding student in the class)

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Having fantastic visual design can really change how your audience (or customers) view you. In fact, great graphic design goes way past just making things look good. As well as a strong visual impression, brilliant graphic design enables you to amplify your efforts and get your message across in a way that will make people take notice.

Making the correct first impression is vital. With great design principles, you can create an image of your company that stays in the mind of your audiences. Add to this a consistency across all of your materials, and you will quickly be able to build trust in your brand. As well as communicating with your audience visually, you’ll be able to convey your values. Things like having a well-defined logo can be the first step towards perfect brand recognition.

It is well known that we are very visual creatures. Having the right content, designed in the right way, can really encourage your audience to learn more about your business. Being able to express ideas visually can also help to break down complex content that can be difficult to get across with words alone. This combination of benefits allows you to build a great relationship with your audience over time. This can transform into growth for your brand or increased revenue (depending on your goals).

When it comes to choosing your graphic designer, make sure you are clear as possible about what you expect from them. It’s best to write a detailed brief with background, details and timelines on your project. Giving them the relevant background information will attract the best talent possible for your brief.

Make sure to share details about your company, what you wish to achieve and any qualifications you think are necessary for the role. Explain any deadlines and things they may have to work around to make sure their understanding of the job is as comprehensive as possible.

It can also help if you understand a little bit about design yourself. Without going into too much detail, you can research what skills you would need for a particular job. After getting your head around some fundamental concepts, you can ask your candidate some questions to see how they respond.

This could be about past work they’ve done, or it could be about something you are wishing to create from scratch. This will give you a good idea of how they come up with solutions. You may even assign a trial project to complete – as long as this trial is paid for.

Talking to your potential designer on the phone is also useful. This way you can get a great understanding of how you will communicate together and whether you see eye to eye. Be sure to ask your candidate what they will need from you as well. This will help your project to go smoothly and result in the best possible outcome.

The different kinds of graphic design and their complexity will greatly affect how much you can expect to pay. Graphic designers create a huge array of content – from posters and flyers to websites and logos. Some of these graphics are used for film or TV, while others find placement within ads. Graphic designers mix both skill and creativity, while also being able to communicate with clients in an effective manner.

In a word, yes! Graphic design can be carried out remotely, so as long as you're able to discuss the brief with your expert over the phone or via video chat, then you're good to go.

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