ABOUT - Firesign Design is the work of Portland-based designer Kris Travis. With a BFA in Multimedia Design and over a decade of design experience, I've got big dreams in digital, print, branding, and display design. When I'm not staring at a screen, you'll find me refueling my creativity exploring the PNW with my family, sipping a hoppy microbrew, or making a mess in the kitchen.
Do good work. It seems simple enough. But given the dramatic changes in the way people access and consume information over the past few decades, it’s more challenging–and more important than ever–to find a way to cut through the clutter. I work thoughtfully with my clients to tap into their brand’s true personality, in order to design materials that speak to their goals, as well as their target audience.
Efficiency, reliability, and flexibility are very important to me, and I seek to embody these qualities as a designer every day. But ultimately, a project is not successful if it doesn’t look good. I want to take the message you’re trying to communicate, and help you make it effective, authentic, and beautiful.
With over a decade of art direction, graphic design, and project management experience in both digital and print media, I am a motivated visual communicator with excellent attention to detail and a passion for learning. My background includes working with a variety of clients and teams on print, digital, branding, and display design projects. I look forward to working with you!
& PROJECT EXPERIENCE:
Positive Coaching Alliance
Staicoff Design Co.
University of the Pacific
Portland Trail Blazers
Waggener Edstrom Worldwide
Children’s Heart Research Guild
Creative Mark International
CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: How to Get Started with Mood Boards
Creative Bloq, February 24, 2017
CONTRIBUTED ARTICLE: From Bland to Beautiful: 5 Key Strategies to Market a “Boring” Brand with Smart Web Design
HOW Design Magazine, October 5, 2016
INTERVIEW: “Designing for Public Spaces: Adding Variety to Exhibits” in SignBuilder Illustrated, March 2014
Design contributor to “Our Portland Story, Volume 1” 2010
PCC Web Advisory Committee Member, 2013-present
Kind words from clients and colleagues:
“Working with Kris is a very positive experience for me, and Xenium overall. Kris is personable, responsive and extremely creative. Kris is a dream come true for a marketing leader like me who is more analytical than creative. I give her basic ideas, outlines or sketches of a design we need and she fully brings the vision to life—better than I could have ever imagined. In the three years I have worked with Kris, I have relied on her for projects such as icon designs, sales proposals, marketing flyers and a new responsive website design. I look forward to continuing the partnership with Kris and I recommend her to anyone looking for a skilled and professional freelance designer.”
—Brandon Laws, Director of Marketing, Xenium HR
“Kris Travis is much more than a designer – she is a creative strategist, specializing in branding and corporate identity. Skilled in both print and digital design, Kris is an invaluable resource to our firm and clients. Her responsiveness and creativity are unsurpassed and we are proud to have her as an extension of our team.”
—Ann Smith, Founder & President, A.wordsmith
“Kris is a talented print and digital designer with an exceptional ability to work with clients and cater to their needs. She has a rare combination of artistic ability and business know-how, a combination that has made her a great asset to many teams throughout Portland.”
—Denise Faddis, Creative Recruiter & Account Manager, Mathys + Potestio
PORTFOLIO - Whether it's a full brand redesign or a simple printed data sheet, I love working collaboratively with clients to help them focus their visual communications. I get excited about all sorts of media and design methods, so if you don't see something represented here and you're curious about my capabilities, please get in touch.
- Branding & Identity
- Illustration & Infographics
- Museum & Display
“Design is in everything we make, but it’s also between those things. It’s a mix of craft, science, storytelling, propaganda, and philosophy.”
– E. Adigard
CONTACT - Interested in a project quote or partnership? I'd love to hear from you.
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