about

Just a little background info.

about schteff

I have over 20 years experience in Graphic Design and am currently an in-house designer for a global consulting firm. Having worked my way up through the ranks in the USA, my daily work now focuses on global brand design and cross-platform projects. Outside of my day job, I have built a solid portfolio of branding, print, and web design for my personal network of clients and their related businesses.

I am not a full-time freelancerI accept new clients and projects by referral only based on my fit with the client or project and my availability around my professional work. I consider myself very lucky to be able to choose which projects I work on.

focus areas

I choose to focus on branding in my freelance work. I thoroughly enjoy bringing a brand to life and carrying the overall brand across multiple channels. Design can serve many purposes and it’s easy to be overwhelmed by the choices and options out there. My job is to help enhance your brand – whether it’s a logo for use in social media, business cards for a startup, merchandise and packaging, or web design.

Branding

Logo and identity

Print

Various collateral

Web design

Responsive websites

Marketing

Social Media

What goes around, comes around…

I also enjoy the challenge of rebranding an established project. Why rebranding? Sometimes, brands are designed very quickly and not fully explored, requiring some further definition. And sometimes, your brand has grown beyond your initial vision. Rebranding inspiration can come from the unexpected: A color, a typeface, a photo or illustration, or by repurposing previously used elements to come up with something new and fresh. That’s the beauty of design: You don’t always have to start from scratch. Instead, you can use your previous inspiration to help guide you to new places – even if it’s in the opposite direction!

team schteff

Yes – I have a team! My Dobermans are my constant companions while I work from home for my day job. Keeping them quiet while I’m on conference calls and Skype is always a challenge. And they have strong opinions about working late!

wow, thanks!

I’m one of those people that does not take compliments well. But I really do appreciate positive feedback! Here are a few nice things that people have said about me and my work. :blush:

FORMER CO-WORKER, ROLAND BERGER

“Stephanie is deeply experienced in designing and implementing high-quality graphics and corporate identity materials in a variety of mediums. She really loves what she does and is very passionate about design – and it shows in her work. I really enjoyed working with Stephanie and had 100% confidence in her capabilities at all times.”

DESIGN INSTRUCTOR, BAKER COLLEGE

“I have relied on Stephanie on numerous occasions to help me out. She has provided assistance with software knowledge and helped other students that were struggling. I would highly recommend her as a professional designer, and as a value added member to any creative team.”

FORMER CO-WORKER, ROLAND BERGER

“It is always a pleasure to work with Stephanie for many reasons. First off, she gets things done – bottom line. No stone is left unturned because she does the research to understand the project inside and out. This allows her to do the best job for the client.”

FORMER CLASSMATE, BAKER COLLEGE

“Stephanie is part of small group of people who I trust for professional advice on best practices, standards and industry trends.”

FORMER CO-WORKER, DAIMLERCHRYSLER

“Stephanie is unsurpassed when it comes to setting up and implementing executive presentations. She is extremely detail oriented and remarkably skilled in PowerPoint and several other software packages/programs.”

Photo credits: Trent Erwin and Raw Pixel

Portfolio and blog of Stephanie Tortomasi,
Graphic Designer in Metro Detroit, USA

Portfolio and blog of Stephanie Tortomasi, Graphic Designer in Metro Detroit, USA

get in touch

6 + 8 =

let's connect

let's connect