cope-design about us  

‪I’m a highly creative, multitalented and award winning Graphic Designer with over 20 years of extensive design experience. I’m well versed in book design and development as well as project management and quality control. I’ve overseen projects from conception to production. In addition to book design, my portfolio also includes brochures, pamphlets, posters, invitations and digital illustrations.
I focus on quality, which is based on solid design principals. I consult with the client to understand the needs of the project. The goal for every project is to develop and fulfill the needs of the project that the client envisioned.

Professional Accomplishments

The Ceiling Medallions of Holy Name Cathedral

Archdiocese of Chicago/Holy Name Cathedral:
In June of 2008, the Late Archbishop for Archdiocese of Chicago, Francis Cardinal George, requested that I design five medallions for the dome at Holy Name Cathedral.
The center medallion is 14 ft. in diameter, and the four smaller medallions are 4 ft. in diameter. Holy Name Cathedral was damaged by a fire in February of 2009 and restored once again. The Cathedral reopened for the second time on August 1, 2009.

Francis Cardinal George’s Coat of Arms

Archdiocese of Chicago/Cardinal George:
At the request of the Late Francis Cardinal George, I was selected to incorporate design modifications to his Coat of Arms, including color and size. The Coat of Arms was placed on a wood plaque and mounted behind the Cardinal’s chair at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

“An Illustrated History of the Church” dust cover

Liturgy Training Publications:

  • Honorable Mention at the Chicago Book Clinic 2007 Book and Media Show, under Special Trade-Liturgy.

The dust cover montage is comprised of images from within the book and created in Adobe Photoshop. The cover montage, typography and cover layout was then complied in Adobe InDesign and then converted into a hi-resolution PDF for printing.
Feature element: The chart on the flap of the dust cover gives the name of the artist in the cover montage and where you can find it in the book.

“Basket, Basin, Plate and Cup: Vessels in the Liturgy” cover and interior

Liturgy Training Publications:

  • Third Place recipient in the Catholic Press Association Press Award in the category of “Liturgy.”

The goal was to make the cover and especially the interior as modern and as colorful as the vessels used in the liturgy of the mass.

RITE magazine

Liturgy Training Publications:

  • Publication Management 2006 Magnum Opus Award, Bronze Award—Most Improved Design

Redesigned Rite magazine for an uncluttered, updated look. The magazine went from two pantone colors to four-color process. Instead of using layout application Quark Xpress to redesign magazine, I introduced Adobe InDesign and created a general template with style sheets. The end result was a colorful, contemporary periodical that increased readership as well as maintain a high level of design. Also, converting to InDesign resulted in shorter production time.
Result: The design was contemporary, easy to produce in a short amount of time, thus increasing sales by 20 percent.

Hillenbrand Book Series cover design

Liturgy Training Publications:
Developed a branded cover design for the Hillenbrand Books series. The series covers four academic areas, each colored-coded. The design itself has a unified look with a color patterned side bar and spine. The design allows users to visually group books according to their academic areas resulting in better organization of resources.

  • Studies Series (Green)

  • Classics Series (Yellow)

  • Pastoral Resources Series (Purple)

  • Textbook Series (Blue)

Result: the Hillenbrand Series had a strong launch and continues to be a top seller for the company.

Liturgy Training Publications Branding Manual

Liturgy Training Publications:
Was responsible for design modification to company’s logo for better readability at any size. Developed and implemented brand manual for both product and collateral materials. Usage of modified logo includes:

  • Multiple “Annual” books and developed cover color scheme for liturgical cycle (three years).

  • Business cards, stationary, Invoices etc.

  • Posters, brochures and sales materials.

Result: The manual reinforced company’s brand

Bronzeville Illustration/Poster

Personal Project:
During the early 20th century was “Bronzeville” located on the Southside of Chicago, was one of the designations during the Black Migration of the early 20th century.
I decide to design this poster because I couldn’t find any good poster on Bronzeville. To create this poster I first did sketches, scanned them and used Adobe Photoshop to add color and effects to create an Art Deco feel. The poster title was created in Adobe Illustrator and placed in Photoshop.