There I said it.
I started out planning to be a photojournalist when I went to Syracuse University. My photography teachers thought I was a little too artsy to take news photographs. I kept on adding letters and words to my artwork, paintings, photos, and prints.
Once I shifted into art I wanted to create practical art. I worked for several years in newspaper layout, design, and illustration. I enjoyed helping to tell a story with graphics or drawings. I believe that is what I do now.
When I lived in Colorado I was able to make the shift to graphic design. I began working on a variety of projects. In addition to printed menus, brochures, and advertising I began working on packages, displays, and building signage.
I have been using computers for design since 1985. I was an early adopter of the beige Macintosh computers that had a whopping 512K of memory! I do almost everything on computers. Or on my iPad. And sometimes on my phone. But everything I do is based on traditional methods and proportions. Although I have fun doing what I do, I am not a crazy artist. I like to be able to read type. Some of my work has won awards but most of it is good solid stuff that was done to do a job. And keep on doing it. Whether it was written on a typewriter, created on a computer or sketched on a napkin.
I also do a fair amount of nuts and bolts production work. So, don’t be shy about asking.
Let me know what you think. Thanks for taking a look!
Kathy Lehndorff was the co-owner of Lehndorff Design.
She had previous experience in marketing and admissions for the University of Denver, Weekend College program, and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design in Denver. Kathy was also an artist with a studio in Holyoke, Massachusetts. She passed away on October 14, 2015, from complications of Huntington’s Disease. Huntington’s is the hereditary brain disease that took the life of Woody Guthrie. I was her caregiver for several years. Thanks to all of the caregivers and hospice nurses that helped and the clients that worked with me through those years.
My design awards include Graphis Logos, Type Directors Club, Art Directors Club of Denver, Tulsa Art Directors and others.