Valerie is a highly experienced graphic designer who is open to thinking outside of the box. After searching for various unimaginative graphic designers, she listened to our ideas and excelled in creating innovative designs. Her pride in her work, keen attention to detail, and creative thinking has made her instrumental to our organizations marketing success. Valerie is able to work with tight deadlines and would listen to our needs. I would highly recommend Valerie, for both her creativity and her expertise in her field.
I first had the pleasure of meeting Val in 2012 when she applied for an in-office, full-time book designer role. After interviewing Val and reviewing her portfolio, I was struck by her work ethic, positive attitude, creative inclination, and desire to grow and learn. Val proved herself be an integral part of the team, working in a highly collaborative way with staff throughout the office.
In 2014, she made the difficult decision to relocate back to Edmonton, but I knew she was someone I wanted to keep on my team in some capacity. Thus, I periodically sent Val freelance work, knowing she could be trusted to do a high-quality job and meet deadlines—and she did, consistently!
As I watched Val’s portfolio continue to develop in her roles after FriesenPress, I saw she had a strong skill set for producing marketing collateral. In 2017, I engaged Val to design what is a flagship piece of marketing collateral for FriesenPress: our Author’s Guide to Successful Publishing. This is the first thing prospective clients see, and it shapes their perception of FriesenPress. The result was exactly what we had hoped for and it has received very positive feedback.
I will always look to Val first when I need design work done because she listens. She works diligently to capture your concept, the intended use of your document, your timeline and budget and she respects each of these aspects of the job. Val also asks good, clarifying questions, providing her feedback on your concept as well as unique and creative alternatives for your consideration. She is a joy to work with—her bubbly positive attitude, her sense of ownership, and her desire to delight her client.
After looking for various graphic designers, many of them didn't understand our vision for Landrex Ventures. We were so happy to meet Valerie. She worked with not only our budget, but our vision and understood our project scope. She is always on time and puts together amazing work from logo design, print material, signage, brochures, business cards - and so much more. The work she has put together for our brand Eve at Erin Ridge is impeccable. She listens to her clients to understand how to make each of them stand out in a unique way! She aligns with your brand and no two designs ever look the same! Highly recommend for anyone looking for a graphic designer. She goes above and beyond expectations to meet your needs as a business.
We contracted Valerie to create new branding for our startup ed tech company. Ninja Plans serves tens of thousands of teachers from around Alberta - and beyond - helping them to share teaching resources and streamline their work processes. As our business has grown, it became imperative that our image and message match the product that we offer.
Valerie sought to understand our company and its vision through ongoing conversation, research, and investigations. She created numerous high-quality mockups that each had its own distinct direction and flavour. Upon selecting the winning candidate, Valerie worked quickly to provide us with the finalized logo in a variety of formats. Not only was she responsive, creative, passionate, and dependable, but the new branding that she crafted for us clearly articulates what our company stands for in a simple, well-stated manner.
If your business needs a creative force to be reckoned with, I cannot recommend Valerie enough!
& Spiritual Coach
Val worked closely with me on a special project/dream of mine creating and bringing to life my oracle empowerment deck! She captured my vision right from the start and has worked hard to make sure it all aligned with how I saw it! Anything I needed, she was there! I will definitely work with her again in future projects I do! Thanks Val for your talent, skill and Uniqueness! Keep shining xo
& Simon Underwood
Founders & Owners
Valerie Damen was great to work with. She was a great listener that took the time to understand our concept and design. We could rely on her to complete tasks in a professional and prompt manner. We would and have recommended her services to other businesses looking to have an idea brought to life.