For women are early career researchers and evaluators
 
 
 

“DONE FOR YOU” DESIGN & VISUAL COMMUNICATION SERVICES

What do you think about sending us an idea, report, or presentation and then having it sent back all ready to go?

We can create something that will impress your audience and deliver it to you with a smile.

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Data visualizations, report design, conceptual/theoretical/logic models and frameworks, custom illustrations, visual abstracts or shareable graphics, and slide design: we’ve got you covered.

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SLIDE DESIGN IS MY SPECIALITY 💛

 
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Slide Design

I can spruce up the design on your boring slides. I can make your slide deck a beautiful, engaging —and professional — masterpiece.

This service is ideal for important presentations like job talks, defenses, conference presentations, keynotes, and workshops.

And don’t worry about me putting the design over your content or data. I have a PhD and a research/evaluation background, so I know how to perfectly balance the two.

I do NOT remove text from your slides.

So no need to worry about having all of your visual cues/speaker notes removed from the slides. I’ll apply the best design I can based on how much text you have on the slides.

If you wanted help removing text from your slides, then one of my online courses would be a better fit. Or, one of my TTA video sessions.

I can complete advanced design and animation work to really take your presentation to the next level. Or, if you just want some help decluttering and cleaning up your slides to update them, I can do that too!

Curious about how much this might cost? Plan on at least $200 USD for decluttering/basic work. More advanced slide design typically starts around $400 USD. If that’s above your budget, then one of my TTA sessions may be a better fit.

But every slide deck is unique, and your needs are unique.

That’s why I offer free quotes and I tell you the price upfront.

I don’t charge hourly for my work. I review the slide deck (and your wish list) and tell you the price upfront. That means no surprises. There’s no harm in getting a free quote, so reach out ASAP.

 
 
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Interested in getting a slide deck designed for you?

Please attach your slide deck draft to the email.

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After my talk, one of the committee members told me my presentation looked very impressive, and several faculty members who were in the audience said the same. And it gets better: I was offered the job…”

“I had never received any guidance at all on how to make effective Powerpoint slides for presentations. Being on the job market, I had noticed how much of a difference it can make if your slides are clear and professional-looking, but I did not know where to start! My slides contained graphics that looked unprofessional, and too much text. Echo made some radical changes to my material that made everything look much better. I used her improved slides to put together a job talk for an assistant professorship. After my talk, one of the committee members told me my presentation looked very impressive, and several faculty members who were in the audience said the same. And it gets better: I was offered the job that Echo helped me create my presentation for! Aside from this impact, and more importantly perhaps, Echo also gave me some guidelines as to what she counts as effective presentations, which gave me the confidence to improve other presentations as well. Thank you Echo!”

Post-doc (and soon to be assistant professor!) in the social sciences

REPORT DESIGN

 
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Report Design

I love helping organizations take their standard (boring) report and upgrading it to be clean and modern. Don’t have a ginormous budget? Don’t let that stop you from having a lovely report!

I enjoy working on relatively smaller projects that focus on cleaning up the text design, adding a simple icon and color system, and converting outdated graphs into data visualizations.

Sure! We could always keep going from here, but these foundational design steps go a long way towards increasing the readability and impact of research & evaluation reports.

Clean, modern, and consistent design? Check.

Modern printer-ink-friendly visuals added? Check.

Engaging, easy-to-understand graphs? Cheeeeeck.

Less stress for you and a report delivered with a smile? Checkity check check.

A mock up I made because chinchillas are adorable!

A mock up I made because chinchillas are adorable!

Report available at: https://www.nationallatinonetwork.org/research/nln-research

Report available at: https://www.nationallatinonetwork.org/research/nln-research

Report available at: https://aspe.hhs.gov

Report available at: https://aspe.hhs.gov

Report available at centerforpolicyresearch.org

Report available at centerforpolicyresearch.org

VISUAL ABSTRACTS & SHAREABLE GRAPHICS

 
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Visual Abstract & Shareable Graphics

Use visuals to promote your conference presentation, spread the word about your new report, or new blog post/video.

Be proactive in getting your important work shared widely using the power of the interwebs. Eye-catching graphics will capture people’s attention and get them excited to read or learn about your work. Shareable graphics are fabulous for things like:

  • Showing the results of your study to get people interested (visual abstracts!),

  • Sending people to wherever your report or pub is hosted,

  • Funneling people to your research team’s website,

  • Adding visuals in a blog post about your work or presentation,

  • Encouraging people to attend your conference presentation,

  • Including as visuals to use in your presentation,

  • and more!

Some mock ups I made to give you some inspiration

Some mock ups I made to give you some inspiration

A graphic I made to promote our #scicomm workshop at ASLO 2019!

A graphic I made to promote our #scicomm workshop at ASLO 2019!

CUSTOM VISUALS, ILLUSTRATIONS & COMICS/CARTOONS

 
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Illustrations & Comics/Cartoons

We’d love to create a comic, cartoon, or illustration for you!

Do you have a complex or complicated topic that is hard to present, but you can never find the perfect visuals for it? Want a new and engaging way to tell a story about your research or evaluation project? Want to add comics to your blog posts but don’t have the time or know-how to make them yourself? Need a custom icon set for your unique topic?

We can make a custom visual, comic or cartoon for you. I coordinate everything, but you have a choice between two designers.

You can see a sample of my drawing style in my blogs and in my YouTube videos. I specialize in drawing digitally, by hand (“freestyle”) which gives the images an informal, fun, and approachable vibe.

I’ve teamed up with DARK MOUSE DESIGNS to provide additional design services. DARK MOUSE DESIGNS has a diverse design style. Using vectors, shapes, and other strategies, his designs will provide a sleek and professional look to your graphics.

Between the two of us, we can create something in your preferred style.

Designed by Echo

Designed by Echo

Made by Dark Mouse Designs

Made by Dark Mouse Designs

Designed by Echo

Designed by Echo

Made by Dark Mouse Designs

Made by Dark Mouse Designs

[Custom Graphic designed by us for Norma R. Schropshire LMSW, Part-time faculty at Wayne State University]  The SW-TPACK Model is adapted from Koehler, M. & Mishra, P., (2011). The TPACK Image [Digital image, Rights free]. Retrieved October 16, 2018, from  http://tpack.org/  Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by  tpack.org

[Custom Graphic designed by us for Norma R. Schropshire LMSW, Part-time faculty at Wayne State University] The SW-TPACK Model is adapted from Koehler, M. & Mishra, P., (2011). The TPACK Image [Digital image, Rights free]. Retrieved October 16, 2018, from http://tpack.org/ Reproduced by permission of the publisher, © 2012 by tpack.org

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“She was…spot-on with enhancing my original vision. The final product was beautiful, yet appropriate for a scholarly audience.”

I reached out to Echo because I needed to create a model / design for my conceptual research. While I am highly tech savvy, I am not a graphic designer and do not have an “artsy” mindset. I definitely had the concept and vision in mind, even attempted at designing/drawing/building it myself. I downloaded Adobe Photoshop, did some work and it looked horrible, very sloppy and unprofessional. I was working against the clock and did not have time to invest in learning the software in the very short amount of time I had to submit the design. I felt that Echo’s prices were fair and she went above and beyond the call of duty, her turn-around time was fast and her detail in the project was meticulous. She was productive, efficient, and spot-on with enhancing my original vision. The final product was beautiful, yet appropriate for a scholarly audience. She provided many options and ways I could make my design versatile for a myriad of future scholarly projects, such as slideshows, presentations, papers, posters, etc. I will definitely be returning for future services with my creative works and also to talk with Echo for some coaching on building my dossier in the academy. Without reservation, I highly recommend Echo Rivera and CRC for all creative projects and also many other impressive and jaw-dropping professional services that she provides. Her work was better than I had anticipated and she truly saved my entire life. 

Norma R. Schropshire LMSW, Part-time faculty at Wayne State University

2 designers to meet your needs.

What do you get when a PhD with an interest in design and a designer with an interest in research work together?

A creative, visual communication product that perfectly meets your needs!

That’s why I’ve teamed up with DARK MOUSE DESIGNS to provide comprehensive design & visual communication services.

Together, we create the perfect blend of data-focused and design-focused approaches to create the type of creative communication product that both impresses your audience and showcases you as a unique, noteworthy professional.

 
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:  Jason Rivera, Owner of DARK MOUSE DESIGNS, LLC; Sweet adorable friendly alpaca; Echo Rivera, Owner of CREATIVE RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS, LLC; Grumpy but still adorable alpaca.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Jason Rivera, Owner of DARK MOUSE DESIGNS, LLC; Sweet adorable friendly alpaca; Echo Rivera, Owner of CREATIVE RESEARCH COMMUNICATIONS, LLC; Grumpy but still adorable alpaca.

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