design work

I've always been interested in websites and design. I started early: I had a home on the web way back when with geocities, before it was bought by yahoo. Oh how I wish I could share it, with its vibrant Paint-created graphics and Comic Sans text. Alas, it is no more. However, even back in middle school, I was coding my own websites, and I'm proud to say that my tastes and abilities have grown a lot better over the years.

If you like what you see in my examples below, and you're looking for an affordable website designer, please email me at sarah at sarahreck dot com and we can discuss it.

web design
While I have been designing my own website for over a decade (and it has gone through many changes), it is only more recently that I've begun designing for other people. I'm mostly interested in bold color schemes, smooth lines, fonts that aren't TNR, Arial, Tahoma, and the like (which is why Google Web Fonts is my BFF), and easily navigable layouts and design.

Hyacinth Girl Press
Simple layout, feminine design, easy-to-find purchasing information, clean with spots of color, focus on poets, poetry, and art.
PA State Mayors' Association
Update of site, keeping layout and color scheme but moving to a more contemporary feel with clean HTML for easy management.
michael e. mason photography
Showcase of the many and varied photographs taken by Michael E. Mason, who specializes in sport and event photography.
kayla leasure
Acting portfolio highlighting headshots, production photos, resume, and casting information; requested pinks & grays.
kevin risner
Website for photo slideshow, C.V., & blog done in bold colors and professional, serif fonts. Clean and structured layout.
kathryn bashaar
Author website with an adapted customized Wordpress theme, focusing on purchasing information, a blog, and writing example features.
NYC master chorale
Chorale website with customized Wordpress blog theme, highlighting integration of ticket sales and donations.

cover & layout design
My role with Hyacinth Girl Press includes both the internal layouts of chapbooks and the design of some of the covers. In many cases, I work with a specific piece of cover art and arrange and style the text on it. Though in a few cases, I have chosen the art or photography and designed the entire cover from the start.


Layout Design, Hyacinth Girl Press
Here are a handful of pages from the chapbooks I have designed. You can read more about what I do at this interview I did with poet Laura Madeline Wiseman.
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Cover Design, Hyacinth Girl Press
Here are my favorites of the covers I've designed. You can find of Hyacinth Girl Press's chapbooks available for purchase at the website.

other design work
In addition to web design, I enjoy fiddling around in Photoshop. A lot of what I do is typography work with text for my blog or quotations. Additionally, I am skilled with the Scribus desktop publishing program and consider myself a beginner-to-intermediate with InDesign.

social media, blog, & other graphics
« Logo Design:
David Reck & Son Contracting: 1 | 2 | 3
2 Girls and a Sports Show: 1 | 2 | 3
« Personal Blog Typography & Graphics: Used on my blog as featured images: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4
« Web Graphics: Used for websites and social media for my day job as an Online Marketing Associate: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8