sam niemiHey, I’m Sam.
I design web sites and marketing tools for Lutherans.

Are you a Lutheran church, organization or business owner who needs to make your web site look like it belongs in this century? (Or perhaps you suffer from logo shame?) I help Lutherans serve their neighbors through smart, strategic web and graphic design that works.

Here’s what I’ve been up to lately...

Lutheran Public Radio logo
  • Lutheran Public Radio logo
  • Worldview Everlasting logo & stationery
  • Lutheran Community Care Centre logo & stationery
  • Alignment Chiropractic logo & business card
  • Sleeping Giant Loppet logo & business card
  • Dog Lake Firewood logo & business card
  • Instep Foot Care logo
Luther prayer poster
  • Luther prayer poster
  • Worldview Everlasting brochure
  • Paper back book cover for Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Mission
  • CD & jacket for John Dolce
  • Sleeping Giant Loppet brochure
  • Lutheran Community Care Centre annual report
  • Luther Easter hymn poster
bethel_web
Bethel Lutheran Thunder Bay web site

sam and dana niemi

A bit about me

By trade, I’m a registered graphic designer [rgd]. By grace, I’m baptized into Christ.

Born and raised Lutheran, the Lutheran church and her members are very important to me. That’s why I'm using my talents and gifts to serve you, my brothers and sisters in Christ. From Lutheran churches who proclaim the Gospel every week, to Lutherans who are serving their neighbors through their own businesses or organizations, I want to help you with your graphic and web design needs. And I have over twenty years experience working in the graphic design industry. That means the communication materials I design for you will be clear, accurate and uniquely persuasive. Why? Because, like you, I have a deep appreciation of the Lutheran faith and an obligation, by vocation, to serve my family, my church, and my community to the best of my abilities.

The nitty-gritty...

professional

  • Graphic Design Diploma from Sheridan College, Oakville, ON
  • Professional Member, Association of Registered Graphic Designers
  • 20 years experience with international clientele

personal

  • Chairman, Elder, Bethel Lutheran Church, Thunder Bay, ON
  • Married, beautiful wife Dana
  • Regular listener of Issues, Etc., Lutheran Public Radio, Worldview Everlasting, Table Talk Radio

playful

  • Summer – mountain biking, cycling, paddling, running, hiking, camping
  • Winter – cross-country skiing, snowshoeing
  • Everyday – eating, sleeping, maxing and relaxing
Registered Graphic Designer

How I can help

I partner with Lutheran churches and organizations to design the whole spectrum of communication services:

Identity Design

  • branding and corporate identity – logos, guidelines, stationery packages, communication materials, packaging
  • corporate communications and information design – newsletters, annual reports, training materials, business forms, presentations

Print Design

  • advertising and marketing – posters, brochures, catalogues, cd covers, direct mail, promotion and event marketing
  • environmental graphic design – interior/exterior signage, exhibit and trade show booths, point of purchase (POP) displays
  • editorial design – books, magazines, newspapers, calendars
  • print broker – print planning, management, pricing

Web Design

  • custom html or wordpress – responsive, mobile-friendly, search engine optimization, content management systems
  • e-commerce – online donations, shopping cart
  • social media – branded social media profile images, page setup, e-mail marketing
  • services – domain name registration, web hosting, security, ssl

How we work together

We all want projects to run smoothly with no frustrations or surprises on either side. That’s why we start out on a fact-finding mission together: I ask you questions, make notes, ask more questions, and make a few more notes. Hopefully, this is over coffee, or some other drink of choice because this is the hardest part— as far as you’re concerned, that is. After that, your role looks more like smooth sailing and relaxation, maybe popcorn and a movie, mimosas at the pool, whatever floats your boat. (For me, life gets a bit more creative and technical and involves hunkering down in my office. Much less glamorous.) I keep you in the loop and show you the fun stuff. You tell me what you like. Then, we refine, polish, and finally print or publish, depending on your project.

If you want to see our time together in neat phases, generally there are four:

  • The Meeting – I collect the info from you so we have the same vision and foundation on which to build. (If your vision is a bit fuzzy right now, don’t worry, that’s what my questions are for. We’ll get there!) Also, we can “meet” via e-mail, phone, FaceTime, Skype, etc., whatever is best for you and your schedule. Free technology is great!
  • The Brain-storming – I take the clear goals, explore all the ways to get there, narrow it down, and present you with several distinctive concepts.
  • The Refining – This is when you take a break from golfing and let me know what you think, which concepts to focus on, the direction you want to go. And then I go back to work…
  • The Moment You’ve Been Waiting For – your finished product! In your hand, in cyberspace, in your client’s hands, in magazines – wherever it’s supposed to be – delivered, safe, happy and brand new. Your unique product.

Where to get more info

Whether it’s the latest industry podcast, conference, or class, I’m always plugged in to stay on top of design trends, digital advances, and new marketing strategies. (To learn more about what graphic design can do for your business, please visit the design organizations below.)

The same goes for Christianity: I am grateful to have been fed and strengthened over the years by diving deeper into theology, listening, learning, and most importantly, receiving the gifts Jesus hands out every Sunday. (To learn more about what Jesus has done for you, visit the Lutheran links below.)

Want to get in touch?

To reach me for consultation, questions, or estimates, please feel free to call or e-mail.

Sam Niemi

  • phone: 807.345.3383
  • e-mail: [email protected]

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