David Hamilton Design Gears Up For Political Season

David Hamilton Behind the Scenes

It’s November in Humboldt County. The leaves are turning color, car defrosters are suddenly a very popular feature, and political figures are raising money for next year’s election.  For a graphic designer that means political logos, yard signs, business cards and websites.

I recently finished up this logo and website for District Attorney candidate, Arnie Klein, a former deputy district attorney who decided to come out  of retirement to clean up Humboldt County’s D.A. office.

The Technical Details:

Arnie’s site is designed to be accessible for many content editors and contributors.  It uses WordPress as a content management system installed on his own hosting account.  The homepage features several easy to edit widgets and the most recent three blog entries post to the bottom of the home page as headlines.  It is also easy for anyone with an administrative account to log in, edit pages, add events or swap photographs.  Donations are accepted through Paypal or through U.S. Mail.

Of course it’s not enough to have a good content management system if you don’t have the content to go with it.  Arnie and his team spent weeks gathering information about his past cases, awards and accomplishments, and accolades about his career. Then they took an important step and brought in a professional photographer.  I came along for the photo shoot  and as usual Evan Wish Photography came through with some excellent shots, including the delightfully iconic photo on the homepage.

Of course I also provided multiple size ratios and layouts for the logo, including versions sized for yard signs, business cards, buttons, as well as a custom Facebook cover photo.

Final cost was in the $1000 – $1500 price range.