About Gratzer Graphics LLC

We have the vision to get results.

Founded in 2003, Gratzer Graphics LLC is a Washington, D.C.-area woman-owned design firm specializing in helping nonprofits and small businesses get better results through their branding and marketing collateral, website and publications, so they can further their missions.

Gratzer Graphics has its own mission: to raise money and awareness for shelter animals, donating all proceeds from two online stores to animal rescues and shelters.


The Team

Colleen Gratzer

Creative Director | Visual Brand Expert

Leading the team, Colleen is an award-winning designer with 20+ years of branding, print design, and web design and development experience. She is also trained in document and website accessibility.

Equally left- and right-brained, Colleen has always been an artist, with a pencil and drawing paper always in hand as a kid. She was 10 when her family got their first computer and her father taught her DOS. Studying graphic design in college (including HTML in the earliest days of websites) was a natural choice.

She is the host of the Design Domination podcast for aspiring graphic designers.

Photo by Nicole Fine Photography

Artyom Scherbyna

Rock Star Web Developer | Website Support

Artyom builds websites—from simple to complex—adding custom functionality to address specific client needs and to help clients update their content easily. He also provides support for our monthly website maintenance plans, quickly addressing technical issues, performance issues or anything else that might be needed.

Artyom holds a master’s degree in computer applications in IT and an MBA in management.

Eliza Gokun

Senior Graphic Designer | Print Production Artist

Eliza brings 15 years of experience in print design, along with creativity and attention to detail.

Eliza’s professional background includes working for a printing company and advertising agencies. She has experience in all things print, including magazines and books. She also has expertise in advertising services for medical and pharmaceutical companies.

Eliza holds a degree in journalism and mass media communication.


Special Skills

Special Skills

In addition to print and digital design, our expertise includes additional, unique skills:

  • accessibility (Section 508 compliance) for InDesign and PDF files
  • eagle eye for catching spelling and grammatical errors
  • foreign languages: Spanish (proficient) and French (intermediate)

Certifications

Certifications

In 2016, Colleen completed:

  • an accessibility course by Pubcom on Section 508 compliance for InDesign files and remediation of PDF files.
  • a six-week business course by WP Elevation, learning a process that is proven to help us get results for you.
  • a six-week website support course by WP Elevation.

WP Elevation WP Elevation [Website] Care Plans Certified


Our Collaborative Work Process

discovery

Discovery

We ask you questions related to your brand, goals, target audience and more to fully understand your needs.

design

Design

We research ideas and create concepts—trashing a few in the process—to end up with the best solution.

refinement

Refinement

You provide feedback and we refine the design and make any necessary revisions.

delivery

Delivery

Upon your approval, we provide the promised deliverables. If it is for print, we arrange for printing through trusted printers we regularly work with. We obtain the pricing, but you directly pay the printer of your choice. Once we send them the print files, they will send you print proofs, which you need to approve prior to printing.