Testimonials and Accolades

Kudos from clients

We chose Gratzer Graphics because of their expertise in accessible PDFs, a strong graphic design portfolio and experience training others. I appreciated the ongoing, open, reliable communication that engendered a sense of trust and confidence.

The expertise is invaluable, but so is the network that enabled us to tap into native screen reader users who could provide direct feedback on their experience with the PDF files. Thank you for an excellent job!

A government agency

We’ve been working to make sure all of our materials are fully accessible. We still have a ways to go, but I have learned so much from this process and from working with the experts at Gratzer Graphics to help us take the steps we have taken so far—and to help guide us in the steps we still need to take.

If you don’t know much about accessibility or think that accessibility is primarily in what colors you use, then I encourage you to sign up for their newsletter. Lots of helpful tips and general learning on what accessibility means.

Janai Wallace, Greatheart Consulting

It was a pleasure to work with Gratzer Graphics on this project [remediate InDesign files for accessibility]. Colleen is very professional and highly responsive, keeping me up-to-date throughout the process. We are happy with the end product, and hope to work with Colleen again in the future.

Alycia Melick, Coffective

What a creative and talented designer Colleen is! What’s more, she knows about print production, website design and maintenance, social media marketing and so much more that’s needed to propel an organization to the next level. She is a passionate, trustworthy, deadline-conscious professional and a go-to resource. I admire her a lot!

David Gamse, CEO, Jewish Council for the Aging, Rockville, MD

I have worked on four book projects with Gratzer Graphics. In every case, it has been a dream. All of the projects were completed on time and to a very high standard.

Robert O. Walton, PhD, MRAeS, Hangtime Publishing

Colleen Gratzer is a longtime colleague and graduate of my firm’s classes in accessible design. My credentials allow me to say that Colleen is excellent at this. And she’s terrific to work with. She has my highest endorsement. (My firm is a leading consultancy for accessible design and publishing, and I am on the international committees that create accessibility standards for digital media and documents.)

Bevi Chagnon, PubCom, Takoma Park, MD

The thought of creating a new website for our nonprofit organization overwhelmed us, although we knew one was badly needed. Gratzer Graphics made it painless! They educated themselves about our work and took our ideas to a new level. They updated our logo and created a clean, new, easy-to-use website that is mobile friendly. The simplified donation process has increased donations a striking 33% for the first 3 months over the same time period last year. Heartfelt thanks to Gratzer Graphics.

Krista H., A Shelter Friend, Elizabethtown, NC

We’ve gotten lots of compliments from colleagues on the book cover. It’s really outstanding!

P. Michael Politano

In the 3 days after sending a product e-mail using the new design, we saw an unprecedented spike in purchases. Strong unique open and click rates were fantastic, but the impact to our bottom line was well worth the investment.

AABB, Bethesda, MD

Colleen did a great job creating a beautiful website for my client on a shoestring budget. Her design was innovative and she made the entire process from wireframes to final product seamless.

Lauren Musiol, The Reis Group, Washington, DC

You did a beautiful job! Our new branded postcards and email templates will advance our marketing image and enable us to communicate better with potential attendees at our events.

Susan M. Kuhn, director of professional development, Contract Services Association, Arlington, VA

Working with Gratzer Graphics has made all the difference in the world growing Sunflower Bodyworks. Our website, e-newsletters, and print materials … we have them covered beautifully and professionally thanks to Colleen’s expertise and good counsel. Perhaps more importantly, I know Colleen cares about me and about Sunflower Bodyworks. She’s part of the team and is integral to our success! Turnaround is prompt, eagle-eye proofing is excellent, and rates are fair! Gratzer Graphics rocks! Thanks, Colleen!

Kathleen Maroney-Hesser, Sunflower Bodyworks, Sandy Spring, MD

Thanks for all your work on the creative brochures. It looks like they caught the attention of a good number of people and gave us better conference attendance numbers than had been hoped!

As a fellow designer, it was a pleasure to work with someone who goes the extra mile to do the best job. I enjoyed working with you and look forward to other projects in the future.

Cynthia Richardson, Product/Production Manager, Endocrine Society, Washington, DC

You are not just artistically talented, but you must surely be gifted in reading minds as well. I really feel like you captured everything I wanted CARES to be represented as. The entire process has been a pleasure. Thank you again so very, very much.

Amanda Roberts, Director, CARES

Another job well done! We just received copies of the third edition of our 400-page Aerospace Industry Report. It looks terrific. Thank you for all your patience and professionalism. You are a pleasure to work with and a credit to your profession.”

Robert Materna, PhD, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, Marietta, GA

Colleen’s a sharp, fast pro with an eye on quality and on your budget. She knows the forest and the trees. Two fine experiences with her; looking forward to more.

Scott Hempling, Attorney at Law LLC, Silver Spring, MD

It has been absolute pleasure working with you!! You were just wonderful and the media kit is exactly what we wanted! Easiest time we had doing this material in years, so thank you! I will certainly pass your name along to everyone I know, and you are on our list for next year.

Marcie Siconolfi, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, Cold Spring Harbor, NY

It’s always great working with you. I’m pretty much always impressed with the work you do, which is why we keep coming back to you.

Luke Blanchard, Print and Online New Business Marketing Associate, Editorial Projects in Education, Bethesda, MD

I am always delighted to refer you to potential clients, knowing that you always do excellent work for me. You’re accurate, speedy, and great to work with, even when the client is a challenge. I’ll be calling on you again as soon as I have another project for you.

Sandra Carden, Carden Works, LLC, Clarence, NY

We were pleasantly surprised about how fast we produced [brochure], thanks to everyone on the team. I did say you had done an outstanding job. I thought your design was very innovative and appealing. This will be a great boost to our organization. I am sure it will be getting many compliments from our board, our agents, our church participants and others.

Bill Johnson, Communications & PR, United Church of Christ Insurance Board

Everyone loved it—they’ve been used to getting plain Word docs … and client said everyone at the conference commented—much easier to read and understand the content.

Mia Jackson, president, DORO Marketing Services, Bethesda, MD

I am extremely pleased with the logo that I commissioned from Gratzer Graphics. Not only did I get a wonderful product, but Colleen was very attentive and extremely helpful in the creation of the logo. The proofs that she provided me were top quality and helped me quickly narrow down my design choices to come up with a finished product. I have received glowing commentary regarding my logo and would happily recommend Gratzer Graphics to anyone with a graphic design project.

Dr. Antione Smith

I can’t say enough about how great of an experience it has been working with you! Quick, responsive and professionalnot to mention putting together a great product. 🙂

Michael Davis, Academy of Management, Briarcliff Manor, NY

In the Media

MEOW! laptop skinThis laptop skin Colleen designed was shown on NBC’s Go On (season 1, episode 4) on Tuesday, September 25, 2012. All proceeds from her stores are donated to shelter animals.

See the product

Giving Back

Cafepress FCAC storeColleen was featured in the Frederick News-Post for having created online stores to raise money and awareness for shelter animals.

Find out more