Porter Smith-Thayer, Principal Designer and
Founder of Graphic Presentations
My clients are successful innovators with important information to share. My passion is distilling the essence into compelling images that tell the story in an instant! The power of a well-designed image lies in its ability to communicate without explanation.
While I have extensive experience as a graphic designer, I'm also an artist and former dancer. This background is reflected in my designs, which embody color, shape, movement and energy. I visualize the possibilities, ask the questions others might not think to ask, and draw out what you want to portray, even when you aren't entirely sure yourself.
I'm hands-on throughout the creative process and consistently deliver high quality in all situations. Whether it's cutting-edge technology or drawing by hand, I can do whatever it takes to achieve the look you want. I especially like creating powerful logos that stand the test of time.
The process we undertake together is dynamic, interactive, creative, and fun. I bring energy, experience, and technical skill to every step to deliver on your vision, connecting you with your audience in a meaningful way.
You are busy running your business. I'm your artistic and strategic resource, from concept to finish. You can trust that I will do it right.
The golden rule is my guide and I believe that kindness begets kindness. I choose to work with socially responsible businesses and organizations that put kindness and inclusiveness first. When I'm not designing, painting, or crafting, I'm investing my time in starting Be An Ally, LLC, an organization dedicated to working together for the common good.
• I graduated from Ohio University School of Design with a second major in modern dance.
• I moved to Richmond in 1988 and founded Graphic Presentations, which today serves an
impressive list of clients across the country, including corporations and nonprofits.
• One of my proudest moments as a designer was working for the Tibetan Learning
Center on a series of six DVD covers and menus for the Great Treatise on the Stages
of the Path to Enlightenment, 2008, given by the Dalai Lama. I was privileged to
attend when His Holiness spoke at Lehigh University and will never forget his gentle
smile, the unwavering clarity of the teachings, and his joyful demeanor.