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.  
 
My stats:
•   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. 


 

 

Client List
Bon Secours Health Care System
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Strange?s Florist and Garden Centers
Mooers Volvo
Virginia Physicians for Women
American Heart Association
Gumenick Properties
Tomac Homes 
Good Samaritan Ministries
Massey Cancer Center
Atack Properties
Greater Richmond Convention Center
Richmond Metro Convention
    and Visitor?s Bureau
Zacharias Ganey Health Institute
Greater Richmond ARC 
Virginia Housing Development Authority
DEMCO ?International Library /Wisconsin 
Secure Exchange Solutions/Maryland
The International Image Academy/Texas
Idaho Health Care Association/Idaho
Prevent Child Abuse Virginia
American Cancer Society
Centralized Credentials Verification
     Service, Inc. 
Ohio University 
United States Coast Guard
Kentucky Horse Park
Kentucky Derby Museum
     (with Gerard Hilferty & Associates)
Academy of Natural Sciences
     (with Gerard Hilferty & Associates)
Stewart-MacDonald Manufacturing