Hiiiiiii! I'm Dorey & I help free-thinking music, lifestyle, restaurant, wedding, & travel industry businesses + individuals look AMAZING both online & in print.
Combining graphic design, photography, & mixed media art, I turn dreamy ideas into visual realities, creating valuable impressions that last, intriguing audiences both new & established. Whether you’re a large organization, small company, or simply striking out on your own - I provide professional, friendly, & collaborative services catered to your unique situation. I have a strong background in branding & understand that having a stunning identity matters more than ever in our rapidly changing world. That's why regardless of if it's the look & feel of a logo, the lighting in a photo, the alignment of text on a poster, or just about anything else that involves visual aesthetics - I approach each detail in the projects that I touch with an artistic expertise informed by a passion for design.
I've been working in the creative field since receiving my BA in Design + Minor in Studio Arts from San Jose State University of California in 2009. Originally from they Bay Area of California, currently based in the city of Chicago, I'm usually in front of my computer or behind my camera in my home studio. When I'm not geeking out creatively, you can find me traveling our beautiful planet, practicing yoga, making weird music, or drinking a craft cocktail at some hipster bar with my significant other.
"Honestly, I do not know where to begin! (Which is exactly what I told Dorey when we first started working on my website...) I was overwhelmed and nervous about creating a website - thank goodness for Dorey. She is truly talented and professional, and her creative eye is like no other. She helped guide me through a tech world I feel ill equipped to deal with in such a graceful, upbeat manner. Working with her has been such a joy and she was able to streamline the creative process in a way that was easier for me to tackle. Pretty much brought my site to life and I had a great time throughout. She even taught me how edit it myself! Through it all, the cherry on top was that she was totally warm, patient, and sweet from start to finish! If I could, I would give her way more then 5 stars... more like 20 gold shooting stars!"
- Samantha Joslyn / Owner of Bewitched Beauty / Walnut Creek, CA
"Working with Dorey on my brand redesign was a great experience. Whether it's logos, business cards, flyers, brochures, icons, photos, or web design, Dorey can help. Not only that, but she's very knowledgeable about her field and is able to provide an array of useful online and print resources that helped me get the most out of our work together. I highly recommend her for your next brand redesign or promotional campaign! "
- Adam Robbert / Owner of Pacific Editing / Bay Area, CA
"Dorey is the best! You will not find another photographer that works as hard and as dedicated as she does. Dorey is extremely professional and takes her time making sure you feel comfortable in front of the camera. I am in love and obsessed with every picture Dorey has sent me. Dorey took my engagement pictures and wedding pictures, and I couldn't be happier!"
- Ashley Stephens / Bride / Raleigh, NC
"Dorey is one of the most talented and dedicated graphic designers I've ever worked with. Our band has relied on her for almost all of our design/photography because she is so consistently awesome at her job, and she reads her clients so well that I barely ever need to even give her direction - she takes small ideas and makes them big, creating long-lasting brand identities. I would highly recommend hiring her - both in the short-term and in the long-term. She's the kind of person you definitely want to keep working with!"
- Sam Brownson / Lead Singer & Guitarist of Sedgewick / Chicago, IL
"Dorey did an unbelievable job photographing our wedding day! Not only was she a joy to work with, she took such time and care editing and crafting the photos to help us create a wonderful momento of the day! Highly recommend!"
- Laura Camerer / Bride / Chicago, IL
"Working with Dorey was such a dream! She came to our house and took photos of my little family a few months ago, and while I'm usually not very comfortable in front of the camera, she's so personable and laid back that I felt like I was hanging out with a friend rather than having my photo taken. Before our session, we chatted about our vision for the shoot and I shared a few inspiration shots with her, and she came prepared to take the style of photos we'd like (including bringing a few props to the shoot!). Dorey is great with kids and is flexible about taking breaks when little ones need to eat or get changed or just enjoy a minute without a camera in their face. I've recommended her to several friends!"
- Annie Metiz / Owner of Ethica Collective / Chicago, IL
"Honestly, I do not know where to begin! (Which is exactly what I told Dorey when we first started working on my website.) I was overwhelmed and nervous about creating a site - thank goodness for Dorey. She is truly talented, professional and her creative eye is like nonother. She helped guide me through a tech world I feel ill equipped to deal with in such a graceful, upbeat manner. Working with her has been such a joy and she was able to streamline the crative process in a way that was easier for me to tackle. She brought my site to life and I had a great time throughout the process. (She even taught me how edit it myself!) The cherry on top - she was totally warm, patient, and sweet from start to finish! If I could, I would give her way more than 5 stars... more like 20 gold shooting stars."
- Samantha Joslyn / Owner of Bewitched Beauty / Bay Area, CA
"Dorey is amazing! She was able to bring designs out of my head that I didn’t even now were in there! I couldn’t describe what I wanted with my logo, and didn’t even know exactly what I wanted, and yet, somehow she created designs that are totally me and exactly what I was looking for. Dorey has a real gift of understanding people and creating designs that fit the individual/brand."
- Amy Thompson / Owner of Amy Thompson Photography / Bay Area, CA
"Dorey is so talented!!! I don't have the vocabulary necessary to convey how incredibly excited I was to see my logo ideas come into fruition. She is amazing!"
- Jason Lutz / Owner of Honey Forms LLC / Denver, CO
"Style. Humor. Freshness. Brightness. And a certain Joie de Vivre. Those are the words I often used to describe Dorey's design work - and, if I am being thorough - her personality. When we were looking for a designer to help take our design communication to the next level, there was simply no competition to Dorey's work after weeks of interviews. She has a brilliant way of telling a story - with a very specific time and place - with her work. She was easy, pleasant, and interested in hearing feedback on her craft. There were several times we had some very specific - but completely unintelligible ideas that we needed her to incapsulate, and she was always able to read between the lines to deliver something truly fresh and innovative. I loved working with Dorey - and look forward to crossing paths with her again in the future."
- Mike Ganino / Operating Partner at Protein Bar Restaurants / Chicago, IL
"Dorey is a bright star who really loves to create and refine both beautiful and functional designs. I had the pleasure to work along side Dorey on many photoshoots for in-store and product imagery, as well as strategizing their successful integration into larger project management flow. She has a great eye and passion for the craft of bringing energy and life to illustration. I would also recommend Dorey for any organization that embraces the notion of individual contribution, as she was always a reliable source for a strong well thought-out perspective that arrives with a professional collaborative cheer."
- Phil Fox / Executive Chef at Protein Bar / Chicago, IL
"Dorey was so wonderful to work with and her attitude was so refreshing."
- Bob Knuth / Art Director at Second City / Chicago, IL
"Dorey is one of my all-time favorite candidates to work with."
- Amy Banks / Recruiter at Creative Circle / Chicago, IL
"Dorey is an amazing graphic designer. She is very efficient and makes sure to get all of your ideas out on the table before she starts designing. Then she takes your ideas and turns them into something even better and more beautiful than you could have imagined. Some of her work can be found throughout our website. I am very happy to have worked with Dorey and I wouldn't use any other graphic designer!"
- Rebecca Borough / Owner of #KNIT Marketing / Los Angeles, CA
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ENTREPRENEURS / SMALL BUSINESSES
Honey Forms LLC
NONPROFITS / EDUCATION
STATIONERY / GREETING CARDS
Life influences my art. Things that happen in my dreams and in real life show up on my canvases. I tend to tell personal stories and experiences by collaging things like drawings and photographs with different paints and inks, creating abstract, surreal scenarios. Sometimes I'll attach items I've discovered in nature or recycled objects I've collected from my daily adventures to add a special, multi-interpretational dimension to each work of art.
I truly believe that there are no mistakes in art, only opportunities. This concept can lead me to work on a single piece intermittently for months, even years, on end. I continue to experiment by adding different mediums over time, bringing contrast and three dimensional qualities to flat surfaces. I love bright colors, the subconscious, and psychedelia - all of which I try to convey through my choices of paints, mediums, and textures. I believe in spirit animals, the power of the cosmos, and energies that we can't always see, but we can feel. These ideas are what get me started on each new work of art, and also help me decide when a masterpiece is finished.
Inspiration comes from sources both in and outside of myself every single day... From things like nature and the news, to songs, the words of a teacher, a hidden message in a dream, the hustle and bustle of the cities I visit, or just the process of creation alone. The subconscious mind, music, auras, yoga, and my ever-changing surroundings influence each thing that I make.
Bonnaroo 2013 VIP Artist Compounds
Bow Truss Coffee
The Silver Room
The National Pastime Theater
SAN FRANCISCO, CA
111 Minna Gallery
Color Jam Live + Work Space
Big Umbrella Studios
Everybody's Bike Shop & Gallery
Brief Space : Metreon
The Sports Basement
Le Burge't Salon
SAN JOSE, CA
The Art Ark
San Jose State University Art Department
SANTA CRUZ, CA
The Mill Gallery
Cabrillo College Gallery
PUBLISHED PHOTOS & WORK
Location, interior, & detail photography for Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea published in Zagat
Location, interior, & detail photography for Fairgrounds Coffee & Tea published in Imbibe Magazine
Graphic design, layout, & photography for January 2015 edition of Craftposium Magazine
Food photography & styling for Protein Bar Restaurants published in Thrillist
Food photography & styling for Protein Bar Restaurants published in Refinery29