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My main intent as a designer is to help those in need. I love working on projects that include themes of nature, environment, travel, art, science, human rights, and education.


My ideal client is a nonprofit organization because I enjoy working with people who care for the same causes that I do. It makes designing feel more meaningful and less like work.


I also enjoy doing projects for small businesses who might need help with  branding and logo design, or marketing materials.


Individuals who have personal needs like special event stationery for weddings, birthdays, and other gatherings, are some of my favorites clients as well.


I grew up in the woods and on the banks of the AuSable river in the small town of Grayling, in Northern Michigan. Currently I live and work in Ypsilanti, Michigan which is about 40 miles West of Detroit. I love my local creative community and all the unique experiences that Ypsi has to offer.



I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2010 with my BFA and a concentration of graphic design.



For most of my career I've worked in the print industry.  I've done pre-press, print production and design work for various types of output. Over the years I've worked with colleges and universities, nonprofit groups, small businesses, and individuals.



Arts, Birding, Camping, Community, Design, Environment, Hiking, Nature, Outdoor Adventures, Photography, Science, Event Planning, Technology, Travel, Volunteer Work, and Wildlife.

CLIENT Testimonials


"I worked with Kaylan to do a complete redesign of our print newsletter and am very happy with the results! We took the time to do it right. Kaylan created cover and interior spread mockups so we could mix and match to choose our favorite designs. They were very appealing from the get-go, so it was easy to make relatively small changes and end up with a template we like. Kaylan documented our choices in a style guide I now have in my possession, which is great. I also appreciate that she struck a great balance between staying true to our official-but-outdated organizational style guide while also finding ways to make our newsletter feel fresh and modern. I am pleased with our new working relationship and highly recommend Kaylan."


Katrina Folsom – Legacy Land Conservancy


"I highly recommend Kaylan. She listens to her clients, and delivers a very creative end product. There is a quick turnaround time for projects and her pricing is very reasonable. She even spent time teaching me the Adobe suite too!"


Heidi Ruud – Ozone House


"I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend Ms. Petrie. After working with another designer and struggling to get my ideas expressed correctly and in a timely manner, Ms. Petrie knocked it out of the park. She responds quickly, listens carefully to your vision and pays close attention to detail. She will continue to be our company's sole designer."


Jill Anderson  –  Willowthorne Demesne


"Kaylan was a pleasure to work with developing and incorporating a non-profit organization's brand identity for an event they were promoting. Her graphic design insight helped drive the direction of the layout. Through use of images reflecting their vision and mission, she effectively communicated the value proposition of the organization. I would recommend Kaylan as an experienced and professional graphic designer, with the added bonus of having a print production background. Her skill set is to listen, clarify and successfully incorporate the company’s identity to produce materials that support and promote the brand message."


Della Copp – Events and Marketing Communications at CPA.com


"Kaylan came to our aid late in a project, working patiently, swiftly and professionally to bring together disparate ideas and incomplete design work into a coherent whole that included paper invitations (multiple pieces) and programs (multiple folds).  She listened carefully, offered suggestions judiciously, and finished her work within our time frame.  As a non-profit organization, we also appreciated Kaylan's discount for charitable groups.  We heartily endorse her services."


Misty Callies – Southeast Michigan Land Conservancy



I'm Kaylan


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To My Support System

Thanks to all the special people in my life (past and present) who I have learned from, who have always supported me, and who have encouraged me to do what I love. My everyday happiness would not exist without each and everyone of you.


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