Where Creativity & Business Meet
I am passionate about creating strong relationships with my clients where great ideas result in successful marketing communications and impactful design.
My services include:
Graphic Design:
Corporate identity, proposals, logos, brochures, book and CD covers, posters, outdoor, displays etc.
Print, magazine, outdoor, newspaper, direct mail, digital media, web banners, social media
Art Direction for Advertising
Art Direction for Photography
Web Design and Consultation
Who I Am
Michael Jon Watt | Freelance Graphic Designer, Etsy Shop Owner
I have over 20 years experience as a Graphic Designer and Advertising Art Director with clients throughout the U.S. I was lucky to know what I wanted to do from an early age, and spent my formative years studying art, painting, drawing, and daydreaming about creative endeavors.
I won my first design studio position at the age of 19, and since then (after a brief stint as a mime – yep you read that right) I have worked professionally in Los Angeles, Detroit, Houston, Nashville, and my hometown of Traverse City, Michigan.
I am particularly drawn to classic typography and simple, bold graphics. I have a skilled eye for color, with strong conceptual abilities. I’m passionate about the nuances of intelligent design: detail, balance, color, imagery; and a compelling message.
I opened my first Etsy Shop in 2010 and now run several e-commerce stores: 
The Transit Design Shop, which features my original designs, including: vintage inspired word art, custom subway signs, hand-painted farmhouse signs, and posters & prints. 
Smirkantile, my original collection of funny and irreverent greeting cards and gifts. 
My work has garnered a lot of attention and has been featured in HGTV Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Better Living Through Design, The Washingtonian, and Traverse Magazine, among others. 
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