Cranking Graphics offers a creative and holistic approach to graphic design that allows a seamless transition between print and digital media.

  • Interpretive Display Design Interpretive Display Design by Cranking Graphics
  • Displays for Any Situation Displays for Any Situation by Cranking Graphics
  • Graphic Illustration Graphic Illustration by Cranking Graphics
  • Keweenaw Hertage Poster Series for C.A.N. See America Project Keweenaw Hertage Poster Series for C.A.N. See America Project by Cranking Graphics
  • Technical Illustration Technical Illustration by Cranking Graphics
  • Various Illustrations for Seismics Group, Inc. Various Illustrations for Seismics Group, Inc. by Cranking Graphics
  • Wayfinding Signs Wayfinding Signs by Cranking Graphics
  • Black Creek Sanctuary for Michigan Nature Association / Nara Nature Park for City of Houghton Black Creek Sanctuary for Michigan Nature Association / Nara Nature Park for City of Houghton by Cranking Graphics
  • Logos Logos by Cranking Graphics
  • Sample of Logos Created for Various Clients Sample of Logos Created for Various Clients by Cranking Graphics
  • Maps Maps by Cranking Graphics
  • Keweenaw Water Trail Keweenaw Water Trail by Cranking Graphics
  • Books Books by Cranking Graphics
  • Island Life for Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association Island Life for Isle Royale & Keweenaw Parks Association by Cranking Graphics
  • Websites Websites by Cranking Graphics
  • A Sample of Websites Created for Various Clients A Sample of Websites Created for Various Clients by Cranking Graphics
  • Digital Art Digital Art by Cranking Graphics
  • Greasefoot Greasefoot by Cranking Graphics
  • Advertising Advertising by Cranking Graphics
  • A Sample of Advertising and Promotion Items for Fort Wilkins A Sample of Advertising and Promotion Items for Fort Wilkins by Cranking Graphics
     

Professional design service includes:
Interpretive Displays, Technical Illustration, Graphic Illustration, Wayfinding Signs, Maps, Advertising, Brochures, Logos, Posters, Books, Websites.



-National Awards and Recognition-

State History Award
Black Voices in the Copper Country programming series and exhibits- Michigan Technological University
Historical Society of Michigan Special Events/Programs category 2016

Honorable Mention
Island Life: An Isle Royale Nature Guide- Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association
Association of Partners for Public Lands Media and Partnership Awards 2009

Award of Merit
An Interior Ellis Island Web Site- Michigan Technological University
American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) 2007

Bronze Medal
Finlandia University Student Recruitment Presentation on CD
Annual Admissions Advertising Award, Admissions Marketing Report 2005

Gold Medal
Finlandia University Web Site
Annual Admissions Advertising Award, Admissions Marketing Report 2005

-Client Testimonials-

"You recently designed our GK12 logo and I just wanted to say thanks for doing such a great job. We're seeing the logo in different places, in color and in black and white, and it always looks cool and elegant and conveys so much about what our program is about. This is the third logo you've done for a group with which I'm involved and I remain very impressed with your skills! And I always recommend you, all the best".
Kathy Halvorsen- Michigan Technological University

"We so appreciate that Mike Stockwell of Cranking Graphics, himself a volunteer land steward, is willing to share his considerable expertise in the creation of interpretive trail signs for Michigan Nature Association nature trails. The signs that he has designed for both Black Creek Nature Sanctuary and for Rooks Memorial Nature Sanctuary are creative, clear and concise, and fit well in a natural setting. Many thanks, Mike!"
Nancy & Bill Leonard, Michigan Nature Association

" Thank you so much for all the talent and work you've shared with our organization. The pamphlet and website have really helped to establish SKY, thanks to you. You'll have played a big part in making a positive impact in children's lives."
Board of Directors, Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY)

"Mike Stockwell / Cranking Graphics created the logo for my new company. He was great to work with, very patient, and guided me through every step of the design and decision-making process.
I highly recommend him for any creative visual needs or graphic design projects. thanks Mike!"
Greg Wright, Adventure Learning Ecotours

"To be honest, I was very nervous, thinking it'd be a nightmare, for my understanding "computer guys" always lack teaching as well as people skills. I was wrong. It was positive learning experience. During our web site maintenance phone support Mike was very clear with his instructions, and precise at the time of explaining what I needed to know. He was able to guide me through so I was able to make some updates on the web site in less than an hour, that is counting waiting for a slow web connection. I highly recommend his services."
Mónica V. Nugent, Northwest Michigan Health Services

-Community Commitment-

January 2017
Cranking Graphics donates the design for a logo for L'Anse Area Schools.

October 2016
Cranking Graphics donates the design for trail side maps of the Rooks Nature Sanctuary for Michigan Nature Association.

July 2016
Cranking Graphics donates the design for a two sided rack card for Little Brothers, Freinds of the Elderly.

February 2016
Cranking Graphics donates the design for the 2015 annual report for Little Brothers, Freinds of the Elderly.

April 2015
Cranking Graphics donates the design for the 2014 annual report for Little Brothers, Freinds of the Elderly.

December 2014
Cranking Graphics donates the design for trail side maps of the Black Creek Nature Preserve for Michigan Nature Association.

November 2012
Providing an In Kind donation to Michigan Tech Archives, Cranking Graphics provides the design for a poster, traveling exhibit, brochure and postcard for "Tumult & Tragedy, the 1913 - 14 Copper Miner's Strike".

April 2011
Cranking Graphics donates the design of a poster for a 3-D presentation at Calumet Theater for Isle Royale Natural History Association.

April 2010
Cranking Graphics donates the design of a poster for a 3-D presentation at Calumet Theater for Michigan Tech Archives.

April 2010
Cranking Graphics donates the design of logo for Keweenaw Bike to Work Day.

April 2010
Cranking Graphics donates the design of a brochure and website for Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY).

December 2008
Cranking Graphics donates the design for wayfinding signs at Nara Nature Park.

August 2006
Cranking Graphics donates the website design for Keweenaw Water Trail.

July 1999
Cranking Graphics donates the design for the Keweenaw Water Trail Map.