Graphic Design for Print, Web and Digital Media
The Creativity to Make it Stand Out, the Experience to Make it Work

Its not just what you say, but also the way that you say it that makes an impression. This is just as true with visual communication as it is with the spoken word, so it is important that your message be presented with a fluency that takes even the most minor aspects into account.

Cranking Graphics offers a creative and holistic approach to communication and marketing tools that allows a seamless transition from print and digital media.

Professional design service includes:

Web Sites
Multimedia Presentations
Technical Illustration
Animation
Maps
Advertising
Brochures
Logos
Posters
Books
Interpretive Displays


-National Awards and Recognition-

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

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

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

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

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


-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

"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

" 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).

"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


-Community Commitment-

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April 2015-
Cranking Graphics donates the design for the 2014 annual report 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.

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

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