Stilson Greene Graphic Design & Illustration

Stilson Greene Graphic Design & Illustration Award winning design & illustration since 1980. I started my graphic design/illustration studio in 1980 in Historic Downtown Leesburg, Virginia.

I have both regional, national and global clients. My strong suits are logo development/branding, ad design/strategy, menu and brochure design. I am an award winning illustrator, painter and editorial cartoonist. Who's Who in America, Best of Loudoun Poll Loudoun's Best Graphic Designer -1990 through 2020, 12 Gold and 6 Silver VPA Awards, 2 National SNA Awards, Best Graphic Design Firm and Best Marketing Firm Loudoun Local Poll 2014, Recipient of Thomas Balch's John Devine Historical Award, Town of Leesburg Ambassador Award, Innovation Award Winner, The Leesburg George Marshall Award, Member of the Lemonhead Council.

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My favorite ice cream master maker Rachelle Windle's new venture is rolling out. An Ice Cream Truck serving her soon to ...
10/06/2020

My favorite ice cream master maker Rachelle Windle's new venture is rolling out. An Ice Cream Truck serving her soon to be world famous creations (Butter Brickle mmmmmm). I'm so happy that she asked me to design her logo, look for her truck and hit her up on Instagram for now. Visit Loudoun

Designing logos and doing illustrations is the visual front of graphic designers/illustrators, but the nuts and bolts of...
09/29/2020

Designing logos and doing illustrations is the visual front of graphic designers/illustrators, but the nuts and bolts of our work is the utilitarian aspect of design. Communication. Putting the client's concept together with copy and visuals to push their message forward. The vehicle can be print or digital; both need to be succinct and to the point but visually arresting without blurring the pitch. This is a sample of a new campaign.

I was commissioned by a client to illustrate and design 2 T-shirts for his Great Scientists series. Here they are. I'll ...
09/15/2020

I was commissioned by a client to illustrate and design 2 T-shirts for his Great Scientists series. Here they are. I'll let you know when they are produced and where to purchase them if interested. Don't ask me what the equations mean, I just draw them. :)

It's a privilege when you have the opportunity to design a project that is close to your heart. Stephen Moore hired me t...
08/14/2020

It's a privilege when you have the opportunity to design a project that is close to your heart. Stephen Moore hired me to design the book cover for his and owner Gary Oelze's upcoming release on The Birchmere. A place where I saw and became friends with Eric Lowan & Dan Navarro, saw and visited with Waylon Jennings for the last time and enjoyed many more fantastic acts. It's one of the best musical venues in the World. I did a few designs but a caveat was expressed after the first round to make the old neon Birchmere sign part of the cover. This is the final approved piece - I also posted the original photo of the sign and the marquee to show how I changed the letters to the book title. I cannot wait to read this volume and see all the wonderful photos from this historic "joint".

Thank you Rusty Foster of Bow Tie Strategies for the introduction to David Keuhner of One Family Brewing. That intro led...
08/07/2020

Thank you Rusty Foster of Bow Tie Strategies for the introduction to David Keuhner of One Family Brewing. That intro led to this design for their new Go Slow Double IPA label. It was a privilege to do this for a business committed to our community.

Thank you so much for voting me Loudoun Now's favorite 2020 Graphic Designer. I am humbled to be recognized in 32 consec...
07/29/2020

Thank you so much for voting me Loudoun Now's favorite 2020 Graphic Designer. I am humbled to be recognized in 32 consecutive years of polls. My Thank You ad has 32 logos I've done over the years, each one an honor to design. I'm sure you'll see a few you know. I also want to congratulate some of my design clients who also achieved favorite status. I thank them for their support over the years, and allowing me to design their "thank you" ads: Lightfoot Restaurant, Blake Landscapes, Bow Tie Strategies and Music Planet Radio.

Coming soon! I designed new tshirts for Smokin Willy here are two of the color schemes. Thanks Chris Scharrer for your f...
07/11/2020

Coming soon! I designed new tshirts for Smokin Willy here are two of the color schemes. Thanks Chris Scharrer for your faith and patronage. #graphicdesign #illustration #logodesigner

Thank you Christine Langley-Obaugh for trusting me to design your new logo for your business STREST - The Stress Reducti...
07/07/2020

Thank you Christine Langley-Obaugh for trusting me to design your new logo for your business STREST - The Stress Reduction Spot. The journey of grief and anxiety is a life journey symbolized by the ever changing path of this tree icon, but with help and trust, the tree eventually grows upwards.

It is very cool to do ad design work for Virginia Village Shopping Center. This was the first and only shopping center i...
06/23/2020

It is very cool to do ad design work for Virginia Village Shopping Center. This was the first and only shopping center in Leesburg when I young. It is still serving Leesburg and Loudoun. Check out their July 4th Specials. Village 9 Salon EyeCare Center of Leesburg H&R Block IronHide Academy Tompkins Orthodontics Dominion Electric Supply Enterprise Rent-A-Car Live Better Hearing The Clay and Metal Loft CycleLuv Doner Bistro Leesburg Express Care Pharmacy YMCA Loudoun County OAR Nova American Exteriors & Masonry Connections Health Center United Bank Leesburg NAPA AUTO PARTS Wells Fargo Bank Argus Services Neil McNerney Jackson Hewitt Tax Service Loudoun Soil and Water Conservation District American Cleaners Leesburg Coin Laundry Maverick Bicycles & Cafe The Compounding Center Deli South J&L Interiors, LLC Pro-Fit Ski & Boot Service Swim Gem Inc. Vocelli Pizza Loudoun Pilates Local Wood Signs By Dave Sterling Carpet Shops, Inc. Leesburg Chiropractic & Massage, PLLC Leesburg Farmers Market

My Ad this week in Loudoun Now. Thank you Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, Ketterman's Jewelers, Tonia Chagnon of Deligh...
06/18/2020

My Ad this week in Loudoun Now. Thank you Friends of Leesburg Public Arts, Ketterman's Jewelers, Tonia Chagnon of Delightful Plans, ByteRatio, Fleur de Leah, Waterford Foundation Inc., Andrew and Callie Turner of Calasrai Farms, and Maverick Mowing for trusting me with your logo designs.

Logo design for Maverick Mowing, the icon can stand alone. It was a pleasure working with Chris Groves and his son Liam.
06/11/2020

Logo design for Maverick Mowing, the icon can stand alone. It was a pleasure working with Chris Groves and his son Liam.

Rusty Foster of Bow Tie Strategies commissioned me to design a Virginia Is For Bow Tie Lovers graphic for use on Tee's a...
06/01/2020

Rusty Foster of Bow Tie Strategies commissioned me to design a Virginia Is For Bow Tie Lovers graphic for use on Tee's and other merchandise as well as Social Media posts. Here is the design and one for Pride month, also.

My Loudoun Now ad this week.
05/12/2020

My Loudoun Now ad this week.

05/03/2020
Fabbioli. Visit Loudoun.

Beth Hockenberry Erickson asked me to do something virtual for Visit Loudoun so I did a drawing of Doug Fabbioli of Fabbioli Cellars. After the pencil sketch I hit record then inked and colored. I wish I captured a better likeness but once I hit record I cannot stop it and then resume. I also have to do this in 6 minutes to make a 2 minute speed version, anything longer than that and it’s too much. Stay safe.

A few years ago Callie Turner and her husband Andrew hired me to do a logo for their Vizslas. These beautiful animals in...
04/21/2020

A few years ago Callie Turner and her husband Andrew hired me to do a logo for their Vizslas. These beautiful animals inspired the logo, as a matter of fact the illustration in the design is one of their favorite dogs. Since that time they have expanded their reach into other facets of their business path. Because of that expansion they asked me to design, in the same vein, their other enterprises' logos. Because the logo is horizontal they also needed Social Media badges and avatars to fit into square and circles. Here's the end product. Thank you Callie and Andrew for you loyalty and trust.

Here are some new Social Media Badges for Cerphe and Susan over at Music Planet Radio, including three new #BeatleWednes...
04/15/2020

Here are some new Social Media Badges for Cerphe and Susan over at Music Planet Radio, including three new #BeatleWednesday, if I have to tell you who the other three are you not listening enough. Stay safe. Stay home. Cerphe's Up. Come together alone.

Usually I post new logos or illustrations that I've done for clients here, but today's post will be different. As much a...
04/07/2020

Usually I post new logos or illustrations that I've done for clients here, but today's post will be different. As much as I love designing logos and drawing, the meat and potatoes of graphic design is producing communication between client and audience. Store stand ups, flyers (All-Pro Services, Inc.), truck magnets (Amazing Flame Gas Fireplace Service and Repair), fridge magnets (Priority 1 Plumbing & Drain Services), and ads (Eyetopia, Inc. - The Eyewear Vault), this is where message, copy, art, photography and design meet to market, inspire, inform and brand.

03/29/2020

Thought I’d bring you a little Fab in a quick color sketch from pencil rough to color in a minute thirty four. Stay safe. Have hope. Stay home and listen to The Beatles. God bless.

Staying home I decided to keep my chops up by doing some sketches and sharing them with you. This first one is all about...
03/22/2020

Staying home I decided to keep my chops up by doing some sketches and sharing them with you. This first one is all about love, love that knows no boundaries or time. Stay safe. God bless.

Poster design for Tryst Gallery show March 6, Ambient Punk.
03/02/2020

Poster design for Tryst Gallery show March 6, Ambient Punk.

A new logo for Tonia Chagnon's company, I'll let her tell you: "My little company needed a facelift - so I reached out t...
02/24/2020

A new logo for Tonia Chagnon's company, I'll let her tell you:

"My little company needed a facelift - so I reached out to the best in the biz and look what he did! I love it - it has personality but still corporate-ish. An events company can't be boring and totally corporate, right? Thank you Stilson! Your patience (heavy on the patience with this one), your ability to untangle the spaghetti noodles of what I liked and didn't and wanted and hated, and the way you just nail it in the 2nd round - you are amazing! New website, and such coming soon - but just had to share this!"

Thank you Tonia, it was pleasure.

Now that their beautiful new store is open I can share with you the new refreshed Ketterman's Jewelers logo. I'm blessed...
02/13/2020

Now that their beautiful new store is open I can share with you the new refreshed Ketterman's Jewelers logo. I'm blessed to work with this family who entrusted me years ago to design their logo and now again when they begin this big new chapter. Thank you.

I’ve been a successful graphic designer for over 40 years, and believe that fonts have personality and a feel but to sta...
01/29/2020
In these polarized times, people see even fonts as liberal or conservative

I’ve been a successful graphic designer for over 40 years, and believe that fonts have personality and a feel but to start labeling them liberal or conservative is asinine. Idiots.

Researchers found that people perceive certain fonts and font styles as more liberal and others as more conservative.

Over the last few years I've had the supreme pleasure to work with Jan Williams Kernan and her family in developing Bleu...
01/22/2020

Over the last few years I've had the supreme pleasure to work with Jan Williams Kernan and her family in developing Bleu Frog Vineyards logo and branding. Here are the newest labels for their products from the vine. We decided this collection should be a unified design motif with color, fonts and texture being the distinguishing factors.

12/17/2019
Here are 4 logos designed in the last few months. It's always a pleasure working with previous and new clients. I also k...
11/21/2019

Here are 4 logos designed in the last few months. It's always a pleasure working with previous and new clients. I also know much more about monospaced fonts and bits from Sean McLellan as I designed the ByteRatio logo. After all these years still collecting knowledge for the design vault with every job.

My ad in Loudoun Now.
10/24/2019

My ad in Loudoun Now.

Logo designs for a career Bridging Company, TrestleHire, and a Human Resources Consultation Company, Partner HR. Both of...
10/03/2019

Logo designs for a career Bridging Company, TrestleHire, and a Human Resources Consultation Company, Partner HR. Both of these designs reflect a clean modern austere approach without sacrificing corporate personality. I'm really proud of both of these logos.

A mural I designed and illustrated for a client depicting the W&OD Railroad from Leesburg to Ashburn. It is 24' x 9' and...
09/23/2019

A mural I designed and illustrated for a client depicting the W&OD Railroad from Leesburg to Ashburn. It is 24' x 9' and printed on 6 concrete wall panels. It was a very cool project and I love the muted palette I was allowed to use.

It’s cool when I redesign a venerable logo and see it taking its place in the business branding. Thank you John Frye and...
09/19/2019

It’s cool when I redesign a venerable logo and see it taking its place in the business branding. Thank you John Frye and Blake Landscapes for your trust.

Updating our logo on our office door. Thanks Andrew for your steady hand and skills!

I loved doing this logo for Big Face Barbecue. Look for Tigo's sauces and food cart very soon as he prepares for the lau...
08/29/2019

I loved doing this logo for Big Face Barbecue. Look for Tigo's sauces and food cart very soon as he prepares for the launch of his catering and food truck business. A true pleasure to work with and I cannot wait for his Q.

Thank you for your votes and support for voting me Favorite Graphic Designer in Loudoun Now's Annual Poll. I am apprecia...
07/25/2019

Thank you for your votes and support for voting me Favorite Graphic Designer in Loudoun Now's Annual Poll. I am appreciative of every vote and minute of time spent. I am also happy for the clients that I design and market for throughout the year that won. Here are four whose ads I designed for the special print section. Music Planet Radio, Lightfoot Restaurant, Blake Landscapes and Spanky's Shenanigans. Note: Cerphe and Susan must have a lot of faith in me for letting me go wild with "Klaatu Barada Nikto."

I guess when you want a hippie design I may be the go to cat. It was wonderful to work with Beth Hockenberry Erickson an...
07/18/2019

I guess when you want a hippie design I may be the go to cat. It was wonderful to work with Beth Hockenberry Erickson and Mark Roeber at Visit Loudoun on the Summer Of Love Music Festival. Here's the poster, and the music looks fantastic. Groovy. Far Out. Man

So here's some cool news. Tryst Gallery has commissioned me to illustrate and design a series of 7 posters to coincide w...
07/01/2019

So here's some cool news. Tryst Gallery has commissioned me to illustrate and design a series of 7 posters to coincide with their music series art shows. These posters will be hand silk screened by Turner Hilliker's Holiday Pay Press and will be signed and numbered. They will go on sale before each show, remember they are a limited run. And what's also cool is Cerphe and Music Planet Radio are sponsoring the series with promotion and playlists. The first poster is for Chill Pop. Contact Tryst Gallery for more information, I do believe there will be a special if you order all 7 in the series. Here's the first of those 7.

I probably would not be the first graphic designer that would come to mind to create a logo for a flower business. But I...
06/25/2019

I probably would not be the first graphic designer that would come to mind to create a logo for a flower business. But I am happy Leah Foster chose me to design her Fleur de Leah logo. As her business name plays on "Fleur de Lis" my design does the same.

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Partner in Marquis Investments LLC, owners of The Laurel Brigade in Leesburg, Virginia, Creator and Founder of Acoustic on the Green, Leesburg's Summer Music Series and Co-creator of Jingle Jam a rock n' roll Christmas concert for charity, 2009 - 2011 Vice-President Leesburg Downtown Business Association (LDBA), Founding Member of Downtown Improvement Association, Past Board of Directors: Thomas Balch Library and DIA, Partner in Shenandoah Records LLC, Owner, Bishop's Gate LLC, Brand Chairman LDBA 2011 -2013.

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Voted Best Graphic Designer in Loudoun for 32 consecutive years.

I started my graphic design/illustration studio in 1980 in Historic Downtown Leesburg, Virginia. I have both regional, national and global clients. My strong suits are logo development/branding, ad design/strategy, menu and brochure design. I am an award winning illustrator, painter and editorial cartoonist.

Who's Who in America, Best of Loudoun Poll Loudoun's Best Graphic Designer -1990 through 2019, 12 Gold and 6 Silver VPA Awards, 2 National SNA Awards, Recipient of Thomas Balch's John Devine Historical Award, Town of Leesburg Ambassador Award, Innovation Award Winner, The Leesburg George Marshall Award, Rotary Citizen of the Year 2019, The Paul Harris Fellow National Award.

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