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  • Welcome to my site

    Hey there! I'm Steve Wagner, an intuitive Graphic Designer and Illustrator that brings ideas to life and helps my clients look their best!

    Take a look around and you'll see my expansive portfolio, read about my creative process and services, and find out a little more about me! You can also visit me on Facebook @VibeKitchen, LinkedIn Steve-Wagner, Instagram thevibekitchen and Twitter @theVibeKitchen.


    Latest Projects

    Brit's Pub invitation

    BioFuels Automation

    Catering tri-fold brochure

    Culver's of Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, and Hutchinson

    Testimonials

    Swanson Flo Systems

    I have worked with Steve for several years, on many projects ranging in scale from large to small. He listens to our needs and provides great work with a commitment to deadlines and excellent customer service. Steve is a pleasure to work with!

    - Liz Sand

    Innate Ability Chiropractic

    Expect amazing! I hired Steve to develop a logo, all of my marketing materials and a website for my new chiropractic clinic. I provided a concept of ideas for a new logo and Steve brought my brand to life! He is timely, competent, compassionate and thorough. I'd recommend Steve for any creative project you're considering!

    - Dr. Marcia Kreuger

    Mirrorscape™ developer

    I hired Steve to help create a sell sheet for a new product I patented. I could not have asked for a better individual to work with! He took my product concept and help bring it to life on paper! He was very instrumental in creatively highlighting all the product's features on a single page. He was very easy to work with and would highly recommend him to anyone who is in need of a graphic designer.

    - Erin Michael, Physical Therapist

    BioFuels Automation

    While working with Steve, I have found the service and design to be absolutely top notch. He provides the creative to my linear thought process with a minimum of supervision or guidance. Steve stayed within our design guidelines for all projects, and met every deadline presented, even when we were being unreasonable with our expectations. He has exceeded my expectations, which are high.

    - Sid Sondag

    Eduweb

    Steve was our staff graphic designer and illustrator for over 15 years, and an essential part of Eduweb's development process. He designed the look and feel for hundreds of websites, interactives, and games, tackling each one with care, dedication, and skill. His contributions to our projects are inestimable. He also brought to every project his innate good cheer and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done right. I recommend him to anyone who wants a thoughtful, careful, and talented graphic designer and illustrator.

    - David Schaller

    The Press Check People

    I love it. I am checking spelling, etc and will let you know later today if I have any edits. I love the color & design. It is exactly what I pictured and wanted it to reflect the website's look. A fine job Mr. Wagner.

    - Sandi Peterson

    Great Chicago Stories

    I only have a couple of hours left here at the Chicago History Museum, but it's important to use a bit of that time to say how amazing this looks. Once again, you've brought to life an amazing interactive. Kudos! I look forward to future work with you in my new role as Associate Director of Distance and e-Learning.

    - Nancy Ross

    Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat

    Congratulations! The website is fabulous! You and eduweb have done a great job! The timeline is absolutely ingenious, not to mention visually stunning! I am so impressed, but not surprised.

    – Beth Schneider, Dir of Ed at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

    Into the Book

    The students were fully engaged while working and disappointed when we had to leave for recess. The next day, they wanted to go back on the site. Thank you for creating such an engaging and productive site! I can't wait until my second graders get more into the summarizing because I love the pirate stories!! Very clever!!

    - Kathleen Norton, Bailey Elementary School

    Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull

    It’s like the ultimate adventure game: Board a spaceship, fly to a warped part of spacetime, and drop into a black hole. Welcome to the visually stunning Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull.

    - Mitch Leslie, writer for Science Magazine

  • More about me

    I Got Married on Maui

    One honeymoon highlight was our sunrise bike tour at Haleakalā National Park. We arrived at the summit before dawn, watched the sun rise over the crater, and then biking down. Check that off the bucket-list!

    I Help Coach My Kids' Soccer Teams

    I love spending time with my kids, and one great way is to volunteer on their sports teams. I've been head coach for my son's teams for six seasons in a row.

    I Can't Resist a Tasty Burger

    Witness my son and I about to dive into our Five Guys burgers and cajun-seasoned fries!

    I Love Road Trips!

    On the way to visit family living in Saratoga, Wyoming, we always pit stop at Mirror Lake before crossing over the top of Snowy Range.

    My Kids are Awesome!

    Face-painting, followed shortly thereafter with some beautiful henna tattoos, at my daughter's school carnival.

    I Can Transform into "Vacation Steve"

    After a long flight, collecting our bags, and picking up groceries, it's time to relax... You make cocktails and I'll start the grill!

    Catching my vibe?

    Time to toot my own horn! My versatility with visual styles provide a fresh and captivating appeal that attracts the audience you desire. I create dynamic logos, icons, and layouts that stand out from the rest and provide maximum impact.


    I have over 18 years of graphic arts and design experience, and am well versed with each step of the creative process. I am reliable for managing project schedules and meeting deadlines. I'm known for bringing clients' ideas to life and helping them look their best. Toot toot!


    Ready to dig in to your next project, or just starting out and have lots of questions? Contact me at steve@thevibekitchen.com or [612] 220-5870 and let's chat!

    Explore each of the links below to browse my portfolio:

  • design services

    Ready to dig in to your next project, or just starting out and have lots of questions? Contact me at steve@thevibekitchen.com or [612] 220-5870 and let's chat!


    BRANDING & CORPORATE IDENTITY

    Annual reports
    Art direction
    Brainstorming
    Business cards
    Logo development
    PowerPoint presentations and templates
    Promotional materials
    Stationary
    Vehicle and window vinyls
    Visual identity [look and feel]


    ONLINE PRESENCE

    Banner ads
    Constant Contact campaigns
    eNewsletters
    Facebook business page setup,
    banner design, post scheduling

    PRINT DESIGN

    Banners and posters
    Birth announcements
    Brochures and flyers [tri-fold, multi-page, etc]
    Business cards and stationary
    Magazine ads
    Presentation folders
    Retractable banners
    Trade show graphics
    Special events [corporate, reunions, etc]
    Wedding invitations, menus, rsvps, table signage


    WEB DESIGN

    Frontend site development
    Mobile-friendly design
    Site maps and flowcharts
    Website updates and maintenance
    WordPress site installation and build-out
    Google Analytics

    ILLUSTRATION

    App and gaming GUI elements
    Character development
    Infographics
    Logo development
    Icon design
    PowerPoint charts and graphics
    Steam achievement icons


    MOTION & VIDEO DESIGN

    Animated icons and diagrams
    Character animation
    Product demos
    Video editing and graphics
    YouTube channel production and management


    OTHER

    Photo retouching

  • design services

    BRANDING & CORPORATE IDENTITY

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    ONLINE PRESENCE & WEB DESIGN

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    GRAPHIC & PRINT DESIGN

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    ILLUSTRATION

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    ANIMATION & MOTION

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    OTHER

    Photo retouching Photo retouching


    Testimonials

    Eduweb

    Steve was our staff graphic designer and illustrator for over 15 years, and an essential part of Eduweb's development process. He designed the look and feel for hundreds of websites, interactives, and games, tackling each one with care, dedication, and skill. His contributions to our projects are inestimable. He also brought to every project his innate good cheer and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done right. I recommend him to anyone who wants a thoughtful, careful, and talented graphic designer and illustrator.

    - David Schaller

    Swanson Flo Systems

    I have worked with Steve for several years, on many projects ranging in scale from large to small. He listens to our needs and provides great work with a commitment to deadlines and excellent customer service. Steve is a pleasure to work with!

    - Liz Sand

    Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat

    I want to write and let you guys know how great I think the Basquiat site turned out. The timeline is absolutely ingenious, not to mention visually stunning! I don't know what sort of techie voodoo you guys are into over there, but the result is incredible! As I always say, you guys are the best of the best. Congratulations on a job well done.

    - Molly, Brooklyn Museum

    Into the Book

    The students were fully engaged while working and disappointed when we had to leave for recess. The next day, they wanted to go back on the site. Thank you for creating such an engaging and productive site! I can't wait until my second graders get more into the summarizing because I love the pirate stories!! Very clever!!

    - Kathleen Norton, Bailey Elementary School

    Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull

    It’s like the ultimate adventure game: Board a spaceship, fly to a warped part of spacetime, and drop into a black hole. Welcome to the visually stunning Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull.

    - Mitch Leslie, writer for Science Magazine

    MouthPower Online

    As a parent, I have never seen a link that was so well thought out, so well animated, and yet taught the children exactly the right messages. The design of the site is very inviting, and the sections of the site were even fun enough to do again and again (even though there was no tooth to win). I congratulate you not only for the content and its animation, but also for the impact you are making in a virtual world to children that are no where near your facility. I will be encouraging the rest of Emily's troop, and other troops as well, to take the MouthPower challenge. I know that they will enjoy it as much as my daughter, and perhaps learn about healthy habits as well.

    - Dana Noeske, Girl Scouts troop-leader

  • Animation

    The Wolf and the Dog - African American Fable

    Colonial Williamsburg

    The Wolf and the Dog - Aesop's Fable

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Doctor Know activity introduction

    Arizona Science Center

    Building Detroit: 1860's scene

    Detroit Historical Society

    Building Detroit: 1890's scene

    Detroit Historical Society

    Power Up! exhibit trading cards

    Maryland Science Center

    Plight of a Trade Minister characters

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Packing for the Unknown - Parachute Demo

    National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian

    Forces of Flight Activity activity introduction

    National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian

    Into the Book: Synthesizing Tangram

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    London Factor activity introduction

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Texas Independence: The Road to Independence

    Star of the Republic Museum, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

    SMARxT Doctors

    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    PestWorld for Kids activity introduction

    National Pest Management Association

    Kids Design Network homepage

    DuPage Children's Museum

  • Print Design

    Titan Heat Transfer™ brochure

    BioFuels Automation

    You've Got Kelly business cards

    You've Got Kelly Consulting

    HF-390 FFS magazine ad

    Hamer Fischbein

    Pumpkin Carving Contest invitation

    Hamer Fischbein

    Jennifer & Michael wedding stationary

    Style Aisle

    Healing Audios ad

    Wings of Freedom

    Swanson Flo Performance poster

    Swanson Flo

    NFL Game Day poster

    Hamer Fischbein

    IV Pole flyer

    Fisher HealthCare

    Stahl Consulting business cards

    Stahl Consulting

    Brit's Pub invitation

    BioFuels Automation

    Swanson Flo Performance 4-page brochure

    Swanson Flo

    Megan & Aaron wedding stationary

    Style Aisle

    Water Treatment magazine ad

    Swanson Flo

    Titan Heat Transfer™ tradeshow banner

    BioFuels Automation

    Mirrorscape™ marketing materials

    Erin Michael, Physical Therapist

    Winning Team tradeshow banners

    BioFuels Automation

    Winning Team tradeshow booth sign

    BioFuels Automation

    Catering tri-fold brochure

    Culver's of Chanhassen, Eden Prairie, and Hutchinson

    Phlebotomy Cart 8-page brochure

    CENTiCARE Corporation

    Hydro Vision tradeshow banners

    Swanson Flo

    IV Pole 12-page brochure

    CENTiCARE Corporation

    Trap Shooting & Dinner invitation

    Swanson Flo

    Water Treatment magazine ads

    Swanson Flo

    Titan Heat Transfer™ brochure/ folder

    BioFuels Automation

  • Web Design

    Wings of Freedom website

    Wings of Freedom

    Texas Independence

    Star of the Republic Museum, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

    Timeline of Independence

    Star of the Republic Museum, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

    Global Report: Child Labor introduction

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Global Report: Child Labor location

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Tuskegee Airmen Flight Leader

    National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian

    Swanson Flo website

    Swanson Flo

    My Pop Studio

    Temple University School of Communication and Theater

    Great Chicago Stories location

    Chicago History Museum

    Ad It Up

    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

    Street to Studio: The Art of Jean-Michel Basquiat timeline

    The Brooklyn Museum

    Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull

    Space Telescope Science Institute

    Architect Studio 3D

    Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

    U-505 Submarine Capture!

    Museum of Science and Industry

    The Renaissance Connection

    Allentown Art Museum

  • Illustration

    Into the Map: State Mastermind characters

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    Product Category and Customer Service icons

    Hamer Fischbein

    Floral Arrangements, Table Settings, and Carpet

    White House Dinner Dash app

    Four-Course Meals

    White House Dinner Dash app

    Engineering the Wright Way: 1903 Flyer

    National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian

    Frontier Agent: Shawnee Village

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Frontier Agent: Wyandot Village

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Frontier Agent: Fort Niagara

    Colonial Williamsburg

    WolfQuest Steam Achievement icons

    Eduweb & Minnesota Zoo

    Astronaut Academy station badges

    Smithsonian TechQuest

    Doctor Know: Patients

    Arizona Science Center

    Doctor Know: Exam Room

    Arizona Science Center

    Into the Map: Sneaky Mansion scene

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    Into the Map: Sneaky Spy Taxi scene

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    Friendship or Family? gameboard

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Into the Book: Monsters Treehouse

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    Into the Book: Monsters to the Rescue!

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    WolfQuest animals

    Eduweb & Minnesota Zoo

    Lagoon Builder animals

    Brevard Zoo

    Lagoon Builder scene

    Brevard Zoo

    Traders & Raiders: Pirate Crews

    Historic Hudson Valley

    MayBelle portrait

    Christmas Present for my Wife

    Farmers' Museum map

    Harvest of History and the Farmers' Museum

    Design an Air Racer

    National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian

    Balance of Power characters

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Deadwood Illustrated: Main Street

    Dakota Experience

    Run to Freedom: River Crossing level

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Jamestown Unearthed scenes

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Squish the Fish characters and scenes

    John G. Shedd Aquarium

    The Day Clarence Ran Away

    Childrens Book Project

  • Interactive Design

    Doctor Know: DimensionViewer

    Arizona Science Center

    Doctor Know: waiting room patients

    Arizona Science Center

    Engineering the Wright Way: Airfoil Design

    National Air & Space Museum

    Engineering the Wright Way: Engine Design

    National Air & Space Museum

    Pox Hunter game

    Stockton University

    Putt the Planets app

    Eduweb

    Epidemic! game

    Center for Public Heath Education and Outreach

    A Sailor's Life for Me! app

    USS Constitution Museum

    Vilify Me! app

    International Spy Museum

    Sim ALMA

    ALMA Observatory

    Building Detroit: Trading

    Detroit Historical Society

    Building Detroit: Your Life

    Detroit Historical Society

    When Worlds Collide app

    Eduweb

    Design an Air Racer

    National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian

    WolfQuest game

    Eduweb & Minnesota Zoo

    Anaconda: A War of Ironclad Production

    Colonial Williamsburg

    Into the Book

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    Forces of Flight

    National Air & Space Museum, Smithsonian

    MouthPower Online

    National Museum of Dentistry

    Hold the Fort! game

    National Park Service

    Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull - Module 1

    Space Telescope Science Institute

    Black Holes: Gravity's Relentless Pull - Module 2

    Space Telescope Science Institute

    Architect Studio 3D: Interior Design

    Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

    Command the U-505

    Museum of Science and Industry

    Find the U-505

    Museum of Science and Industry

  • Logos & Icons

    Heavenly Feast BBQ logo

    Heavenly Feast BBQ

    Beyond Chiropractic logo

    Beyond Chiropractic

    WolfQuest Steam Achievement icons

    Eduweb & Minnesota Zoo

    Pox Hunter game title

    Stockton University

    Product Category and Customer Service icons

    Hamer Fischbein

    China: Diplomatic Dragon game icon

    George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

    Into the Map: Worldmaker icons

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    When Worlds Collide game title

    Eduweb

    Hamer Hammers softball jersey

    Hamer Fischbein

    Doctor Know game title

    Arizona Science Center

    Carry On Firearms logo

    Carry On Firearms

    WolfQuest game icon

    Eduweb & Minnesota Zoo

    Into the Map: P.O.V. Pairs icons

    Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    UMHE 2014 logo

    Upper Midwest Health Expo

    Power Up! game title

    Maryland Science Center

    Astronaut Academy station badges

    Smithsonian TechQuest

    Traders & Raiders game title

    Historic Hudson Valley

    Mirrorscape™ logo

    Erin Michael, Physical Therapist

    Sim ALMA game title

    ALMA Observatory

    Innate Ability Chiropractic logo

    Innate Ability Chiropractic

    Cold War Dare game icon

    George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

    Titan Heat Transfer™ logo

    BioFuels Automation

    Titan™ Sales, Performance, Trak & Design logos

    BioFuels Automation

    WolfQuest game title

    Eduweb & Minnesota Zoo

    Crypto Club activity logo

    University of Chicago

  • Clients

    Do you want your business to get noticed and stand out from the competition? That's where I come in!

    Your business is an investment, and you want to create a memorable first impression that draws in repeat and new customers alike. The more attention you initially put into your overall look-and-feel, the more you will benefit in the end.


    I'm known for bringing clients' ideas to life and helping them look their best!

    I have experience working with a wide spectrum of clients - from first-time business owners and kick-starters to universities, zoos, and world-famous museums. During my 15 years working for Eduweb I had the rare opportunity to work with some amazing systems, most notably the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and multiple projects for the Smithsonian and National Air & Space Museum.


    Interested? Whether you are an entrepreneur just starting out or have an established business and want to take it to the next level, contact me at steve@thevibekitchen.com or [612] 220-5870 and let's get started! I listen, strategize, and create the project that you've been dreaming of!


    Award-Winning Projects

    Building Detroit for Detroit Historical Society

    2013 AASLH Award of Merit, 2012 Silver Medal MUSE Award - Games and Augmented Reality category

    A Sailor's Life for Me! for the USS Constitution Museum

    2011 Bronze Medal MUSE Award - Online Presence category

    Texas Independence for the Star of the Republic Museum, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site

    2010 Award of Merit - American Association of State and Local History, Wilder Awards - Silver Award for Non-Print Media

    WolfQuest for Eduweb & Minnesota Zoo

    2009 Bronze Medal MUSE Award - Games and Augmented Reality category, Education Award - Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Editor’s Choice Award - Children’s Technology Review

    Into the Book for the Wisconsin Educational Communications Board

    The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) - Instructional Media Product in a Large Market Award, Teacher Resources in a Large Market Award

    Great Chicago Stories for the Chicago History Museum

    2008 Best of the Web - Educational, Silver Medal MUSE Award, Award of Merit - American Association of State and Local History

    Street to Studio: Jean-Michel Basquiat for the Brooklyn Museum

    2006 MUSE Award - Art Interpretation, American Association of Museums Jim Blackaby Ingenuity Award

    Black Holes: Gravity’s Relentless Pull for the Space Telescope Science Institute

    Pirelli International Award - Physics category: 1st place, 2005 Bronze Horizon Interactive Award

    Architect Studio 3D for the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust

    2004 Bronze Medal MUSE Award - Art Interpretation category

    The Renaissance Connection for the Allentown Art Museum

    2004 Best of the Web - Educational category

    The Artist’s Toolkit for the Minneapolis Institute of Arts

    2003 Gold Medal MUSE Award - Best Educational Use category, Honorable Mention - MUSE award for Art Interpretation

    Kids Design Network for the DuPage Children’s Museum

    2002 Gold Medal MUSE Award - Two-way Communication category

  • Contact the vibe kitchen

    Steve Wagner

    Eden Prairie, MN
    Phone: [612] 220-5870
    Email: steve@thevibekitchen.com


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  • my creative process

    I work closely with you, jump in head-first, listen to and integrate your feedback, and create the project you've been dreaming of! Interested? Whether you are just starting out or have an established business and want to take it to the next level, contact me at steve@thevibekitchen.com or [612] 220-5870 and let's get started!


    1. Let's Chat: We meet for a free consultation. If we can't meet in person - Skype, Zoom, or a phone call works too. I listen to your wants and needs, and use my intuition to ask the right questions and strategize the perfect solutions.


    2. Brainstorm and Dig In: Any existing logos, style guides, and marketing materials you provide get analyzed to ensure a consistant look and feel. I research your target market and your competition, and throw that in the mix.


    3. Think Big: I go with my gut and rough out the ideas floating around in my head. Icons, logos, and characters are usually concieved as sketches. Web and print designs begin as wireframes as I explore potential colors and fonts.


    4. Get Focused: Those sketches and rough compositions transform into refined vector graphics and layouts. More ideas often bubble to the surface during this stage. I self-edit as the project evolves.


    5. Pull Back the Curtain: Here's when I present to you what I've been working on. Each variation is labeled for easy reference. You may like the colors from one version, and the font of another. We discuss and agree on the next step of development.


    6. Revise and Upgrade: I get back to work. I integrate your feedback and continue to enhance and improve on your project.


    7. Special Delivery! I see the job all the way through until it's delivered to you. Finalized print and digital projects are provided in the formats required.