Trevor Kinkade Design

Trevor Kinkade Design

Brands that Dream

I’m Trevor, a graphic designer creator & branding expert with a belief in doing what you love. I help dreamers bring their ideas to life through well-crafted brands & logo design that lasts. Following your passion is a must. If you have a project we can work on together, do not hesitate to reach out. I’d love to see your dream through.

Case Studies

Brand design and packaging for a salsa that is hot, VERY HOT.

Logo design and brand identity for a rockin’ veteran owned brewery.

Innovative design for an ever changing industry.

Ambitious branding and design for a startup social media safety application.

A design first brand and style forward logo that rallies electronic dance music fans.

Branding and logo design for a local Colorado Springs king of tires.

Timeless branding and logo design for a Colorado Springs man of keys.

Impactful logo design and branding that athletes will be proud to represent.

A Process That Works

Connection

It’s always better to work with friends! We first establish a foundation in a creative brief conducted face to face or over the phone. We discuss what drives you, what inspires your venture, and how we can meet your goals and aspirations.

Discovery

Great design is well informed. We take careful note of your market and competition in order to differentiate your brand for its target audience. A brainstorming session with good ole’ paper and pencil kicks off the creative flow and yields a healthy volume of sketches and ideas.

Development

Our strongest ideas are selected and brought to digital life with key design principles and best practices. These designs are toiled over and adapted into polished concepts ready for presentation.

Proposal

Multiple options are key to success. Our concepts are presented to you in a professional proposal with mock-ups to aid visualization. We analyze the symbolism and strengths of each piece – the most fitting design is chosen.

Refinement

Details are key. With your feedback in mind, we refine the design until it’s perfected. Adjustments are made to white space, kerning, vector points, and other key factors. The end result is a polished product that will last.

Deliverables

Your final design might include multiple variations in various colors. All industry standard files are packaged together in a comprehensive file kit: svg (vector), png (transparency), eps (editing), Pantone colors, and other file types as needed.

Feedback

(50+ Google Reviews, 5 star average)

“Trevor is a true pro! I knew from the start we were going to end up with a product I was absolutely in love with, and he definitely delivered.”

– Cody Carson, Frontman & Singer, Set It Off

"Super easy and friendly to work with, but also, truly owns the experience. Trevor went above and beyond to bring our vision to life."

– Christian Valdivieso, Head of Partnerships, REAL GOOD STUFF CO.

"The process was a lot more thoughtfully planned than I could have expected. I don't think many other designers would have put in as much effort as Trevor did."

– Kayla Blackburn, Owner, Front Range Foodies & Casa Azul

"Nothing was thrown together. Trevor took time to understand our story and create a logo with meaning behind it."

– Derek Jackson, Co-Founder, Cyber Dive

"Trevor did an incredible job interpreting the concept in our head and turning it into an outstanding logo and amazing identity."

– Andy Reynolds, Head Brewmaster, Alexandria Brewing Company

"Working with Trevor has been a breath of fresh air. He carries himself with great confidence and is a consummate professional."

– Sterling McMannis, Owner, Modernize My Site

"Trevor has a unique ability to understand design’s impact on your goals and vision. His suggestions are always strategic and thoughtful."

– Ariana Cuan, Founder & Head Strategist, Adapt Social

"It was everything that I wanted, but I didn’t know that I wanted it! Trevor is talented and the process was easy."

– Nikki Taylor, Owner, Studio 43

Recent Work

  • Let's hear it for the Colorado Basketball Network! ... your go-to for Youth Basketball in the Rocky Mountain state.

@hoopdreamsnation 

#BrandsThatDream #ColoradoBasketballNetwork 

#basketball #colorado #coloradobasketball #denver #coloradosprings #logo #logodesign #brand #branding #branddesign
  • So you have a slam-dunk idea, but it's so obvious, you know you can't be the first to think of it. Here's how to distance that already used solution into a new piece. 

This is the Colorado Basketball Network, and although this icon idea is well-treaded, a couple small identifiers like the yellow and vintage line running through the C make it stand apart from the rest.

@hoopdreamsnation 

#BrandsThatDream #ColoradoBasketballNetwork 

#basketball #colorado #youthbasketball #bball #coloradosprings #hoops #hoopdreams #logo #design #logodesign #branddesign
  • Rumbling guitars & vintage vibes.

Here's a piece of cover art for my 𝐄𝐋 𝐑𝐄𝐓𝐔𝐌𝐁𝐎 playlist on Spotify.

Music is a key part of any designer's process, so I keep a few thematic playlists to pair with certain projects I'm working on. 

El Retumbo is 'The Rumble', a collection of retro rock and distortion. This cover captures that vibe - western, noisy, pop art.

#design #spotify #coverart #vintage #retro #western #linkwray #guitar #distortion
  • Testing out some brush techniques with this guy, now unceremoniously know as 'Cactus Face'.

For my AI nerds, this is just a scatter brush built from a simple circle. At varied sizes, it paints like a grainy texture. 

#cactus #cacti #saguaro #arizona #illustration #adobeillustrator #illustrator #design
  • Flashback to earlier this Summer when I helped @alexandriabrewingcompany create this monster crowler can. 

We were going for something a little bit neutral, a look that could represent any brew.

#BrandsThatDream #AlexandriaBrewingCompany 

#design #beer #crowler #brewing #brewery #brewmaster #independentbeer #kentucky #alexandriakentucky
  • A fresh mockup for US Leather Cleaning. This image really helped us seal the deal for this logo concept. 

#BrandsThatDream #USLeatherCleaning 

#logo #logodesign #drycleaning #leather #leathercare #kentucky #alexandriakentucky
  • It's all about the badges now!

Even though they're overly complicated and busy, I started creating 'badges' to go along with each logo project. In addition to the classic logo, it's nice to have an extra stylish alternate. 

#BrandsThatDream #USLeatherCleaning 

#logo #logodesign #logodesigner #design #graphicdesign #leather #leathercleaning #badge
  • Here's an elaboration on the chosen concept for US Leather Cleaning. These folks loved the clean, contained approach, but elected to include a hide shape in the monograms instead of just the square.

#BrandsThatDream #USLeatherCleaning 

#logo #logodesign #design #branding #branddesign #leather #leathercleaning #drycleaning #usa
  • A follow-up here with the Visita Guanajuato poster: I wanted to show off some of the more nuanced texture, an aspect I’m really proud of!

For my AI nerds, here’s how the technique went down…
- copy and paste shape
- make above shape darker or lighter
- make mask
- place a charcoal brush line within mask
- increase line weight to stretch brush horizontally to a ridiculous degree (that’s the texture effect)
- angle the line perpendicular to the direction I wanted the texture
- cap it off with a roughen distort & grain layer

#design #art #poster #travelposter #guanajuato #mexico #sanmigueldeallende
  • I went back to my roots! 

Some might know - I found my passion for design through travel posters. With zero graphic design experience, I cobbled together pixelized images I didn't own and stole all my ideas from Disneyland. It was crude, but there was a vibe to it.

These days, I'm focused on other things, but every so often, I go back to the illustration table and try to set the bar higher. 

This new composition (depicting Guanajuato, Mexico) is just that. More detailed than ever, and hand-crafted with some new techniques that give it that organic look.

Thanks for checking it out!

#Guanajuato #Mexico #Mexican #Travel #TravelPoster #Design #PosterDesign #Illustration #Vintage #Painting #Art
  • Something big in the works!

I'm going back to my design roots with a vintage travel poster, one with more detail than ever.

#mexico #guanajuato #travelposter #illustration #vintage #design #texture
  • The Force is Ready.

#ReadyForceLogistics #BrandsThatDream

#brand #branddesign #branding #logodesign #mockup #logistics #shipping #military #army
  • This is 𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐘 𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐂𝐄 𝐋𝐎𝐆𝐈𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐂𝐒, a start-up delivery team based out of San Antonio made up of Army Veterans.

Tucker wanted a set of logos that made a nod to service and matched their intensity to deliver. 

The solution was a simple, yet bold RF monogram, along with this alternative star mark, which is an obvious (perhaps even plagiarized) reference to the iconic Army/Airforce star-in-a-circle-logo.

#BrandsThatDream #ReadyForce 

#logo #logodesign #design #branddesign #logistics #veteran #military #trucking #delivery #amazon
  • Just a teaser going into the weekend. 

Are you ready? #ReadyForce #BrandsThatDream 

#logistics #trucking #military #american #design #logodesign #logo #monogram #ready
  • Every so often, I lend a hand to the badasses at @shipwreckbarbershop to flesh out some sweet designs. These guys send me the coolest pieces to work with - and I'm along for the ride!

Here's a look at the can designs we whipped up for the @shipwreckpomade line. 

#BrandsThatDream #Shipwreck #ShipwreckBarbershop 

#barber #barbershop #pomade #california #riversidecalifornia #design #productdesign #mockup #photoshop
  • It all comes to a head.

Caleb, the owner of Orth Fabrication sent me this pic of their new caps, and I couldn't be more proud. What a looker.

#BrandsThatDream #OrthFabrication 

#logo #logodesign #patch #patchhat #hat #ballcap #truckerhat #fabrication #metalwork #welding #kentucky
  • A drop of orange! 💥🍊🔥

This Orth badge handles color well - so much so, we had to draw the line at nine variations (which is still a lot). 

#BrandsThatDream #OrthFabrication 

#logo #logodesign #design #badge #graphicdesign #retro #vintage #throwback #patch #metalwork #fabrication #welding #welder
  • Logo design is much more than one specific mark. A great design is flexible and can shape-shift for a variety of uses. 

Here's the full system behind Orth Fabrication, made up of an icon, three wordmark variations, and a special-use badge.

#BrandsThatDream #OrthFabrication 

#logo #logodesign #logodesigner #fabrication #welding #welder #contractor #metalwork #design #wordmark
  • It's Orth Fabrication!

Big thanks to everyone who voted in the poll. The majority opinion ended up being the pick! 

Orth really liked the soft vintage feel of this mark, and the whole logo system turned out really nice. Can't wait to show it off.

Background: Orth Fabrication is a welding shop out of Alexandria, Kentucky. 

#BrandsThatDream #OrthFabrication 

#logo #logodesign #design #wordmark #vintagedesign #retrodesign #throwback #welding #welder #fabrication #alexandriakentucky #kentucky #cincy
  • A couple photoshopped mockups seals the deal on the Ellsworth Medical Center redesign. We can't wait to see it in action!

Background: Ellsworth is a critical access hospital in central Kansas, but don't let their rural location fool you - this clinic has equipment and professionals on par with the larger regional hospitals. So, we wanted their logo to reflect legitimacy, a mark to elevate their status from small town clinic to regional powerhouse. 

#BrandsThatDream #ModernizeMySite 

#logo #logodesign #brand #branding #marketing #medical #hospital #healthcare #nurse #ellsworth #kansas
  • Let's hear it for the Colorado Basketball Network! ... your go-to for Youth Basketball in the Rocky Mountain state.

@hoopdreamsnation 

#BrandsThatDream #ColoradoBasketballNetwork 

#basketball #colorado #coloradobasketball #denver #coloradosprings #logo #logodesign #brand #branding #branddesign
  • So you have a slam-dunk idea, but it's so obvious, you know you can't be the first to think of it. Here's how to distance that already used solution into a new piece. 

This is the Colorado Basketball Network, and although this icon idea is well-treaded, a couple small identifiers like the yellow and vintage line running through the C make it stand apart from the rest.

@hoopdreamsnation 

#BrandsThatDream #ColoradoBasketballNetwork 

#basketball #colorado #youthbasketball #bball #coloradosprings #hoops #hoopdreams #logo #design #logodesign #branddesign
  • Rumbling guitars & vintage vibes.

Here's a piece of cover art for my 𝐄𝐋 𝐑𝐄𝐓𝐔𝐌𝐁𝐎 playlist on Spotify.

Music is a key part of any designer's process, so I keep a few thematic playlists to pair with certain projects I'm working on. 

El Retumbo is 'The Rumble', a collection of retro rock and distortion. This cover captures that vibe - western, noisy, pop art.

#design #spotify #coverart #vintage #retro #western #linkwray #guitar #distortion
  • Testing out some brush techniques with this guy, now unceremoniously know as 'Cactus Face'.

For my AI nerds, this is just a scatter brush built from a simple circle. At varied sizes, it paints like a grainy texture. 

#cactus #cacti #saguaro #arizona #illustration #adobeillustrator #illustrator #design
  • Flashback to earlier this Summer when I helped @alexandriabrewingcompany create this monster crowler can. 

We were going for something a little bit neutral, a look that could represent any brew.

#BrandsThatDream #AlexandriaBrewingCompany 

#design #beer #crowler #brewing #brewery #brewmaster #independentbeer #kentucky #alexandriakentucky
  • A fresh mockup for US Leather Cleaning. This image really helped us seal the deal for this logo concept. 

#BrandsThatDream #USLeatherCleaning 

#logo #logodesign #drycleaning #leather #leathercare #kentucky #alexandriakentucky
  • It's all about the badges now!

Even though they're overly complicated and busy, I started creating 'badges' to go along with each logo project. In addition to the classic logo, it's nice to have an extra stylish alternate. 

#BrandsThatDream #USLeatherCleaning 

#logo #logodesign #logodesigner #design #graphicdesign #leather #leathercleaning #badge
  • Here's an elaboration on the chosen concept for US Leather Cleaning. These folks loved the clean, contained approach, but elected to include a hide shape in the monograms instead of just the square.

#BrandsThatDream #USLeatherCleaning 

#logo #logodesign #design #branding #branddesign #leather #leathercleaning #drycleaning #usa
  • A follow-up here with the Visita Guanajuato poster: I wanted to show off some of the more nuanced texture, an aspect I’m really proud of!

For my AI nerds, here’s how the technique went down…
- copy and paste shape
- make above shape darker or lighter
- make mask
- place a charcoal brush line within mask
- increase line weight to stretch brush horizontally to a ridiculous degree (that’s the texture effect)
- angle the line perpendicular to the direction I wanted the texture
- cap it off with a roughen distort & grain layer

#design #art #poster #travelposter #guanajuato #mexico #sanmigueldeallende
  • I went back to my roots! 

Some might know - I found my passion for design through travel posters. With zero graphic design experience, I cobbled together pixelized images I didn't own and stole all my ideas from Disneyland. It was crude, but there was a vibe to it.

These days, I'm focused on other things, but every so often, I go back to the illustration table and try to set the bar higher. 

This new composition (depicting Guanajuato, Mexico) is just that. More detailed than ever, and hand-crafted with some new techniques that give it that organic look.

Thanks for checking it out!

#Guanajuato #Mexico #Mexican #Travel #TravelPoster #Design #PosterDesign #Illustration #Vintage #Painting #Art
  • Something big in the works!

I'm going back to my design roots with a vintage travel poster, one with more detail than ever.

#mexico #guanajuato #travelposter #illustration #vintage #design #texture
  • The Force is Ready.

#ReadyForceLogistics #BrandsThatDream

#brand #branddesign #branding #logodesign #mockup #logistics #shipping #military #army
  • This is 𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐃𝐘 𝐅𝐎𝐑𝐂𝐄 𝐋𝐎𝐆𝐈𝐒𝐈𝐓𝐂𝐒, a start-up delivery team based out of San Antonio made up of Army Veterans.

Tucker wanted a set of logos that made a nod to service and matched their intensity to deliver. 

The solution was a simple, yet bold RF monogram, along with this alternative star mark, which is an obvious (perhaps even plagiarized) reference to the iconic Army/Airforce star-in-a-circle-logo.

#BrandsThatDream #ReadyForce 

#logo #logodesign #design #branddesign #logistics #veteran #military #trucking #delivery #amazon
  • Just a teaser going into the weekend. 

Are you ready? #ReadyForce #BrandsThatDream 

#logistics #trucking #military #american #design #logodesign #logo #monogram #ready
  • Every so often, I lend a hand to the badasses at @shipwreckbarbershop to flesh out some sweet designs. These guys send me the coolest pieces to work with - and I'm along for the ride!

Here's a look at the can designs we whipped up for the @shipwreckpomade line. 

#BrandsThatDream #Shipwreck #ShipwreckBarbershop 

#barber #barbershop #pomade #california #riversidecalifornia #design #productdesign #mockup #photoshop
  • It all comes to a head.

Caleb, the owner of Orth Fabrication sent me this pic of their new caps, and I couldn't be more proud. What a looker.

#BrandsThatDream #OrthFabrication 

#logo #logodesign #patch #patchhat #hat #ballcap #truckerhat #fabrication #metalwork #welding #kentucky
  • A drop of orange! 💥🍊🔥

This Orth badge handles color well - so much so, we had to draw the line at nine variations (which is still a lot). 

#BrandsThatDream #OrthFabrication 

#logo #logodesign #design #badge #graphicdesign #retro #vintage #throwback #patch #metalwork #fabrication #welding #welder
  • Logo design is much more than one specific mark. A great design is flexible and can shape-shift for a variety of uses. 

Here's the full system behind Orth Fabrication, made up of an icon, three wordmark variations, and a special-use badge.

#BrandsThatDream #OrthFabrication 

#logo #logodesign #logodesigner #fabrication #welding #welder #contractor #metalwork #design #wordmark
  • It's Orth Fabrication!

Big thanks to everyone who voted in the poll. The majority opinion ended up being the pick! 

Orth really liked the soft vintage feel of this mark, and the whole logo system turned out really nice. Can't wait to show it off.

Background: Orth Fabrication is a welding shop out of Alexandria, Kentucky. 

#BrandsThatDream #OrthFabrication 

#logo #logodesign #design #wordmark #vintagedesign #retrodesign #throwback #welding #welder #fabrication #alexandriakentucky #kentucky #cincy
  • A couple photoshopped mockups seals the deal on the Ellsworth Medical Center redesign. We can't wait to see it in action!

Background: Ellsworth is a critical access hospital in central Kansas, but don't let their rural location fool you - this clinic has equipment and professionals on par with the larger regional hospitals. So, we wanted their logo to reflect legitimacy, a mark to elevate their status from small town clinic to regional powerhouse. 

#BrandsThatDream #ModernizeMySite 

#logo #logodesign #brand #branding #marketing #medical #hospital #healthcare #nurse #ellsworth #kansas
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