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Grand Ciel ~ In French It Means “Big Sky.”

Our name is chosen in the spirit that all things are possible, believing in the power of imagination.
But working with us, you’ll find we’re really quite down to earth.


I’m Kristin, a seasoned art director, a resourceful, expert graphic designer (who thinks and writes) and who truly values the creative relationships I have with clients.

With a foundation in the visual arts and invaluable on-the-job experience in branding, design and marketing communications, I left the corporate agency world to launch Grand Ciel Design. Everything I do is founded on the power of good design — its effectiveness in communicating and connecting along with the positive impact it brings.

Experience ranges from children’s nonfiction book publishing to incentives, to branding and marketing communications. Where I worked had me wearing LOTS of hats, turning me (and lucky for you) into one well-rounded, resourceful expert graphic designer.

As a creative professional, I keep an open mind, strive to break out of conventional thinking and blend the disciplines of design, art and story telling. I work with clients as a branding and design partner to visually define their visual brand voice, their brand messaging and tell their story. I’d love to hear yours.


Creativity doesn’t start and end with design or art direction. I’m a practicing artist, specializing in watercolors, graphite drawings, and oil pastels. The creative work I do for myself positively spills into my professional design work. A win-win for both the creative spirit and for my clients. Prints for sale can be seen here and here. 


When a client or project calls for it, I draw on the talents of professional colleagues — experienced marketing strategists, researchers, SEO experts, programmers, web developers, copywriters and social media consultants. This allows me to build a collaborative creative team that is best suited to work efficiently, effectively and responsively to your needs and expectations.

Grand Ciel Design certified as a Woman Owned Business (W) with the Central Certification (CERT) Program sponsored by Hennepin County, City of Minneapolis, Ramsey County and the City of St. Paul.

Kristin has a deep heart and an intuitive feel for design. She’s not afraid to ask the hard, “old school” questions that lie at the heart of any creative challenge, instead of just relying on “new school” bells and whistles and smoke and mirrors.

Kristin isn’t a designer simply because it’s fun or it’s lucrative. She’s a designer because she is an artist and a creative soul who NEEDS to design. It’s a rare thing to work with someone who has talent as well as that kind of passion.

— Jennifer Kane, Owner of Kane Consulting, Social Media Marketing & Digital Communications Strategist

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