An Empathy Driven Graphic Design Studio Focusing On Helping Clients Make The World A Better Place.

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A Creative Professional Who Believes In What You Do

If you’re looking for an Art Director + Graphic Designer with a blend of industry smarts, talent, resourcefulness, and collaborative spirit, who believes in what you do and committed to your success, you’ve found her.

Hello. I’m Kristin Maija Peterson, founding art director, designer, writer, and artist of Grand Ciel Design, a virtual studio whose focus is partnering with Educational and Environmental organizations and helping them succeed in their overarching mission to make the world a better place. I dive deep into your subject matter to fully understand your organization, where you are at, what you want to improve and the issues you are wanting to solve. Whether it’s developing a clear brand voice, successfully promoting your organization, transforming your website into an engaging, responsive one, there are many creative ways in which I can be a benefit to you and your organization.

I offer creative, consulting, and strategy services packaged to solve issues of brand clarity, outreach and awareness, retention, growth, and sustainability. Intrigued?  Find out what it’s like working with me.

“Kristin Peterson is one of those rare designers who is the whole package – she’s brand savvy, thorough, passionate, and focused on the end result. Her astute marketing sense belies the fact that she is a true artist. Her unique and refreshing take on design is not only thoughtful but full of insight, wit, and a keen attention to detail. She is always ready to tackle something new, is precise with specs for both print and digital projects, and she can write. In short, she is an indispensable partner. I trust her and highly recommend her.”

Mary Pat McNeil, Owner/Solution Master, MP+G Marketing Solutions



Schools and School Districts
Colleges and Universities
Museums and Cultural Centers
Mentoring Programs
e-Learning Programs
Educational Publishers
Education Based Non-profits


Eco-Friendly Businesses
Renewable Energy
Green Economy
Civil & Environmental Engineers
Watershed Districts
Landscaping Architects
Government Agencies
Non-and-For Profits


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Blue Thumb Resilient Yards Workshops
Be inspired. Become resilient.
{ Print Design, Videos + Social Memes }

Walking in Woods Health Benefits of Trees

Minnesota Department of Resources
Get Your Daily Dose of Trees 
{ Creative Direction and Design }

Kaleidoscope Charter School Rebranding

Kaleidoscope Charter School
Education. Reimagined.
{ Rebranding, Print+Web Design }

Good Working Relationships Start with a Conversation.

Mutual respect for what each other brings to the table brings about the best outcomes for both the client and the creative. My role is to actively listen to your thoughts, your vision, your obstacles and objectives, even if you’re in the process of figure things out. You get to ask questions and learn about my process. Together we can shape an effective course of action that feels right for you, your organization, and your budget.




Let’s Make Something Grand Together.