Graphic designers from Oakland County economic development, health and human services, human resources, and parks and recreation were honored recently with 10 American Inhouse Design Awards from Graphic Design USA, a New York City-based national design publication.
The 56th annual competition, which had more than 6,000 entries this year, was conceived decades ago to help ensure that inhouse creatives get the recognition they deserve from management, clients and the community for the value they bring to their organizations, products, brands and causes. The top 15 percent were recognized with a certificate of excellence.
“I’m exceedingly proud of our designers,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Those of us who see their work every day know the passion and imagination they bring to their craft, which benefits the residents of Oakland County. It’s especially gratifying to know that their work is appreciated at a national level. I congratulate them all for this well-deserved recognition.”
The county honorees are:
• Lona Bentley, Department of Health & Human Services, was recognized for a mural she created at the Health Division’s Southfield location and for the 2017 Health Division Community Update. She lives in West Bloomfield and has been employed by the county for four years.
• Garrett Ebbeling, Oakland County Parks & Recreation, was recognized for wayfinding signage at Addison Oaks County Park. He is a Waterford resident and has been with the county four years.
• Alette Gravelle, an intern with the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, was recognized for a search engine optimization book created for the One Stop Shop Business Center. She lives in Milford and has been with the county for three years.
• Danielle Gravelle, Economic Development, was recognized for designing the Community & Home Improvement Fair Housing Tool Kit and a Japanese Resource Guide for business development. She has worked for the county for six years and lives in Milford.
• Amy Klovski, Department of Human Resources, was recognized for designing the OakFit Hunt for Happiness Challenge campaign. She is a Lake Orion resident and has been a county employee for five years.
• Pam Tremble, lead graphic designer for Patterson’s office and the Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, was recognized for designing Patterson’s State of the County address presentation; management & budget’s financial summary report; and MI Great Artist social media campaign. She lives in Saginaw and has been a county employee for 18 years. Her work was also honored in 2013 and 2016.
Organizations recognized in this year’s contest included entries from AARP, Amazon, Bayer USA, Duke University, Hallmark, Hilton, JC Penney, Mattel, National Institutes of Health, Pella, TIAA, UMASS and Virginia Beach Parks & Recreation.
“It’s nice to be recognized by your peers,” Tremble said. “I’m grateful I’ve been given a wonderful opportunity to work with so many talented people on such interesting projects that benefit the residents and businesses of Oakland County.”