What began as two graphic designers going into business together has morphed into... well, a more serious solution for our clients. Life happened, roles shifted, and I (Rachel) began to handle more of the hands-on designing, while Alicia took on the administrative and advisory responsibilities. The face of our business has changed - but our purpose has not. We both continue to have a passion for helping churches, non-profits and small businesses achieve their goals.
As you seek design help, we are both still passionate about making sure you're headed in the right direction. While I remain the prominent designer, I will be utilizing Serious Solutions as my virtual business umbrella. This means you'll be resting safely in the care of Serious Solutions... and probably dealing mostly with me! This also means that whether you see the Serious Solutions logo, or my own Burkum logo, be assured we are one in the same, and we just like changing hats now and again.
What We Do
Whether your organization has never had a logo or simply needs a new, fresh look, we can help. We will develop a logo that suits your specific needs, and will supply variations for different applications. We will also ensure all logo files are suitable for traditional and digital print, web applications, social media and promotional items. Upon request, a file usage guide will be supplied that will explain the difference between the artwork file formats and their most appropriate applications. [Pricing]
If you have a logo/graphic that needs to be updated, whether in design or color, we would be happy to assist.
A branding guide is an essential tool for an organization that helps to describe, define and present examples of what your brand looks like in both print and digital media. It clearly defines the rules around print media and online presence in a variety of formats, making it easy for you and your staff to decide how to use your organization's logo, colors and more. [Pricing]
>> See Rachel's Design Portfolio for sample work. <<
Print Media Design
Business cards are a must nowadays. We will design your cards according to your own preferences, incorporating your organization's logo and colors. Have a number of people on staff? No problem. We can make individual cards with each staff member's name and contact information. [Pricing]
Letterhead / Envelope Design
We can design custom letterhead for your organization to be used for either print or digital purposes, and will design it according to printing needs (professional printing or desktop). Personalized envelopes are a great item to have, and we'd be happy to customize yours for all your mailing needs. [Pricing]
Need a brochure to tell others about your organization? With our expertise, you'll be able to hand out brochures that look sharp and include all the information others will need to know. [Pricing]
Digital Media Design
Need a new website? We will be glad to suggest several options for domain/web hosting, while designing a customized website specifically for your organization's needs. [Pricing]
* We prefer working with the online platform, Wix. However, we will also work with additional platforms if necessary. If you desire a fully customized site from original coding, we will suggest seeking out a coding expert.
Keeping your existing website fresh and updated can be a daunting task. We are more than happy to take your site and update it according to your current needs/wishes, giving it a new look that visitors will find appealing and sharp. [Pricing]
We will perform periodic maintenance to your website on an hourly basis, so you can remain focused on your other tasks without worry of your website information becoming outdated. [Pricing]
* Website creation/upkeep may be limited, dependent upon individual needs. If we cannot fulfill your wishes, we will help guide you towards the next step.
Social Media Kit
As we help you wade through the world of social media, we are prepared to create custom designed profile pictures and profile banners for your Facebook account, utilizing your logo and purpose. We will also develop memes/digital advertisements for major events so you never have to worry about your audience missing out. [Pricing]
We are prepared to develop custom designs for newspaper ads, magazine ads, digital promotional (electronic newspapers, magazines, Groupon ads etc.), pull-up promotional banners, vinyl banners or billboard ads. [Pricing]
The Big and the Small of It
Whether you're looking for a complete design overhaul for your organization or you just need help putting together a flyer for an upcoming event, we're happy to lend a hand. No task is too big or small for us to consider, so when in doubt, ask. We love answering questions and providing any assistance we can from start to finish.
Serious Solutions is exactly that. We produce budget-minded design solutions - serious solutions - for your organization while striving to make it a pleasant experience for all involved. We take you and your projects very seriously, but also recognize the need for flexibility and friendly communication during all aspects of our services.
Specializing in nonprofit organizations and churches of 500 or less, we're not as worried about being cutting edge, as we are about helping you develop materials that will make and keep you relevant within your congregation and community.
Together, we have over forty years of experience in non-profit ministry and graphic/layout design. We recognize and understand the needs of small churches, non-profit missions and large churches alike. Every organization is different - whether in size, goals or preferences. That's why we've established a wide range of services - because we want to help you reach your design goals that are specific to you and your organization. We've got your back.
At Serious Solutions, we recognize the unique needs of every individual organization, ministry or church. That's why we offer unique pricing based on each project and time frame. This is true of both Serious Solutions and Rachel Burkum's own design work for you.
Pricing estimates are listed with individual projects, however we recognize the need to discuss your goals beforehand. Please contact us with any questions or concerns.
Rest assured there are never any hidden fees, and we will never try to sell you something that will not benefit the project. We will always be completely upfront and honest about what we can and cannot do, and we will gladly answer any questions you have about our pricing.
Don't see what your looking for in our listed projects? Contact us! We are able to perform a variety of design projects that are not listed here.
Alicia Kraft and Rachel Burkum met back in 2001. With completely different backgrounds and personalities, it was determined they would either love each other or become mortal enemies. Thankfully they hit it off, and any death threats have always been given in good humor.
Alicia is a preacher’s wife. Rachel grew up a preacher’s kid. Alicia is pert near genius. Rachel is… very supportive of Alicia’s geniusness. Both are 3rd Degree Black Belts in Taekwondo, so they know all about focus, discipline and getting the job done. Rachel loves witty humor. Alicia likes to laugh at Rachel’s humor… or just laugh at Rachel in general. Both balance each other out with healthy doses of super optimism and super realism. When it comes to design work, both are determined to do it well and do it right. Alicia has a wonderful husband and beautiful daughter. Rachel has several trouble-making (but lovable) cats. Alicia has spent her life in the Midwest, while Rachel was born out east. Alicia prefers Subway, Rachel insists Jimmy John’s is better, but both will agree that peanut butter always tastes good in ice cream.
For each similarity between them, there is a polar opposite, creating a most wonderfully balanced team, just right for Serious Solutions. You’d be hard pressed to find two more passionate women. And they’d like nothing more than to help you with your design projects.
Click below to check out Rachel's Design Portfolio