Testimonials

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Mark Jones
Vehicle Donation to Any Charity
116 Washington St. Suite E
Pt. Richmond, CA 94801

 

April 17, 2019

To Whom It May Concern,

What can I say. Judy is the perfect combination of creative talent, organizational skill, technical prowess and client understanding. That means she generally hits the mark first time &mdash or damn close.

It is hard to put your ideas into graphic representation. Judy seems to know how to do this with an effortless ease that gives me the confidence to continue to work with her after 10 plus years. When I have a concept that I want rendered in web, print or email, the first person I think to call is Judy.

She has the experience and vision to think through what exactly a client is looking for and then render it into something that is professional and fresh. She also has a wealth of experience in production so that the final product comes out looking its best. I would heartily recommend her for your graphic and design needs.

Mark Jones

Jenny Rez
Creative Direction / Design
4128 Manila Avenue
Oakland, CA 94609
510 517-5032
[email protected]

 

February 7, 2019

To Whom It May Concern,

Judy Hicks asked me to write a letter of recommendation and I am more than happy to oblige! I hired Judy in 2016/2017 to support our Creative and Production Departments at Peaceable Kingdom in Berkeley, CA. Being a small company, we often contracted supplemental help and Judy was a tremendous asset to the department.

Judy possesses a vast amount of industry knowledge related to our print-based specialty children’s product design house. On day one she hit the ground running handling a heavy work load utilizing her expert skills in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, and Adobe Acrobat. Judy helped with design work as well as production. She created print-ready files for overseas vendors, has a keen proofreader’s eye and great attention to detail.

Judy has top notch organizational and communication skills. I trusted Judy to get all of her assigned work done well and on time. I recommend Judy Hicks as a wonderful asset to any company or organization looking to hire a highly skilled professional graphic designer.

Sincerely,
Jenny Rez

Manda Heron
Richmond, CA
(406) 223-7684
[email protected]

 

January 5, 2012

To Whom It May Concern:

I am a (retired) Berkeley business owner who has employed Judy Hicks as an independent contractor/graphic designer/web developer from 1997 to 2011. My family owned the bath and body store Body Time (formerly the original The Body Shop) and I had been working there/running it for 40 years.

Judy has worked with me to produce virtually all of my marketing materials — from print ads to labels to catalogs — and created our website from scratch, now in its fourth iteration. We are a relatively small company, operating increasingly on a tight budget, and Judy has always worked with me to keep costs down while providing the highest quality design. When we switched in 2006 from a black and white catalog to a color one, she organized the photography of over 100 products from which we updated our website as well. She worked with me to conceptualize eight covers each year, either having them photographed or compositing them from our product photos and stock photography, and translated my ideas and suggestions with ingenuity and always in the spirit of our company brand. When my daughter discontinued working for me, Judy took on much of the editing and copywriting, and worked with our employees to ensure that our written material was accurate and compelling.

I am not a technical person, but Judy has always answered my questions and concerns with patience and clarity, translating difficult terms into language that I could understand. She fostered the development of our website in such a way that we could maintain most of it in-house, and spent many hours patiently training our employee. Due in part to her efforts, our website/catalog (mail order) revenue matches or exceeds that of any of our retail stores. She has always been cooperative, enthusiastic and honest, and her work is of the highest quality.

Finally, during the sale of my company and ensuing transition, Judy remained cooperative and acted in a professional manner toward the new owner, even though it became apparent he was not going to be hiring her. She remains supportive of me and I would definitely go to/recommend her for any design or production solutions. If there is any aspect I might miss in retirement from Body Time, it would be the joint effort and creative spirit that I enjoyed working in with Judy.

Manda Heron

Diana Syverud LMT
Berkeley Massage & Self-Healing Center Partner
1656 University Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94703
510-843-4422
[email protected]

 

March 6, 2019

To whom it May Concern:

I am writing to recommend Judy Hicks as a graphic designer and web developer. Judy has been working for me for the past 12 years. She redesigned our business website and has maintained it ever since. She has exceptional computer skills and is extremely patient and easy to work with. She is very reliable and always completes necessary tasks in a timely manner. We tried several people before Judy but she was far superior. Since Judy took on maintaining our website our traffic flow has increased dramatically.

I cannot recommend Judy enough. She is a consummate professional and I am sure you will not regret hiring her. If you have any additional questions or comments please don’t hesitate to contact me by phone 510-234-2492 or email [email protected]

Regards,
Diana Syverud, LMT
Partner Berkeley Massage & Self-Healing Center

Greg Bogart, Ph.D, MFT
2046 Lincoln Street
Berkeley, CA 94709
(510) 412-0486
[email protected]

 

January 5, 2018

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to recommend Judy Hicks for graphic design and web development. I have known Judy for approximately 16 years.

Judy is an outstanding designer with impeccable taste and refined computer skills, but just as importantly she is a delight to work with. She is focused, on task, self-disciplined, and energetic to get the job finished, on schedule. She is also relaxed, flexible, and exceptionally patient.

I have employed her services to design several business cards and two business websites. She has also helped me with book interior and cover design, flyers, and print advertising. I have always gotten amazing feedback from people, who typically ask me “Who is your designer?” Judy has sustained her efforts on my behalf over time, always remaining available to make changes and maintaining the websites to my specifications. I’m confident that she would do outstanding work on behalf of any client who hires her. Please feel free to contact me if you need any further information regarding Judy. I enthusiastically recommend her services.

Yours sincerely,

Greg Bogart

Psychotherapist in private practice
Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Sonoma State University
Faculty, Integral Counseling Psychology Program, California Institute of Integral Studies

Polly Lockman
Polly Lockman Design
5538 B Beaudry Street
Emeryville, CA 94608
510-593-3277
[email protected]

 

March 12, 2019

To Whom It May Concern,

I have had the great pleasure of working with Judy on a variety of projects — from web design to print projects — since 2013. Judy is immensely creative and a keen problem solver who takes great pride in creating successful solutions for her clients. She is patient, communicates well, always keeps to schedule, and stays on budget. I appreciate Judy’s proactive approach to keeping current with the latest technology, and her sense of humor makes working with her a delight. Working with Judy, I am always confident the result will exceed expectations.

Polly Lockman, Lockman Design