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We help you develop and manage your message through design planning and strategic branding on the web and in social media.

Stryder Thompkins
Principal, CTSG:

 "Peter's work on our project was thorough and detail oriented, but he always kept the big picture in mind -- it is all about a successful user experience. He was passionate about the purpose of the project and steered the technical aspects expertly. I hope we can work on another project together some day!"


Greg Brickl

 Interactive Marketing Manager, Organic Valley

"Semiotx founder Peter Fraterdeus provided a broad range of services to Organic Valley's interactive marketing team between 2002 and 2007, including content development, graphic design/typography, systems administration, application development, database administration, application/technology RFP development, vendor/technology selection, and more.

"We relied heavily on Peter's extensive levels of knowledge and experience in all things interactive, which helped us move our online marketing practices into the 21st century."


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Galena Center for Design

Galena Design Center, Inc. is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation dedicated to improving the visual environment, and visual education. We offer design review and advice to non-profit and commercial clients. Founded in 1999 by Peter Fraterdeus, Galena

Please support the GDC's current project, the preservation of SlowPrint.

Our planned partnership with the Hamilton Museum was quashed by the Two Rivers Historical Society. We feel strongly that their decision was ill-informed and unfortunate. However, we continue our effort to preserve the letterpress shop

Fundraising (tax-deductible) continues on our campaign to help with continuing costs, and prepare for a possible relocation.


Please see our post on the Drifltess Book Arts Facebook page:

Resilience is the new Optimism. 
We're still looking for opportunities to preserve the facilities here. 
A wonderful week teaching and meeting with the gentle folk at the Letterpress Conference #typeonthecob #totc in Mt Pleasant has raised our spirits (if not our hopes).

Are you looking to establish a letterpress office? A fine binding or artist's book studio? If you are interested in relocating to the historic Mississippi River town of Dubuque Iowa, you can move right in  :-)

Come and visit Dubuque's historic Millwork District and have a pint of local brew, shop at the food coop, walk to the awesome farmers market, watch eagles and pelicans and cranes flying over the bluffs...

About Galena Center for Design

Do you think visual clutter is a problem in the commercial environment? Signs, and architectural lettering surround us every waking moment. Shouldn't we be concerned with their quality and characteristics?

GCD Founder Peter Fraterdeus offers initial design consultation and review for not-for-profits and other organizations. The coherence of typographic and design elements creates an identity distinct from the language and words presented. Good design choices can make a start-up organization seem like a sure bet, whereas poor design can make it look amateurish and doomed to failure.




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