Don's late assistant Chance.Hammond Design began while I was studying floor plans, not fonts.

While in architecture school at the University of Michigan in 1976, I met a cute art student named Linda who was studying graphic design in UM's School of Art. I was entranced in two ways: we eventually got married, and I followed her into art school at UM to study graphic design myself, graduating with a BFA in 1982.

Since then I've gained broad experience as a designer, art director, and manager not only as owner of Hammond Design but also at a variety of graphic design, architecture, publication and web development firms in Ann Arbor and Detroit. I've worked on a wide range of project types, particularly for educational institutions, cultural organizations, and clients involved with various aspects of the built environment.

I've also become an avid amateur photographer, and some of my photos can be seen in the photography section. I'll be adding new images as I get the opportunity to go out with my camera.

My dear, departed office assistant Chance (at left) was valuable in getting me out of the house, rain or shine, but was not much help with the business, caring nothing about typography, color, or Photoshop. The opposite is true with Linda—without her keen and discerning eye, endless patience with my late hours, and unwavering support, none of the work seen here would be possible. And, without any question, the most significant creative achievement in my life is our daughter Marta, who has become a wonderful photographer and writer herself. She took many of the photos in the design portfolio, and her own photos and blog are accessible in the Inspiration section's list of links. — DH