Welcome to Toelke Associates
A Graphic Design Firm

Ron Toelke and Barbara Kempler-Toelke have been providing general graphic design, book design, and print publication design services to clients since 1982. We work with local, regional, and national clients, both for- and non-profit, as well as individual authors and those who self-publish.

Toelke Associates has extensive experience in four primary areas: book design and production; magazines and publication design and production; logo design and brand development; and maps and custom graphic art.

Working with us

You'll find working with us to be collegial and collaborative. We work hard to make sure the process is enjoyable and the result is excellent and appropriate. We facilitate the workflow and are always attentive to budget and schedule. Remember, it doesn't have to cost more to get a great result.

We invite you to look through the PDF Portfolios on our website — download and print out if you like. We live and work in Chatham, located in New York's Hudson Valley, convenient to both New York City and New England, but it really doesn't matter where you are. We look forward to discussing your upcoming projects, and will be happy to arrange a meeting in person or via web video.

Book Design

We love books — and though a love of books is a wonderful thing by itself, it does not make a skilled or accomplished book designer. What does is an informed and intelligent approach to the task, combined with talent, technical expertise, and sensitivity to the content. Analyzing and understanding the requirements of the book — its tone, tempo, logical structure, and physical size, among other things — determine the possibilities. Creating the most appropriate and effective design for the entire book, including covers, page measure, typography, visual style, color, and use of images, is a process we take very seriously.

We can assemble a team of writers, editors, illustrators, photographers, and printers — whatever support services (including picture research) are required to produce your book or publication expertly and efficiently.

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Magazine & Publication Design

We are experienced and expert in designing and producing virtually any kind of publication — from 96-page full-color consumer magazines to the smallest brochure or rack card. Along with design consultation, development, and page layout we can assist with image research, selection, and editing; with content organization and development, advertiser materials, and editorial support. Work in this area also includes institutional development materials, such as annual reports, posters, catalogs, and other promotional print materials.

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Logo Design & Brand Development

Toelke Associates has been involved in numerous logo design projects, creating fresh and distinctive logos and identity graphics, adapting and updating existing identity materials, and developing appropriate branding structures through style guides, promotional materials, and package design. We are experienced in applying branding in areas such as package design, signage, display work, and corporate/institutional materials.

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Maps & Custom Graphic Art

Many book and publication projects require custom maps and graphic art. We’ve created maps for geology books, trail guides, and history and military books. From simple to complex, from one to over 40 — we’ve done it. Creating appropriate custom graphic elements and custom typography for books, publications, and packaging is an integral part of any project.

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