Florida Keys Business
Sunday, February 3, 2013
Think BIG
Bone Island Graphics does it all with design

In the case of Bone Island Graphics, "BIG" things come from small spaces.

With an office tucked inside the Heron Building on the water side of North Roosevelt Boulevard, where the old dolphin show used to be, Barb Feinberg and Mike Cochran do it all, design-wise, at least.

The company opened in June 2011 as a collaboration between two longtime artists.

"Mike's the computer guy and I'm the drawing/rendering person," said Feinberg, who started her artistic career more than 26 years ago as an industrial designer after graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art. "I'm from an artistic family. My mom was a graphic designer long before computers made everything that much easier. She was phenomenal."

Bone Island Graphics will take a business owner from "concept to completion," from designing logos and brand names to printing business cards, menus, interior design, and fine art printing, restorations and web design.

"The concept starts with a client meeting," Feinberg said. "Then we'll do some drawings, get the client's approval and then computerize the images."

Branding is one of BIG's major offerings.

The company designed the brand for local restaurant owners who also own Hannah & Harry's, an upscale eatery in Michigan. The final logo is a black-and-white silhouette of a dapper-looking couple.

"We started out by giving them probably 60 different things to choose from, and then narrowed it down until they were completely satisfied," Feinberg said. "But the utmost attention to details and the quality of materials we use is what sets us apart. We'll work within the budget of any client. We're really a quality-driven business."

Feinberg shies away from calling BIG a "one-stop shop," because of the quality and attention she and Cochran devote to each project.

"Our philosophy is to do the best job you've ever seen at a price that's better than you've seen," she said, pointing to some examples of their wide array of work, from a giant, custom framing job to the logo for the Gulfstream fishing boat and the colorfully psychedelic-looking 2012 Fantasy Fest A-Conch-Alypse poster.

The winning poster design includes a Key West cat with roosters, Sloppy Joe's, Duval Street and the Green Parrot bar inside a Key West version of the Mayan calendar.

Bone Island Graphics also does fine art reproductions for local artists, brochure design, custom framing, you name it.

"You can go to 100 different places for 100 different things, but we want to be able to do everything we can for a client," Feinberg said, adding that the company is currently offering a 25 percent "Foot in the Door" discount on printing for any new client.

For more information, visit www.boneislandgraphics.com or call Feinberg at 305-587-7806.

"We're a 24/7 business, and will always do free on-site consultations to figure out what a client needs and how it should look," she said.

mmiles@keysnews.com

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