Friday, June 18, 2021

Illustrating a vintage horror story


Author Floyd Jay Winters asked our studio to design a memorable new cover for the audiobook version of his historical tale about Florida, “The Coquina Madman and the Sands of Time.” 

Winters is the author of several books including the larger anthology from which this story originates. His work is noir-ish, creepy and historical. The stories remind us of the classic Lux Radio Theatre broadcasts of the 1940s. They are pretty cool! 

We listened to this 45-minute short story a couple of times, then got to work. We began by searching for the perfect sand photo, then added menacing rough-hewn type over the pristine beach. 

BUY THE BOOK has a fantastic selection of titles for all ages and interests. If you like a good suspense story, give this one a try. Download The Coquina Madman and The Sands of Time HERE.


Art direction & design: Emilie Pallos

Type: Trixies

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Friday, May 28, 2021

In memoriam — L.A. musician and friend Ray Burkhart

Heavenly music: Coventry Carol, sung by VOCES8 

Ray Burkhart, a friend and client of our design studio, passed away in December 2020 at the age of 59. Ray was a talented trumpeter, composer, musicologist and conductor in the L.A. classical music scene for more than 30 years.

When Dad Vic and I visited London and Westminster Abbey a few years ago, Ray added bling-y crowns to “plain” photos we had posted on Facebook (below). Witty, droll and intellectual, Ray was zany-brainy. He knew more about brass chamber music than anyone we had ever met. 



We met Ray in December 2010 when he played trumpet for Mom Barbara’s memorial service at our parish, First United Methodist Church in Glendale, California. Ray and organist Dr. Ladd Thomas performed Mom’s favorite English baroque trumpet music at our request — spectacularly. The service was a true celebration of Mom's life — uplifting and joyous, long remembered by family and friends.

Barbara Pallos Memorial Service, First UMC Glendale. Photo by Bob Erbeck (2010).


Ray Burkhart and Ladd Thomas (2013)


I designed Ray's music staff logo/corporate identity and other projects, and Vic took fantastic, creative photos. And Ray dedicated one of his compositions to me ("Isle of Colours," a musical journey of British artists JMW Turner, John Constable and David Hockney). Sheet music is available via Premiere Press.

We will miss you, Ray. The trumpet shall sound.  

Raymond Burkhart (1961-2020)


— Em  :)



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Wednesday, November 25, 2020

“The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” — a virtual holiday concert

Happy holidays! We hope everyone is staying safe and keeping well.


Zoom Zoom — The Guild's holiday party goes virtual! The philanthropic group affiliated with Adventist Health Glendale Foundation could not meet in person for its holiday party due to Covid-19 restrictions. But the ladies of the Guild did not miss a beat — they held their festive 2020 event for members online, via Zoom. 


Our team planned, produced and directed this 16 minute concert in less than one week. We also designed the film titles (above). Thanks to Jim Knell, Unleaded Pictures, for videography, and to Irene Bourdon, AHGL Foundation President. And special kudos to professional musicians Kevin Dalbey, a baritone in the Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Cody Gillette, pianist and arranger, for their fun and uplifting performance.


Music: It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year • The Christmas Song • Holiday medley for piano • O Holy Night • Go, Tell It on the Mountain • We Wish You a Merry Christmas


Let’s talk about your creative project. Contact Creative Director Emilie Pallos for a free initial consultation. Send an e-mail to or call or text us at (818) 281-5820. Our studio is based in Los Angeles and we work with clients anywhere (thanks to Zoom)!


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Monday, April 13, 2020

Creative work during COVID-19

Hi, Everyone!

We hope you, your families and work teams are staying healthy. The EPGD creative team continues to work full-time on client projects at our home studios in Los Angeles — remotely. Small business is vital to our economy, and we are extremely grateful for your patronage during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. Thank you!

California poppies at our studio

In the past two weeks, we designed, developed and launched the new Adventist Health Glendale Foundation website. The password-protected site is aimed at donors, patrons and friends. Site contains the latest hospital info and news, vital during COVID-19, compelling patient stories, a section for The Guild, Zoom session links and a digital version of the Spring 2020 Difference magazine. New content will be added weekly. Check it out!

Our client The Racket Doctor, L.A.’s largest tennis store, now fills online orders through its website. Tennis players contact store for curbside service and racket stringing, quickly and easily through the new online form. You can also place orders for store merchandise — balls, rackets, shoes and clothing. Stringers have been working steadily since we launched this service two weeks ago.

Our team is now advising on media services/video for clients, including adding YouTube live streams and video functionality to websites.

Because we work in professional media, our studio has access to printing companies and others vendors to complete client projects, even during COVID-19 restrictions. We continue to offer web design and development, print design, photography/photo post-production and copywriting. And we have been busy!

Please let us know how we can help your business or company, now and in the months ahead.

Take care, and be safe.  :-)

Best wishes,

Emilie, Vic and Tom

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

In Memory of Peep, Designer Bird

This post is in memory of our sweet little Peep, finch and designer bird, who arrived on Easter Sunday 2011. She kept us company in the studio for nearly 9 years and "directed" many graphic and web design projects. 

Peep loved to sing along to Alison Balsom's trumpet music, and was especially fond of countertenors and Handel operas. Her favorite piece was Eric Satie's Gymnopédie No. 3:

Thank you, Peep. We will always remember you and smile. :-)
April 10, 2011 – Feb. 14, 2020

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

England 2019 — In Photos

Hi! Welcome to this photo gallery featuring our October 2019 visit to England.
Please click any photo below for a slide show of all images (larger screens only).

History, art, architecture, music and nature inspire our graphic design and creative work for clients. Please contact Emilie to talk about your project. Initial consultations are free.

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Chestnut tree, Greenwich Park, London
Abbotsbury, England
Dorchester High Street, Dorchester, England
Abbotsbury, England, a village in Dorset
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew — Richmond, England
Autumn colors at Kew
Kew's trees are monumental and impressive. Autumn brilliance.
View from the Palm House, Kew
Dale Chihuly glass sculpture at Kew
We love tennis! Centre Court, Wimbledon, SW19
How to you get to the All England Club? Church Road!

Flower stall, Covent Garden. Searching for Eliza Doolittle...
Poster gallery, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Brilliant examples of graphic design through the years.
Urban metropolis to rustic idyll. Elegant menswear store windows, Covent Garden
Renoir's The Skiff, one of many Impressionist masterpieces at the National Gallery, London

Centenary Bauhaus exhibition (1919-2019). Grete Marks' Tea Service (1930), Tate Britain, London

Centenary Bauhaus exhibition (1919-2019). Walter Gropius book (1935), Tate Britain

David Hockney, Man in Shower in Beverly Hills (1964), Tate Britain, London

Modernism in Britain (1933-66). Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London
Laszlo Moholy-Nagy in Britain, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London
Perfect typography. Past Presidents, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), London
The Nereid Monument, The British Museum, London

Friday, May 10, 2019

Print: A Must for Reaching Top Donors

Tactile & Effective: Print

Clients often ask “What if we put our publications / marketing materials / brochures / ads online and stopped doing print altogether?” 

Good question. Not always the best solution for every project. Yes, this could work if you are a restaurant targeting millennials in a trendy neighborhood. Instagram is king! No, if you are looking to attract well-heeled baby boomers and older patrons.

In our experience, the best return on investment is a campaign containing both digital and print components, designed together. Both means are effective in reaching target markets, even on limited budgets and timeframes.

Client: Adventist Health Glendale Foundation
For the past two years, our studio has designed and produced "The Difference," the printed donor magazine for Adventist Health Glendale Foundation, a top local hospital in the L.A. area. Donors receive this beautiful printed publication via US Mail which is also posted online in PDF format. Printing: Chromatic Lithographers, Glendale.

To attract and retain high-end donors, quality print is a must, and is expected. The publication has been successful in securing substantial donations, even in a saturated L.A. market. Cover and two spreads from the Spring/Summer 2019 issue are shown here. 

See the magazine for yourself. Send us a note and request a printed copy!

"The Difference" Spring/Summer 2019: The Guild

"The Difference" Spring/Summer 2019: Golf Classic

About Emilie Pallos Graphic Design
Our team has been designing successful marketing and design projects for clients since 1997. Creative Director Emilie Pallos is well-versed in all aspects of guiding complex projects from start to finish. Print design, corporate identity, web design, brand strategy. Local professional coding for all digital projects.

Phone the studio at (818) 242-9055 or send us an email outlining your project. Initial consultations are free.

View our portfolio of client projects here.

Good design is good business.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Digital & Print. Working Together.

The Racket Doctor: Poster Design — Easter Sale

Digital & Print: The Racket Doctor

Clients often ask “What if we just put everything online and stopped doing print?” 

Good question. Not always the best solution for every client and project. In our experience, the best return on investment is a campaign containing both digital and print components, designed together. Both ways are effective in reaching target markets, even on limited budgets and timeframes. Short-run printing is affordable, and high quality. Perfect for posters.

Client: The Racket Doctor — tennis retail store
For The Racket Doctor, L.A.’s largest tennis retail store, our studio designs a mix of print and digital ad campaigns throughout the year: Wimbledon- and U.S. Open-themed ads, plus holiday and anniversary campaigns.

Posters in store windows advertise sales or specials. These bright and fun graphics attract pedestrians on the busy stretch of in the heart of Atwater Village near Silver Lake.

Racket Doctor e-blasts go out to 8,000+ customers, and matching square ads pepper tennis players’ Instagram feeds. The ads, e-blasts and posters are designed together for a cohesive look.

Scroll down to see a few of the recent tennis campaign graphics. All contributed to successful ad campaigns and garnered high open rates and revenues in-store. Love-love!


About Emilie Pallos Graphic Design:
Our studio just north of downtown Los Angeles has been designing successful projects for clients since 1997. Contact Emilie for design and marketing services, in print and online. Print design, corporate identity, web design, brand strategy. Local professional coding for all digital projects. We are known for our classic style, but with a modern twist.

Phone (818) 242-9055 or send us an email about your project. Initial consultations are free.

View our portfolio of client projects here.

Good design is good business.

The Racket Doctor: Instagram Ad — Easter Sale

The Racket Doctor: E-blast Design — Easter Sale

The Racket Doctor: Instagram Ad — Anniversary Sale

The Racket Doctor: E-blast Design — Holiday Sale