Designing InDesign

Are you responsible for the Church or Office Newsletter, or do you want to learn to create professional looking books to self publish?

I will be teaching a short course at the Annie Awbrey Public Library in Roanoke starting on February 4 from 3:30pm to 5pm. The course will run for 4 weeks and is priced at $30 for the course to cover materials.

It will include a brief introduction to Adobe Creative Suite and how the pieces fit together. In addition to learning the basics of constructing your documents, we will discuss design elements and how to improve your projects.

Bring your laptop with InDesign loaded (if you have it). If you need to purchase Creative Cloud check out If you are a teacher or student, the cost of the entire suite is $19.99 a month or for professional users you can choose ONE Adobe product for $19.99 a month or the entire Creative Suite for $49.99.

Please make your reservation at the Library by Monday, February 3, or by emailing me.

If you have questions, please email me at

AUsome project


This semester an Industrial Design studio at Auburn University will be working on a product that I initiated while living in London. We are all excited about developing an innovative product as well as bringing stimulus to an economically deprived area of Alabama. This project, an innovation in eyewear, will be used to chart a course for other product developments. In addition I am working with the Small Business Development in Auburn.

Currently I am soliciting donations to the School of Industrial and Graphic Design, Auburn University, in order to cover the material needs for this course.

My first deadline for $5000 is has been extended to early March 2014. These donations will be rewarded with the same level of giving that my future Kickstarter campaign will use.

Donations are tax deductible.

Checks should be made out to: Auburn University Foundation, with: School of Industrial Design GIFT ACCOUNT/BeeSpeckled as the info line

Mail to:

Clark Lundell
School of Industrial and Graphic Design
207 Wallace Hall Auburn University, AL 36849

To Donate online at BeeAUsome
Be sure to specify on the pull down menus:
-Auburn-Main Campus
-College of Architecture, Design and Construction
-Department of Industrial and Graphic Design
Site referral:
-Michelle French
Appeal Code:


If you wish to get more information from me, please contact me at michelle at or at 404 661 9474 and when you donate, let me know so that I can send you a note and include you in future communications.

Should you know of any angel investors, please connect them with me.

Thanks so much.


10% Donation Offer to Hope Flies Catch the Cure to Benefit Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine


Hello Fireflies,

I am Michelle French and this is my third Hope Flies, Catch the Cure event as graphic designer. The event benefits the Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine (FMM) and I have had the privilege to design brochures, event branding, posters and banners for the event. The Foundation’s mission is to fund research into treatments of the many forms of mitochondrial disease. Mitochondrial disease strikes all ages, races and genders, and mitochondrial dysfunction is related to many well-known diseases including Alzheimer’s, Autism, Parkinson’s and chronic fatigue among others. This cause is dear to me as I have family members and friends connected through many health issues to mitochondrial disease. Now through September 20, I am offering to donate 10% of all design fees from projects commissioned by FMM friends.

I also wanted to give you the scoop on a wonderful new turn my career is taking. When my relationship with the Foundation began, I was living in London. Last year my visa expired and I returned to the States. I thought at the time it was temporary, but God laughed at my plans. With a group of other professional creatives (writers, designers, marketeers), I am forming a new firm called ThistleWork Studios. In addition to graphic design and marketing support, I will be joined by industrial designers so that we can develop both our own products and client products. We are also planning an extension with a prototyping lab.

We are located in the outskirts of the Atlanta area, just over the state line in Roanoke, AL, but that just means our allergies are minimal and we have more energy to work. We can meet you at your convenience at your office or a coffee shop of your choice. If you want to drive out to see us, we can entertain you on Lake Wedowee or by driving a little further, Lake Martin.

I can custom tailor a portfolio for you to peruse, as I have posted far less on this site than my career has entailed, and will soon feature work from the industrial designers and engineers who have not left their day jobs yet. We are starting to build the website so I probably won’t be updating this one much.

You can reach me at 404 661 9474 or email