About / Services 2017-08-22T15:45:54+00:00


Located in Whitehall, Michigan, Derby Design offers high-quality creative services at affordable prices. Our graphic design projects range from website design to all forms of printed materials and just about everything in between. We can help you design and develop your logo, business card, envelope, letterhead, brochure, postcard, announcement, event flyer, poster, patch, or almost anything else you may need. Strengthen your brand by using a single designer for your logo creation, web design, direct mailer, and advertisement – we cover you from start to finish. You can also count on us for your personal design needs like a custom invitation for a wedding, shower, birthday, or special event.

Our DESIGN services include:

  • Websites
  • Logo Development
  • Business Cards, Letterhead & Envelopes
  • Brochures
  • Postcards & Direct Mail
  • Invitations & Event Flyers
  • Posters & Signs
  • Magazine & Newsletter Layout
  • Ad Layout
  • Embroidered Patches
  • Display Banners & Flags
  • T-shirts

Our WRITING services include:

  • Copyediting & Proofreading
  • Brochures, Mailers & Ads
  • Newsletters
  • Website Content
  • Articles & Periodicals
  • Instructional Materials

We serve clients all over the Midwest and beyond, including West Michigan, the White Lake Area, Muskegon, Montague, Whitehall, Grand Rapids, Chicago, Asheville and Pittsburgh.

Derby Design is composed of Ron and Susan Derby, a husband and wife team specializing in helping businesses of all sizes create strong first impressions and lasting connections with customers. Ron has been a professional graphic designer and website developer since 1997. Susan can write and/or edit your business communications, website content, handbook, or almost any document.

We work on both a freelance and contract basis. Our services can help you brand your company, communicate new information, launch a website, produce periodical newsletters, and much more.

» See our work!

Community Service

Being a good neighbor is important to us, so we try to make community service a part of each week.

Together, we volunteer at the Owasippe Scout Reservation, and we have adopted 2 miles of township roadway near our home. We also have participated in the Adopt-A-Reader program at Shoreline Elementary in Whitehall.

In addition, Ron served as a member of the ambassador group at the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce for a number of years, and donates his design services to Taste of White Lake, which benefits historic Howmet Playhouse. Ron also donates design services to Buses By the Beach, a non-profit that raises funds for the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Susan has volunteered at Heartland Health Care Center, where she ran a ladies’ knitting club.


"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like.
Design is how it works."

Steve Jobs

When I studied Graphic Design at Columbia College Chicago, my professors would always waive off comments like, "I like that one" or "I don't like this one." They wanted to know if a design "worked." Does it work? Does it solve the problem?

As a human ... who happens to practice Graphic Design ... sure, it's always nice to hear that someone thinks a design looks, "awesome." Of course I want my clients to love the work I do for them. That said, I firmly believe that it is my #1 duty to try my very best to solve the design problem ... to deliver a design that works. Form and function should always go hand-in-hand.

Ron Derby