Innovative, dynamic
design solutions

Brand + Creative Development

SKILLS & EXPERIENCE on which you can RELY.



Brand Developer


1973 - Present

An established Restaurant with a signature salad dressing trusts Don Garlock for a brand and compliant package design for their secret recipe... and lands distribution in Wal*Marts nationwide. A professional counseling association gets a new brand, direct marketing, and deliverables to grow tenfold in 18 months to become the largest of its kind in the world. Those serious about moving forward to success call Don Garlock.


Front-end Consultant

1973 - Present

A start-up restaurant in a desperate situation is a week away from opening its very first flagship location. Don designed the branding, wrote the menu, the website and more... all in less than a week. The first Vinny’s opened on schedule and was an instant success; Don then created the Franchise Manual. Vinny’s has now grown to thirteen locations in Virginia and North Carolina. The one who got the “impossible” job done is Don Garlock.


Fresh Concepts Delivered

Ideation and Deliverables

1973 - Present

A well-known faith-based ministry is faced with shuttering operations due to declining donations. Copywriting, fresh design, and direct mail by Don Garlock nets a threefold increase in revenues in fewer than 90 days. A university wants to start a distance-learning program from scratch. They want it up and running in 30 days, and profitable in 90. Today it is one of the top three programs of its kind in the world. The one who got it all started was Don Garlock.

Impossible Deadlines

Don Garlock delivers

1973 - present

The reliability, responsiveness, and turnaround of Don Garlock has earned him the trust and confidence of start-up organizations of significance, such as Tysons Partnership, Inc. and Friends of Cville Downtown, Inc. among many others. When it has to be right, on target, on budget, and done by tomorrow morning, the one who gets the call is Don Garlock.

Skills and Expertise

  • HTML5 and CSS3
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Wordpress
  • Microsoft Office Suite
  • Illustration & Fine Art
  • Copywriting
  • Ghostwriting
  • Editing & Proofreading

Selected Projects

Solutions by Don Garlock

Branding & Creative Development, Web Design Project Link

Friends of Cville Downtown, Inc.

Start-up conceptualization, Consulting, Digital and Print deliverables.

Initial Branding & Creative Development, beta Web Design Project Link

Tysons Partnership, Inc.

Creative Development & beta Web Design

Start-up, Branding, Ongoing Management Project Link

Start-up 2015, Branding, Ongoing Management of an Indie Publishing House

Branding & Menu, Creative Development, Franchise Project Link

Vinny’s Italian Grill & Pizzeria

Start-up Branding, Caricature, Menu Research, Writing & Design, Wearables, Web Design

World Tour Design Project Link

Earth, Wind & Fire — World Tour ’08

Don Garlock earned two of four slots for winning EWF World Tour 2008 designs.

Album Cover Design Project Link

Chicago the Band — 40th Anniversary

Don Garlock’s Runner-up Winning Design for Chicago’s 40th Anniversary 2-CD set

Research, Ghostwriting, Illustration, Design, Publishing Project Link

A Little Slice of Heaven — Book

Research, Editing, Illustration, Book Design, & Publishing

Branding & Creative Development Project Link

Safe Surfin’ Foundation

Founding Member 1998; Non-Profit Start-up; Branding & Deliverables

Research, Authoring, Editing, Book Design, Publishing Project Link

VIGILANCE: 265 Years of the Bedford County Sheriff’s Office — Book

Branding, Promotion, Website, Sales

Direct Mail, Circulation Marketing, Promotion Project Link

America’s Newspaper

Direct Mail, Circulation Marketing, Promotion

About Don

For nearly 50 years, Don Garlock has been the go-to problem-solver for myriad clients. Don excels at creative, dynamic, innovative solutions with astonishing turnaround for Start-ups, Non-profits, For-profits, Memberships, Circulation, Fundraising, Restaurants, and many, many more. Don is a proven reliable creative who gets things done on time, on budget and on target... every time.

Don Garlock is a pleasure to work with: professional, knowledgeable, creative, precise, efficient, and wonderfully patient. All projects were on time and on budget, and the finished works were handsome and powerfully effective. He earned my highest regard and recommendation.

Author image Michael Caplin Co-Chair, Friends of Cville Downtown, Inc.

I have known Don Garlock since 1995, and know him to be a tremendous and reliable talent. Don has created countless deliverables for me over these 27+ years; Don’s artistry and attention to detail are always evident and, in my opinion... legendary!

Author image Sheriff Mike Brown (Ret.) Senior Special Agent, US Treasury Department, ret.
Currently President, Small, Rural and Tribal Law Enforcement Executives Association