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Julie Harris

Julie Harris

Julie is a writer, editor and graphic designer, assisting KSD's clients with a variety of services, including print and web design, public relations and copywriting. Before joining KSD in 2010, Julie worked as a journalist, editor and publisher at four Kentucky newspapers.

We’ve had the great fortune at KSD to maintain relationships with several of our clients that span decades.

Such is the case with the Master Musicians Festival. KSD has been involved with Somerset’s premier summer music event in some way since its inception 23 years ago. Whether developing MMF’s website, designing posters or brochures, writing press releases, fitting the stage with banners or sitting in our lawn chairs in July to take in the awesome festival atmosphere right here in our hometown, KSD is dedicated to supporting MMF and its mission of bringing musical excellence to rural Kentucky.

Smartphones are “such a pervasive and insistent part of daily life that the proverbial visitor from Mars might conclude they were an important feature of human anatomy.” — Chief Justice John Roberts, Riley v. California

Indeed, we’ve become a smartphone-dependent society. Nearly two-thirds of Americans are smartphone owners — according to an October 2014 Pew Research Center study — and for many of them, their phone is their only access to the outside Internet world.

As the landscape of Internet accessibility has changed, so has KSD in the way we design websites for our clients. All new websites built in the last two years are mobile friendly, and KSD’s most recent sites are responsive, meaning they can reflow, reprioritize and even present different content depending on the screen size.

On Fire for Their Future

With a new superintendent at the helm and several important initiatives underway, Madison County Schools entered 2014 with three goals in mind — to refocus, redesign and rebrand the school district to more effectively communicate its commitment to first-class education. In addition to a strategic planning process that established 40 new initiatives, Madison County Schools asked KSD to help define and illustrate how the district inspires excellence for students.
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With a new superintendent at the helm and several important initiatives underway, Madison County Schools entered 2014 with three goals in mind — to refocus, redesign and rebrand the school district to more effectively communicate its commitment to first-class education.

In addition to a strategic planning process that established 40 new initiatives, Madison County Schools asked KSD to help illustrate how the district inspires excellence for students. Earlier in the year, KSD created a new identity for Mike’s Kids Education Foundation, the non-profit organization that supports literacy and scholarship efforts in Madison County Schools. Superintendent Elmer Thomas wanted to build on that momentum by bringing new life to the district’s identity in a similar way.

Mike Caudill, superintendent of Madison County Schools from 2001 until he lost his battle with cancer in 2007, liked to compare himself to a turtle on top of a fence post. That turtle didn't get there on its own — it had to have help. And he often credited those who helped him reach his fullest potential.

When Mike’s Kids Education Foundation was founded in 2008 in his honor, a logo was born featuring a turtle on top of a fence post with the slogan, “No one can make it on their own.” People who knew him rallied around his belief that every student had the ability to succeed if they were given the right tools, and supported MKEF’s efforts to enhance public education in Madison County.

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