Make it Muscatine: Shield Design

MUSCATINE, Iowa–A graphic designer by trade, Mike Shield started Shield Design as a side business while he worked full time doing graphic design for Bridgestone Bandag. When a change in management led to major alterations in his position with the company, he transitioned to full time freelance work for six years, from 2008 until 2014. Even after taking on full time work with Kent Nutrition Group, Shield continued to keep Shield Design up and running. Today, his small business keeps thriving and offering design services to area small businesses on a part time basis.

Mike Shield, owner of Shield Design

Though only a one man operation, you can find work from Shield Design all around town. From the signs on the Musser Public Library and HNI Community Center and some of their print materials, to the pages of Muscatine Magazine, to some of the Mighty Muskie Marching Band’s apparel, to publications from the Hoover Association in West Branch, and to the logos of Contrary Brewery and Avenue Subs, Shield Design’s distinctive and beautiful images figure prominently in many places and publications across the city, county, and even the state.

Primarily, Shield Design provides graphic design work to local small businesses. Based on a client’s needs, Shield will create logos, marketing materials such as brochures and pamphlets, and create small illustrations for them, along with other custom work. As a small business owner himself, Shield appreciates, “the opportunity to help businesses solve business problems with creative design.”

For years, Shield Design has provided services to Muscatine Magazine and other projects at the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Seeing all the good work the organization had done for his hometown, Shield considered it only fitting to have his business join the Chamber in 2020. “I’ve been a lifelong member of Muscatine,” he emphasized. “Being involved with Muscatine Magazine and getting to learn more about the town, it just seemed like a no brainer to join the chamber,” he added.

A talented artist, Shield has enjoyed using Shield Design as a creative outlet for many years and loves seeing his work pop up in many places throughout the region. “It’s nice to do something creative on the side, ” he said: “There definitely is a sense of giving back and helping other small businesses succeed. There’s also a pride in seeing my designs around town.”

As Shield continues to nurture Shield Design and keep it running as his second job, he encourages other small business owners to chat with him about their graphic design needs. He invites anyone interested in inquiring about his services to email him at [email protected]. You may also see more of Shield Design’s work of all kinds by visiting the Shield Design Facebook Page.