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Welcome to my site


Joann Sondy

I am a career graphic designer who has helped clients tell their stories with pitch decks and publications. Now, I'm embarking on a new phase; bringing to the forefront projects that I've been working on 'behind the scenes' for months.

Inspired by my commitment to Chicago Architecture Foundation as a docent, I have been building a portfolio of artwork for textile designs; with the intention of establishing my own luxury silk and cotton scarf product line.

Stay tuned for workshops and speaking engagements; topics to include self-publishing, storytelling and creative inspiration. How can I help you?
Drop me an email 'topace {at}' or call (231-633-0945) so we can discuss your project.

About Me


Started my own one-woman shop in 2000 (unintentionally). Over the past 14 years, projects and clients varied but the emphasis has been on visual communciations and storytelling. Creating and publishing presentations, pitch decks, annual reports, ebooks, and much more. Clients include marcomm agencies, entrepreneurs, non profits, and associations.
Learn more, email 'topace {at}' or call (231-633-0945).

  • 2000--Present

    Graphic Designer & Publisher

    Creative Aces Corp. specialty is marketing communications for businesses, entrepreneurs and non-profits. Design and production (print & digital) of marketing materials, e-books, white papers, look books, presentations & pitch pecks and magazines. Account management, publishing technologies and image library management. The ebooks that I've authored and published about self-publishing and presentations are available Slideshare; the most popular is my Universal Pitch Deck ebook. View portfolio samples and case studies via Issuu, Behance and Prosite.

  • 2014--Present

    Textile Illustrator

    My creative legacy–luxury silk scarf product line. Illustrations inspired by the incredible craftsmanship of creating the art and producing an accessory that compliments you. As of December 2014, products with my designs are available on my Society6 and Spoonflower storefronts. (Keep your eye on this area as it will be my focus.)

  • 2012--Present

    CAF Docent

    Docent with the Chicago Architecture Foundation, class of 2012. I meet people from all over the world who are interested in Chicago's architecture and its history. Currently certified for five tours and preparing for spring '15 season. Visit the CAF website for more information.

  • 2008--Present


    Since the introduction of self-publishing platforms and tools, my company, Creative Aces, has published five books and several ebooks. We began this journey with my husband's first book, Saigon Shuffle, a Veit Nam War biography; in which Dominic Sondy was a correspondent with the 1st Infantry Division.
    Four more books have followed: Used Buggy Parts ebook, The Last Ark of the Railroad, Can't See the Forest For the Trees and Looking at Yew.

  • 2012--Present

    Toastmaster (CC)

    How do you overcome your (life long) fear of public speaking? Join a Toastmasters club! I encourage everyone to join. Improve public speaking and leadership skills. It is my learning laboratory to work on my own speeches and assist others via evaluations. Currently working on Storytelling projects. View Masters #1933228.

About Home

How Can I Help You?

Put my talents to work for you.

  • Collaborate

    What's your story? First we should talk so I can understand the your vision, strategy and audience. Contact me: 'topace {at}' or call (231-633-0945) so we can discuss your project.

  • Create

    Based on our creative briefing, I get to work. Reviewing content and available resources to storyboard your presentation and/or book. It comes together when we work together reviewing comps during the process and editing accordingly.
    Assisting with theme editing and image selections that focus on the core message of the piece.

  • Publish

    Print or digital, I have experience in both areas. Whether you may want to publish your own book or send an annual report to your shareholders. From creative briefing to delivery; I have the resources and capabilities to get the job done.


Among my strenths is the ability to collaborate with you; listening to your ideas for the project. Whether it's a presentation or publication/book, you have a goal and vision of how this piece will serve you and your audience.

  • Excellent communication

  • Values Value

  • Constant Learner

  • Leader/Mentor

  • Flexibility

Tools of My Trade

High level of proficieny working with Adobe Creative Suite applications for layout and design; including InCopy and Dreamweaver. Presentation & pitch decks are generally created in PowerPoint or Keynote.

  • Learning
    Not Bad
  • InDesign CC
  • Photoshop CC
  • Illustrator CC
  • Digital Publishing
  • Powerpoint/Keynote
  • iBooks Author

Some of my work

Drop me an email 'topace {at}' or call (231-633-0945) so we can discuss your project.


Used Buggy Parts

  • Role:Designer and Publisher
  • Author:Dominic R Sondy
  • Year:2010

This fantasical and whimsical collection of automotive entomology and the stories that accompany made a great 'field guide'. Theme structure, book design and layout, font selections, pre-press and proofing. Digital conversion for iBooks Author.
Available in hardcopy and digital format on the iTunes bookstore.

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Image and extra information

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OwwwLab Web Design

  • Role:Graphic Designer
  • Client:OwwwLab design studio
  • Year:2011

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Get In Touch

Are you ready to get started on that projects?
Do you want to attend on of my publishing-related workshops?
Interested in purchasing of my scarves or licensing my art for textiles?

  • (231) 633 0945
  • Chicago, IL 60614
  • Contact Details

Let's Get Started

One of the easist ways to get in touch is via email.
Provide a brief message and contact information; I'll respond as quickly as I can.
(I respect your 'inbox';  this is NOT an automatic inclusion to my list.)

Email: topace {at}

tel: 231-633-0945