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Cape Breton
Port Hood, Nova Scotia


Branding + Identity + Logos + Squarespace Websites + Marketing // Emily Rankin is a Graphic Designer from Cape Breton supporting Small Business, Non Profits, and Creatives with graphic design that gets them noticed.



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Cape Breton West Women In Business Launch!

Emily Rankin

Wow, what a night! Thank you, thank you, thank you! We are blown away and beyond grateful for all of the generous support during last night's launch of Cape Breton West Women in Business and sneak peak of the incredible new Route 19 Brewing, in Inverness!

We gathered with over 200 women, heard amazing stories and celebrated an incredible community of business women right here in our own backyard. The energy in the room was buzzing!

We're so lucky to live and work here and this is just the beginning of how we can support each other going forward. This small island is doing big, big things!

Huge thank yous to @Route 19 Brewing, all of our generous sponsors, everyone who donated to our amazing list of door prizes, The Women’s Group in Inverness, and organizers Jen Ryan and Lindsay MacIsaac-Ryan of Quincy Street Market, Desiree Campbell - Tradewinds Realty, Dr. Kristen Sutherland of Inverness Chiropractic, Taryn MacDonald of Ignite and Inspire Personal Development, Sara Rankin of Sara Rankin Creative Co and Raylene MacLean of Ray's Place and Emily Rankin of Take Note Graphic Design

Stay tuned for more exciting things coming soon :) Working together works and we’re so excited to everything to come!

Check out a peek at some of the photos I captured the the big night below!

NicNeil - The MacNeil Sisters, Album Artwork

Emily Rankin

These little gems have been flying off the shelves for months! I'm thrilled to share the design for Back Current Jam - NicNeil, The MacNeil Sisters' lively first album!
The MacNeil Sisters are five sisters from Mabou, Cape Breton who's fantastic album brilliantly showcases their family's musical talents and beautifully blends their English and Gaelic cultures. "Nic" is Gaelic for "daughter" and "Neil" is their family name. They came to me with inspiring ideas for their cover and  I had the pleasure of working with photos all by the always amazing Steve Rankin Photography.
The girls have been entertaining us locally for a long time and now their music is being shared far and wide. There's English songs, Gaelic songs, traditional tunes, and some fantastic originals. If you have a chance to see them live or get your own copy of Back Current Jam, DO IT! :)

Raising the Villages - New Logo and Celebrating One Year

Emily Rankin

It takes a village to raise a child. That's the mission behind the Raising the Villages movement. The project creates welcoming communities in support of young children and their families to have the best start in life. Their focus is on The Early Years, Starting Strong – creating welcoming spaces to connect and belong. 

I was thrilled when I was contacted by the committee to help create a symbol for their logo. The goal of the new logo was to capture three main concepts behind their movement.

  1. the idea of the "child" getting the best start at life through welcoming communities and how "community" thrives on the love, curiosityand unique brilliance of every child.
  2. the idea that as "treaty people" on the traditional and ancestral lands of the Mi'kmaq, this is about being guided by the indigenous wisdom and active reconciliation all our children deserve.
  3. our communities efforts to become north star communities who have recognized and acted on providing welcoming spaces for our children to connect, belong, grow and teach us who they are.

Other themes that came up in our conversations were acknowledging the 4 different cultures involved - English, Acadian, Mi'kmaq and Gaelic, the land and water of our natural surroundings, gathering for our children, and the collective holding of the child.


Some of the imagery being used by the group as they established themselves in their first year.



In celebration of their one-year anniversary they are sharing their new logo - a symbol I was honoured to create for them.


Earlier this month they had a terrific article in The Inverness Oran introducing their new look, the story behind the design and reflecting on their first year. An except on the design concept can be found below but please view the original article here.

 "The new logo has rounded corners and edges. Emily felt, and the organization agreed, that this not only makes the image softer and more inviting, but also resembles a flower – symbolizing growth and the collective ‘raising’ of something important.

The colours (red, white, yellow, and black) incorporated into the design are from the Mi’kmaw Medicine Wheel, a very powerful symbol of spirituality, and represent the four races of man. The addition of blue is symbolic of the water that surrounds Cape Breton Island. All over Cape Breton, salt water meets fresh water and this reflects the many citizens who call this special island home.

“The fact that we are by nature diverse is something to celebrate, and by sharing our cultures with one another we create a rich story that benefits us all. The circle represents our intergenerational approach. All of human life is connected in cycles, and our children need elders as much as elders need children. The blue image in the centre of the logo is an infant, at the heart of their community, embraced by a community member illustrating all that we do and all that Raising the Villages represents,” the organization notes.

A huge thank you goes out to the team at Raising the Villages. Not only for the support of local small business but for the meaningful and lasting impact they are making on youth and their families on Westren Cape Breton Island.

If you would like to learn more about them please visit their website or Facebook page.