EHW Design

Graphic design for web and print

by Ethan Hazzard-Watkins

Brattleboro Dawn Dance

I redesigned the web site for the Brattleboro Dawn Dance, a twice-annual all-night contra dance event. The new design features a textured look and earth-tone color scheme, with shadows and text beveling to give the layout a sense of depth. I incorporated a sun logo which the Dawn Dance has used for many years and which is based on a wood block print by Mary Azarian. The site includes online ticket sales, posts for news and updates about the events, a schedule of performers, email list integration, and a drop-down menu structure. I also created a new poster design for the Dawn Dance in 2012 with the logo and fonts similar to the new web site design.


Various clients, including the band Magic Foot, the artist Kris Alden, and other one-time design work.


CDSS (the Country Dance and Song Society) is a non-profit based in Western Massachusetts that promotes traditional music and dance. In 2010 I designed a membership brochure for the organization to promote their affiliate membership services. The brochure incorporated images of dance and music activities, as well as text describing the benefits of membership. I designed the layout, created the color scheme, and chose appropriate photos, as well as doing significant text writing and editing.

In 2013 I designed the CDSS year-end Annual Appeal fundraising brochure. The brochure included photos from a range of the activities CDSS promotes, as well as targeted text; I created versions of the design for print and to be featured on the CDSS web site. Also in 2013 I designed a new logo for CDSS’ 100 year anniversary.


Housetop is a Brattleboro-based swing vocal quartet. In 2011 I designed the CD graphics for their first CD, Two Foot Jumpin. I also created a web site and a poster design for the band incorporating many of the images from the CD package. The band commissioned an original digital collage by Matt Maranian. Matt’s design of a rooftop, chimney, moon, stars, and text became the basis for the CD cover, web site, and poster designs. I modified Matt’s art to fit the  CD layout, adjusting colors, proportions, and textures. I also extrapolated elements from his work to create the “village skyline” that can be seen on the inside of the CD package.

The Housetop web site builds on the same graphic concepts, and features a gig calendar, music samples, online store, and band photos. It is built in WordPress so the band can maintain and update it on their own.

Ten Speed Farm

Ten Speed Farm is a small Brattleboro-area farm run by Rebecca Lay selling vegetables in a modified CSA system. In 2008 I designed a web site, logo (based on drawings by Anna Patton), and advertising postcard for the farm’s first commercial season. In 2010 I completed a redesign of the web site, transitioning it into WordPress for easy updating by the client, and creating a new layout and visual structure based on a farm notebook. Handwritten text headers and menu links give the site a personal feel, while the WordPress system allows Rebecca to post weekly news updates throughout the season. The site also integrates a mailing list signup form, a pop-up photo viewer, and a dynamic event calendar for Rebecca’s dance calling performances.


Elixir is a New England-based, nationally touring contra dance band (of which I am a member). I created a web site for the band in 2007, and completed major redesigns on the site in 2008 and 2010. The current version is powered by WordPress, and includes an online store selling CDs, music downloads, and T-shirts; an embedded gig calendar that syncs with Google Calendar and band members’ desktop calendar applications; a photo and video gallery; streaming music samples; and much more. I designed the CD packaging for both of Elixir’s album releases, created the design for the band’s T-shirts and business cards, and produced dozens of posters for Elixir tours, performances, and other events.

Youth Dance Weekend

Youth Dance Weekend is an annual youth-focused traditional dance and music festival that takes places in central Vermont. Since its start in 2008 I have designed and maintained the web site for the festival, as well as producing T-shirts, posters, postcards, and other promotional materials for use in print and online. The current revision of the YDW web site includes more than a dozen pages, a blog-like section for posting discussion notes and recipes, online event registration and payment, photo gallery, mailing list signup, and many other features. It is built in WordPress and editable by the members of the YDW organizing committee.

What I Do

Design services in a variety of media…

I can help you with a wide range of design projects. Get in touch to learn more about any of the following:

  • Web site design and maintenance
  • CD or DVD Packaging design
  • T-shirt designs
  • Poster, brochure, and other print design
  • And more! Contact me for more info...

Contact Ethan

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About Ethan

Ethan Hazzard-Watkins, designer and fiddler

When not tweaking images, writing code, or wrestling type, I work as a fiddler. I've been playing fiddle - and designing band web sites, CD covers, and posters - for more than fifteen years, and I love helping creative people promote themselves. Head on over to my music web site to learn more.

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