Piano Information:

"Aretha" — by designer: Alison Pond Design

  Photography by:   Benji Vuong

Photography by: Benji Vuong


(Off the street)

On her way to her forever home.


Alison Pond Design


Aretha Franklin


Wendy & Dick Rahm

We rescue pianos and put them on the street for everybody to enjoy. We want to give pianists more opportunities to play for the public.



I'm a graphic designer by trade, so that definitely has influenced the process for this design. I've been experimenting with with color and texture in my digital work, as well as pairing natural elements with abstract polygonal features. For whatever reason I haven't moved on from that, and until now I hadn't tried it in any fine art pieces, so the biggest challenge was letting go of precision, and finding ways to create more tangible, physical variations of texture and color. The metal leaf was a new medium for me, so there was plenty of trial and error during the application.



I’m a creative designer with roots in project management, offering graphic design services in the greater Portland Metro area. I value strong client relationships and use a consultative approach to project direction/budget, maintain transparency in communication, and achieve client goals and expectations upon execution. Ultimately, I work to create attractive design solutions that serve my clients’ brand and reflects their values.


I specialize in: print/digital advertising, social media, press kits & layouts, presentations, branding, trade shows/events, design for web, & illustration.


Namesake Musician:

"Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer–songwriter and musician. Franklin began her career singing gospel at her father, minister C. L. Franklin's church as a child. In 1960, at the age of 18, Franklin embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success. Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Think". These hits and more helped her to gain the title The Queen of Soul by the end of the 1960s decade."


Wikipedia: Aretha Franklin



Wendy & Dick Rahm



We rescue pianos, put them on the street for everyone to enjoy, and then give them to schools, community centers, artists, and others who will love them as much as we do.


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