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Bridget Hapner

Chicago, IL

Present your work and ideas with confidence In her own words I am a recent graduate of the Graphic Design program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with an interest in everything and a keen interest in typesetting, book design, and exhibition design. I love art history, writing, and art museums. I am currently looking [...]

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Paige Foley

Chicago, IL

Make something beautiful! And remember, we’re all in this together. In her own words I’m a designer, creater, thinker, and breakfast lover. As a designer, my desire is to create authentic, meaningful work that is both clean and bold. I design with a simple, honest aesthetic. Beyond all that design stuff, I believe in positivity, [...]

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Veronica Corzo-Duchardt

Figure out what you LOVE to do and make it happen. In her own words I’m a Cuban-American artist, designer, teacher, drummer and collector of things. I’ve worked as designer and art director for 11+ years in the music, fashion and publishing industries. In 2006 I relocated from Brooklyn to Chicago to attend the graduate [...]

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Katherine Fisher

Chicago, IL

Do something creative and new every day. In her own words I am a creative thinker that is always looking for the next opportunity to learn and grow. I feel that through visual communication— whether it is print or digital, small- or large-scale —we can express meaning and knowledge, promote interactions, and start conversations. For [...]

Surf Film

Jen Lorentzen

Portland, OR

Break from convention. In her own words we focus on graphic design and partner with other functional partners to execute top to bottom vision. the collective represents a handful of industry gals with skills in design, account, and marketing backgrounds. we’ve worked with jager di paola kemp, burton, nike, roxy, k2, sweet cheeks, and nemo [...]

A-OK Cards

Roxanne Daner

Los Angeles, CA

The harder you work, the luckier you get. In her own words My name is Roxanne Daner and I’m a designer and illustrator living and working is Los Angeles, CA. I’m a partner at my design studio Ludlow Kingsley and also have a separate place for my illustration work called Yours, Roxanne. Words of advice [...]

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Alanna MacGowan

Seattle, Washington

Be kind. In her own words Designer, educator, co-conspirator at The Dye Lab, co-founder of The Hello Poster Show. Advocate of tape, string, fabric, felt, sewing machines, sandwiches, humor, ideas, questions, flexibility, magic, good taste, craft, wit, playfulness, indecision, rulers, pens, buttons, books, music, technology, friends, family, + cats. Words of advice Be kind. Accept [...]

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Tonya Douraghy

Brooklyn, NY

Be nice, work hard, and make mistakes. In her own words Currently senior designer at Details magazine, formerly art director at Print magazine, and always collaborating at The Dye Lab. I believe in magazines, tape, string, fabric, felt, sewing machines, sandwiches, humor, typewriters, ideas, questions, flexibility, good taste, craft, wit, playfulness, indecision, rulers, pens, buttons, [...]

Sifted

Aimee Gauthier

Minneapolis, MN

Never underestimate the power of a handwritten thank-you note. In her own words I am a freelance Graphic Designer currently living in Minneapolis, MN after spending a year in San Francisco working for Chronicle Books as a Children’s designer. When I’m not setting type or photoshopping deer antlers on a rabbit, I enjoy cooking, reading, [...]

Adelle

Veronika Burian

Prague/Rosario

Remain modest, but make yourself heard. In her own words Hi, i am a type designer and ex product designer, currently living back in my hometown Prague, Czech Republic. I am running a type foundry, together with my associate, José Scaglione, living in Argentina. We collaborate on most of our type projects, with a focus [...]

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Adela Kang

Vancouver, BC

Do one thing a day that scares you. In her own words I create illustrations and communicative designs that are appreciated for pleasantness in aesthetic presentation and problem solving qualities. Not just a plain image creator, I am all about finding a harmony between image and design elements, such as color, shape, text, and hierarchy. [...]

animal prints

Erin Wengrovius

Brooklyn, NY

Take every opportunity In her own words Hello, I am a designer and illustrator living in Brooklyn, NY. I am the Senior Designer at BUST Magazine and I am also a freelance illustrator on the side. Last year I started my own business called Grovius were I create and sell painting and prints on my [...]

Girls Like Type Too

Lucinda Ireland

Nottingham/London UK

Hard work really does pay off In her own words I am a recent graphic design graduate from Nottingham Trent University. I have a huge passion for typography which I have explored a lot during my final year at university. I enjoy all areas of typography from handrawn lettering right through to the more strict [...]

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Rachel Brooks

Chicago, IL

Create your own lane. In her own words I’m an apparel and accessories designer for The Style Cooperative, currently based in Chicago. I tend to think of myself as the manager, janitor, and most things in between. Words of advice Between Google, Twitter, and some intense will to create, anything is possible. When starting out, [...]

Barn Swallow

Bekah Worley

Minneapolis, MN

I’ve never met an artist who didn’t deal with self-doubt at some level. In her own words I’m a Minneapolis designer who works exclusively with repurposed or recycled materials. I love transforming vintage textiles and found items into original handbags, toys, and cozies. I work by hand, one piece at a time, and while most [...]

Packaging

Sarah Kissell

Los Angeles

Never Settle. In her own words Pure Magenta is the graphic design work of Sarah Kissell. I’m originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where I graduated from Minneapolis College of Art + Design in December 2008. I also studied Typo/Graphic design for a brief period at London College of Communication. I currently reside in Los Angeles, working [...]

Complacency is death

Annie Wang

Minneapolis, MN

Complacency is death. In her own words I was born in Taiwan but was raised in Los Angeles. At first I went to UCLA for a degree in Sociology, but eventually went back to school for a design degree from MCAD. When I was 16 I was an active member of the Hanson fan club. [...]

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Valerie Jar

Salt Lake City, Utah

Live what you love. In their own words I’m a designer/illustrator located in Salt Lake City. I’m inspired by art deco, vintage signs, hand-lettering, tattoo art and people. Art and bikes are two of my favorite things. I love the hidden symbolism and meanings behind common objects and everyday things, and oftentimes, that fascination will [...]

Greed

D’Andhra Bascomb

Southern California

Always follow up. In their own words Mission Statement: To introduce DISTINCT visual design using many mediums, surfaces, and platforms. To combine with different producers all over the earth to produce strong and captivating phenomenons in many ways as possible. Contribute. Grow. Supply the DEMAND. Freelancer and founder of DE’BA Designs. I dig a challenge, [...]

Target: Design United

Anne Ulku

Minneapolis, MN

Discover Buried Treasure. In their own words I am a designer living and working in a studio apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I work in type design, branding, print design, among many. I enjoy collaborative projects, challenges and experiments. I enjoy formulating compelling stories, using only six words. Words of advice Discover Buried Treasure. Read old [...]

Illustration

Tuesday Bassen

Brooklyn, NYC

Be open and get lost. In her own words I’m an Illustrator and one half of Studio-Sweet-Studio.com. I recently moved to Brooklyn, NY, but I’ve lived in Minnesota, Nebraska, England, and Russia at different points and varying periods in my lifetime. I love looking at art nouveau architecture, gas-light era design, and comic books–especially by [...]

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Maria Janosko

Portland, Oregon

Make sure you have a voice. In her own words I am currently a graphic designer living and working in Portland, OR. My journey to graphic design started out in Fine Arts, which is still a very important part of my life. I work for a design studio called Sockeye where I work on primarily [...]

Furthermore Beer

Erin Fuller

Spring Green, WI

Be earnest. Be strong. In her own words Terminally unfancy. Unassuming and unassumed. Designerd. Type fanatic. Music junkie. Printmaker wannabe. Collector of vintage mugs. Lover of anything orange. I live in the ethereal driftless area of southwest Wisconsin in this special little village called Spring Green. After 4+ year solo career, I happily rejoined the [...]

The Orange Sea

Brianna Harden

Brooklyn, NY

Never let yourself fall into a comfort zone just because something starts to work well for you. In her own words I’m a recent east-coast transplant, and I’m currently living in Brooklyn after having grown up in Los Angeles. I’m pursuing a career as an illustrator. My subject matter broadly includes people, plants and animals. [...]

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Alyssa Liegel

Northern NJ

Learn to not panic. I am a recent graduate from the awesome Graphic Design Communications program at Philadelphia University. I have been freelancing a little bit since my graduation in May, but right now most of my time is spent looking for career opportunities. As far as my work goes, I love to experiment with [...]

Screen Print

Simone Noronha

Chicago, IL

Don’t be afraid to approach the people you admire. In her own words I’m a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and screen printer currently living in Chicago. Recently I graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design where I got to hone in on my love of making pretty and useful things while being surrounded by [...]

Sugar Skull

Catherine Bourdon

Melbourne, Australia

Get off the beaten path. In her own words Hi there! I’m a Canadian creative recently relocated to Melbourne, Australia. I specialize in print, branding, packaging & green design. I’m a true believer of Form, Function & Fun. Words of advice GET OFF THE BEATEN PATH. Take a hike and hack those bushes! Who knows [...]

LIN Art Project

Amaranta Martinez

aka Piktorama Venezuela

Do what you do with Love… and everything else will follow. In her own words Hola! My name is Amaranta Martínez, I’m an illustrator from Venezuela. I worked as an Art Director for Nickelodeon Latin America for several years. One day I decided to move on, although it was very hard for me to part [...]

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Allison Lehman

Columbus, Ohio

Always be an observant person. In her own words I used to tell people that I make pretty things. However- after reading the book ‘Designers Don’t Read’ I realized that I don’t do that anymore. I try to create logically beautiful work. And when I’m not designing or sketching, I’m off having a slight love [...]

You are Beautiful

Abby Wynne

Chicago, IL

Keep on making stuff you love. In her own words I am one half of MAKE™, a Chicago based design team. Partnering with the talents of Jesse Hora, we design, illustrate, art direct, draw, cut, paste, think, build, photograph, paint and print. MAKE™ is our way to work on projects we love with people we [...]

Collage

Grace Blevins

Chicagoland/Milwaukee

Always sketch. In her own words Hello! I’m a graphic designer, illustrator and stop-motion animator. I’m about to graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communication Design at Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. I love using paper illustration and hand-made typography in my work. Apart from design, I love cooking, bike riding, reading, movie watching and [...]

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Diana Quenomoen

Minneapolis, MN

Define your greatest strengths. In her own words I’m Diana Q, a Minneapolis designer and illustrator who enjoys cold cheeseburgers, log cabins, knowledge, inspiration and good illustration. I’m constantly intrigued by the interwebs and all the new avenues we as designers have, right at our fingertips. I also, greatly enjoy creating packaging and brands that [...]

Feature

Carla Barth

Brazil

A fantastic Brazilian artist! In her own words I draw, I paint, and I make sculptures. I like experimenting to evolve as an artist and as a person. I’m from Brazil and I work with Choque Cultural’s Gallery.

Trees in Love

Mary Kate McDevitt

Portland, OR

Be yourself. In her own words Hi there, I’m an artist and illustrator with a love of hand drawn type. I live in Portland, OR making work inspired by staying motivated. When I’m not drawing letters I’m biking around the city, thrifting, playing with chalkboards or hanging out with my cat Peppy and rearranging the [...]

Packaging Line

Ashley Chelski

Chicago, IL

Surround yourself with people that are worth it, whether it’s friends or a job. In her own words I’m Ashley! I’m a graphic designer/illustrator living in Chicago. I am particularly fond of packaging design, illustration, infographics and publication. I currently work at a big fancy architecture firm, but my heart lies in D.I.Y design, zines, [...]

Ax + Apple

Ax+Apple

Austin, TX

There is no such thing as trying too hard. In her own words Ax+Apple focuses on creating clean, sophisticated, fashion forward pieces with a nod to ‘making things like they used to”. Heavily influenced by the desert and southwestern style, Ax+Apple has made a name for themselves by offering edgy, adventurous designs that combine one [...]

Poster

Karen Kurycki

Jacksonville, FL

If you’re bored, you’re doing it wrong. In her own words I am a designer/illustrator born and raised in Rochester, NY, now living in Jacksonville, Florida. I have a passion for using watercolor and combining it with typography in my design. I have a strong affinity for toys from the ’80s. I love the smell [...]

Letterpress

Jenny Sun

Atlanta, GA

What I know today will never be as much as I know tomorrow. In her own words I’ve always been wired as a visual thinker, but I suppose I’m technically a design strategist. I’ve spent my career thus far consulting in everything from user experience design and research, to brand strategy for start-ups and Fortune [...]

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Nicole Lavelle

Portland, Oregon

It’s better to be interested than to be interesting. In her own words I am an artist and graphic designer currently living and working in Portland, Oregon. I talk too much, have a problem with collecting paper ephemera, and work as the Director of Creative Projects at Pinball Publishing. I spend my time on print [...]

PieLab Stamp

Amanda Buck

Greensboro, AL

If you don’t believe in what you do and what you make, then no one else will. In her own words Amanda is a (native Midwestern) designer and letterpress printer, as well as an aspiring writer and social entrepreneur. She enjoys wearing many hats, traveling, star gazing, learning, baking pies, and cooking meals to share [...]

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ARM

The Studio of Aubrey Rachael Megan Brooklyn, Detroit, Chicago

Collaborate. In her own words ARM is the collaborative studio of Aubrey Stalnaker, Rachael Beresh, and Megan Deal. The studio serves as a platform to support client projects, workshops, research interests and concepts of personal inquiry. The work that manifests is broad in scope, spanning the diverse interests of all three partners and those we [...]

The Path Home

Liz Burr

Chicago, IL

We are all capable of great things, even though our great things will all be different. In her own words Hi. I grew up in a small Jersey shore town, and appreciate the cultural variety found in cities, as well as being close to nature. After studying illustration at Syracuse, I worked in London for [...]

Poster

Susan Murphy

Amsterdam

Use the hours after dark and don’t feel guilty about doing the things you love… In her own words Once upon a time there was a freckly faced Irish girl named Sue. She loved to doodle, colour with her markers and imagine great things. One day she moved from her small town (actually a little [...]

Scribble Tone

Lizy Gershenzon

Portland, OR

It is important to scare yourself, to do things you don’t think you are capable of. In her own words Currently living in Portland, OR, I grew-up in Chicago, IL and recently lived in Wellington, New Zealand. I enjoy the spirit of the big city, but also find peace in nature. I am a partner [...]

Branding and collateral

Lindsey Turner

Austin, TX

Work. Very. Hard. In her own words An Austin girl by way of Chicago, I am design director at ALARM Press, which publishes books on music, art, and design. I’m drawn to minimalism, unapologetic typography, and shades of gray. Words of wisdom Just a few things that have helped me… Work. Very. Hard. Be humble [...]

Magazine

Tinne Van Loon

Chicago, IL

Have no fear. In her own words I am a designer at Thirst in Chicago, and a recent graduate from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit. If I wasn’t a graphic designer I would probably be a photojournalist, sociologist, anthropologist, humanitarian, or cultural human rights advocate of some sort. I was born and raised [...]

EPIC

Erin Huizenga

Chicago, IL

Be the hardest working person you know. In her own words By consulting, designing, and teaching, I show how strategy, conceptual design, and innovation of purpose is what achieves mission and competitive advantage. My affinity for the profession overflows with my involvement in design and community organizations. Having served on the Board of Directors for [...]

Heart at Work

Elaine Fong

Chicago, IL

Everything you want will fall into place with patience, hard work and a good attitude towards everything around you. True story. In her own words Elaine is a graphic designer originally from New Orleans, LA, and made her way to Chicago after working in exhibition design, stationery greetings, and advertising. Her work has been featured [...]

The Toyota Sienna

Bernadette Coughlin

New York, NY

When someone tells you, you can’t do something, do it anyway. In her own words I am an Art Director, Designer, Illustrator and Type Geek who lives in Brooklyn. I am in love with this industry because it allows me to create things out of the ordinary for the world to recognize, think about and [...]

Ampersand

Margot Harrington

Chicago

“We are a process and an unfolding.” In her own words I’m an ampersand-obsessed freelance graphic designer, blogger, printmaker and sometimes web developer, fascinated by all forms of making and doing. I turn to the internet for most of my inspiration, thus my desk is often-times sparkly clean, but my computer’s complete chaos. Words of [...]

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Dawn Hancock

Humboldt Park - Chicago, IL

Share credit and be public in your gratitude. In her own words I run a design shop. We make good things for good people who are doing good things in this world. It feels good. I also run a nonprofit. We help the various communities we are a part of. I also mentor folks + [...]

Daily Drawings

Kate Bingaman Burt

Portland, OR

Be Obsessed with what you do! In her own words I happily make work for myself and for other good people. Currently I am an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Portland State University. When I am not teaching, I am making work about what we do with our stuff and the meaning behind our [...]

Identity & Packaging

Sara Nicely

San Francisco, CA

Be confident yet humble. In her own words I have just moved from Florida to San Francisco, CA to pursue my love—graphic design. Words of advice Be confident yet humble.

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Siew Lin Cheah

Los Angeles, CA

Being passionate is critical to your success. In her own words What is an Art Director? After 13 years of having the title on my business cards, the last three reflecting my upgrade to Senior Art Director, I still stumble trying to describe to my parents or stranger what I do. Most of the time, [...]

Visual Identity

Lotta Nieminen

New York, NY

Designer and illustrator originally from Helsinki, Finland. In her own words I am a 24-year-old multidisciplinary designer and illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. Starting fall 2010, I have been based in New York City. I have studied graphic design and illustration at the University of Art and Design Helsinki and Rhode Island School of Design, and [...]

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Kellie Campbell

Adelaide, South Australia

Be yourself and be confident in who you are. In her own words I live and work in Adelaide, South Australia. After graduating from University I joined Parallax Design. Since then we have grown to a fabulous team of five. I enjoy working with our clients to create memorable corporate identity, packaging and signage solutions. [...]

Hand-lettering

Danielle Davis

Work hard but don’t be afraid to take breaks! In her own words I love hand-lettering and typography and applying that to as many projects as possible. I’m originally from Oklahoma (what up!) and after a short stint in Baltimore, I’m back here in grand OK, designing out of my Travel Villa (not an RV, [...]

Work Samples

Renata Graw

Chicago, IL

Learn all the rules so you can break them. In her own words Originally from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Renata is now a partner at Plural Design in Chicago and teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Her work has been featured in Communication Arts, Eye and Print Magazines, and has been selected [...]

Illustration

Elsa Chaves

Portland, OR

Always keep a goal in mind In her own words I’m a designer and illustrator based in Portland, OR. Originally from the sunshine state and most recently a resident of the big apple, I’m now happily settled in the beautiful pacific northwest. I founded and co-run Always With Honor, a design and illustration collective with [...]

Wrapping Paper

Jessica Hische

Brooklyn, New York

Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. In her own words I’m a Typographer and Illustrator currently living and working in Brooklyn NY. I share a studio with several other talented illustrators and share my home with my two children cats and my boyfriend Russ Maschmeyer. Words of advice Be proud of the work [...]

Mill Creek

Jessica Scurte

Chicago, IL

Don’t sell yourself short. In her own words When asked where I’m from, it’s hard to give a short answer. I have moved around a lot and that defines who I am, a mesh of a city girl’s dreams and a small town heart. I love the hustle and bustle of the city but revel [...]

Hello

Kristen Caston

Chicago, IL

We all can learn from each other. In her own words Hello! I’m Kristen Caston, a designer/illustrator/photographer/creative person with an extreme passion for typography and hand-drawn anything. My experience ranges from freelancing for small clients to designing for a large ad agency. I love surrounding myself with creative people and inspiring things. I get antsy [...]

Illustration

Rachael Novak

Cleveland, OH

My most creative work usually comes about when I’m not thinking so much. In her own words I’m a midwestern girl with a love for nostalgia, stylish women, candy, and all things nautical. I do mixed media illustration and love to use cut paper, ink, stamps, glitter, and anything to give a handmade touch to [...]

Poster

Jillian Adel

Brooklyn, NY

Get involved. In her own words I am a graphic designer & letterer based out of Brooklyn, NY. I enjoy high fives, fancy cocktails, yoga, noise rock, and cats…and will consider bartering for any of the above. Words of wisdom I believe one of the best parts of being a designer is the vibrant community [...]

Collage

Nancy McCabe

Chicago, IL

Try to find a balance in everything you do. In her own words I’m a Midwest gal, originally from Minneapolis and now living in Chicago. I have a BFA in Graphic Design from Minneapolis College of Art & Design and Master’s Degree in Visual Communications from Scuola Politecnica di Design in Milan, Italy. I take [...]

Poster

Joy Burke

Chicago

Be friendly to everyone you meet and super dedicated and passionate about your work. In her own words I am a lover of all things design, craft, attention to detail, unique style and surrounding myself with good people and good times. I passionately create designs that have meaning and purpose, and aim to please every [...]

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Joleen Chrisman

Chicago, north side, what!?

Don’t you ever give up girl. In her own words I am a graphic designer, illustrator, artist, crafter and most of all animal lover. When I graduated collage I couldn’t find a design job to save my life and being a waitress was taking a creative toll on me. So I started my own small, [...]

Poster design

Sol Linero

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Take some time to do fun projects! In her own words Hi! My name is Sol Linero, I’m a graphic designer/illustrator from Argentina. I graduated from the University of Buenos Aires and after working at local design studios for a while moved to Miami. There I was immersed in the american vintage style and fell [...]

IdeaPaint

Kim Knoll

Chicago

My best piece of advice is to always follow your heart. In her own words As owner and creative director of Knoed, a small creative studio in Chicago, I work with entrepreneurs, small business and agencies building big brands and creating new ones alike. As a hobby, I make vintage-inspired jewelry using materials from every [...]

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Aggie Toppins

Baltimore

Strive also to think beyond yourself. In her own words I’m a graphic designer with an interest in participatory culture, collaborative projects and storytelling. I enjoy creating work that brings people together in meaningful ways. Words of advice Strive to be uncomfortable. In such a state, you’re more likely to ask questions, be open-minded, curious, [...]

Sprawl

Emmy Star Brown

Chicago!

Networking, collaborating and involvement… In her own words I am a Chicago graphic designer and artist! I have always loved the idea of finding, reusing, creating from old things. My art involves freehand painting on all found materials – particularly vintage windows, glass pieces and reused wood. Im constantly running through Ukrainian Village alleys searching [...]

Cogs

Becky Welbes

Chicago, IL

Don’t compromise. In her own words I am a freelance graphic designer & fine artist. I believe design should be driven by purpose; this concept is essential to every project. My primary client base is in the architecture & real estate industry. I also work with other small businesses and non-profit organizations on projects including [...]

Detail

Frances Close

Chicago, IL

Avoid being idle. In her own words I am a designer with a passion for all things creative. I try to surround myself with great people who continue to inspire me and complement my strengths and weaknesses. I write, I design, I make things, I am always learning. Words of advice Avoid being idle. Continue [...]

Edible Poster

Heather Anderson

Chicago, IL

I think when we insert our point of view, we spur conversations and truly have an opportunity to instigate change. In her own words I am always interested in design work related to social change, environment concerns, or contemporary art. Currently I’m doing contracted and volunteer design work for the Chicago Nature Museum and assisting [...]

Detail

Katie Major

Cleveland, OH

Never underestimate how you can help change the world. In her own words HI! I’m Katherine Major and I’m a curiously whimsical graphic designer. Why curiously whimsical? I believe design should incorporate clever concepts and a sense of fun. My love for art started when I was a kid and would skip recess to work [...]

Featured

Nichelle Barnes (Narcisi)

Pittsburgh, PA

Who cares if they’ll like it? Do you like it? Now act accordingly! In her own words On a good day I’m a designer/problem solver, but every other day I’m just looking for an excuse to draw. I’m a Rust Belt native, though I think I’ll always love LA. I got schooled in the ways [...]

Cranbrook Academy

Michael Kenney

Chicago, IL

I learn through teaching and nothing excites me more than that magical moment of understanding. In her own words I’m a southern girl minus the southern accent, a type snob sans the education, and a woman despite the name. I have a degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee and have worked at firms, [...]

Painting

Brittany Steiner

Chicago, IL

Keep your standards high. In her own words I graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BFA in Art Direction in 2008. I enjoy advertising and graphic design. But my real passion is illustration and painting! I started drawing at age 2 and haven’t quit since. When I’m not at work, I am either doodling, [...]

Calamari

Carrie Ruby

New York, NY

Be persistent and having chutzpah is a must. In her own words A native Houstonian with roots in Chicago and New York, Carrie is a graduate from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) who focused her studies in graphic design and visual communications. Carrie took the risk of her life; she left [...]

Jack in the box

Mariam Farooq

New York, NY

Do what you love. In her own words Hi! Here are the Cliff Notes: Born in London. Raised in LA. Now living in New York. An irony enthusiast and the sweetest person you’ll ever meet with the initials MF. I’m an advertising Art Director but a design dork at heart. Words of advice Do what [...]

Detail

Chrissie Brodigan

Brooklyn, NY

We must dispense with what makes you like all the other girls and concentrate on what makes you different. In her own words Chrissie Brodigan (@tenaciouscb) is an online ux/product designer, Brooklynite, pug lover/rescuer. She’s designed/developed web applications, content, & community strategy for 10 years for clients that include: HuffPost, K-12 and higher education institutions, [...]

Necklace

Stevie Koerner

Chicago, IL

Surround yourself with creative souls and you will flourish. With a background in graphic and web design, Stevie uses her creative talents to run a very successful jewelry design shop on Etsy called tru.che. Very simple design shapes, interesting textures, and strong concepts are translated into metal and acrylic art with her personal handmade touch. [...]

Get-a-way Collection

Brittany Zeller-Holland

Southeast Michigan

I think the most important attribute to have as a female creative is self confidence. In her own words I am focused, creative, independent, realistic and interested. I am a designer, a blogger and a traveler. I am passionate about patterns, the sea, nature, fresh air, animals, good books, movies and music. Previously illustrating for [...]

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Kathryn Pichette

Chicago

Embrace happy accidents! In her own words My objective is to reclaim value to world around us, in doing so improve our well-being. Efficient Design – from something that is as small as a necklace or sketch book handmade out of collected adorned objects to our living/working environment. Through collaboration, there is no limit to [...]

Identity

Monina Velarde

Chicago, IL

Pursue personal projects & collaborate with your peers. In her own words I’m Monina Velarde, a graphic designer working in Chicago, IL. I graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute with a double major in Graphic Design and Art History. Branding, Interactive design and packaging are some of my areas of interest. I also love [...]

screen print

Alisa Bobzien

Ann Arbor, MI

Know what you are worth and don’t feel bad asking for it. In her own words I’m a freelance graphic designer who knits, tweets, and screen prints. I am overly enthusiastic about persian cats, midwest pride, and the creative endeavors of my friends. Words of advice Community is key; be friendly, be sincere. Be prepared [...]

Promotional materials

Megan Sullivan

Grand Rapids, MI

I enjoy a fast paced work environment where I can have fun, collaborate with others, and be myself. In her own words I hold an appreciation for smart and simple design and am able to translate that in a number of different digital and print applications. From a local design firm to global branding and [...]

Shift Art Gallery

Sharlene King

Chicago

Network. The design community is expansive, but we’re connected in many and often in unexpected ways. In her own words I started designing logos, fliers, and websites for my friends’ bands as a kid to get into shows for free with certain illicit copies of programs from school. This eventually became my choice of study [...]

Dust Bowl 2010

Stephanie Plenner

Chicago, IL

Enjoy the journey in each and every project. In her own words A story teller, problem solver, facilitator and provider of comic relief. Currently, I am the Coordinator for Instructional Fabrication at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. As a utility player, my daily responsibilities range from graphic design to administrative tasks as [...]

Crimewatch

Maria Filar

Ann Arbor, MI

Being alongside other creative professionals has really opened my eyes to what one is capable of. In her own words I am a graphic designer for a paper craft and stationery company. I love designing patterns and pretty things, but my main love is drawing and painting people. Currently I am really into old mugshots [...]

Invitation

Krista Seidl

Chicago

It’s important to support one another. In her own words I am currently an Art Director/Designer at The Royal Order of Experience Design, a digital agency in Chicago. My capabilities include web design, identity marks and systems, and print. In my free time, I work with textiles–printing and sewing. Words of Advice Collaborate / It’s [...]

Discovery Channel Dirty Jobs '08 campaign

Alison Medland

Washington, D.C.

Listen. To everything. And take it all with a grain of salt. In her own words Born and raised in the small wonder state, I graduated from the University of Delaware in 2006 where I studied advertising, graphic design & art history. After a lengthy love affair with Gilah Press + Design, a letterpress house [...]

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Catherine Nguyen

Sunnydale, CA

Presentation and confidence can be just as impactful as the quality of your work. In her own words I’m an East Coast girl on the West Coast, currently doing mobile interaction design in Silicon Valley. I’ve done a variety of design work, but am pretty certain my heart is in designing products and services that [...]

Death & Beauty

Shellie Argeanton

Chicago

You must find time to savor yourself. In her own words I make a living happily – planning & designing user-friendly websites, e-commerce shops, business directories, & intranets at Orbit Media Studios, Inc. However, I am also a mixed media artist by night! I call it “fashion graffiti” because most pieces are combos of painting [...]

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Nancy Bernardo

Graphic Designer New Orleans

Be authentic, do not buy into the hype, listen to your gut and trust yourself. In her own words Trained as a graphic designer, I am currently living in New Orleans and teaching graphic design at Loyola University. My work focuses on the relationship between text and interpretation of messages. The messages I experiment with [...]

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Alex Friend

Chicago, IL

Always sketch it first–the computer can wait. In her own words I’m a recent graduate from the University of Cincinnati and just started working as a designer at the material group in Chicago, IL. My particular interests are branding, print design, and web design—but am open to anything! I’m inspired by good type, hot tea, [...]