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A Passion to Create

There’s nothing I love more as a designer than creating a truly unique experience for someone. Whether it be a well-designed website, a new brand, or an ad campaign, being able to reach someone through design is an amazing high.

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About me. Well...

Just a bit

my friends call me "ah-nuh"

I've loved the creative process ever since I was a youngster who picked up a crayon & doodled a masterpiece all over my parents' basement wall (you're welcome!). I had the luxury of making a career of it in 2007 when I graduated from Michigan State University (GO GREEN!) with BAs in advertising & studio art. Having recently returned to Michigan, I plan to freelance while embarking on the "beloved" job hunt and of course exploring mommyhood and what it means to be a local again.

Experience

Freelance // Graphic Designer // 2007 - present

Vectorworks Inc. // Senior Graphic Designer // 2012 - 2016

Borcz:Dixon // Contract Designer & Developer // 2011 - 2012

The League // Graphic & Web Designer // 2008 - 2011

Brightway Mktg // Contract Graphic Designer // 2007 - 2008

Recognition (team & personal)

How Interactive Design // Site of the Day

GDUSA // American Package Design Team Award

CSS Design Awards // Nominee

One Page Love // Nominee

The Design Inspiration + More // Design Feature

CSS Mania | Design Modo | Vandelay Design // Feature

MSAE // E-newsletter Team Diamond Award

MSU Photo Competition // Best Photograph

MSU Advertising Competition // Best Team Campaign

B.1985 // G.2007 // M.2010 // C1.2015

A few of my favorite things (minus the cream-colored ponies)

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Print vs Digital

I'd like to say I have a preference for print or web, but I can't; I love designing for both. I've worked on everything from brand strategy & development and design of marketing materials and packaging to the creation of a cohesive experience at trade shows, including booth design and itty bitty giveaways. As for the web, I've designed and developed sites for myself, businesses, product launches, and events as well as UI design for apps. I work well on my own, as a part of a group, or mentoring junior creatives.

 

 

A selection of my

work

Things I like, Do & Think

Blog

  • Oct
  • 09
    Where I found inspiration for my website redesign

    While working on my rebrand, I explored the ever-changing world wide web for sites that were unlike any other, as it was important for me to see what my “competition” was up to, as well as making sure I wasn’t just another copy and paste of your typical portfolio site. There were so many sites that I gathered inspiration from, whether it be for design, interactivity, or content; but below, I’d say, were the standouts.

    grain&mortar

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