English (native), Italian (conversational, with hopes of becoming fluent!)
Fort Collins, Colorado
My career has spanned the major "food groups" of design jobs, each of varying nutritional value creatively speaking: in-house design, art direction in an ad agency, and freelance work.
Philosophy on Work
Designing without strategy is like putting gorgeous wrapping paper on an empty box.
DESIGN AWARDS 17: Graphis Advertising Annual 2018 Merit Award 17: GD USA American Graphic Design Awards (x2) 17: Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts' Communicator Award of Distinction (x2) 17: Graphis Poster Annual 2018 Merit Award (x3) 16: Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts Davey Silver Award (x2) 16: GD USA American Graphic Design Award 16: Creative Quarterly 44 — Runner-up, Professional Graphic Design category 16: Graphis Poster Annual 2017 Merit Award 16: Academy of Interactive & Visual Arts' Communicator Award of Distinction 16: Named a ONE Condoms All-Star, invited to create packaging illustration 15: GD USA American Graphic Design Award 14: GD USA American Graphic Design Award 13: GD USA American Graphic Design Award (x2) 12: GD USA American Inhouse Design Awards (x2) 06: Winner + Judge's Pick in international ONE Condoms wrapper contest; artwork + tagline featured on products sold at CVS Pharmacy PUBLISHED IN • 1000 Handmade Greetings • Basic Logos • Big Book of Green Design • Big Book of Logos 5 • Business Cards 1: Bright Ideas from Around the World • Design DNA: Logos • GD USA July/August 2012 • GD USA November/December 2013 • GD USA November/December 2014 • GD USA November/December 2015 • GD USA December 2016 • Graphis Poster Annual 2018 • Green Graphics • Logos 2: Bright Ideas in Logo Design from Around the World • My Own Business Card #2 • Really Good Logos Explained DESIGN EXHIBITIONS 10: Exhibited, Society of Typographic Aficionados' TypeCon 2010 Poster Show in Los Angeles, CA 09: Exhibited, 4th Block VII International Triennial of Eco-Poster, Kharkov, Ukraine 07: Exhibited, Graphic Responses (digital satellite, 15th Colorado International Invitational Poster Exhibition) 06: Banner for AIGA’s Urban Forest Project hung in Times Square, NYC FEATURES + INTERVIEWS 16: Interviewed by Forbes Top 5 career website Career Contessa for their weekly, invitation-only "Contessa" feature 14: Work featured on foldfactory.com’s YouTube channel as a “Super-cool Fold of the Week” 12: Work featured in PsPrint's "Hot Off the Press" blog, which showcases standout designs that recently came off their presses 11: Work featured in UPrinting.com's design blog in a post titled, “17 Great Travel Brochure Examples Fit for Globetrotters” 06: Participation in Urban Forest Project NYC covered in a feature in Fort Collins Weekly newspaper 06: Interviewed by Savannah College of Art & Design Chronicle newspaper for feature titled, “Alumna’s Career Soars in Mountain States”
Advertising Annual 2018 — Merit Award Poster Annual 2018 — Merit Award (x3) Poster Annual 2017 — Merit Award
Getting to design professionally, i.e., surviving the perilous leap from lofty college dreams to real life.
Bachelor of Fine Arts, summa cum laude, graphic design "Outstanding Achievement in Graphic Design" honors Savannah College of Art & Design Savannah, Georgia, USA
Communication Lead, TypeThursdaySF
Area of Expertise
My specialty and passion is print design as I love paper. Also, I started out as a traditionally-trained fine artist all splattered with paint, so I incorporate my own illustrations into my work when appropriate / I anticipate having time to do laundry.
Hobbies / Freetime
Lately, just learning Italian — mastering the grammar alone is a full-time commitment.