With 15 years experience in art direction and design, Emily offers creative and technical strengths which combine conceptual and design skills for digital and print. She has worked with a wide range of clients from large national corporations to small owner-operated business in the commercial, business to business, and non-profit fields. More than a designer, Emily has served an integral role in launching new products and helping to revitalize familiar brands. Before opening Tangible Designs, Emily served as art director at KSA-Plus Communications in Arlington. The firm’s focus was primarily on education-related and non-profit clients, like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DC Public Schools, and the US Department of Education. Utilizing data visualizations and infographics to distill ideas, those clients’ complex issues were transformed into clear, concise messages. While at KSA-Plus, Emily also crafted branding for new and established organizations. This branding work often extended from logo design to collateral to websites, email templates, and off the shelf products like WordPress, Weebly and Squarespace. Before relocating to DC, Emily worked at Ketchum Public Relations and Advertising in San Francisco. There she worked on large national clients like Clorox, Chase Credit Cards, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, ConAgra, and Häagen-Dazs in the B2B and B2C areas. At Ketchum Emily helped Kikkoman introduce umami to chefs, Clorox launch the Bleach Pen, DIRECTV gain new subscribers in the restaurant sector, and Ghirardelli launch its new line of intense dark chocolates. While designing advertising campaigns, collateral, and PR materials, Emily art directed photoshoots, collaborated with top-notch illustrators, and helped craft new business pitches. Emily is collaborative, responsive, creative, strategic, and delivers great results. She has the design skills equal to top notch agencies, but runs a lean operation that won’t bloat clients’ budgets.

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Art Director
KSA-Plus Communications
Arlington, VA
November 2009–January 2016

Branding, print and web design for primarily education-related and non-profit clients. Sample clients: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, DC Public Schools and US Department of Education. Duties include art direction and design for brochures, annual reports, identities and related materials, e-newsletters, websites, and videos; supervise production team of three and freelance designers.

Senior Graphic Designer
Ketchum Communications
San Francisco, CA
September 2004–November 2009

Print and web design for large, national clients in consumer and business to business channels. Sample clients: Clorox, Kikkoman, Häagen-Dazs, Chase credit cards, Skinny Cow Ice Cream, Ghirardelli, and DIRECTV. Duties include art direction and design for brochures, press kits, mailers, trade show displays, advertising (print and web), sales training presentations, video production and website design through all stages of production. Supervise and direct photoshoots and illustrators. Active member of new business pitching team, helping to win several key accounts.

Art Director/Webmaster
Event Publishing
Tempe, AZ
September 2003–May 2004

Design monthly 4-color, 60-page magazine, Event Solutions, for 50,000 event-industry professionals. Redesigned magazine at beginning of 2004. As webmaster, update site and create pages as needed. Traffic all advertising for magazine, create ads for clients, design in-house marketing materials.

Senior Graphic Designer
Mine Action Information Center
Harrisonburg, VA
January 2001–May 2003

Design 4-color, 130-page Journal of Mine Action, produced three times a year. Supervise two graphic assistants, develop visuals for Journal online version. Other projects: 4-color, 64-page Landmine Action Smart Book, trade show booth, flyers, graphic standards guide.


Bachelor of Fine Arts — Graphic Design

James Madison University
Harrisonburg, VA
Graduated May 2003
Cum Laude with 3.6 GPA

Technical Skills

Excellent knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver) and Microsoft Office. Working knowledge of Flash, HTML, CSS and JavaScript editing. WordPress, Squarespace and Weebly expertise. Digital & 35mm photography.