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I'm Danielle, a passionate graphic designer and illustrator based in Cleveland, Ohio, fueled by creativity, empathy, and a mission to make a positive impact through design.

My journey into the world of design began in high school, where I discovered art as an outlet for self-expression. This passion led me to pursue a dual major in Communication Design and Art Therapy at Miami University, deepening my understanding of human emotions and their connection to visual communication—allowing me to merge creativity with a purpose—to positively impact others' lives.

 

Throughout my academic journey and professional experiences, I've honed my ability to translate brand messages into strategic design solutions that exceed client expectations. I'm particularly passionate about branding, package design, advertising, UX/UI design, copywriting, editorial design, publication design, and anything involving creative direction.

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Outside of design, I'm passionate about exploring new experiences, spending time with loved ones, and immersing myself in art and culture.

I would describe myself as a creative and ambitious designer with a passion for collaboration. I love sharing ideas and creating a positive work environment. What makes me unique is my genuine excitement for working with people and my values of empathy and kindness. I like to live by the saying that life is 10% what happens to you and 90 percent what you make of it. You learn something from everyone you meet, and every encounter teaches me something new, fueling my curiosity and pushing me to explore innovative techniques. Ultimately, my motivation stems from a desire to make a positive impact in the world, which aligns perfectly with my career in design..

 

I am a Sagittarius, INFP personality type, dog-less dog lover, and I’ve never seen the Harry Potter movies, so I can’t tell you what my Hogwarts house is. I have a guilty pleasure for sitcoms and dad jokes, love dry humor and sarcasm, and appreciate a good storyteller. I tried virtually every sport throughout my life until I realized I wasn't meant to be an athlete—getting hit in the face with a baseball twice was a clear sign. I did pole vault in high school and never made it over the bar, nevertheless, the practice rope.

 

Here is video evidence that my friends like to send often to remind me… 

Whether you're looking to collaborate on a project or just want to chat about the latest trends in graphic design, I'd love to connect! Thanks for stopping by!
 

Education

Miami University, OH: 2024

BFA in Communication Design 

Co-Major Art Therapy 

3.93 GPA, Dean’s List for 7 semesters 

Study Abroad, Italy: Winter 2023

Certifications

Adobe Certified Professional

AIGA Professional Design Certification

Humans as Subjects IRB Basic Course

Organizations

The Miami Student Newspaper

Design Committee | April 2023 – Present

Miami University UP Magazine

Layout Team | September 2023 – Present

American Institute of Graphic Arts

Member | January 2022 – Present

Miami University Futures In Retail

Member | September 2021 – Present

Miami University Pinky Swear Pack

PR Manager | March 2021 – Present

Miami University Fashion & Design

Graphic Design Team | February 2021 – Present

Design Experience

Freelance Designer & Artist

May 2019 – Present

Initiated and managed a successful freelance art business, generating over $10,000 in

revenue from personalized drawings, paintings, and digital designs sold on Redbubble.

College of Creative Arts Graphic Designer

November 2022 – May 2024

Crafted compelling marketing materials to promote programs at CCA, stimulating student engagement and driving enrollment.

Campus Ink Student Designer & Sales Manager

February 2022 – May 2024

Expanded Campus Ink’s reach and revenue by engaging students, building strong client relationships, and designing and pricing apparel to ensure high customer satisfaction.

Olami Graphic Design Intern

September 2023 – December 2023

Led content and design efforts for Daily Schmooze #CampusReports, generating 2.6
million social media impressions, 178.6K engagements, and 1.5 million video views.

Jones Lang LaSalle Graphic Design Intern

June 2023 August 2023

Designed and developed essential materials, such as offering memorandums,
presentations, and print/digital collateral, to support business advancement.

Sports Philanthropy Network Graphic Design Intern

May 2022 – June 2022

Produced compelling visual communications for web, social media, and flyers,
amplifying Sports Philanthropy Network’s brand presence and mission.

Kyle Denman Design Intern

December 2021 –  January 2022

Elevated Kyle Denman’s brand visibility through strategic media outreach, resulting in a
20% increase in website traffic and a 15% boost in social media engagement.

Skills

Typography, Illustration, Advertising, Marketing, Packaging Design, Branding, Editorial Design, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Procreate, Figma, UX/UI Design, Publication Design, Copywriting.

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