EXPERIENCE

2004 to Present  ::  Julie Nelson Design, Creative Director & Designer
Design and manage projects for clients including Oprah, Levy Innovations, Energy Edge Consulting, Home Depot and Coca Cola. Projects included design strategy, brand strategy, identity, branding, packaging, interactive, photography, retail and invitation design.

2006 to present  ::  Chicago Portfolio School, Adjunct Design Instructor
Taught classes such as Introduction to design, Typography, Layout & Publications, Branding, Art Direction and Packaging Design. Students work featured on the Dieline, CMYK, Print Magazine and other publications. 

2006 to 2014  :: Gravity Tank, Lead Communications Designer 
Led design teams for Fortune 100 Companies in Consumer Packaged Goods, Consumer Electronics, Financial Services, Food and Retail. Managed junior and associate designers with their client engagements. Led a team of strategists, researchers and designers for the trends and visualizations domain. Presented to clients, facilitated client workshops and pitched new business for the firm.

2005  ::  Tula Communications, Intern & Freelance Designer
Worked along side the design team as an intern to assist in branding and communications for Coca Cola, Hands on Network and Home Depot. After internship was complete, hired on as a contractor for additional client work.

2004 to 2005  ::  Chartruese Art Studio, Art Teacher & Studio Manager
Taught studio art classes to students ages 3 to 12 years old, mantained the studio space and helped with studio sales and marketing. 

2001 to 2004  ::  Art Institute of Atlanta, Assistant Admissions Director
Met and exceeded quarterly, annual enrollment goals, interviewed prospective
 students, guided students through application to matriculation and served as an advisor for students enrolled in the graphic design and illustration programs.

EDUCATION

2004 to 2006  ::  Portfolio Center, Post Graduate Program, Graphic Design

1999 to 2000  ::  University of North Florida, Masters of Education, Special Education

1994 to 1998  ::  Florida State University, Bachelors of Arts with Honors, Art Education 

HONORS 

Domain Lead at gravitytank, Trends & Visualizations

EPIC Executive Board Member, Resourcing Committee Chair

AIGA Chicago (present) and Atlanta (past) member

Presenter & Facilitator Monteray Design Week, Mexico

AIGA Chicago Annual Book, design work featured

Student work featured on the Dieline, CMYK & Print Magazine

AIGA Biannual Design Conference volunteer, Boston MA

Florida & Georgia Teaching Certification, Art Education

Defened undergraduate Honors Thesis, awarded with Honors, FSU

SKILLS

Advanced in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Microsoft Powerpoint and Keynote

User Experience, user testing, design research, prototyping and design ethnography

Photographer and proficent in Adobe Lightroom

Excellent facilitation, consultation and presentation skills