// Marilyn Frank is an award-winning creative based in Chicago, IL. Drawing from her agency and in-house experience, she aims to bring a concise and artful POV to brands and experiences. //

Early inspiration came at the age of 11 in the form of a few Cabaret Voltaire album covers and copies of The Face magazine, discovered at a little shop on the Near North Side of Chicago called Wax Trax. There was no turning back...it had to be design. Neville Brody FTW.

After receiving my design degree from Columbia College Chicago—and putting in a number of years as co-founder of design studio 52mm in New York City—I returned to the Midwest to continue my creative career. I've held roles as a business owner, client-facing creative, marketer, in-house designer and artist. With each role I consistently place high value on team support and collaboration. I expect (from myself and my team members) transparent, fearless and responsive communication.

By starting at the highest level with strategic thinking, and drilling down to tactical execution, my role as a creative is to see the ideas through every stage of development and bring value to the team as a leader and as a maker. I enjoy the process and problem-solving required to help people tell their brand stories by imagining all the possibilities (even the most outrageous ones).

My work (both art and design) has been featured in national and international publications, and can be found in private and corporate art collections, including SoHo House Chicago.

Awards include: ADC's "Young Guns; Graphis Design Annual; ProMax BDA; GD USA; Design Within Reach.

Skills and Experience.          

This is a high-level view...not an exhaustive list. For more detail, do reach out.

Art direction  •  Design

Branding  •  Brand strategy 

Team leadership and management 

Integrated marketing campaigns

Cross-marketing initiatives

Print and digital production

Photo shoots  •  Storyboarding

Content writing and strategy

Budget planning  •  Email marketing

Social media engagement 

Event planning and execution

Vendor selection and management 

Presentations (client-facing and internal teams)

Software: Adobe Creative Cloud; Microsoft Office; Oracle CMS; Basic HTML



Columbia College Chicago: Bachelor's Degree


Northwestern University – Content Strategy for Professionals: Engaging Audiences

Northwestern University – Content Strategy for Professionals: Managing Content

IDEO U – Storytelling for Influence

Additional Courses

General Assembly – Intro to User Research

General Assembly – User Research Methods

AIGA – Facilitation by Design

Ox-Bow School of Art – Printmaking


2016 Design Annual, Graphis Magazine, August 2015

Project: World Relief's 70-year Anniversary Book.
This 100-page book is a singular, concise history of World Relief – the first of its kind in their 70-year history. Intended to be given as a gift to major donors, the book shows how financial contributions and direct involvement can impact the lives of many through programs that promote transformational development. This book is part of a larger effort to rebrand the organization and solidify their position as a relevant force in global humanitarian efforts. 

Art Director: Marilyn Frank
Designer: Natalia Bulsza-Gottschalk
Copywriter: Dan Gutnecht

Additional awards:
Creativity International
Graphic Design USA 
American Graphic Design Awards

Under Consideration
Mohawk Felt & Wire

2014 Design Award: 70th Anniversary logo for World Relief, Graphic Design USA, November 2014

Logo Design.
Juried competition.
Creative Director: Shannon Lee
Art Director/Designer: Marilyn Frank

2014 Design Award: StudioNorth Poster Series, Graphic Design USA, November 2014

Series of three posters for in-house agency use.
Creative Director: Shannon Lee
Art Director/Designer: Marilyn Frank

Modern+Design+Function: Chicago Furniture Now, Design Within Reach, October 2006

F2 was recognized for "Chemistry Set, " a blown glass, hand-etched series of 30 chemistry-style vessels. "Chemistry Set" combines the form and function of a traditional chemistry flask with the etchings of humorous (and sometimes dada-esque) text in place of numerical markings.
Juried show for product and furniture design. 

Young Guns #3, Art Director's Club NY, April 2001

52mm was recognized for motion graphics work (Daily Dose of Truth PSAs).
Juried design show. 
Agency: Crispin Porter Bogusky
Creative Direction: Marilyn (Devedjiev) Frank
Design: Katie Marsh

VH1 "Behind the Music," PromaxBDA, August 2000

Silver Award for VH1 "Behind the Music" redesign (intro & interstitials). 
Creative Director/Motion graphics designer: Marilyn (Devedjiev) Frank
Editor: Damion Clayton
Producer: Bret Havey

Young Guns #1, Art Director's Club NY, April 1996

52mm was recognized for motion graphics work (short film).
Juried design show. 
Creative Director/Motion graphics designer: Marilyn (Devedjiev) Frank
Editor: Damion Clayton
This project was also featured in ResFest and premiered at The Kitchen in NYC (1996).

This is a portfolio of selected work. For more information, email [email protected]

Thank you.
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