After receiving my graphic design degree from Columbia College Chicago, moving to NYC and starting my design studio, 52mm, I returned to the Midwest to write the next chapters of my creative career. I've held roles as a business owner, agency creative, freelancer, marketer, in-house creative and artist. As a result, I offer a multidimensional and hybrid set of skills, drawing from my diverse background in graphic design, branding, communications, marketing and creative leadership.

By breaking down the complexities of multi-platform content, I harness visual and technological competency to address communication problems with a human-centered approach, making connections through storytelling, and demonstrating the impact of design. My contributions as a leader, strategist and intellectually-inclined communicator confirms the power of design as a driver of change and culture. Bringing my creative, analytical and production skills together, I seek to create opportunities for dialogue, collaboration and transformation.

Awards include two-time winner at ADC's Young Guns, Graphis, and GD USA. My design and artwork has been featured in a range of publications, and was purchased for private and corporate art collections including SoHo House Chicago.

Upon attaining a certification in User Research from Nielsen Norman Group, I strive to channel my curiosity around audience behavioral insights into design-driven business results. I'm curious about people and technology, and will never stop learning.

Fun fact: This font, called Divine, is my handwriting. It's available through [T-26] Type Foundry in Chicago. Created by the late type designer Frank Heine, I occasionally find it on random things like Whole Foods brand packaging, t-shirts, logos and signage. 



Skills and Experience.          

Art direction/Creative direction

Branding

Client relations

Content strategy

Copywriting

Creative team leadership

Digital design

Email campaigns

Graphic design

Marketing

Photo shoots

Press release writing

Print design & production

Project management

User research

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Software/Technical: 

Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Xd, Acrobat)

Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams

Insta360 OneX camera; Insta360 Studio (software for editing 360 footage)

CMS (Oracle, Ruby on Rails)

Confluence (project management software) 

HTML



Education.

College

Columbia College Chicago: Bachelor's Degree, Graphic Design

Certifications

Nielsen Norman Group – UX Certification: User Research Specialty

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



Awards.

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

Recognition:
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).

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