As a senior communications designer at Ascension Studio, I focus on communication and storytelling through visual and written methods to convey the meaning, impact and value of solutions created for clinicians, associates and patients. With thoughtful consideration of the end user, I work on omnichannel experiences from strategy to execution, often through a human-centered design lens. My work involves design research to underpin and amplify the impact of deliverables that reflect a blend of data and design. As a strategic design partner, my cross-functional collaborations include stakeholders and colleagues from product, UX, research, service design, design systems, copywriting, marketing, sales and revenue cycle.

Before joining Ascension, I was a senior communications designer in the wireless industry where I brought my visual communications skills to internal comms and learning and development initiatives. I was the marketing director for two fashion retailers where the convergence of marketing, design and creative reinforced brand loyalty and great customer experiences. As an agency art director with clients in healthcare, technology and non-profit industries, I brought award-winning work and creative leadership to the table. My career began in New York City where I built my own design studio helping clients in sports and entertainment tell their stories in a changing media and technology landscape.

Design is my vocation. What I love most about my work is that I get to partner with intelligent, empathetic and creative people who care deeply about honing their craft in order to serve others. There's so much to learn...and I never want to stop learning.

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Skills and Experience.          

Art direction/Creative direction


Client relations

Content strategy


Creative team leadership

Digital design

Email campaigns

Graphic design


Photo shoots

Press release writing

Print design & production

Project management

User research



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) 




Columbia College Chicago: Bachelor's Degree, Graphic Design


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


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).

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