Art Direction & Design
Now living in Washington, D.C., Denise likes to make things. She is currently a freelance graphic designer. Denise designs logos, hand-lettered pieces and stationery, among other things. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, Denise took her talents to Costa Rica after graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a BFA in Design. Her intention to live on the beach was short lived and instead she worked as assistant to the creative director at Consumer / Saatchi & Saatchi (known today as Grupo Tribu).
Later she returned to Miami where she worked as an in-house art director and graphic designer for a catalog-printing company. Here she honed her pre-production skills. Denise can pre-flight files like it’s nobody’s business! Her experience earned her a position as an art director at Herald Creative, an advertising agency at The Miami Herald. In this role she executed ideas alongside copywriters and a larger team to produce campaigns across print, television and radio. Most notable was her work on the campaign to introduce the re-design of The Miami Herald which won an Addy Award.
In 2003 Denise moved to France where she worked as a freelance graphic designer until tapping into the budding memory keeping industry. She was invited to join the design teams of notable American and French brands where she was charged with creating projects to promote products. Apt for making things with her hands, she taught workshops throughout France and Spain to promote the industry. During that time she was hired to contribute to two major French memory keeping magazines where she wrote quarterly articles during four years.Denise is a hobbyist web designer, enjoys taking design-related online classes and loves all things art and travel. She also volunteers at Creative Mornings and AIGA since 2013.