Hello, there! My name is Cecily.
I'm an artist, designer, educator, and storyteller wrangling pixels and paper in the name of brand development, packaging, and stationery design.
What began as a childhood obsession with paper and glue blossomed into a career after I learned I could also 'cut & paste' with a computer. With over 15 years experience in visual communication under my belt, I now spend my working hours partnering with clients to better engage their audiences and admirers. We have a lot of fun in the process.
I've spent much of my career designing marketing materials and strategies for non-profits and universities, which also led to the realization of a life-long teaching dream.
Helping my students gain confidence in their vision and learn the skills to bring it to life has become my greatest professional joy. (They even say really nice things about me that make me blush and count my lucky stars that I have the privilege of calling this "work.")
"After a long, rough history with Graphic Design, I finally had the pleasure of taking a class from Cecily which cast a new light on the subject because of how well she assembled and delivered the coursework. I felt she maintained a fantastic atmosphere that encouraged constructive criticism, and even made it enjoyable. Super personable, and knows her stuff!"
-Michael Nelson, Pacific University alumnus
In a rare free moment, you'll also find me partnering with other creative compatriots and tinkering under the moniker Peridot Design--a nod to my birthstone and favorite color. You can find my work on Etsy and Minted.
Thanks for visiting!
Pacific Northwest College of Art; Portland, OR (Continuing Education)
The University of Utah, Environmental Humanities (Continuing Education)
Westminster College; Salt Lake City, Utah (BA in Communication & Art)
Owner/Creative Director, Peridot Design
Communications Specialist, The Water Center at The University of Utah
Senior Production Designer, Sundance Catalog
Graphic Artist, Natural History Museum of Utah
Instructor, Pacific University Media Arts Department
Creative Marketing Director, Pacific University Marketing & Communications
Graphic Designer/Marketing Assistant, The University of Utah College of Humanities
2007, 2009 & 2010 | Bronze Award for Visual Design | Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
2008 & 2009 | Silver Award for Magazine Design | Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
2007 & 2008 | Award of Merit | International Association of Business Communicators Bronze Beacon
2007 | Bronze Award for Fund Raising Design | Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
2003 | Outstanding Senior in Communication, Westminster College
SERVICE & MEMBERSHIPS
Girl Scouts of Utah
Utah Arts Alliance
American Institute of Graphic Artists (AIGA)
University & College Designers Association (UCDA)