I’ve always loved art and was always encouraged to take creative classes since I was in elementary school. I went to school for Art at James Madison University and graduated with Fine Arts and Graphic Design major.

With a wealth of magazine art direction and design experience, my work encompasses almost every niche of design. I have created award-winning logos, marketing materials and publication design—most recently the Eddie and Ozzie Award for best magazine design in both digital and print. My design aesthetic combines understated typography with photo and illustration editing that emphasizes storytelling. I am strongly driven to maintain high quality in every detail, from finding overlooked typos to eyeballing a 1-point inconsistency in spacing.

I currently work at currently work at a top-notch design agency called Fathom Creative—juggling various projects on any given day. My main focus there is publication design along with conference/exhibit design.

Previously, I worked at NBAA—where I was an art director for 11 years. I created a magazine from the ground up, worked on their brand, marketing materials and exhibits. I then began art directing photo shoots-working closely with photographers based throughout the United States. About 9 years ago I decided that I really wanted to be behind the lens for a couple of reasons. One, I knew exactly what I’m looking for because I work with, and layout these images every day for my design projects; and two, because I was eager to find another new exciting creative outlet. My boss was on board! So I dove right in and have never looked back. No doubt it was an upward battle learning all the technical nuances of the camera, but I LOVED IT. Design is my first language, but photography is a close second.

I hope you enjoy looking around and contact me with any comments or projects you may have in the future. I’d love to hear from you!  Thanks so much!

Erika