"Great design happens where user experience and aesthetics meet."

Hello. I'm Dani.

I'm a ska-loving, podcast-listening freelance graphic designer and web developer working with clients across the country. Although I do everything from app design to print work, my specialty is custom Wordpress sites for small to medium-sized businesses. I have two bachelor degrees in graphic design and I am currently working on my Masters at Full Sail University (online). Along with freelancing, I am an adjunct professor at Kendall College of Art and Design in the Digital Art and Design department. I am also the chapter head from Ladies, Wine and Design: Grand Rapids. When I am not in front of the computer, I am traveling with my husband and our two dogs to any show we can find. For instance, we recently saw The Interrupters with Masked Intruder and Ratboy in Chicago and Kevin Devine with The Front Bottoms in Cleveland. You can also find us beet-bopping around Brooklyn, New York quite often. I love art history, animals, Andy Warhol, Marvel movies, Francisco Goya, and Bob Ross. If you like what you are reading, you can see my work here or send me a message.
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Design Philophosy.

I believe that great design happens where aesthetics and user-experience meets. I do not subscribe to the ol' graphic design adage that function comes before form; rather I believe that function and form have to work together. A poster you cannot read does nothing for the client but equally, a poorly designed poster fails to attract your audience. I believe brands should be beautiful and connect. I believe graphic design should make the world more pleasing to be in. My clients know that when they work with me, they will get a beautiful product no matter how small their budget. Art and design are different branches of the same tree to me. Graphic design can be art if it is done correctly: with care and attention to detail.
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Education

Bachelor of Science
Advertising and Graphic Design
Central Michigan University

Bachelor of Arts
Graphic Design
Full Sail University

Master of Arts:
Digital Media (in progress
Full Sail University

Recent Work

Adjunct Professor: Digital Media
Kendall College of Art and Design, 2019 (current)

Freelance Developer and Designer
Working with Gary Mavis, 2018-2019 (current)

Graphic Designer
Greatland Corporation, 2016-2018

Senior Creative Designer
Advanced Central Services/MLive Media Group, 2014-2016

Community

Ladies, Wine & Design
Chapter Head

AIGA Education Committee
Committee Member

Code for Good
Volunteer