designer, manager, and creative

Julia is a designer and manager with nearly 10 years of experience in the digital agency world. She has worked with clients across publishing, manufacturing, healthcare, and mass media to design digital products for the web, iOS, Android, and more.

 
 

about

A midwesterner at heart, Julia grew up in Ohio before studying art and design at the University of Michigan. After graduating from the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design, Julia moved to Chicago, where she started her career as a graphic designer and continued to study design at the Chicago Portfolio School. Julia relocated again in 2012 to Grand Rapids, Michigan. While in Grand Rapids, Julia worked for the software agency Elevator Up, and then Atomic Object, and served on the Board for AIGA West Michigan before founding the Grand Rapids chapter of Creative Mornings. Julia now lives in Durham, North Carolina with her husband and daughter, where she is the Director of Product Design at WillowTree, Inc.

 

speaking & events

NSCU College of Design | Oct 2018
Guest Lecture & Workshop

TomTom Founders Festival | April 2018
A Universal Language: Inclusive Design

Ladies the UX Durham | Oct 2017
Panel Discussion: Building a User-Centric Organization by Taking Initiative

Hopscotch Design Festival 2017 | Sept 2017
Roundtable: How to Develop and Validate Creative Concepts with Margo Bulka

NCSU College of Design | Sept 2017
Guest Lecture and Workshop in Animation, Interface and Gesture


education

Chicago Portfolio School | Design & Art Direction
University of Michigan | Bachelor of Fine Art
VSUP | Graphic Design, Semester Abroad
  

work 

WillowTree, Inc | Director of Product Design
January 2017–Present Durham, NC

WillowTree, Inc | Senior Product Designer
April 2016–December 2016 Durham, NC

Atomic Object | Software Consultant & Designer
November 2013–April 2016, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Elevator Up | Experience Designer
February 2012-October 2013, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Canright Communications | Graphic Designer
August 2010-February 2012

 

community involvement

On The Grid Durham
Ambassador & Curator via WillowTree, Inc

CreativeMornings Grand Rapids
Founding Host & Organizer, May 2014-April 2016

AIGA West Michigan
Director of Programming, May 2013-June 2014

 

 

"I think everything in life is art. What you do. How you dress. The way you love someone, and how you talk. Your smile and your personality. What you believe in, and all your dreams. The way you drink your tea. How you decorate your home. Or party. Your grocery list. The food you make. How your writing looks. And the way you feel. Life is art."

- Helena Bonham Carter