Denise Johnson

Graphic Design Manager

Chicago, IL, USA
I am a passionate designer with a proven ability to take ideas from concept to execution. I concept, design and produce visual, print and web solutions that support marketing communications and organizational initiatives for non-profits, profits and associations. Diverse and flexible creative style. Passion for branding, color and typography.

Work Experience

Emergency Nurses Association

Graphic Design Manager

Creative lead, manage in-house designers, outside freelancers, and vendors. Responsible for maintaining and reinforcing the ENA brand across multiple platforms. Consults staff on brand guideline compliance and review. Collaborates with marketing team to develop strategic communications that enhance the sales of products, and services. Art direction and project management for a wide variety of campaigns, photo shoots, print publications, and digital products.
February 2016 - Illinois, United States


Visual Communication, Design & Marketing Consultant

Partner with clients to exceed expectations on print- and web-based projects; branding, marketing, copywriting, advertising campaign direction. Coordinate with vendors to smoothly deliver print services by negotiating the fairest prices and turn-around times. Design concepts and execute creative solutions for a variety of projects including: identities, annual reports, direct mail, brochures, invitations, flyers, posters, newsletters, magazines, annual meetings, infographics, web banners, social media, HTML e-mails and websites. Clients include the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy, the American Brain Tumor Association, NorthShore Home and Hospice Services and the Emergency Nurses Association.
December 2005 - April 2016 Illinois, United States

Alta College


Plan and instruct a variety of design courses including; image editing, digital illustration, digital layout, typography, packaging design, graphic design history, drawing and perspective, web design, interactive design, advertising campaigns, and portfolio. Mentor and supervise design students. Coordinate design-related trips and guest speakers including a Skype discussion with designer Aaron Draplin.
May 2011 - May 2015 Illinois, United States

Loyola University Health System

Graphic Designer

Collaborated with colleagues and advised the best way to handle marketing needs from a strategic and budget perspective. Responsible for integrating and implementing Loyola’s brand across the organization. Art direction and project management of magazines, direct mail, brochures, invitations, flyers, posters, newsletters, signage, promotional products, web banners, flash displays and HTML e-mails.
November 2012 - July 2013 Illinois, United States

Curtis Scott Advertising, Inc.

Senior Art Director

Creative lead, oversaw multiple projects including: advertising campaigns, direct mail, annual reports, catalogs, posters, and brand identities, web banners, social media, HTML e-mails and websites. Managed a team of designers and consistently generated high-quality visuals, which aligned with the campaign style guidelines. Outpaced standard design and production time with quick strategic thinking and flawless design execution.
October 2001 - June 2010 Illinois, United States

ABS Graphics

Art Director

Oversaw print projects for a wide variety of industries, non-profits and associations. Worked directly with clients, sales, pre-press and the pressroom. Managed deadlines, specified paper stock and oversaw several press checks.
November 1997 - March 2001 Addison, Illinois, United States


State University Of New York At Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo)

Bachelor of Science

Buffalo, New York, United States

Roosevelt University

Masters of Arts

Schaumburg, Illinois, United States


Adobe Creative Suite, Art Direction, Branding, Color, Corporate Identity, Creative, Creative Director, Creative Lead, Design Education, Print-Based Media, Typography, User Experience, User-centered Design, Web-based Media,


American Design and Master-Craft initiative (ADMCi)
Applied Interaction Design: UCS01 (UX)