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visual storytelling through graphic design

Julie Mills

The Creative Mind

The vision for Designpony came from Julie’s wide range of experience in the graphic arts. Upon graduating with honors with a degree in Fine Arts, she put her visual skills through their paces in Chicago as an exhibit designer, a publication and information graphics designer, and as a graphic artist in an interior architecture firm. After migrating west to Oregon with her husband, photographer Bob Huff and their 3 cats, Julie joined a startup to design software for kids. Ever-evolving, Julie next had a stint consulting in Silicon Valley during the dot-com era. Many frequent flyer miles later, it was time to open her own shop and offer clients her very best. That’s been her mantra for the years since founding Designpony – and all the while she’s been drawing and painting.

DEETS

Founder

Julie Mills

Address

Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

Experience

Designpony
Portland, OR
Owner
2000 – Present

Mattel Media/Printpaks
Portland, OR
Creative Manager 1/98 – 9/99
Art Director 1/96 – 1/98

Eva Maddox Associates
Chicago, IL
Graphic Designer
7/93 – 9/95

American Medical Association
Chicago, IL
Senior Publication Designer
2/88 – 3/93

Fritkin-Jones Design Group
Chicago, IL
Graphic Designer
2/87 – 1/88

Crown Books
Chicago, IL
Retail Store Manager
8/85 – 2/87

Education

College of Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM
BA/Fine Arts, graduated magna cum laude

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Various undergraduate courses

Certification

Minority-owned, Woman-owned, or Emerging Small Business (MWESB)

Cats I’ve Lived With

Angel
Winnie
Rosie
Evita
Coco
Daisy
Sweet Pea
Daphne
L.G.
Kukui
Fuego