Creative director and graphic designer with 18 years of experience delivering thoughtful and effective design solutions to complex problems. Very creative with excellent analytical abilities and an impressive attention to detail. Able to quickly glean organization goals and procedures. Highly adaptable—performing well in both individual and collaborative team roles.

Work Samples

  • Open Studio Series Invitation (City at Peace DC)

  • Blues for Peace Program (City at Peace DC)

  • Duraglider Rebranding

Work History

Accomplishments • Lead creative for the University of Michigan’s first ever 24-hour day of giving, Giving Blueday, designing a tool kit of materials which helped to engage and empower nearly every school, college, and unit along with 70 student organizations and generated approximately $3.2 million in gifts, 2,000 new student donors, and more than 11 million impressions. • Saved the Office of University Development more than $8,000 in outside vendor costs by using my creativity and ingenuity to produce an animated honor roll projection for the Campaign Kickoff Donor Dinner • Reduced customer service calls for The Institute of Continuing Legal Education through art direction of a major website redesign that focused on user experience and improving ICLE’s online brand presence, which resulted in an easier to navigate site that empowered users to manage their accounts online. The reduction in calls allowed staff to redirect their attention to more personalized customer outreach. Skills • InDesign (Advanced) • Illustrator (Advanced) • Photoshop (Advanced) • Acrobat (Advanced) • Quark XPress (Advanced) • MicroSoft Office Suite (Intermediate) • Keynote (Intermediate) • HTML(Basic) • CSS (Basic) • Dreamweaver (Basic) • Wordpress (Basic) Career Development • Senior Designer/Owner MAY 2010–PRESENT Denise Cope Graphic Design & Consulting, Ann Arbor, MI Design a variety of collateral for local and national clients with a branding focus. • Senior Designer/Print Supervisor MARCH 2007–MARCH 2010 Institute of Continuing Legal Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Redesigned the majority of customer touch points during rebranding including: identity, marketing materials, publications, forms (internal and external), and website with a strong focus on content organization and usability. Created an internal identity guide to help maintain the brand throughout the organization. Assessed and determined communication needs and made appropriate recommendations based on overall communications strategies. Designed and developed communications for print, web, and multimedia that visually and contextually conveyed organization messages. Collaborated with project managers, copywriters, production managers, web developers, and vendors. Communicated processes and budget updates. Supervised and trained in-house and freelance designers to maintain design standards and meet communication needs. • Junior Designer MAY 2006–MARCH 2007 Exhibit Design Consultants, Grand Rapids, MI Designed large format graphics for custom and kit trade show displays. Consulted with clients to ensure comprehensive design solutions and customer satisfaction. • Junior Designer MARCH 2006–MAY 2006 Office Team, Grand Rapids, MI Designed large format graphics for custom and kit trade show displays at Exhibit Design Consultants. Provided electronic file support and output. • Junior Artist 2004–2005 The Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, MI Designed ads for local and national clients. Designed covers and layouts for supplemental publications. • Quality Paginator/Prepress Specialist 2000–2004 The Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, MI Paginated the newspaper and other publications ensuring quality production with rigorous proofing. Collaborated with the Prepress and Editorial departments to meet hourly, daily, and weekly deadlines. Managed the RIPS, checked plates, and trained fellow employees on software. • Keyliner/Production Artist/Camera Operator 1998–2000 The Ann Arbor News, Ann Arbor, MI Performed the layout/paste-up of ads, pages, and classifieds for the newspaper and other publications. Designed ads for local and national clients. Provided electronic file support and output. Color-corrected and retouched digital photos. Shot pages and developed negatives for plate making. Managed crew of five to seven employees to ensure priorities were followed and deadlines met.


  • Washtenaw Community College

    • Associates Graphic Design
    • 1998 - 2001




Public Service Chair/Board Member 2006–2007 AD2 West Michigan, Grand Rapids, MI


• Michigan After School Partnership Award for 3TOTO6 Campaign 2007 • Ann Arbor Graphics Association Scholarship 1998 • Presidential Scholarship for Academics 1998