My Design Work
Click the thumbnails below to preview some of my designs. To download a PDF version of my current design portfolio, click here.
Storytelling with words
I know how to write. Give me a blank piece of paper and a pen, an old-fashioned typewriter or a laptop, and I will write down words that tell compelling stories. After studying journalism and learning English as a second language, I turned into an AP Style and grammar enthusiast. I interned and freelanced as a reporter at a local newspaper in Germany and for Oakland University's student newspaper, wrote and translated articles for employee newsletters, authored and edited content for intranet and Internet pages for an automotive supplier, and know how to create a press release. I am fluent in German and English. Here are some writing samples:
Zumba turns wiggling hips into a fitness trend, Cranbrook Institute of Science presents The Peopling of Planet Earth, Leader dogs on duty, Frühling und alle sind besser gelaunt, Und die Zauberfiedel erklang, um von Josa zu erzählen
Promoting brands on social media
Motivated by the Future Midwest Conference and based on my personal interests, I started the networking site Germans in Michigan in April 2010. If you are German and live in Michigan or if you are interested in Germany and its people and culture, this is the place to share experiences, tips, news and other information about the Great Lakes State and Germany. Visit the page at Facebook.com/GermansinMichigan.
During my internship at the Cranbrook Institute of Science, I was responsible for launching the museum's Facebook and Twitter channels. The number of followers on both platforms grew quickly within the first two months because of continuous, interesting and valuable posts and information. Today, the institute is connected with more than 10,000 followers on Facebook and Twitter. What a great way to connect with members, visitors and the public.
Storytelling with pictures
Doesn't a picture say more than thousand words? I think it does. Tired of negative and sad news, I ventured out to look for a positive story. I found three local artists and entrepreneurs who create unique products with their hands. My photos illustrate examples of handmade Michigan products and portray the people behind their goods. The pictures serve as a reminder that our neighborhood communities are home to creative and skilled people who serve our local economy with high quality products that are handmade in Michigan. Le Petit Prince Bakery, Grinstein Jewelry & Design and a.i. paper design provided me with images of beauty, creativity and inspiration that had seemingly been waiting to be captured on camera. Click here and convince yourself.
Bringing people together at events
Events bring people together and create and tell stories, too. I have experience in coordinating successful company events and in preparing teams to attend trade shows and international fairs. Because I felt that students and nonprofit organizations should gain a better understanding of how to use and maximize social media for career planning and business, I initiated, planned and coordinated the first Social Media Conference at Oakland University. Participants learned about best practices from experts Derek Mehraban, Matt Friedman, Susan Evans and Erin Kish.
As board member at Michigan International Professional Organization (MIPA Detroit), I organized monthly events in Metro Detroit. Our team hosted evenings that brought local business people together with local artists which resulted in sharing experiences, networking, and creative and valuable conversations.