A Chicago-based Creative Director and Educator, Heather received a BFA with Honors from Rhode Island School of Design in Graphic Design in 1996. She received several awards while at RISD and began her eight-year teaching career there in 2002 in Graphic Design. Her areas of teaching included Color Theory, Web Design, and Visual Communication.
Originally from Massachusetts, Heather’s 20 year career began in Boston as a visual designer for Fitch. She also worked for Boston firms Corey McPherson Nash (now Corey) and Weymouth Design with a focus on brand and identity design, package design, and annual reports. In 1999 she began working as a visual designer for Sapient Nitro for a variety of Fortune 500 clients across web and application designs. In 2002 Heather founded Brookline Studios, an award winning, multi-channel, multi-disciplinary design studio at the forefront of design and culture. Heather's clients include Harvard, MIT, Forrester Research, Health Dialog, the United Nations, Boston Children’s Hospital, the Analysis Group, and Perkin Elmer among others. She also continues to partner with other agencies including SapientNitro, and Essential Design on a variety of user experience and brand design projects.
Heather’s approach to her work is grounded in business strategy and user experience and is driven by the fundamentals of art and design. As primarily a visual designer and creative strategist, she is often the bridge between the business strategists and information architects and the technology teams and developers. Though Heather works on complex branding and technical projects, she still begins by sketching with pencil and paper.
Heather is currently pursuing an MFA in Graphic Design at The Vermont College of Fine Arts. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and their two daughters.
Areas of Professional Focus and Experience
Creative direction and user experience
Academic Research/Areas of Interest
Color theory and culture, universal accessibility, digital strategy and design process, design and dystopia
Awards and Publications
Graphis Design Annual, 1000 Designer Greetings, Communications Arts, Boston Magazine, The Knot Magazine, The Providence Journal, RI Monthly Magazine, RISD, Gilbert Paper Award, Providence Journal Award for Design Excellence, Wayne Smith Award for Design Excellence, RISD Textile Department Award, Type Director’s Club
AIGA, STA, CAA