I’m Kelsey, a graphic and web designer, photographer and front-end developer from Portland, Maine. I graduated with honors from Maine College of Art with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. For over eight years, I’ve been working in my field of study, taking on clients as a freelancer, contract designer and full-time employee. I’ve worked for web and print design agencies, online shops, individuals and nonprofits. My work has appeared on Above the Fold, Maine Type Lab and in Maine Magazine.
I spend my days working at Puelle Design – a small design firm in a renovated mill where I design websites, logos and print materials for many local companies. Some of our clients that I’ve had the joy of working with include Sunday River, Sugarloaf, Rosemont Market, Maine Coast Heritage Trust and Energy Circle.
In 2012, I began and now co-own Crossroad Design Co., a start-up design company as the lead print and interactive designer.
When I’m not designing, I’m usually occupied with cooking, traveling, biking, hiking and running. My latest ventures include: learning git, food blogging, digital painting and training for a triathlon.
My design interests lie primarily with type design and typesetting. I could and have spent hours browsing font libraries, even switching up the typefaces on my website from time to time. I love experimenting with type on image and the relationship type has with its surrounding space. I’m equally inspired by following the typesetting rules as I am breaking them.
I love that in almost every situation I find myself in, I can apply my design education. I continue to be inspired by creating design-related end products to my life experiences such as photo books, websites for side projects, new desktop backgrounds, cookbooks, and race shirts – to name a few.
Skills and Interests
Though graphic and web design are my primary mediums, I’m also a photographer. I shoot weddings, engagement sessions and senior portraits during the summer. I consider photography to be my first love, but decided to pursue design in college – a decision that both preserved my love of photography and enhanced my interests in an equally rewarding creative field. I also apply my photography experience to video recording and color processing for Crossroad Design Co.