denyse russell


  • As a designer I listen to you, visualize what you are saying, and find the essence.
  • Who is the audience? What are they looking for? How can I relate? Can I make it simpler, easier, and more enjoyable?
  • Evolving an idea is a cycle of discover, create, refine and execute. The process is fluid and proactive. Each step needs focus and attention.
  • Design is in the detail. Clean design, simple effective graphics, innovative solutions, and compelling content is a good start.


  • Cisco
  • Intuit
  • DCT
  • Sony Music
  • Panasonic
  • Packard Foundation
  • IBM
  • Lexus
  • Mattel Toys
  • Fisher Price
  • Bayer
  • L'Oreal
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • CERG
  • Lilly
  • Yodlee
  • BART
  • Oakland Port Authority
  • News Interactive
  • Symbol Technologies
  • Grainger
  • Mentor Graphics
  • Washington Mutual
  • Orion Software
  • Storagetek
  • Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
  • Rohner & Assoc.
  • Mountain Network News


Visual design and art direction for web development, corporate branding, print, and presentations.

Team player, proactive, responsive communication, and no ego. Collaboration and positive relationships are important to me.

Team lead in developing User Accessibility Practices for Government 508 Compliance.

Icon creation and libraries, color pallets and brand standards.

Detail-oriented, pixel-aware, organized, flexible, and used to a fast-paced environment.

Project management skills include: planning the project, research, writing documents, hiring and managing a team, overseeing the budget.

Projects from concept to completion. I can translate desired moods, messages, concepts, and underdeveloped ideas into imagery, and use brainstorming, storyboarding, prototypes, wireframes, and napkins to get to the final product.


GRAPHIC DESIGN: Adobe Creative Suite: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premier, Acrobat Pro, Bridge, Lightbox.

DIGITAL & WEB: Hand-coded HTML5 and CSS3, Dreamweaver, Flash, Sketch, Specctr, Wordpress CMS, Adobe Muse, XHTML, , Omnigraffle, Coda, Axure, Assembla, Filezilla, Dropbox, Fuze, Google Analytics and incorporating SEO, using JavaScript, CGI and PHP.

PRESENTATION: PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, iMovie, YouTube, Excel, Word.

My tool of choice depends on the project, but Photoshop and Illustrator are always in use.