Distinguished designer. Consummate communicator. Destroyer of deadlines.

Welcome! I’m a graphic/web designer based in beautiful Portland, OR. I specialize in everything web, with a particular interest in user-centered design and WordPress development. I love the creative process as it allows me to constantly challenge myself. My focus is always on distilling the complex down to the essential. I have over 10 years of experience as an in-house designer at various small to mid-sized companies. My duties have ranged from web and email development, to catalogs and magazine ads.

Websites

Effective web design should be clean and simple, with an emphasis on readability and usability. Simplicity accomplishes many things on the web – it is more aesthetically pleasing, it focuses the user on a specific goal or call to action, results in a faster loading site, and a better experience on mobile devices.

Emails

Email has been a big part of most of the jobs I’ve had for the simple reason that email marketing works. HTML and CSS support in many email clients are still stuck in the stone age. It is surprisingly complicated to build a simple email that displays well for all users. On top of that, it is now urgent that email designs be responsive and mobile friendly.

Print

I provide a wide range of graphic design services including logos and branding, magazine ads, posters, business cards, and environmental graphics. I have also been involved in more complicated print projects such as catalog layout, restaurant menus and brochures. I am a fan of a clean, balanced composition and love playing with texture and color.

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  • Thank you again so much for all of your help getting the images to the website by Wednesday. I passed my orals with flying color in large part thanks to you!  I know i've said it before, but I am absolutely super happy about how the site turned out and couldn't have asked for a nicer and more accommodating person to work with on this. You made it all seem really do-able and that helped so much.

    Amy Chaloupka
  • Laura Shurtleff designed the website and logo for our restaurant, Odd Duck - www.oddduckrestaurant.com.  We love the design and get tons of compliments on it all the time!  It has translated well into all sorts of mediums.  The website is perfect and easy to work with.  Laura is incredibly responsive, super timely, and really great at taking your vision and making it a reality.  I would recommend her work to anyone!

    Melissa Buchholz
  • Laura really took the reins to get new responsive templates working for MotoSport promotional emails. It's a timely next step for our email templates making a better connection with our customers going forward and she didn't hesitate in getting it done well. Both Laura and the rest of the Creative team have taken the first step in making the emails easier to build and maintain going forward.

    Enoch Platas