Hey there. My name is Christie Walsh. I am a graphic designer in the western suburbs of Chicago. While my primary focus is web design, I also feel at home working on print and branding. I've been in the business for ten years now, but I've been designing and building websites on a freelance basis since way back in 1996.
Currently, I work at a local museum as the media designer. Projects at my current job have included redesigning the museum's website, growing the museum's social media presence, designing print advertising, and creating microsites for special events and exhibits.
I'm currently looking for new job opportunities, and I'm eager to take a big leap from the suburbs into the City of Chicago. Please take a look through my portfolio for an overview of my work. Like what you see? Think I'd be a good fit? Let's get in touch. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (630) 234-3851. I'd love to discuss how I can help your business meet its design needs.
Responsive Design: This site is responsive. Go on, try it! Resize the window and see what happens.
Web Typography: @font-face is your friend.
I designed this site as both a companion and a promotional tool for the First Division Museum's summer exhibit. This site uses parallax scrolling in supported browsers and devices, adding a three-dimensional effect. I also used responsive design techniques to adapt the site for mobile and tablet use.
I worked closely with the Exhibit Specialist to design a look for the site that was consistent with the look of the exhibit. With the help of a few open source JQuery scripts, I developed the entire site on my own.
I designed this set of marketing materials to promote new Girl Scout programs at the First Division Museum. I enjoyed the challenge of making a military museum appealing to young girls. I incorporated a pink camouflage background and an illustration of Rosie the Riveter in a Girl Scout uniform to present the theme of our museum in a style that spoke to our audience. I also designed an ad, in conjunction with Cantigny Park, for the Girl Scout Program Guide. I created a background of leaves and drew an original mascot for the park, to go along with our campaign.
I designed and built this Wordpress template for a local musician. I decided to build this site in Wordpress so that the client could easily update his schedule himself. This site is responsive, makes use of Wordpress plugins for the calendar and mailing list signup form, and features text in the title and email banner that lines up vertically, thanks to an open-source jQuery script.
In redesigning the First Division Museum's website, the most important factor was navigation. The previous website's navigation system was scattered across the page and extremely difficult to follow. I incorporated JQuery dropdown menus to simplify navigating the site. I also added breadcrumbs to the top of all pages after the landing page, so that users wouldn't get lost while browsing the large amounts of content.
After I completed the design and front-end development, I passed the files along to BlueSpan, a third-party web development company, to handle the back-end ASP.NET development.
I designed these materials to promote the First Division Museum's Catapult Contest. The museum educator asked me to design something with junior high and high school students in mind, since they would be the bulk of the competitors. I began by designing the flyer, which was sent out to teachers to hang in their classrooms. From there, I designed the microsite with more detailed information about the contest. The microsite also contains resources for teachers and tips on building a catapult.
This ad for the First Division Museum appeared twice in the Wheaton Leader. Later, I adjusted its dimensions for placement in other publications such as the Daily Herald and TribLocal. I drew inspiration from the propaganda posters in our research center.
I designed and built the website to advertise the Society for Military History's annual conference, which was hosted by the First Division Museum at Cantigny. The website featured information about the conference and a link to register online. I worked with a third-party service, EventRebels, to set up online registration for the conference.
Since this event has passed, the website is no longer active.
I designed and built this website to advertise and sell a game targeted and children and tweens. The site was built in flash, using a combination of ActionScript and keyframe animation. I also designed and implemented the template for their shopping cart, using ZenCart's open source code.
In this personal project, I designed a website selling t-shirts and other gifts for dog lovers. In addition to building my own static pages, I created a template for the print-on-demand service's default shop. I also designed and illustrated all the t-shirts that are sold on the site.
I designed and did the front-end development for this site, which sold gaming servers and conducted multiplayer game tournaments. I also designed the company's logo. They wanted to use a rabbit as their mascot to emphasize the speed of their servers.
This site is no longer active.
I designed and did the front end development for the website for BMG Servers, a company that sold technology services for small businesses. I also designed their logo, which incorporates a rabbit to tie in with their sister site, Byte Me Gaming, and emphasize server speed.
Redesigned museum website, improving navigation and coming in under budget by handling all of the front-end development myself
Designed and built separate websites for special events and exhibits
Managed e-mail marketing and designed responsive email templates
Promoted museum events by designing print ads and running Facebook ad campaigns
Doubled the museum’s number of Facebook followers and expanded their presence into Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram
Designed, built, and maintained websites for the company as well as a variety of clients
Designed logos both in-house and for client companies
Designed other promotional materials including business cards, letterhead, brochures, and handouts
Added products to catalog, which included image scaling and editing
Maintained two company websites
Designed and built websites for both the company itself and small business clients
Animated in Flash using keyframes and ActionScript
Integrated Paypal and Zen Cart shopping cart systems
Designed other materials including letterhead, handouts, and print advertisements
Registered, designed, and updated several sites for a variety of clients
Trained clients in website maintenance
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, 2004
Application Sequence in Narrative Media, including courses in web design,
multimedia, and graphic design
HTML5, CSS3, Responsive Design
Adobe Creative Cloud: Photoshop, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, InDesign, Flash
User Interface Design, User Experience Design