About

Julie Riley
Principal & Owner

Since 2001, Julie has used her artistic gift and passion for design to provide creative solutions for each client’s unique challenge.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, with emphasis in Visual Communications from the University of Oklahoma. Formerly with several design and advertising firms, Julie’s background includes major packaging and branding endeavors for Coca-Cola, The Minute Maid Company, Blockbuster Express, Odwalla, CVS/Pharmacy, Walmart, and ConocoPhillips.

Her work has been featured in several design competitions and publications , as well as interviews, articles and presentations on branding & design (see below). Julie was honored among several University of Oklahoma alumni invited back for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Visual Communications program in February 2014.

Recognition

AWARDS

LogoLounge Book (2017)
Luna & Sol. Published in the 10th Annual LogoLounge book series, LogoLounge Book 10, and named among the top 7% of 37,000 submissions reviewed.

American Graphic Design Awards Competition (2010 – 2018)
Selected as a winner for the following years in the American Graphic Design Annual Awards Competition, presented by Graphic Design USA (GDUSA). This competition regularly attracts 8,000 – 10,000 entries from around the world, with anywhere from 10% to 15% being recognized with this award.

2018: Emergekey Identity Design & E&I Company Identity Design (with Freeform Agency) Logo Designs. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2018 and 2018 Online Winner’s Gallery. View Emergekey’s Award Page here, and E&I Company’s Award Page here.

2017: McGuire Homes Identity Design. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2017 and 2017 Online Winner’s Gallery. View McGuire Home’s Award Page here.

2016: Luna & Sol Identity Design. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2016 and 2016 Online Winner’s Gallery.

2015: TAB Services. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2015 and 2015 Online Winner’s Gallery.

2014: Hildebrand Realty. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2014 and 2014 Online Winner’s Gallery.

2013: Encon/Guard Dogs Catalog Design. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2013 and 2013 Online Winner’s Gallery.

2012: Premier Coil Solutions Identity Design. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2012 and 2012 Online Winner’s Gallery.

2011: Adrift Restaurant Identity Design. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2011 and 2011 Online Winner’s Gallery.

2010: Incredible Renovations Brochure Design. Featured in the GDUSA American Graphic Awards Design Annual 2010 and 2010 Online Winner’s Gallery.

The Big Book of Self Promotion (2008)
Featured in The Big Book of Self Promotion, a graphic design resource distributed internationally by Collins Design, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Out of the 1,500 entries, only 15% were selected as part of this elite publication.

EXHIBITION

XXVC: A Celebration of the Past Twenty-Five Years of Visual Communication:  Asked to participate in an exhibition at the University of Oklahoma Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art commemorating the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Visual Communications program at OU.

ARTICLES & PRESENTATIONS

Visual Branding Presentation:  Why is branding important? What is visual branding? How a consistent presence for your company can make a lasting impression on current and potential customers.

Identifying the Perfect Identity: What it Takes to Create The Logo: Identity design – one of the most important steps in branding your company, yet also one of the most misunderstood processes. Practical principles in identifying your Perfect Identity.

INTERVIEW

Exceptional Women Northwest Interview (2010):  Listen to Julie expound on her varied career in this interview on the Internet Radio Show, Exceptional Women Northwest. This show is an “exploration of achievement, led by women in the Pacific Northwest.” She and the host explore all aspects of her career path, from her childhood passion for art, through college and transition into the professional world, culminating in starting j.riley creative LLC.