I’m Ariel Rudolph Harwick, a graphic designer, artist, and writer. I’ve always loved to tell stories.

From a young age, I filled notebooks and sketchbooks with illustrated tales (fun fact: I dictated my first poem at age three!). A good design, like a good story, balances the fresh and the familiar in a way that evokes curiosity, empathy, and wonder in those who see it. As a designer, I do just that, creating and combining the strongest design elements, images, and copy to craft a compelling experience of your organization or initiative.

This passion for visual and written narrative led me to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art and a minor with honors in Creative Writing. My time at UNC led to a graphic design position at Carolina Union Marketing & Design, where I worked on a unique mix of in-house design and client-based projects with a diverse range of university departments and student organizations, while also teaching our student employees about design.

I’m now based in DC, where I work at a local studio and take on the occasional freelance project, particularly those involving branding and illustration. Feel free to contact me if you’re interested in working together.

In my spare time, I love to hike, bike, read and write short fiction, create artist’s books, and pursue good music. I am also rather fond of wordplay, puns, and fierce rounds of Bananagrams.

For more about what I do, take a look at my LinkedIn profile. To check out my sweet beats, find me on Last.fm and Spotify.

Photo by Jen Watson