astutefuse.com

Graphic & Web Design



12115750_10206727559681206_5935538031649774130_nAstutefuse is the creative studio of Nicole Brennan. Passionate and motivated, Nicole is an award-winning graphic and web designer with over 15 years of experience.  She has worked with design agencies and consulting firms, as an in-house designer and freelance designer.  Known for turning creative ideas into reality, Nicole graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BFA in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Washington.

Nicole is passionate about her work and dedicated to using design to help clients reach their goals and be successful. She provides comprehensive visual communication services that will build your brand and win you recognition. The services offered at Astutefuse are personalized and varied, delivering both print and web design, everything from a small piece of the branding puzzle to an entire overhaul of corporate graphics. She has the ability to take a project from the initial stages of ideation straight through to the finished product, her services including art direction, project management, and vendor coordination.

Prior to beginning her career in graphic design, Nicole was a fine artist specializing in pencil, water color, charcoal, and conte illustrations, landscapes, and portraits.

Services Offered

  • identity & brand development
  • advertising
  • web design
  • mobile design
  • marketing collateral
  • package design
  • publication layout
  • conference graphics & materials
  • project management
  • illustration
  • information graphics
  • product development
  • consulting
  • photo editing & restoration

Honors and Awards

  • 2008 Winner of the Graphic Design USA In House Design Award
  • 2010 Interactive Media Awards: Outstanding Achievement Award in the “Health and Nutrition” category (for www.rrca.org)
  • 2010 Web Marketing Association: Nonprofit Standard of Excellence Award (for www.rrca.org)
  • 2010 APEX Award in the “Most Improved Web & Intranet Sites” category (for http://www.4thdistricthealthfund.com)
  • 2010 APEX Award in the “Most Improved Web & Intranet Sites” category (for www.goodwill.org)
  • 2010 Interactive Media Awards: Outstanding Achievement Award (for www.goodwill.org)
  • 2010 Web Marketing Association: Nonprofit Standard of Excellence (for www.goodwill.org)
  • 2011 Interactive Media Awards: “Best in Class” in Health Category (for Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy website)
  • 2011 Web Marketing Association: Standard of Excellence WebAward in the Biotechnology Category (for Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy website)
  • 2011 Web Marketing Association: Standard of Excellence WebAward in the Technology Category (for Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy website)

Partial List of Clients

  • Clearesult
  • Farm Dog
  • USALLIANCE
  • National Federation of Republican Women
  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • National Parks Foundation
  • National Parks Service
  • BP
  • Goodwill International
  • BHP Billiton
  • US Coast Guard
  • US Navy
  • US Marine Corps
  • BMT
  • United States Postal Service
  • Ken Burns
  • Smithsonian Institution
  • IBEW
  • Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy

Partial List of Skills & Software

  • knowledge of prepress, preparing electronic documents and expediting final file formats for vendors
  • a solid grasp of design principles including: layout, typography, color, balance, composition and current design trends
  • art direction and project management for a multitude of projects spanning all media types
  • creation of brand design and strategy, and branding guidelines to insure consistency
  • expert knowledge of Creative Suite, including but not limited to Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Acrobat
  • conversant with CSS and HTML
  • extensive experience with public speaking and customer service
  • ability to manage projects from concept to creation, and to handle multiple projects simultaneously
  • experience with WordPress, Flash, Final Cut Pro, and more
  • adept with photo restoration
  • good understanding of and adherence to 508 compliance
  • strong background in fine arts and illustration
  • experience with Lectora Inspire
  • UX/UI design skills, including user research analysis, persona development, wire framing, and creating site maps