Julie Farrar

9322 Ocala Street, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20901 •   Tel 301 221-3060 •  www.silverearthstudio.com



Creative design of publications focused on Science, Health Care & International Culture• Print & Digital • Brand Identity and Concept Development • Communication & Marketing Materials • Creative Leadership and Staff Development • Scientific, Creative and Technical Illustration • Accounts & Budget Management



Multiple-award-winning Art Director with 12+ years of brand identity and concept development experience with specific expertise in the creative oversight of publication, communication and marketing material design and execution. Innovative big-picture thinker with proven ability to quickly conceive, develop and successfully present multiple creative concepts that inspire, inform and significantly enhance brand awareness. Consistent track record of launching multiple projects on tight, concurrent time lines, bringing them in on time and on budget. Highly effective leader with demonstrated success building, mentoring and motivating strong, productive teams.



NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH/NIAID/VRC, Bethesda, MD   September 2009 – Present

Graphic Designer/contractor

Scientific illustration and design for research and clinical trials advertising and marketing campaigns.




Created animated illustration for biographical video on Jillian F. Banfield, Ph.D., recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science and the L’Oréal-UNESCO “For Women in Science”.


AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY Washington, DC  April 2000 – May 2009

  SENIOR ART DIRECTOR, ACS Publications  June 2004 – May 2009

§ Oversaw concept-to-completion design and illustration for four monthly, two bimonthly and two biweekly scientific journals including Analytical Chemistry, JACS, Molecular Pharmaceutics, Environmental Science & Technology, Chemical Biology, Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation, creating design concepts, cover illustrations and feature layouts for print and online editions.

§ Designed over 20 ancillary projects per year for meetings and conferences including brochures, posters, newsletters, calendars, logos and special-focus publications, for both print and online editions, all on tight, concurrent timelines.

§ Created strategies to successfully streamline production processes and cut costs by developing expertise in new, cutting edge software, bringing a significant portion of outside vendor business in-house, producing a significant cost savings while improving quality and cutting production time.

§ Directed the implementation the 2008 ACS brand design for all journals, defining design parameters and redesigning templates to achieve consistency across 35+ print and online materials.

§ Achieved "Global Challenges, Chemistry Solutions" for the ACS Office of Communications in 2008-09.

§ Researched and made recommendations for current design software/hardware upgrades to maximize production quality and efficiency.


 CREATIVE DIRECTOR, manager, ACS Creative Services   April 2000 - June 2004

§ Managed a staff of five graphic designers in the creative concept development and production six monthly magazines, 32 journals, four special-focus publications and all associated marketing materials (ads, calendars, posters, annual reports).

§ Collaborated with editors, marketing and communications teams, designers and IT to launch new designs for new high profile journals and special focus. Worked closely with editorial, production and marketing teams to develop strategic procedures to achieve high quality and high impact.

§ Brought all projects in on time and within budget. Initiated use of dynamic illustration to enhance cover art quality, earning multiple awards for creative excellence.


FRANCE MAGAZINE, Washington, DC   August 1989 – March 2000

Art Director

Directed design, layout and production of high-quality 4-color quarterly magazine featuring the French culture, providing extensive photo and illustration research, press quality control, and management of multiple vendors. 


INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL NEWS GROUP, Rockville, MD   January – July 1998

Director of Art and Design

Managed the design and production of four monthly and two bimonthly 4-color tabloid-size publications for the medical community on concurrent deadlines. Established and maintained budgets, schedules and managed workflow between the editorial and production departments.


August 1994 – April 1997

Art Director

Supervised design, layout and production of 4-color, monthly independent magazine focused on scientific research, managing production artists, print vendors and freelance illustration staff. Simultaneously produced multiple marketing projects, including posters, media kits, advertisements and promotional brochures.


EQUUS magazine, Gaithersburg, MD   October 1992 – July 1993

Art Director

Designed and directed production of 4-color monthly horse enthusiast/veterinary care magazine, art directed photography for covers and products and managed a freelance staff of graphic artists and photographers.


ARTNEWS magazine, New York, NY   August 1987 – May 1991

Assistant Art Director

Assisted the art director in all aspects of design, layout and production of a 4-color high-end consumer magazine for the international art market, demonstrating critical color correction, photo research and promotional material design skills.



Ø Association Trends Magazine Gold Medal 2009 Press Kit

Global Challenges, Chemistry Solutions| for the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Ø Folio Ozzie Award 2003

Chromatography| for the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Ø American Science Publishers Award 2003 for ACS |

Luminaries of the Chemical Sciences

Ø American Society of Business Editors Publication Award 2002 for ACS |

Chemical Innovation



B.A. Cultural Anthropology /Certificate in Latin American Studies 1980, University of MA, Amherst MA

M.S. Studies in Communication Design 1983-85, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

The Corcoran School of Art: Courses in Dreamweaver/Flash 2005, Creative Suite (EEI)

M2L-Management to Leadership 2001 (American Chemical Society)

The Experiment in International Living, School for International Training, Guatemala, CA

Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina - Ceramics



Adobe CS5 (InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop), Cinema 4D, MacPyMol, QuarkXpress, Microsoft Suite (Word, Excel and Powerpoint), Dreamweaver, some AfterEffects, and Flash. Proficient in Spanish. Bicycle commuter. Co-founder of Global Connections, a grass roots international aid organization, and co-founder of ArtSpring, an art store and gallery supporting local artists in the Washington metropolitan area.