Laura Morris Designs, Inc. provides creative services specializing in design and production of traditional print publications, ebooks and marketing & advertising.

about

Laura has an interesting life story. Initially getting her career off the ground working in magazine publishing, she played a major role in the design of many tech publications. This brought her to San Francisco where she witnessed the ever-expanding tech bubble of the early 2000’s. She came back to North Carolina and became creative director and a part of the founding staff for Edutopia magazine, published by the George Lucas Educational Foundation and later Art Director at TED Books. She has won numerous awards and accolades for her work because she knows how to create eye-catching content, think of creative ideas & concepts, has up-to-date knowledge of industry software, and a professional approach to time, costs and deadlines. 

 

Her work has been highlighted in the book Magazine Design That Works: Secrets for Successful Magazine Design (Rockport Pub.), Publish magazine, and Folio.com.

Specialties  

Art Direction • Advertising / Marketing Design • Photography Direction • Branding / Logo Design • Digital Illustration • Digital Web Assets • Magazine Design • eBook Covers & Layout

 

About Laura: loves movies, going to the beach, outdoor activities, sci-fi, space stuff, spending time with family and friends.


career highlights

Senior Art Director
Common Giant Creative Agency
02/2016 – current

Hired to work directly with company's largest client, ThoughtWorks. Creating sales presentations for internal teams presenting to international clients that include: Neiman Marcus, Adidas, John Varvatos, Carrefour, Aldo, Fidelity, Tractor Supply Co., Tesco, HILT, Subzero, 7-11, and Credit Suisse. Designed a number of marketing projects, infographics, ebooks, and event materials.

Art Director
TED Books, TED
01/2012 – 08/2014

Designs covers, interior book art, and infographics using web-based CMS .

Creative Director
Berkshire Living magazine
2004 – 2011

Created design for Berkshire Living, the award-winning arts and lifestyle magazine serving
the border region of MA, CT, VT, and NY. Published nine times a year, with the spinoff publication,
Berkshire Living Home+Garden, publishing annually and BBQ: Berkshire Business Quarterly.
Worked as an independent contractor from office in NC.

Creative Director
Edutopia magazine – The George Lucas Educational Foundation
2004 – 2009

Created design for Edutopia magazine (circ: 100K), which covers innovation in K-12 public education.
Published six to nine times a year. Also supervise art direction of marketing, and circulations materials.
Worked as an independent contractor from office in NC.

Creative Director
Business 2.0 magazine
1997 – 2001

Launched successful and profitable magazine focused on the many ways the Internet impacts business,
from the process by which companies are conceived and created to how they develop markets, retain
customers and acquire competitors. Hired and supervised design staff. Also designed advertising, marketing,
and circulation materials. Magazine grew to an all-paid circulation of 350,000, with an annual revenue of
more than $70 million and profit of $20 million. Launched six international editions.


summary

Senior Art Director – Common Giant Creative Agency
Art Director – TED Books
Cover Designer – shebooks
Creative Director – Berkshire Living magazine
Creative Director – Rosebud Magazine
Creative Director – Edutopia magazine
Senior Designer – OTM Partners Advertising Agency
Creative Director – Business 2.0 magazine
Creative Director – Imagine Media, Inc.
Art Director – the Net magazine
Art Director – Next Generation magazine
Art Director – Boot magazine
Senior Artist – Sports for Kids magazine
Art Director – Game Players magazine