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Julie Mellen graduated from Otis College of Art & Design in 1991 with a BFA in Communication Design. She began her professional career as a contract designer at Health Net. From there she moved to CareAmerica Health Plans to build their in-house design group. In 1995 she joined the design studio of Besser Joseph Partners, and then continued with Douglas Joseph Partners when Besser Joseph disolved it's partnership. In 2000 she joined Merle Norman Cosmetics as it's Senior Art Director. Seven years later, a three-year contract position with ING financial Partners, became a full-time position as Art Director/ Design Manager when ING sold the division and it became Cetera Financial Group.


She has extensive experience in photo art direction on location and in the studio. She has art directed photographers, illustrators and retouchers throughout her career. Her design experience encompasses many industries; annual reports, technology, pharmacuetical, communications, hospitality, energy, cosmetics and financial services among them. She also has experience managing  and mentoring designers, production artists and contractors directly. 


Her work has been recognized by Design 2K, American Graphic Design Awards, The Black Book AR100 Award Show 2000, How magazine, 35th Annual West Coast Show (Art Directors Club) and Step-by-Step Graphics 100 (March-April 2001 issue)

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