Maren Nelson

Maren is a Minneapolis-based designer, writer, and cat mom.


> Driven / invested / innovative

> Thorough / big ideas / detailed execution

> Collaborative / excellent communicator / relationship builder

> Ready to rock / flexible / thrive under pressure

> Lifelong learner / cat mom / musician / change agent



Branding, typography, layout, print, exhibit design, project management, copywriting, social media, website management, public speaking

InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, After Effects, Lightroom, Sketch, Procreate, Microsoft Office, WordPress, Squarespace, MailChimp, Hootsuite


Creative Maren
Freelance Graphic Designer / 2015-Present

Design materials that express each client’s personal or professional identities. Facilitate communication between clients and external vendors. Assist with copy-writing, marketing campaigns, and building organizational capacity. Recent projects include brand development, promotional materials (print and digital), exhibit design, and event identities and collateral. Clients include small businesses, museums, nonprofits, professional associations, and political advocacy groups.


Way to Grow
Designer / 2016-Present

In-house creative responsible for all art direction, brand management, and design. Work includes promotional materials, web graphics, internal documents, event collateral, and all copywriting responsibilities. Webmaster and manager for all digital communication. Manage print production and coordinate vendors. Major projects include annual reports, redesigning all recruitment materials, and 2018 gala identity.


Minnesota Association of Museums (MAM)
Managing Coordinator / 2015-2017

Worked remotely with professionals from across the state to promote and serve the Minnesota museum community. Designed all graphics and external communications including expanding the brand, updating the website, promotional materials, and conference identities. Organized and executed programming: the Annual Conference, workshops, networking events, and Minnesota Museum Month.


Wallin Education Partners
Alumni Relations & Communications Coordinator / 2013-2015

Designed for print and web including annual reports, promotional materials, social media graphics, and event collateral. Standardized branding across all media. Instrumental in writing and executing annual communications plans and program messaging. Authored and managed website and social media accounts, increasing engagement. Set up mass emailing capabilities and managed mass communications.


Ethel Morrison Van Derlip Award
2019 / Minneapolis College of Art & Design



Master of Arts
2018 / Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Graphic & Web Design


Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
2017 / Minneapolis College of Art & Design
Graphic Design


Bachelor of Arts
2009 / Concordia College - Moorhead, MN
Art History & Music