I received a B.A. in Art History and Criticism from Florida State University, which heavily informs my creative practice. I have been practicing photography for over ten years, first as an amateur, then a professional, only to come full circle as an amateur again. It is my first and forever love. I believe photography is a powerful tool for truth and storytelling, and I strive to capture the beauty of the experiences, people, and places around me. Though I no longer offer photography services, I do keep at photo journal at sarahjnotley.pics.
Photography lead me to graphic design, and I began my journey as a designer in 2016. Design feeds my sense of purpose, and I believe design has endless power to connect, transform, and communicate. For me, good design is bold, balanced, and accessible, with an element of the unexpected. My design heaven is anything to do with publications/editorial design, typography, and branding.
I am also currently the director of FSU Student Publications, where I lead a team of student designers and photographers in servicing the design, print, and photography needs of over a hundred recognized student organizations. I live in Florida with my partner and our cat-child. When I'm not creating things, I’m usually hanging out with loved ones, plants, or big art books. I have many creative patron saints, including Frida, Bob Ross, Monty Don, Jenny Holzer, Stephen Powers, Superflux, and Tina Roth Eisenberg. I also need Italian food and cozy sweaters to survive.
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I'm a senior level designer who specializes visual identity systems and editorial design. My background in photography, marketing, and brand strategy help me support the kind of purpose-driven work I feel passionate about.