About Me

Michele Maakestad - Graphic Designer


I love being a graphic designer. I love the creativity and challenge that each new job brings.  Every project is a puzzle, with a complete set of unique pieces. Every day something new is happening in the design world. Our technology is constantly changing and new avenues of marketing are constantly appearing and disappearing. I welcome the challenge that each new project brings.


• Graphic Designer with over 25 years of experience.
• Excels with fast-turnaround, deadline driven workflow.
• Have won awards from the American Newspaper Association and Midwest Free Community Papers for newspaper advertising.
• Worked with a team of designers and created graphics for an Emmy Nominated TV commercial.
Organized and efficient.


Below is a list of software with which I am familiar. The dots indicate familiarity on a level of 1-5, with 5 being extremely proficient and 1 being a basic knowledge.

Adobe Creative Suite Proficiency

Adobe InDesign
Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Bridge
Adobe Digital Editions

Microsoft Office Proficiency

Microsoft Word
Microsoft Excel
Microsoft Powerpoint