Trish Brownlee

Creative Alchemist

Welcome!

I’m Trish Brownlee

I am a creative alchemist with a diverse background who is innovative, empathic, and dedicated to creating a better world through design thinking and artistic solutions.

about me

MY WHY

What would you like to create together?

Let’s have coffee and manifest some magic!

I am an intuitive, whole-hearted, and skilled UX designer, and graphic designer who transforms abstract visions of the imagination into a functional reality that delights, mends, inspires, and unites. A diverse journeyman and insatiable researcher (I’ve photographed from helicopters AND taught Kindergarten – and did it well) I integrate my unique experience and education into my design career. I’m an artist at my core, a teacher at heart, with a visionary mind, resilient spirit, and alchemist soul. Brewed from my enlightening travels, divergent perception, and unflappable nature, I’ve become an elixir of innovation, passion, and empathy.

I spent a decade working with U.S. Military as a graphic designer, photographer, audiovisual creator, technical writer, journalist, archivist & whatever else I was told to do. I used my magic to do most of this with no support, no training, & no budget, learning on the spot and teaching myself. It did not matter that I had never edited a video in my life – I learned to do it in a week and do it well. Along the way, I learned leadership and mastered the skills by teaching others. I also learned what kind of leader and teammate I will not be. I walked that world conjuring up the confidence of a General because I spent half of my career making Generals look good. I learned what I don’t and do want. I only want to use my gifts now with those that are trying to create a better world. I want to work with people that understand and respect the need for a work/life balance and truly care about their people beyond lip service. That is a place that will benefit from my very real understanding of loyalty, integrity, and service, and my ability to adapt, learn and lead.

For the next decade, I became a freelance graphic designer and photojournalist, while also teaching art, design, and managing art programs for youth. I am the mediator and collaborator with a broad perspective excitedly announcing insights and reminding others to stretch, sleep and celebrate failures, and trying again. I am now ready to use what I’ve gained – presentation & research skills, wisdom, empathy, persistence – for the next calling.

I can see the big picture and I possess the soft and hard needed skills to co-create a better world for all. I want to work with daring leaders to craft a better world through design thinking, creative problem-solving, and holistic solutions. Is that you? 

Professional Experience

Creative Strategist

March 2021 – June 2022
Contract with Microsoft for Wellness User Research  &  Proof of Concept

LEAD VISUAL Designer

February 2021 – June 2022
Center for Religious Wisdom & World Affairs at Seattle University

UX Designer & Webmaster

June 2020 – June 2022
Religica Theolab

Visual Designer & Creative Strategist

November  2020 – October 2021
Allstar Guitar (ECom & Brand Identity)

PRofessor of art –  Graphic Design 

July 2018 – May 2021 
University of North Carolina – Fayetteville State

Partnership Manager & Teaching Artist

July 2019 – October 2020
Kirkland Arts Center

Arts Educator

July 2012 – July 2018
Fayetteville, NC

Photojournalist

August 2011 – December 2016
The Fayetteville Observer

Audiovisual production

January 2009 – August 2011
U.S. Army Special Operations Command

Media Specialist

January 2008 – January 2009
CSA, LTD

Visual information & Public Affairs Specialist

January 2004 – January 2008
U.S. Air Force

Designer & Production Lead

2003 & 2005
Kinkos

Fellowships

Front-End Development

March 2022
Vets in Tech, Seattle WA

UX Design Fellowship

January – April 2021
General Assembly, Seattle WA

Artist Fellowship

August 2019
Vermont Studio Center, Johnston  VT

Collaborative Teaching Fellowship

2017-2018
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC

Artist-in-Residence

2016-2018
Cape Fear Botanical Gardens, Fayetteville NC

Artist Residency

January 2015
Penland School of Crafts, Bakersville NC

Leadership

Fayetteville 40 under 40 Award for Leadership & Community Service

2018
Fayetteville, NC

V-WISE Alumni

2017 – Syracuse University
Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship 

Non-Commissioned Officer 

(U.S. Military) 2004-2011

Skills
  • Storytelling & Presentation
  • Communication Skills
  • Collaboration & Interpersonal Skills
  • Innovative Problem-Solving
  • Project Management 
  • Creative Strategy
  • Content Creation & Management

Industry Knowledge

  • UX Design & UI Design
  • User Research
  • Personas, Insights, Journey Maps
  • Product & Concept Design 
  • Front-End Web Design
  • Visual & Graphic Design
  • Content Creation
  • Presentation Design
  • Print Production
  • Photography
  • Basic Audio/Video Editing
  • Social Media Management
  • Branding & Logo Design
  • Typography & Color Theory
  • MAC & PC Platforms
  • Prototypes & Wireframes
  • Agile Workspaces

Industry Software & Platforms

  • Figma
  • Sketch
  • Invision
  • Axure
  • Miro
  • Final Cut Pro
  • Audition
  • Content Management Systems
  • WordPress
  • Terminal Four
  • SharePoint
  • Learning Management Systems
  • Github
  • HTML/CSS/Javascript
  • Google Analytics/SEO
  • Google Workspace
  • Asana
  • Slack
  • Canva

Adobe Software

  • XD
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • InDesign
  • Lightroom
  • Premier

Microsoft

  • 365/Suite
  • Word
  • Excel
  • PowerPoint
  • Outlook
  • Teams

Education

Post-Graduate Studies – Theology

Seattle University
2019-2021

Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies 

Pacifici Northwest College of Art
2013-2015

Bachelors of Art in Visual Art: Graphic Design & Painting

Fayetteville  State University (UNC)
2009-2012

Certificates & Licensure

User Experience Design Certificate

General Assembly
2021

K-12 Art Education Certification

Fayetteville  State University (UNC)
2012-2015

Arts Integration Specialist Certification

Institute for Arts Integration & STEAM     2019

Military Education

Journeyman

Public Affairs
Community College of the Air Force            2007-2011

Journeyman 

Audiovisual Production
Community College of the Air Force          2005-2006

Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Training

Airman Leadership School (Air Force)
2006

Years Creating

UX Hours

Projects manifested

Cups of coffee

Meet for coffee

What shall we create?!

Email

trish@trishbrownlee.com

DIGITAL NOMAD

REMOTE

I love to travel!