"SOMETIMES GRAPHIC DESIGN IS MORE ABOUT REFINEMENT, NOT JUST MAKING PRETTY THINGS."
Taylor Rae Hillestad is both a professional graphic designer and freelance artist living in the Twin Cities. She developed her passion for the arts by being exposed to it by her Grandpa Ray who was an artist. She attended numerous art and design classes throughout her life, and studied painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago during a summer between high school. She graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2014 earning a BFA in Graphic Design.
By working as an intern at Aveda, and currently at the beauty and haircare distributor, Creative Laboratories, Inc.; she specializes in designing packaging, branding, educational materials, social media, advertisements, social media content, along with editing videos and creating websites for a variety of beauty and consumer based products. She also is proficient with production design and printing methods for various design platforms. Her packaging, educational materials, and branding campaigns can be seen in salons across the country and at stores like Ulta, Walmart, Ross, and Sally Beauty to name a few. Taylor also has does freelance graphic design work for national musicians, stores, and businesses.
In her spare time, she is a commissioned portrait artist, specializing in expressionism portraits of celebrities, athletes, and custom commissions. Her painting website is at TaylorRaeArt.com
She loves blasting 80s music, being up to date with current design trends, and enjoys balancing both of her passions in art and design.