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Mad Bird Design — Portland, Oregon
Michele —  503-702-4079
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Michele Neary

Creating beautiful visual materials to engage and communicate with a range of audiences.

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Michele Neary
Michele Neary

Michele Neary

graphic design + web development

Versatile communications professional accomplished in print and digital design. Skill set combines a talent for graphic design, technical expertise in Adobe Creative software, and a background in public outreach, marketing, and journalism. Collaborative team member with excellent communication and organization skills.

20 years of experience collaborating with a diverse group of government, business, and nonprofit clients to produce an array of creative, visually appealing and effective communication materials.

Skilled in design and layout of a variety of materials in print and digital formats – including posters, one-page flyers, multi-page plans and reports, fact sheets, booklets and brochures, event advertisements and invitations, newsletters, and websites.

Aptitude for producing high quality, innovative materials that communicate ideas, translate complex data, tell a story, and engage with a range of audiences.

Attentive to detail in both design and content, creating visually engaging materials that don’t sacrifice readability and accuracy.

Experienced in brand, identity and logo design; developing style and branding guidelines; and maintaining brand standards. Adept at preserving a distinctive, consistent, cohesive style that carries through multiple visual materials for a single client.

Well-versed in supporting government agencies, public outreach and education campaigns. Contributed to several award-winning public communication projects, including the Hillsboro Environmental Sustainability Plan, Beaverton Community Vision, Hillsboro 2035 Community Plan, Hillsboro 2020 Vision, and Grays Harbor 2020 Vision and Action Plan.


  • Graphic design + layout + illustration
  • Website design + development
  • Social media platforms + tools
  • Writing + editing
  • Public outreach + communication


  • Adobe Creative Software: InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Acrobat
  • Responsive web design and front end web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript)
  • WordPress and Squarespace Content Management Systems
  • Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • PC and Mac operating systems
  • Online communication tools: SurveyMonkey, Peak Democracy, MailChimp, Constant Contact, blogging and social media platforms


  • Bachelor of Arts, Journalism/Media Communications, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
  • Advanced training in Adobe Creative and Microsoft Office software

Creative Services

Graphic & Publication Design

Beaverton Annual Report

I have produced a wide range of high quality graphic designs, illustrations, and layouts for print and digital publishing:

  • Advertising, displays, signs, banners, posters and postcards
  • Brochures and pamphlets for a variety of paper sizes and orientations
  • Fact sheets, one-page guides, meeting agendas and flyers
  • Logos, brand and campaign identity
  • Business cards, stationary and letterhead
  • Graphic illustrations, maps and infographics
  • Custom products: calendars, pocket folders, die-cut designs, promotional items, sunglasses, mugs, water bottles, bookmarks, tote bags, activity and coloring books, t-shirts and buttons
  • Publications: multi-page plans and reports, catalogs, booklets and newsletters
  • Slide decks and PowerPoint presentations

Web Design & Development

Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar

I have designed and developed dozens of websites, working on an evolving range of platforms. My work on business, government and nonprofit websites has earned positive feedback from clients, users and customers – and I love to make clients look good!

My focus is helping clients make a great first impression with a professional, responsive, visually appealing website design. Whether the project calls for creating a brand new presence online or updating an existing website with a fresh look, the end result will look sharp and communicate clearly. From planning and design through the launch and content management, I’ll provide exceptional support throughout the process.

I’ve also successfully implemented online communication tools – blogs, social media and email campaigns, newsletters and surveys – to connect with target audiences, boost visibility, build online communities, provide up-to-date information, tap into social networks, and gather feedback.


Michele has helped us successfully brand our new sustainability program and to provide high quality, effective tools to educate employees and constituents. Professionally Michele is a pleasure to work with, delivering high quality draft and final products ahead of schedule and under budget. Beyond that, Michele is an absolute gem of a person, and brings lightness and a smile to every interaction. I strongly recommend Michele for any creative/design work, and can guarantee that in a very short time you will look at her work product and say “It’s a Neary!”

“I greatly appreciate the work of Michele at Mad Bird Design. Her attentive responses and quality of work is exemplary. Michele was able to capture not just our basic needs in a website but go deeper and project our philosophy, company culture and brand commitments. She exceeded my expectations and has helped further my company’s ability to engage our guests in whatever platform they use.”

Christian Skillings, Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar