Art Director • Graphic Designer • Educator
Heidi Miller is an Iowa-born art director, graphic designer, and educator with a passion for branding, surface design, book layout, collage, typography, design for social impact, and inventive methodologies. After graduating from Iowa State University with a BFA in graphic design, she traveled northward to Minneapolis, which she now proudly calls home. Heidi’s design experience spans over the past ten years, having worked for Innova Ideas and Services, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, French Made Design, and as an Art Director for Difference Press. She is now the sole graphic designer for the global digital transformation company Magnet 360. In addition, she maintains an active freelance practice, explores her entrepreneurial ventures, and is an adjunct professor for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
During her freelance career she has worked with notable clients—the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Museum of American Art, Vantage Financial, Bank of America, Randolph Street Market, and SOL Organics, among others. Her awards include the Art Director’s Association of Iowa Best of Show award, Best of Identity award, and Editorial Award of Excellence; and two Awards of Excellence from Graphic Design USA Magazine. Her work has been exhibited at Iowa State University, the Art Director’s Association of Iowa, Form + Content Gallery, and Whittier Gallery.
In May 2016, Heidi completed her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Studies and Graphic Design from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, during which she focused on socially-conscious, ethical art and design. Her thesis paper, You Are Not Alone: Hidden Struggles, the Pressure of Positivity, the Catharsis of Sharing, and the Power of Witnessing, focuses on the need for more channels by which to communicate more authentically about struggle—ones that incite micro moments of connection, and others that cast a wider net for both awareness and hope. The resulting design campaign, The Reveal Project, utilizes anonymous confessional writing to encourage a dialogue about mental health.