Rachel Frankel
Designer. Illustrator. Letterer. Doughnut Enthusiast.



A bit about me.

From an early age, the only disciplines that ever truly spoke to my heart were creative. As an only child growing up in two homes, I was often left to my own devices for entertainment. I found entire worlds within the books I devoured whole, lost myself inside the pages of Sailor Moon-inspired sketches I scribbled in middle school, and found solace in indie rock music as a painfully shy teen in my adolescent years. This formation led to an early fascination with the worlds of illustration, design and music. I went on to study painting, drawing and literature in college, and picked up graphic design somewhere along the way.

I'm a freelance illustrator and designer living and working in the heart of Portland, Oregon. My clients include: Chronicle Books, Mozilla, Liberty Mutual, Cambia Health, The Brigade, 826 Valencia, CreativeLive, SpaceNK, Cost Plus World Market, Pottery Barn, and many more. Between 2015 and 2018, I developed a skillset of myriad abilities as a flexible designer on CreativeLive's brand team, working on everything from digital brand campaigns, photoshoots, and environmental signage to emails, landing pages, and illustration and lettering asset libraries.

I'm a frequent sketchbooker, noise-maker, devoted bookworm, and you can often find me listening to true crime podcasts, drawing on my iPad, stalking neighborhood cats, or yelling about basketball with my husband, Matt. I’m also easily bribed with snacks.

Skills to pay the bills.

Analog, digital and mixed media illustration, brand design and identity development, art direction, lettering, typography, packaging + surface design, defining brand systems and asset libraries, copy guidance, general malaise, and toast consumption.

Expert-level proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AfterEffects), Procreate, Sketch, pens, pencils and paper. Currently stepping into the wild worlds of motion and animation.

Exciting facts.

I recently finished writing and illustrating my first book, She Can Really Lay It Down––a feminist collection of 50 illustrated portraits and biographies of groundbreaking musicians and instrumentalists, across genres and continents—who all happen to be women. It will be released by Chronicle Books in Fall 2019. I also play guitar and sing in a band called Phosphene with my husband and our best bud Kevin. Also, I recently became a Portlander but will continue to root for the Warriors.