Rachel Frankel
Designer. Illustrator. Letterer. Doughnut Enthusiast.



A bit about me.

From an early age, the only disciplines that ever truly spoke to me 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 along the way.

I'm currently a designer at Cambia in the heart of Portland, Oregon, and also take on selective freelance illustration and design projects. My clients include: Chronicle Books, Mozilla, 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 large-scale marketing campaigns, photoshoots, and environmental signage to emails, web graphics 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, stalking neighborhood cats, or yelling about basketball with my husband, Matt.

Skills to pay the bills.

Illustration, brand design and identity, art direction, lettering, typography, wireframing, defining brand systems and asset libraries, copy guidance, sarcasm, general malaise, and toast consumption. Expert-level proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, Procreate, pens, pencils and paper.

Exciting facts.

I'm currently working on my first book, She Can Really Lay It Down––a 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.