Rachel Frankel


Photo by Matt Hemmerich


Illustrator, graphic designer, musician, and aspiring polymath.


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 closeted, painfully shy teen in my adolescent years. My formation led to an eternal fascination with creating visuals and telling stories with sight, words, and sound. I went on to study painting, drawing and literature in college with a focus on illustration, and picked up design along the way afterwards.

I'm currently the lead designer on the creative team at CreativeLive, where I focus on brand identity development, art direction, illustration, bespoke hand-lettering, occasional print projects, and web design. When I'm not at work in San Francisco, I also take on select freelance illustrative and design projects of the same variety. I'm a frequent sketchbooker, lettering lover, devoted bookworm, and you can often find me falling asleep on BART, listening to storytelling-focused podcasts, stalking neighborhood cats, or nerding out with my fiancé, with iced coffee in hand.

For friendship, work inquiries and coffeeshop suggestions, please holler over at the "Contact" page.




Illustration, brand design and identity, art and copy direction, lettering, typography, wireframing, defining brand systems and asset libraries, sarcasm, general malaise, crying at weddings, and consuming carbs. Expert-level proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, pens, pencils and paper.


Fun Facts.


 In addition to artmaking, I play guitar and sing in a band called Phosphene. We're currently working on our second LP and frequently play shows throughout the Bay Area. I also recently completed my first art residency at Drop Forge & Tool back in March 2017.