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 my 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 graphic design along the way.

I'm currently the senior designer on the creative team at CreativeLive, where I focus on brand identity development, art direction, illustration, bespoke hand-lettering and print projects. 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, noise-maker, devoted bookworm, and you can often find me falling asleep on BART, listening to murder-related podcasts, stalking neighborhood cats, or yelling about basketball with my fiancé, 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 carb consumption. Expert-level proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite, 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. In addition to artmaking, I play guitar and sing in a band called Phosphene. We're currently working on our second LP and often play shows in Oakland and SF.