I find it so much easier to write bios in the third person, so here goes. 

Julie Green, the graphic artist and designer behind Up Up Creative, has been known to fall desperately for beautiful typefaces, unexpected color palettes, and hand-illustrated pattern designs. She believes in creativity, honesty, and vulnerability.  

As a designer, Julie got her start in college, where she studied visual communication from a social science perspective and started creating really stellar early-web websites. Nothing she made back then ever blinked or anything, but let's just say there was a lot of joy when she first discovered roll-over images. 

For a short time, Julie worked as an IT consultant and learned to program in Java, C++, and other languages.

Then for a long time she went to graduate school in English, getting about halfway through her dissertation before she realized that her particular brand of creative inquiry didn't particularly whet the appetites of her fellow academics. 

That's when she finally put her right brain and left brain passions together, took ALLLLLLL that stuff she had learned about visual communication and rhetoric and communication and planning and pathfinding, and became a freelance graphic designer and entrepreneur. And she's never looked back.

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Thanks also to several trade publications for the recent and continued interest in my work, including Stationery Trends, Giftware News, Creating Keepsakes, and more.

I started Up Up Creative in search of that sometimes-elusive creative high. That feeling you get when you've put something new out into the world to share with others. For awhile I got that feeling as a student working on bizarre arguments in her bizarre dissertation (the weirder and more out there the argument, the more charged I got about it). But bizarre-ness isn't particularly coveted or satisfying in academia and I found myself turning into a creative junkie - you know the kind - the person who skips out on their real work just for the chance to make something.

I like to think that we all have that creative drive, that it's as elemental to our being as is the drive to recreate (yeah, you know, sex drive). I think we all love the feeling of creating something awesome. Something no one else has, maybe. Something borne of our own minds and hands and ideas. 

But I also know that not everyone knows they're creative, and not everyone has the skills to create in the desired medium. 

That's where I come in.