I’M LESLIE ZANDER.
MY STORY STARTS WITH A COLORING BOOK AND A BOX OF CRAYONS.
What I discovered was that I didn’t simply want to color someone else’s designs; I wanted to create my own. And so, at the ripe old age of five, I knew that I was destined to work as a creative when I “grew up.”
After graduating with a degree in graphic design, I began working as a graphic designer in the exhibit industry, initially taking portable trade show exhibits from concept through production. Soon I was managing a team of three designers.
After five years, I began working as a senior graphic designer at a high-end custom exhibit fabricator where I was responsible for the concept, design, and production of graphics for trade show and museum exhibits, showrooms and other special events. I also designed coordinating marketing materials, acting as a project manager to take them from concept through print production while maintaining the client’s brand.
After working in the exhibit industry for fifteen years, I felt called to join a small in-house communication team at a large church where I have been using my creative gifts and past experience to their mission for the last six years. Working with non-profits is something I’m really passionate about!
In addition, I accept freelance clients for print, web, and exhibit projects. You can also find my line of clean and modern invitations for sale on Etsy.
I am a unique hybrid of graphic designer and project manager, creative director and problem solver. Highly creative, extremely organized, and deadline oriented, I use the juxtaposition of my corporate and non-secular experience to present fresh, forward-thinking ideas, design, and solutions for small business, large corporations, and non-profit organizations.
I live in the suburbs of Chicago with my husband and two miracle daughters.
If you would like to discuss working together, by all means, get in touch.