Lyndsey Nielsen

Journalist & Graphic Designer Des Moines, IA

I am a creative professional skilled in headline writing, copy editing, video editing, illustration and publication and graphic design.

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Team Leader/Senior Graphic Designer


• Art direct, design and copy edit digital and print media.
• Develop social media campaigns, creating information graphics, videos and advertisements. Write copy that sells the project.
• Direct a team of 12 designers and copy editors that produces daily and monthly publications, including the Des Moines Register.
• Cultivate relationships with the team and its clients
to produce compelling products in eight markets.

Contract Designer

Indiana State University

• Freelanced for the publications department. Conceptualized,
edited and designed the university’s 150th anniversary magazine.

Design Director

Enterprise Publishing

• Formulated and incorporated plans for a design studio, which now serves the company’s 12 weekly publications.
• Instituted a design standards style guide. Developed templates, stylesheets and shape libraries in InDesign.
• Launched a redesign of the company’s primary publications.

Graphic Designer

17 South Design & Print/Great South Publications

• Designed client-driven products such as menus, business
cards and brochures.
• Served as editor and lead designer for Southridge/Berwick
Community Magazine.

Page Designer and Editor

Savannah Morning News

• Designed graphics, news, business, sports and special sections.
• Art directed several special section covers.

Designer, Editor, Reporter

Columbia Missourian & VOX Magazine

• Instructed and managed copy editors and designers in AP style and grammar.
• Designed 1A, news, features, special sections and advertisements.
• Wrote and edited articles and videos.


University of Missouri

Bachelor of Journalism

I earned a cum laude Bachelor of Journalism with an emphasis in magazine design. I also earned a minor in Spanish.



Information graphic, Missouri Press Association


Information graphic, Associated Press Media Editors


Use of computer graphics, Nebraska Press Association


Alternative story format, Best of Gannett Awards


Alternative story format, Gannett Quarterly Awards


Photo illustration, Georgia Press Association


Adobe Creative Suite graphic design HTML CCI NewsGate management art direction project management telecommunication Microsoft Office video editing social media marketing client services