Duration  |  April 2017 – Present
Title(s)  |  Senior Designer / Art Director on Member Acquisition
Duties  |  Brought back to Life Time to help elevate the brand as it the company shifts from strip-mall gyms into high-end health club resorts. Translating brand for print, digital and social executions. Lead initiative to completely rethink and elevates our approach to club architecture photography.



Christiansen Creative

Duration  |  November 2015 – April 2017
Title(s)  |  Hired as Lead Designer, promoted to Senior Designer Dec. 2016
Duties  |  Branding & logo design. Web design. Print advertising. Social media.
Clients  |  CentraCare Health, Marvin Windows & Doors, Hudson Schools, Adoption Option Council of Minnesota, Wilder Scratch Kitchen, Lakes Region EMS, and more.

AIGA Design Award 2016

Bi-Annual Minnesota Award — Wilder Scratch Kitchen Branding.



Life Time

Duration  |  May 2012 – November 2015 {3.5 years}
Title(s)  |  Hired as Junior Art Director. Promoted to Art Director in April 2013.
Duties  |  Print ad, direct mail, packaging, brand collateral and digital design. Photoshoot planning. Brand standards evolution.
Clients  |  LifeSpa, LifeCafe, Life Time Foundation, myPlan & myHealthCheck, and Life Time "Master Brand"

AIGA Design Award 2014

Bi-Annual Minnesota Award — Life Time Foundation Cookbook.




Duration  |  May 2010 – May 2012
Title(s)  |   Hired as an "O-Tern". Promoted to Junior Art Director in Sept. 2010.
Duties  |  Print ad, web ad, direct mail, brand collateral and digital design. Ad campaign pitch work.
Clients  |  Target Grocery, Izze Soda, Mountain High Yoghurt, Country Inns & Suites, University of Minnesota, Betty Crocker



University of Minnesota Student Unions

Duration  |  May 2008 – May 2010
Title(s)  |  Student Designer
Duties  |  Print ad design. Spring Jam event branding and campaign.

"Ellie really understands who she is as a designer. This made it very easy to put her on specialized projects. She puts the same effort into every job she completes whether it is a simple weekly ad or a full campaign. She shows her confidence through her work rather than through attitude. Ellie has a very humble reaction to praise of her work and can appreciate the work of designers with styles different from hers. Ellie got along extremely well with all members of the Student Unions & Activities staff, even those beyond our marketing department. She treated everyone with respect and in a professional manner."
"Throughout Ellie's 2 year student employment, her innovative creativity grew immensely. Not only was she great at what she did, but she has great work ethic. She was able to finish a lot of different projects quickly and the output was always above expectations. "



University of Minnesota  |  2006-2010. Full academic scholarship. Graduated Summa Cume Laude. 
West High School. Madison, WI  |  2002–2006. 3.9/4.0 GPA. ACT score of 33/36. Yearbook Editor-In-Chief. Voted "Best Artist".
National Merit Scholar Honorable Mention. Scholastic Gold & Silver Key awards for Drawing.