Julie Notarianni

Creative Strategy

This weeks Washington Post Local Living cover

The Washington Post cover on the 10 best perennials you've never heard of.

The Washington Post cover on the 10 best perennials you’ve never heard of.

Amanda Soto, Art Director for The Washington Post’s Local Living Section, assigned me this weeks cover illustration printed in today’s newspaper and posted online. The article is on perennials that are generally not well known and little used as a result. Written by gardening columnist Adrian Higgins. He has written about the intersection of gardening and life for more than 25 years, and joined the Post in 1994. He is the author of several books, including the “Washington Post Garden Book” and “Chanticleer, a Pleasure Garden.”

Check out the story here.

Project Nurture Logo Identity

Logo Design by Julie Notarianni

Logo Design by Julie Notarianni


Project: Logo Identity Design for HealthShare

Project Nurture provides prenatal care, inpatient maternity care, and postpartum care for women who struggle with addictions as well as pediatric care for their infants.

The visual metaphor is a transforming flower that is represented by hands that embody a system of care;  a team-based approach to prenatal services that includes prenatal clinician, addictions specialist, mental health support, case management, peer support and parenting resources.

I have incorporated the color of Teal green, a universal healing color. Why is that? Because green is midway in the color spectrum; therefore, it contains both a physical nature and a spiritual nature, in equal balance and in equal harmony. Thus, green can be used for just about any condition in need of healing. It has both an energizing effect and a moderating or soothing effect. Paired with a smooth grey and contrasting black for balance.

YES! Magazine

Illustration by Julie Notarianni

Illustration by Julie Notarianni

Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel illustration for YES! Magazine. I worked with Creative Director Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn to concept this idea for Patrica St. Onge’s story, “Rituals That Heal”.

Yes! Magazine is one of my favorite clients because of the depth in the stories I illustrate, as well as the magazines foundation of philosophy: “YES! Magazine empowers people with the vision and tools to create a healthy planet and vibrant communities”.

Partnering with Tracy produces some of my favorite creative concepts and illustrations, she truly empowers artists to bring to life the powerful ideas of YES!

“Julie has illustrated articles for our magazine for the past few years. She’s a highly intuitive conceptual artist, quick with sketches and brainstorming. Her style — rich watercolor to diverse multimedia illustrations — has been perfect for some of our more difficult to illustrate articles. For an essay from a dying woman Julie was able to capture the woman’s light-hearted spirit within her sad story. Her drawings, especially of people, are magical. For an article about an Italian man’s memories of food, she was able to conjure his childhood scenes. She is professional, fast, and easy to work with.” Tracy Loeffelholz Dunn – Creative Director at Yes! Magazine

Ampersand Magazine

Florangela Davila, Forterra/Ampersand Editor & Producer recently contracted me to illustrate 5 Common Native Wildflowers of the Pacific Northwest for this months issue of Forterra Magazine and website