Sarah Nelsen Designs is a boutique design studio with a focus on custom print and web designs, creative problem solving, and collaborative projects.

With over 15 years of experience (read testimonials), Sarah Nelsen has worked on a multitude of projects and with a diverse group of companies and individuals.  Nelsen’s designs have earned award-winning status and her goal is to exceed your expectations. Experience includes everything from logos and magazines to wedding invitations and websites (view portfolio). Nelsen has worked with fine art galleries, museums, community groups, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, private companies, fine artists, restaurants, musicians, private clients, and more. Her love for fine art and handmade graphics is strengthened with an overall sense of design, typography, and visual organization.

Creating custom invitation packages, paper selection, and printing techniques are some of her specialty services with clients ranging from museums to interior designers. She embraces the power of photography and sometimes uses original architectural, portrait, event, and project-specific photographs in her designs. In addition to today’s digital technologies, the value of non-digital media is also important to her and she continues to practice oil and watercolor painting.

Nelsen graduated with honors from Pennsylvania State University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design, Integrative Arts. Her experience in Palm Springs, California, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Sydney, Australia, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has exposed her to many unique perspectives.

During her free time, she enjoys singing, hiking, traveling, painting, art history, sustainable practices, and being outdoors.


PRSA (Public Relations Society of America/Pittsburgh Division); IABC (International Association of Business Communicators/Pgh Division); MPMA (Mountain Plains Museum Association, American Association of Museums). Note: 2009-2011 Awards won while Art Director for the University of Pittsburgh.

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