Let’s see if I can keep this brief — My name is Monica Michelle Velasquez and I am a graphic designer and illustrator from the small town of Ponchatoula, Louisiana. I am dedicated to telling your story through design and contributing to the local graphic design community.

After graduating from Ponchatoula High School back in 2009, I didn’t wander too far to get my college education. After commuting the far seven miles to Hammond for four years, I earned my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, concentrating in Graphic Design from Southeastern Louisiana University in the spring of 2013. During my time at Southeastern, I was very active in the art community, by being a part of various organization like the Visual Art Society (VAS), the Southeastern chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and the Southeastern chapter of the Honor Fine Arts Society Kappa Pi.

After graduating in 2013, I joined the Farm Bureau Family at the Louisiana Farm Bureau in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and became their graphic arts and design specialist. I have to say it’s been a honor being able to tell the farmer’s story through graphic design and being a part of such a great team. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Even while being a full-time designer, I’m still active in the art community, as a member of the Baton Rouge chapter of the American Advertising Federation (AAF-BR) and participating in a weekly coffee group of graphic designers.

Being surrounded by storytellers everyday, I see the importance of giving someone a voice through your craft. For me, it’s graphic design, so I am dedicated to do what I call “Telling the Story with Design”. I want to create brands and projects with meaning and impact for clients that have a story tell. It doesn’t have to be an extravagant story -- it just has to be yours and you own it.  There’s no story like yours and I want to help tell it through design. Whether it’s a full brand for an emerging business or a campaign to advertise your event, I want to tell your story through color, shapes that fill the space to give it life. Is it a passion? Yes, and it's one I live for.