Seth Neilson

Seth Neilson – Designer

Illustrator with a love for vintage pencils seeks talented author who has the words dialed, but is looking for help on the visuals!


I'm a designer and illustrator with over 21 years of professional experience. After doing both the client-side and agency thing, I struck out on my own and have been a freelance creative director and illustrator the last six years, tackling projects of all sizes and bringing an organic and handcrafted sensibility to the table. I love mid-century illustration of all kinds, but enjoy taking it to new places and telling a story within the constraints of whatever medium I'm working. I can work in a variety of styles and bring a unique perspective to every project.

At the end of the day, I love design and I love books. I understand what it takes to make a book stand out, and I love being able to play a role in helping someone's creative vision come to life!
Action & Adventure Picture Books
Design Nature Sports & Outdoors Travel

Work experience


Oct, 1998 — Present

As founder and sole proprietor, I provide creative direction, graphic design, photography, marketing strategy, illustration, brand development, interactive design, and strategic creative consulting to a wide range of clients.

The Architect's Wife

Aug, 2018 — Mar, 2021 (over 2 years)

Directed all marketing and brand communications and initiatives, including all social media efforts and ongoing creative and digital development projects. Design and develop AW branded product lines and visual assets. Took approximately seven million photos of candles and sofas.


Mar, 2011 — Jun, 2016 (over 5 years)

Lead creative team through proverbial trenches and throughout all phases of a classic (yet progressive) advertising agency process. Guided concepts, crafted scripts and treatments, developed systems, shrugged at processes, directed commercials, took approximately seven billion photos of sunsets, wrote brand promises, prepared pitches, presented miracles, breathed sighs of relief, took no prisoners, rendered motion studies, sketched storyboards. Whew.

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