I’m Simone Martin-Newberry, a graphic designer and illustrator based in Chicago.

I have ten years of professional experience in print layout, typesetting, hand lettering, and illustration. I’m a fan of color, texture, balance, and love pairing strong photography with clear, engaging messaging. My favorite projects are the ones where my creativity is welcomed and encouraged. My favorite clients are the ones who are kind and curious, and who invite me to really get to know their brand or organization before I jump into the design phase.

I am currently accepting new freelance clients, whether for one-off projects or long-term retainer arrangements. If you run a small business, non-profit, arts organization, or environmentally-conscious company, reach out! I think we might be a great fit.

Take a look at some of my recent projects and get in touch if you would like to chat about your design needs or inquire about rates.

Selected clients  •  Illustration

  • The Guardian US
  • Emergence Magazine
  • Malala Fund
  • Chronicle Books
  • Financial Times
  • Pop-Up Magazine
  • REI Co-op
  • Chicago Reader
  • Culture Trip
  • AARP

Selected clients  •  Graphic design

  • Old Town School of Folk Music
  • Lincoln Square Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce
  • Playmakers Laboratory
  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Court Theatre
  • Davis Theater & Carbon Arc Bar
  • Young Chicago Authors
  • Chicago Improv Festival
  • Square Roots Festival
  • Manual Cinema


  • Brand and identity management
  • Editorial and spot illustration
  • Hand lettering
  • Copywriting and messaging strategy
  • Print design and web design consultation
  • Digital graphics (banner ads, social media images)
  • Exhibition and environment development
  • Art direction and styling
  • Print production and estimation
  • Third party vendor management