About

Justene Merriman is pronounced Jus-teen Mer-ri-man. Image removed.Hear the pronunciation

I produce visual communications for the college and its departments, ensuring that the achievements of our faculty, staff and students are represented in a high quality, consistent, and inclusive way. My work can be found throughout campus, Bellingham, and beyond.

Once upon a time

As a Bellingham native from a blended family, I simultaneously grew up on a floral farm in the county and an in-home Graphic Design studio near downtown. I tended and cleaned up after farm animals, gardened, harvested and dried plants, and evolved from drawing on the walls to creating mailers with professional design equipment. I cozied up to a Stat camera (just like this one) in the darkroom on hot summer nights, and developed a hobby of digital illustration whenever the computers were idle. Starting in High School, I spent 15 years in commercial printing, starting with manual paste-up, then on to fixing customer files, creating workflow automation, making marketing materials and managing the company website, managing Prepress, and visiting K-12 schools throughout Whatcom County to teach design and printing to yearbook classes, teachers, and parent helpers. During the same time I also had a freelance business doing graphic design, fine arts, writing, and event coordination. I joined the WWU College of Fine and Performing Arts marketing team in 2013.

Collegial Credits

AAS degree in Graphic Design from Whatcom Community College

2 years in the Design program at Western Washington University

BS in Information Technology/Multimedia & Visual Communications from University of Phoenix online

Play time

Playfulness is vital to creativity (proven in studies!), and creativity is vital to problem solving. I encourage a little playtime in every day: whether it's playing with toys at the desk, gaming, exploring the outdoors, tinkering, or wearing something silly. There's always fun and inspiring activities in the CFPA!

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Crowned "Queen of the Forest" by Elementary students visiting campus