THE DESIGNER

TRACY SOUTHARD


Tracy Southard

Tracy Southard, owner / designer of OceanWild Design, was born and raised in Maryland with a love for the coast. Being close to the water is an element that she finds both inspiring and calming. From a very young age, Tracy has been creating artwork of one kind or another — developing a passion for commercial art which ultimately grew into her career. Having studied a diverse array of creative discliplines in addition to graphic design, including illustration, painting, sculpture and photography, Tracy's unique perspective shines through in her work.


Tracy has been a designer for the magazine, book publishing and advertising industries in the Ocean City, Maryland area since 1998, gaining work experience in a wide range of industries. She has designed for a number of well-known local magazines and publications, including visitor's guides, recreation guides, chamber guides, real estate guides, restaurant and menu guides in and around Ocean City, Maryland. After having established in-house graphics departments for companies and working for other graphic design firms — serving as creative lead and art director — she decided it was time to align her work with the vision of building the design business that she wanted. Cashing out of employee mode and embarking on the path of entrepreneurship again, she launched OceanWild Design in April of 2009.


A multi-disciplined graphic designer with over 15 years of industry experience as a professional designer and with a background in fine art, design and marketing, Tracy has designed for companies across the US and has won multiple awards for herself and her clients in their industry. Clients pay her to problem-solve and make their work lives easier. Other professionals trust her to help them with their own client's projects. She works regularly and collaborates with talented photographers, writers, artists, illustrators and signmakers and would be happy to connect them to your project's needs.


Education
    Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in
  • Visual Communications: Graphic Design
  • Double Minor in Marketing and Spanish
 Skills & Software

Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator
Adobe InDesign
Quark Xpress
Adobe Dreamweaver
HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Honors & Awards

  • Maryland Distinguished State
  • Scholar Award Recipient
  • for Talent in the Arts
  • Animal Rights Flag Design Contest, 2015
  • Second Prize Winner
  • by Maine Animal Rights Coalition
  • Best Special Event Publication, 2014
  • Best Program Logo, 2013
  • Best Activity Guide, 2013
  • Best Facility Brochure, 2011
  • by Maryland Recreation
  • & Parks Association (MRPA)
  • Agency Showcase Awards