MillerCox has been providing marketing and graphic design services (traditional and interactive) since 2002. At our ten year anniversary summit, our discussion centered around who we most enjoyed working with, and who we wanted to serve in our second decade. While we enjoyed a mix of corporate and cause-driven clients, we all agreed that our passion was in working with cause-driven organizations. We believe that strategic thinking and smart design can have a huge impact on a nonprofit’s ability to reach and build their communities. And we believe that when we remove the burden of technology and marketing (as it applies to graphic design), then cause-driven leaders can be a more effective catalyst for change. Our core service offerings include—
- Design / build of custom WordPress web sites
- Design / layout of direct mail packages, publications and marketing collateral
- Meeting materials, logo and stationery design and theme/concept development for campaigns
- Visual design and graphic support of your social channels
- Electronic and traditional annual reports
We work hard to create marketing materials that attract, inform and engage nonprofit supporters. Throughout the process, we employ rigorous project management, and provide friendly and attentive service. Heather and Neal enjoy many long-standing relationships with venerable clients such as the Brookings Institution, Georgetown University, and select federal agencies.
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Heather Miller Cox, President
Heather began her career as a graphic designer in a small design firm in Erie, Pennsylvania. After moving to Washington, DC, she worked as a graphic designer for government contractors and associations. In 1997, she launched her first successful design firm, and in 2002, she launched MillerCox design. Some of her favorite clients helped her to realize that she most enjoys solving the challenges faced by mission-focused nonprofits.
Heather believes that thoughtful graphic design helps organizations to grow and thrive. She believes in well-crafted brands, and that an organization’s web site is their key marketing platform. She loves printed communication materials, and realizes that today, all design materials serve as supporting components to the web site within a design system. She believes that strong brands present an organization in the best possible light and enhance credibility and provide reassurance. Throughout the last decade, she has built a team of energetic strategists, designers, developers, and writers that integrate strategic thinking, engaging messaging, highly refined design, and modern technology to create remarkable communication design materials that attract funders, supporters, and talented teammates.
She lives in Kensington Maryland with her husband and daughter and enjoys spending time hiking and cooking. [Please read the "interview with Heather" to learn more ]
Neal F. Cox, Creative Director
Neal Cox grew up in Happy Valley. The son of an elementary school principal and a middle school librarian, he spent a lot of time in school behaving or at least getting good at avoiding the principal’s office. His youth was spent drawing, building Ruberg-like contraptions, and constantly using up the household masking tape. This desire to create led him to study in the design program at the Pennsylvania State University. He started his design career in Pittsburgh where he learned the importance of precise prepress skills and a sharp X-acto blade. Next, he traveled west for the boom years of Las Vegas and the experience a larger ad agency could provide, where he worked on big campaigns and art-directed lots of cheesecake photo shoots. In 1999, seeking bigger challenges, he launched Neal Cox Design, providing strategic and highly refined print and web design services to nonprofits, policy organizations and professional service providers. As the creative director at MillerCox, he believes that the devil is in the details, and his work reflects his commitment to seeing projects get the attention to detail they need to be successful.
He enjoys riding his bike and watching movies when he isn’t working.
Tamzin Biles Smith, Designer
Tamzin Biles Smith began her commercial arts training at a very young age, creating marker comps, ruby-lith overlays, and photostats for her graphic designer/art director mother before age 10. She received her advanced art, illustration and design training in San Francisco, moving quickly into freelancing with several reputable creative services firms in the Bay area before becoming partner in Fulcrum Design, Inc. with a former Adobe Systems art director/designer. She moved back home to Maryland in early 2000, joining the MillerCox team in 2005. She brings to the firm her deep expertise in Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign, and her talent in illustration, photo retouching, typography and page layout. She is passionate about cycling (formerly an amateur road-racing champion, now a dedicated bike commuter), cooking, portrait photography, vegetable gardening and green living. She and her husband live in Cabin John Gardens.
Jennifer Wisnewski Kaczor
Jennifer, our project guru, is in charge of deadlines, scheduling, and administrative operations at MillerCox Design. She comes to MillerCox Design from the international development community where she did policy research, fundraising, and program management in the international health, environment, and security fields. She has co-authored and participated in the production of numerous publications, giving her a thoughtful, client-oriented perspective on managing client strategy engagements and addressing the details of the design process. “My goal is always an on-time, on-budget project. The thrill is seeing a non-profit’s story come to life within the framework of a purposeful and strategic design.”
Jennifer grew up outside of Houston, Texas and moved to the Washington, DC area to pursue her undergraduate education at The American University. Following her undergraduate work, she attained a Master’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.
When she is not keeping the creative types at MillerCox Design in line, she enjoys reading, travel, and a serious NPR addiction. She lives with her husband and two children in Kensington, Maryland.
Jeff Roberts, MillerCox Design’s lead web developer, is a Kansas City native. He brings eight solid years of technical experience in web coding, UX and search engine optimization to our team.
After running a successful comic book shop (yes, we said a comic book shop!), Jeff worked as the City Planner at KBA Marketing. After pursuing a degree in Computer Information Technology, Jeff worked as a web developer with Sprint Communications among other companies. With significant experience in marketing and an education in programming — web design and development was a natural path. Jeff brings a collaborative and client-oriented approach to his work. He enjoys the MillerCox team environment — and his role is to think in fresh ways about our client’s technical needs. He brings the best in technology and coding to create visually appealing and strategically focused web sites.
Jeff lives with his family in Prairie Village and enjoys woodworking, gardening and is an avid movie memorabilia collector.