Hi, I'm Ashley Kimlinger.

I'm a designer with a bunch of other tricks up my sleeve.

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I'm passionate about making you look your best.

As a PR major-turned-graphic designer, communications is in my DNA. I've spent the last 14 years helping small businesses and Fortune 1000 companies tell stories impactfully in a range of roles from graphic designer to brand manager to presentation designer to creative director. My career has been defined by never being “one thing.”

 I always challenge myself to evolve, add new skills and learn how and why things are done. I quit my corporate gig in 2019 because I thought I'd collected enough skills and it was time to focus on what I loved and help awesome humans shine. But it turns out the learning never stops, and that is a good thing for us both!

what to expect when you

work with me

impeccable designer

good writer

strategic thinker

great communicator

organized and on it

kind human!

EARLY CAREER 
I started as a graphic designer in marketing roles and as an independent freelancer, eventually moving into a full-time contracting role at the in-house studio at Creatis where I was exposed to a spectrum of corporate brands and learned to quickly adopt brand guidelines. This is where I discovered my niche as a presentation designer. Where other designers wouldn’t touch PowerPoint with a 10-foot pole, I quickly became our go-to expert. 

Detailed background

Visit LinkedIn for all the deets. But I've summed up the highlights that shaped my career for you right here!

THE CORPORATE ARCH 
Serving as the in-house presentation guru at Allianz Life, I attended presentation conferences to hone my craft, created our corporate template from scratch, helped train employees on how to use it, and designed everything from sales presentations to executive thought-leadership presentations, including several for our CEOs. 

Then, at Deluxe, I was a founding member of the team tasked with changing perceptions of a 100-year-old company. I had the unique opportunity to work on the groundbreaking content marketing campaign, Small Business Revolution, a series showcasing marketing makeovers for small businesses around the country, distributed on Hulu and Prime Video and featuring marketing guru Amanda Brinkman and TV stars Robert Herjavec and Ty Pennington. As the brand director I was instrumental in building the campaign from the ground up: the branding, photography, content and marketing. For the broader company, I served a key role in the enterprise brand strategy and led the company through two different rounds of re-branding efforts during my tenure.

SKIP TO THE FUN STUFF

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On the personal side

my FAMILY

my FAMILY

I live in the Southeast suburbs of the Twin Cities of Minnesota with my husband, who owns a boutique recruiting firm with an insurance industry niche called Ramsey Search Group. I have two young boys and love lazy weekend mornings, doing projects

on my home and spending too much time on Instagram. I grew up and attended high school in Lakeville, Minnesota, and graduated from the University of St. Thomas with cum laude honors.

My favorite things

01

my family & my cat Gus, easy!

02

summer, sun, boats, water

03

interior design, oggling beautiful homes

04

doing house projects, collecting tools & learning how to use them

05

always curious and learning new things – platforms, technologies, tools, styles

kind words

"Ashley is creative, responsive, and so easy to work with. She understands what I’m looking for even when I can’t fully articulate it, and she always comes up with impressive concepts and ideas!"

KAtie stephens

owner, rince na chroi school of irish dance

"Ashley is an exceptional communicator, designer, marketer and brand leader. One of the smartest, most strategic people I have ever worked with, she cares deeply about people and projects. She is a perfectionist in the best sense and always brought out the best in us."

CAMERON POTTS

vp, public relations, deluxe

"The creativity, knowledge, patience and delivery  exceeded my expectations. The business I work in is complex, but Ashley took the time to deeply understand my vision and bring it to life. Her talented is topped by an excellent attitude, work ethic and a personality which connects with others."

LISA BETH LENTINI

ceo, lumen worldwide endeavors

"Ashley asks great questions to truly understand the needs and goals of the project and brings the message to life so beautifully through her design. Ashley is just unbelievably easy to work with, efficient and talented."

AMANDA BRINKMAN

chief brand officer, deluxe

"Ashley is a complete pleasure to work with. She has proved to be professional, talented and thorough. I am always confident the projects she works on will be great and will capture the vision and story we are trying to tell."

JULIE DESROCHERS

ceo, desrochers realty group

Thank you!

I'll be in touch soon. 

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AKIMLINGER@ASHDESIGN.BIZ

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