Hello! I'm Julie Green. I letter, draw, code, and design fonts (and other things) under the studio name Up Up Creative.
If anyone (including me) had known that a font designer was something you could be, like, for a job, then surely we'd all have predicted this. As it was, my only real nickname growing up was Julie Twelve (as in Times 12, the font we all had to use on our papers in high school) since people said my handwriting should be a font in Word).
As a designer, I got my start in college, where I studied visual communication from a social science perspective and started creating really stellar early-web websites. Nothing I made back then ever blinked or anything, but let's just say there was a lot of joy when I first discovered roll-over images.
For a short time, I worked as an IT consultant and learned to program in Java, C++, and other languages.
Then for a long time I went to graduate school in English, getting about halfway through my dissertation before I realized that my particular brand of creative inquiry didn't particularly whet the appetites of my fellow academics.
That's when I finally put my right brain and left brain passions together, took ALLLLLLL that stuff I had learned about visual communication and rhetoric and communication and planning and pathfinding, and became a freelance graphic designer and entrepreneur. I started Up Up Creative in 2008 and have never looked back.
Perhaps the coolest way I combine my creative and analytical sides is through font design. I released my first font, Bundt Cake, in 2015, and since then I've only fallen more and more in love with the process of creating useful, beautiful typefaces with robust OpenType features.
My graphic design work has been featured in Martha Stewart Living, BRIDES Magazine, Apartment Therapy, Design Milk, Decor8, and elsewhere.
My fonts have been licensed by all kinds of companies, including Chronicle Books, A24 Films, Oxford University Press, Canva, Penguin Random House, Planet Art, Minted, and Society6.