Bernadette Herrera | Graphic Designer + Illustrator
Graphic Designer + Illustrator

I’m Bernadette!

You can also call me Bernie. I’m a Chicago-based multidisciplinary designer who’s passionate about designing brand experiences and telling visual narratives.


Whether I’m designing or illustrating, my happy place is in creative mode.

Past clients include JP Morgan Chase, The Flatiron Room, Fine & Rare, HitRECord, Tech for Campaigns, F Newsmagazine, and Mujeres Latinas en Acción. I’m available for freelance work!

I studied Visual Communications Design and Printmaking at Purdue University and was elected Director of Student Communications (2013-14) and President (2014-15) of the AIGA Purdue Student Group.

In my leisure, you can find me eating ramen, selling handcrafted stationery, or making patterns.

Want to see more work? Check out the design tests I’ve had to do for potential employers.


Let's work together.

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I specialize in...

•   Identity & Branding
•   Front-End Web Design
•   Hand-Lettering
•   Illustration
•   Infographics
•   Marketing Campaigns
•   Motion Graphics
•   Print & Collateral

2015 Lafayette Empathy Card Project, Empathy Cards (series of 3), typographic cards, Fountain Gallery, Lafayette, IN

2015 Cascade Print Exchange IX, I am a cat stuck in a human body, serigraph print, South Santiam Hall Gallery, Albany, OR

2015 {hero[(in)e]}, Kim Kardashian v. the RMS Titanic, serigraph print, Iowa State University Print Society, Gallery 181, Ames, IA

2015 Art via Post Exhibition, LOLetter, pattern design, Arts at the Armory, Somerville, MA

2015 Westwood Exhibition, Catstronaut, serigraph print, Purdue Presidential Estate, West Lafayette, IN

2014 Praying for Keeps, On dealing with my dad’s cancer the second time around, serigraph print, Patti & Rusty Rueff Galleries, West Lafayette, IN

2014 Westwood Exhibition, CATWHISPERER, serigraph print, Purdue Presidential Estate, West Lafayette, IN

2014 Art & Design Annual Exhibition, CATWHISPERERS I, serigraph print, Patti & Rusty Rueff Galleries, West Lafayette, IN

2013 6th National Undergraduate Print Exhibition, me & my cat, serigraph, Central Michigan University, Park Library Extended Hours Room, Mt. Pleasant, MI

2013 Art & Design Annual Exhibition, Still Life, graphite on paper, Patti & Rusty Rueff Galleries, West Lafayette, IN

2011 ARTBASH, Color Configuration, acrylic painting & installation, Michigan Building 2nd floor, The School of Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

2015   HitRECord, The Impossible Dream: Buttercup, worldwide (animated short film in collaboration with HitRECord community)

2014   Purdue University, Project 55, West Lafayette, IN (card deck design in collaboration with local community)

2014  Purdue University, Surface Tension (book), data visualization, illustration, and book design with Laura Hudec

Borrowed Birds Records, “Me & my cat,” “Bathtub,” “Just Girly Things,” “Teeth,” Plaster Cocktail Vol. 1: I Can’t Relax Remember When I Cried, Brooklyn, NY, May 2018. p. 10, 16, 22, 51.

Oregon State University, "I am a cat stuck in a human body," Cascade Print Exchange IX Catalogue, Corvallis, OR, March 2015. p. 56.

Art via Post, "LOLetter," Art via Post, Cambridge, MA. February 2015. p. 46.

Purdue Sea, "Sculpture," The Bell Tower XIX Magazine, West Lafayette, IN, February 20, 2013. p. 39.

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, "Place Ad Here," First: SAIC Catalogue, Chicago, IL, May 2011. p. 73.

Art via Post
Central Michigan University Print Collection
Iowa State University Print Society Collection
Oregon State University Print Collection
Purdue University Print Archive
And private collections of individuals from around the globe

Surface Tension, co-authored with Laura Hudec, Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, West Lafayette, IN, April 2014. 16 pages. edition of 26.

The Tell-Tale Heart: Illustrated eBook, Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, West Lafayette, IN, December 2013.

Metamorphosis, Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts, West Lafayette, IN, November 2013. 54 pages. edition of 6.

"Fartbash: Artbash Goes Guerilla," F Newsmagazine, SAIC, Chicago, IL, June 2011.

"The Weeknd Release 'House of Balloons'," F Newsmagazine, SAIC, Chicago, IL, May 2011.

"Stripped of the White Stripes," F Newsmagazine, SAIC, Chicago, IL, April 2011.