julie_henry_red_capitolaSanta Cruz is an outstanding place to live, to play, and to work. Who wouldn’t want to enjoy life at the beach while refining their art and working their passion.

Julie Henry, known as Jules to her friends, thought something very close to this when she made the decision to start designing not only for local businesses, but in making the decision to create art that truly reflects the unique community, geography and culture of Santa Cruz.

Professionally Jules is the principal designer and co-founder of nomBat Branding and Graphic Design, as well as recently serving as Creative Director for the local lifestyle company Santa Cruz Waves. Culturally Jules has been able to showcase her work at multiple First Friday Gallery showings, a full season of Pop-up gallery shows and significant exposure at local festivals. Perhaps Julie’s most public work however has been the Victorian design work for LocalSantaCruz.com; a series of designs showcasing the unique elements and history of many of Santa Cruz County’s neighborhoods, parks and surf spots.

With some of her most recent work, for for Aptos’ 4th of July “World’s Shortest Parade” Jules has accomplished a milestone goal. Since she first moved to Santa Cruz Jules has been eager to contribute to our local culture through design for official events. These local events are a big part of what make this such a great community and Jules not only recognized and respected that, but yearned to participate and support our community with great design. We appreciate that great design and thank Jules for this years Official Parade Design, our very own patriotic Sea Otter.