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I'm Lisa Burford, a designer, coder, and illustrator based in Joshua Tree, California.

Brand & Identity | Creative & Art Direction | Web Design & Development | Commerical Art & Illustration

Building creative experiences is a lifelong dream I wish to continue to fulfill to the greatest possible extent. I work with clients big and small across many industries. I find great satisfaction in not only helping clients reach their goals, but helping them create an experience they will genuinely enjoy sharing with the world.


For nearly 20 years, I have been designing. There is always a part of me that wants to be creating something, and I've found I'm the happiest if I have design in my life. I've worked on marketing teams, designed many websites, created signage for conferences and storefronts, fabricated logos, constructed books and book cover designs, design product packaging, and more.

These years of experience have helped me naturally take on Art Direction and Creative Direction roles.



Many web developers will tell you at what age they built their first website. For me, it was the time when chatrooms and music fan pages ruled the internet, and I knew I had to be a part of building this amazing thing called the web. Since then, I have designed and/or coded websites for a computer accessory company, a cactus nursery, home builders, restaurants and a caterer, a candle company, a celebrity health care spa, a national beer company and a local premium cocktail company, a national food manufacturer, a financial firm, and the list goes on.

I humbly mention I've won awards for my site development. (See list at the bottom of this page.)



I grew up the daughter of a computer-tech geek and an artist. You can see both sides of those brains reflected in the person I am today. My mom was the artistic side and I still have some of the little doodles she drew. Her paintings are packed away somewhere on the family's Wisconsin property. My first published illustrations were in an educational reading book, and now they can be found in logos, shirts, websites, and even floral design sketches. Recently, my most influential tool in my illustrator "bag" is my iPad Pro. I am in love with it.



Designer, Developer & Illustrator, Freelance
California, Present

Art Director - Freelance,
Leap Marketing | Creative Agency
California, Present

Creative Director, Cactus Mart
California, 9mo

Web Developer, Cord Media Company
California, 4yr 2mo

Sr. Graphic/Web Designer, Marketing, We Care Spa
California, 3yr 9mo

Sr. Graphic Designer, Other World Computing
Illinois, 2yr 2mo

Project Manager, Don Johnston Inc.
Illinois, 3yr 7mo

Multimedia Graphic Assistant, Don Johnston Inc.
Illinois, 1yr 6mo


2017 American Advertising Federation (Desert Ad Fed) - Judges Award: The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Year of the Cheetah Integrated Campaign. Role: Web Developer

2017 American Advertising Federation (Desert Ad Fed) - Gold ADDY Award: The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens, Year of the Cheetah Integrated Campaign. Role: Web Developer

2017 American Advertising Federation (Desert Ad Fed) - Gold ADDY Award: The Retreat, Responsive Web Design. Role: Web Developer

2016 Communicator Awards - Gold Award of Excellence: Hard Rock Energy Drink, Rock Naturally, Integrated Campaign. Role: Web Developer

2016 Communicator Awards - Gold Award of Excellence: Port of Everett, Integrated Campaign. Role: Web Developer

2016 Communicator Awards - Silver Award of Distinction: Muckleshoot Casino, Integrated Campaign. Role: Web Developer

Silver ADDY Award. Role: Web Developer


Joshua Tree National Park Association

Ted's Grooming Emporium and Pet Supply

Joshua Tree Candle Company

Candy Candle Shop

Joshua Tree Winery

The Body Deli

Ultimate Events Inc.



Leap Marketing | Creative Agency



Kray Media Corp.

Joshua Tree, CA


2015 Desert Explosion: Nothing is Subtle in the Desert, Twentynine Palms Visitor Center, Twentynine Palms, California. Woodworking and Watercolor

2011 AIDS LifeCycle Fundraising Art Auction and Benefit, Ace Hotel and Swim Club, Palm Springs, California. Acrylic

2010 Mail Me Art: Medium Without a Message Exhibition, Red Gate Gallery, London, UK. Illustration

2010 Art Diaries: Bound Exhibition, 4ArtInc Gallery, Chicago, Illinois. Video

2010 Tangerine Treehouse Art Show, Tangerine House, Palm Springs, California. Mixed Media

2010 AIDS LifeCycle Fundraising Art Auction/Music/Raffle, Space 120, Palm Springs, California. Illustration

2009 Square Foot Art Show, The Galaxie, Chicago, Illinois. Acrylic and Photography

2009, November. Published in OK Periodicals, Issue 3. Acrylic