“I committed to having my own design practice in 2006 after years of being an in-house corporate designer and design manager. I’m steadily building a terrific client base, providing a tangible service benefit, and creating dynamic design solutions that move the ball forward for my clients’ marketing needs. I have found true happiness.

Every morning, I walk into my office and giggle, knowing I have a day ahead of me doing what I love. I put passion and common sense in everything I do, whether it’s raising my kids, training for a triathlon, or solving a design problem. It’s a priceless attitude that inspires my clients to return with other projects and recommend me to their peers.

George ColleenNeutraStephanopoulos sums it up nicely by saying, “You pay for my brain; my heart I throw in for free.”

— Colleen

Colleen Neutra was the staff graphic designer at Boston Magazine and the American Repertory Theatre before making a 180-degree turn to financial service design and marketing communications.

At Putnam Investments, she served as an Assistant Vice President and Senior Graphic Designer for all broker, dealer, and retail print collateral. This work led her to join John Hancock Funds as their Creative Development Manager. At JHF, she helped reconfigure the complete line-up of marketing materials across all platforms — from shareholder communications to institutional sales — while mentoring and fostering the work of seven staff designers.

Since departing JHF, Colleen has served as an Art Director in a traditional advertising agency and as the Marketing Communications Manager for a national brand of consumer electronic products. The desire to put her skills and experiences together under one roof and work on more branding and identity projects inspired her to hang out her shingle and open Neutra Design.

Colleen has received recognition for her work in Graphis Letterhead 3, Print Regional Design Annual, and an AIGA Best of New England merit award. She was one of three judges for the 2001 Connecticut Art Director’s Club show. A poster she designed for Putnam Investments is in the permanent collection of the Library of Congress.

Colleen holds a BFA in Design with Departmental Honors from the Massachusetts College of Art. She has also taught various graphic design classes at MassArt from 1996 to 1999.

An avid road cyclist, Colleen has fundraised for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute as a Pan Mass Challenge rider. She also shares a sense of adventure with her husband and two young children with annual trips to Wyoming. Often the best way to lead kids is by example — so she just learned to swim. She is surviving her mid-life crisis by competing — and actually enjoying — a few Olympic-distance triathlons.